Commonwealth Games Scotland has today announced that Paralympic silver medallist Alison Peasgood has secured her place in Paratriathlon, at this summer’s Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Visually impaired (less than 10% vision) Alison races with a guide athlete, who she is tethered to during the swim and run, and cycles with on tandem bike.
A former world and four-time European champion, Alison first took up the sport in 2013, having transitioned from athletics. She won a stunning silver in the PT5 event on her Paralympic debut at Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, alongside guide Hazel Smith and narrowly missed out on a medal at last year’s Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games finishing in fourth place along with her guide Nikki Bartlett.
Alison – who was born in Kirkcaldy and lived in Ayr – has taken a break from her physiotherapy career to train full-time and is based at the University of Stirling Triathlon Performance Centre. She has been a member of the World Class National Lottery-funded British Paratriathlon squad since 2014.
Speaking about her selection, Alison said “I’m excited to represent Scotland as it’s so rare to get that opportunity and it is fantastic that Paratriathlon will once again be on a big stage and will reach a much wider audience.
“My training has been really consistent over the winter; I’ve been working with a new coach and have a more stable guide support which has made training easier. I am excited to put it all together this race season.
“The crowds in Leeds last year at the Para World Series was beyond anything I’ve experienced, outside of Rio 2016. I fully expect Birmingham to be as good, if not better. I studied at University of Birmingham so it will feel like a home race with lots of friends and family able to come watch. I can’t wait!”
Team Scotland Chef de Mission, Elinor Middlemiss said, “I am delighted for Alison that she has been selected to represent Scotland at Birmingham 2022 and make her Commonwealth Games debut. Alison brings a huge wealth of competition experience to the team and I am looking forward to seeing her compete this summer.”
The athlete who will guide Alison will be selected and confirmed in the lead up to the Games with two athletes in contention, Brooke Gilles and Hazel Macleod.
The Paratriathlon (for athletes with a visual impairment – PTVI) events will take place within the beautiful surroundings of Sutton Park, a 2,400 acre National Nature Reserve located 6 miles north of the city centre. It’s one of the largest urban parks in Europe.