World Triathlon has announced that Montreal will be joining the World Triathlon Para Series circuit in 2022, with an event that will ‘welcome the 80 best para triathletes of the world.’ The World Triathlon Para Series Montreal will be hosted on Friday July 8, two weeks after the Montreal Sprint & Relay Championships. The Parc Jean Drapeau, where the city’s Formula 1 circuit is located, will be the backdrop for medal events – six male and six female – scheduled for the second stage of the para series in 2022.
The venue at the Parc will see the athletes take to the Bassin Olympique for a 750m swim before transitioning out and onto five laps of the Gilles-Villeneuve race track, home of the F1 Grand Prix. The race concludes with a one lap run of the lake. The Montreal Para Series will be the second stop of the series this year, after Yokohama and before Swansea, with the para triathletes then ready for the World Championships that will take place in Abu Dhabi in November 2022.
The 2022 season will offer opportunities for all paratriathletes to test their performances before the Paralympic qualification period starts in June 2023. For the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, three more medal events have been added to the programme, which means that all classes except the PTS3 women will have a medal event at the Paralympics.
World Triathlon added that it wants to ‘thank Triathlon Canada, the local organisers, Sport Canada, the Quebec government as well as the city of Montréal, for again showing their total support for our sport and helping us delivering another magnificent event in the Canadian city, as well as providing great racing opportunities for all athletes.’