Paratriathlete George Peasgood named in Great Britain squad for Rio Games
PUBLISHED: 11:55 18 July 2016 | UPDATED: 11:55 18 July 2016
Debden Green's George Peasgood has been selected as part of the Great Britain Paralympic Squad to take part in the inaugural paratriathlon
event in Rio on September 10.
Peasgood, who started training with Walden Junior Triathlon club in 2009, has a lower leg impairment following an accident aged two-and-a-half.
He has been racing with the Great British paratriathlon squad since attending a Talent ID day in 2011, thanks to the forethought of Derek Jones, who was then chair of Walden TRI and a coach within the junior section.
In 2012 he was lucky enough to attend the London Olympics as a visitor and as part of the Paralympic Inspiration Programme.
For the last four years he has been following a rigorous training programme, under the guidance of Steve Casson and the other paratriathlon coaches, at The Training Hub, based at Loughborough University.
Since moving to Loughborough 2 years ago he has gone from strength to strength.
Peasgood is the current British Paratriathlon PT4 champion and has had a terrific year so far winning gold in Penrith, Australia, and finishing fifth at the European Championships in Lisbon, Portugal.
Following the International Olympic Committee’s decision to include paratriathlon in the 2016 Rio Paralympics, they reorganised the categories of disability, and within Peasgood’s PT4 class, below elbow and below knee impairments were grouped together making it a competive category.
Jack, George’s elder brother, who has also been involved in triathlon for many years and currently works with the Great Britain Paratriathlon Squad, will be travelling with the squad to Rio, as part of the support crew.