09:41AM, Friday 29 April 2022
Maidenhead's Katie Crowhurst has been included in Team England's Paratriathlon team for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham later this summer.
The team named for the Games includes Tokyo 2020 Paralympians Melissa Reid and Dave Ellis while Crowhurst and Oscar Ellis have been included after making their world championship debuts last year.
Crowhurst and her teammates are looking to capitalise on this once in a lifetime opportunity to achieve home success in their own country.
Last year was a breakthrough season for Crowhurst as she secured a silver medal on her international debut, a week before finishing sixth at her first World Triathlon Para Championships.
The Maidenhead Athletic Club member is visually impaired. She finished second in her category at the World Triathlon Para Cup in Portugal in an overall time of 1.11.01. Despite torrential rain she clocked 21mins47secs for the 5k run, 9.42 swim and 33.49 on the bike.
Crowhurst has been a MAC member since she was 10. She has been supported – and continues to be supported – by Craig West, Matt Snelling and Christina O’Beirne. They have been her guides on the track in the dark all winter (second session) and Craig is also one of her running coaches.
Her guide for the Commonwealth Games is set to be announced in the build-up to the event.
Having made her World Championship debut in 2021, she is excited about the prospect of her first Commonwealth Games. “To be selected for the Commonwealth Games gives me the opportunity I've always longed and worked for.
“The fact that it's a home Games will allow me to share my performance with the amazing people that have supported me over the years and that is something very special.”
Team England’s Chef de Mission, Mark England OBE, welcomed the athletes to the team: “The paratriathlon is always a special event and I’m very happy to welcome the athletes and two of their guides to Team England for the home Commonwealth Games. With previous medal winners and Generation 22 athlete David Ellis among the ranks, I’m excited to see how the team perform and I want to wish them luck as they aim to ‘Bring It Home’ this summer.”
The Commonwealth Games will have a fully integrated programme of para sport disciplines and this year’s Games promises to be extra special with fans set to be welcomed back into stadiums and arenas after Tokyo 2020 took place behind closed doors.
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