March 24 - British Triathlon has recruited 12 potential new Paratriathletes with Rio 2016 in mind following its latest talent identification event in Loughborough.
The nation, which boasts the most successful Paratriathlon squad on the planet, with six International Triathlon Union (ITU) world champions, claimed it is committed to further professionalising its current team, while looking for new talent ahead of the sport's Paralympic Games debut two years from now.
Jonathon Riall, British Triathlon's Paratriathlon performance manager, was delighted with the results of the talent identification event.
"This is the first time that we've managed to attract a good number of both male and female amputees, a category that we have previously struggled to find athletes for," he said.
"There were a couple of high-level wheelchair racers as well.
"Our intention from this weekend is to build a definitive talent programme that feeds into the world class performance squad and has its own programme of camps, support and coaching."
The athletes, who were tested in all three triathlon disciplines and underwent psychological analysis, are now being classified ahead of their participation in the British Elite Duathlon Championships in Corby.
The ITU is currently implementing a new classification system, which will result in one sitting, three standing and one visually impaired category for both male and female athletes, but Riall added that Britain remains committed to finding potential future medal hopes in the sport.
"Although there is a question mark over classification until the summer, we won't stop trying to look for new talent," he explained.
"It may be the case that some people will be disappointed on some level, but if they are keen and want to compete then we want to spread the net wide and continue the search for future world and Paralympic champions."
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