Deaf Sports Australia in partnership with Triathlon Australia with Triathlon Victoria are proud to announce that for the first time in the history of Deaf Sports, triathlon will be included in the 2018 Games in Albury-Wodonga.
Triathlon will make its debut as an exhibition event from 20-27 January in Albury-Wodonga. This is the 17th Australian Deaf Games, with the event attracting over 400 participants across 18 sports. The Games are a key platform for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community to compete at the highest level in Australia and to strive for selection on the Australian Deaflympic Team.
Triathlon Australia has a proud history of promoting equal opportunities and inclusion. It was one of the first sports to ensure the women professional triathletes received equal pay to the men. The sport also made its debut at the 2016 Rio Paralympics with Paratriathlon. The Australian team included six paratriathletes plus a Guide competing in Rio.
To be eligible, participants should have a hearing loss of 40 decibels or more in their better ear. Athletes with Vision Impairment in addition to their hearing loss will also be able to compete with a Guide.
Triathlon Australia commends the Albury Wodonga Triathlon Club and Triathlon Victoria for making this event part of the sporting schedule at the 2018 Australian Deaf Games, and providing Deaf and Hard of Hearing athletes the opportunity to compete in triathlon at the highest level in Australia.
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