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PATHWAYS TO SUPPORT PARATRIATHLETE ELITE SPRINT AT PUSHOR MITCHELL APPLE TRIATHLON

Mar 5, 2014

PATHWAYS TO SUPPORT PARATRIATHLETE ELITE SPRINT AT PUSHOR  MITCHELL APPLE TRIATHLON KELOWNA, BC - March 5, 2014 -. As a long-time supporter of paratriathlon in Canada, the 2014 Pushor Mitchell Apple Triathlon will host the Elite Paratriathlete Sprint during the weekend of August 15-17 in Kelowna. The 'Apple' will also offer other top class triathlon events to satisfy the appetite of all ages, stages and abilities including the Paratriathlete Olympic race.

"Our experienced race director Randy Sparrow continues to optimize the course for paratriathletes and we are looking forward to seeing Canadian and other paratriathletes in action again," said Mike Hassard vice president of the Kelowna Apple Triathlon Society.

Top international and Canadian paratriathlete Pierre Ouellet had the following to say about his participation in the Pushor Mitchell Kelowna Apple Triathlon. " I twice participated in the Kelowna Apple Triathlon. It is a very well organized race and beautiful site and the people and area are awesome. It is quite an active place and a region that I would like to live in."

Paratriathlon events are for athletes with physical and visual impairments. The sport of paratriathlon will make its debut at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Paratriathlon is practiced in 37 different countries. Athletes race in three disciplines: 750m of swimming, followed by 20km of cycling and 5km of running. Competition categories are based on specific physical impairments. Athletes may use a hand cycle, tandem bicycle or bicycle in the cycling portion and wheelchairs are permitted on the running portion of the course. Paratriathlon is unique in that it fully integrates athletes with physical and visual impairments alongside their able-bodied counterparts at the same event. The Pushor Mitchell Kelowna Apple Triathlon offers separate races.

Kelowna's Pathways Abilities Society will be supporting the Paratriathlete races. "Pathways Abilities Society helps those with developmental disabilities to become included in community through encouragement, education, and employment. Organized sport is a great way to become connected to the community. We look forward to being part of this great event," said Kim Harmison, Employment Developer at Pathways Abilities Society. Pathways will lend support by recruiting volunteers who will assist paratriathletes in transitioning between the swimming and cycling stages of the race.

"We are honoured to be hosting the Paratriathlete Elite Sprint and Olympic race and grateful for the assistance of Kelowna's Pathway Abilities Society," said Hassard.

The Pushor Mitchell Apple Triathlon will also be a qualifying race for the 2015 ITU Age Group World Championships in Chicago, offering three qualifying Olympic and Sprint distance spots per age group and gender. It will host three Elite races in total (Elite Sprint, Junior Elite Sprint and Elite Paratriathlete Sprint) as well as the BC Provincial Championships for the Junior Elite and Olympic distance Age Group events. It also includes the National U15 and Junior Elite Grand Final.

More details on the Olympic, Sprint, Aquathon, Fun Run, Open Water Swim, relay and other events are available on the website at www.appletriathlon.com. Pathways Abilities Society can be contacted at http://www.pathwayskelowna.ca.

Photo: Pierre Ouellet, top international and Canadian paratriathlete and past participant at the Pushor Mitchell Kelowna Apple Triathlon is focused on participating in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Jeanette Hoft, Redthirteen Communications
Media Director: 2014 Pushor Mitchell Apple Triathlon
E-mail: [email protected]
Cell: 250-215-3623

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Company Contact Information:

Logo Redthirteen Communications on behalf of Kelowna Apple Triathlon Society
Company: Redthirteen Communications on behalf of Kelowna Apple Triathlon Society
Contact Name: Jeanette Hoft
Contact Phone: 2504509194
Contact Email: [email protected]
Company Website: www.appletriathlon.com/index.php

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