Alison Patrick was recruited to triathlon from an athletics background in 2013. She is visually impaired (less than 10% vision) and races in the PT5 class with a guide athlete. Alison and her guide are tethered during the swim, ride a tandem bike and run with a tether. She is based at the Loughborough Triathlon Performance Centre, and has been a member of the World Class lottery funded British Para-triathlon squad since 2014.
Alison was working as a physiotherapist when she first joined the programme at British Triathlon, but has subsequently taken a break from her career to train full time in Loughborough. The move paid off almost immediately with a first ITU Para-triathlon world title in 2014.
Alison was drawn to triathlon when injuries prevented her from running as much as she wanted to and friends persuaded her to have a go. She had previously swum as a junior and raced in the 1500m on the track at international level. However, it was the 800m where she had most success, including a IBSA world title. She also represented Scotland as an able bodied runner at the World Mountain Trophy.
She made her Paralympic debut at Rio 2016 where she won silver in the women's PT5 event alongside guide Hazel Smith.
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