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The International Triathlon Union holds events for athletes with a disability and BCBSRA athlete Brian Cowie finished second at the World Championships in Cancun, Mexico in 2002.

Some of the recent ITU rule changes for athletes with a disability include:

  1. All blind athletes must be guided regardless of the degree of blindness
  2. Blind athletes may not be seen to be pulled through the race course at any time by the person guiding them. Especially during the run portion of the race the guide must not at anytime be in front of the blind athlete and be judged as pulling the athlete along.
  3. Starting in the year 2003 all blind athletes competing in an ITU World Championship or qualifying race must be guided by the same sex as the athlete.
  4. On the run portion of the race course the only acceptable footwear attire are running shoes. The only exception of this rule is with leg amputees who may use a flexfoot or like prosthetic.
  5. At the ITU World Championships all AWAD athletes will be required to provide a doctors letter outlining their degree of disability.

Triathlon Canada has endorsed the position of the ITU and is encouraging provincial association to organize events for athletes with a disability.

For more information contact BCBSRA.

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