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.
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