Paratriathlete ready for his next big test

Marlpool paratriathlon David Ellis.
Marlpool paratriathlon David Ellis.

Paratriathlete David Ellis will be travelling to Liverpool in search of more success this weekend when he competes as part of the British Championships.

David, from Marlpool, who turns 27 this week, will be going into the British Paratriathlon event on the back of his victory last month in the Tri-Six B category at the European Paratriathlon Championships, at Alanya in Turkey.

David previously competed in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics for his country as a swimmer, but decided to make the switch to paratriathlons at the start of this year.

The Tri-Six category involves swimming 750 metres, followed by a 20k bike ride and a 5k run. David is visually impaired so he has a guide to provide assistance and for 2013 that is Luke Watson.

And after his recent European success, there will be a different set of expectations for David going to Liverpool this weekend.

He explained: “I didn’t go to Alanya with any set goal but was hopeful of doing well and maybe getting a medal, because my swimming was a strong suit, but to win was a great feeling.

“I knew I’d be competitive but had no way of knowing just how competitive because it was my first major championships since swapping over from the swimming. I changed at the start of the year as I felt I’d gone as far as I could and wanted a new challenge.

“I went into the Europeans as a bit of an outsider as I had only recently swapped over. It was really hot and I had to take it a little easier on the second lap of the running to avoid cramping up, but I do about 15 hours of training a week so that really helped me and I was really pleased with how it went. Going to Liverpool, I’ll be looking to do my best and hope to get at least a medal.”