Elite Paratriathlon Guide
Jon and James
In August 2018 the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Triathlon Union (ITU) announced that the Men’s Visually Impaired Category (PTVI) would be included as a medal event in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Given their meteoric rise in the sport to date, Jon and James are optimistic of their chances to not only qualify a spot for Canada at these games, but that they can make history by being the first male visually impaired team to bring home a Paralympic Gold Medal in the sport of Triathlon.
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
The Paralympic Qualifying period is open from June 29th 2019 until June 30th 2020. During this period the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Triathlon Union (ITU) will total points earned at our best 3 races. Check out where Jon and James are headed in 2019 here:
The Road so Far
Jon and James were paired up in March of 2017. At the time they were living on opposite sides of the country (Jon in Ottawa; James in Victoria). James had never ridden a tandem bicycle and Jon had a bowl style skateboard helmet and his first pair of clip-less cycling shoes, which he was keen to try out for race day. After a couple of wobbly starts and one low speed crash, Jon and James stormed onto their first podium, taking a bronze medal and their first steps toward the 2020 Paralympic Games.
In their sophomore year Jon and James brought home a Silver Medal at the North American Continental Championships, World Cup Gold, and a Bronze medal at a World Paratriathlon Series event (the highest level of Paratriathlon racing outside of World Championships and the Paralympic Games). They finished their season with an 8th place finish at the 2018 ITU World Paratriathlon Championships, which brought their World Ranking up to 5th.
Catch up on Jon and James’ results so far here: