The APC has announced its seven athletes who will compete in Para-triathlon at Rio 2016 © APC

The 2016 Australian Paralympic Team (APC) have announced that seven athletes will compete in Para-triathlon at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

The team, headlined by five-time world champion Bill Chaffey, also includes World Championship medallists Katie Kelly, Kate Doughty and Claire McLean, as well as Nic Beveridge and Brant Garvey.

Sydney 2000 silver medallist Michellie Jones, who will compete as a sighted guide for Kelly, who has a vision-impairment, completes the impressive looking team.

With Para-triathlon appearing at the Paralympic Games for the first time in 2016, Australian Paralympic Team Chef de Mission Kate McLoughlin congratulated each of the seven triathletes on their selection.

“We are so delighted to welcome our Para-triathletes onto the Australian Paralympic Team for the first time," McLoughlin said.

"It’s been a long wait, but I know they’re ready to do our nation proud and I can’t wait to see them in action."

Five-time world champion Bill Chaffey has been selected © Getty Images
Five-time world champion Bill Chaffey has been selected © Getty Images

Bill Chaffey will arrive in Rio as Australia’s most experienced Para-triathlete, having competed at six World Championships since 2009 and winning at five.

The police officer said he would love nothing more than to convert his success at World Championship level into Paralympic gold.

“My goal for Rio is to win and do everything I can to get to the top of the podium," he said. 

"I’m focusing 100 per cent on giving my best to get the top result.

“I have had a lot of success in World Championships, but to chase victory at the Paralympic Games is the most exciting thing.

“It’s still surreal to be representing Australia at this level. 

"I never set out to be known, I set out to compete for me and to never stop improving. 

"But to know the country is watching, I hope I can make them as proud of my performance as I will be."