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Hazel Smith (guide to Alison Patrick)

Hazel is a para-triathlon guide working with visually impaired athletes. She is originally from Newcastle Upon Tyne and now lives in Edinburgh when she is not training in Loughborough.

Hazel is a former Scottish national age group swimming champion. She won the 200m breaststroke title as a 13 year old. At Durham University she competed at national level in rowing. Durham has strong traditions in rowing and at 6ft with a background as a swimmer, rowing came naturally. However, it was triathlon that she later settled on after her parents bought her a road bike for her birthday in 2010; her father also competes in triathlon.

In 2014 Hazel won both the national Sprint and Standard distance national titles in her Age-Group (25-29). She was also selected as a reserve for the Scottish Commonwealth Games Triathlon Team.

At Rio 2016 she made her Paralympic debut as a guide for Alison Patrick, the pair winning silver in the women's PT5 event.

Hazel has a BSc from Durham University in Environmental Geoscience and an MSc from Newcastle University in Sustainable Water Management.

Major results

2016 Rio Paralympic Games

2016 ITU Para-triathlon World Championships, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

2015 ITU Para-triathlon World Championships, Chicago, USA

2015 ETU Para-triathlon European Championships, Geneva, Switzerland

2014 ITU Para-triathlon World Championships, Edmonton, Canada

2014 ETU Para-triathlon European Championships, Kitzb├╝hel, Austria


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