Triathlons / aquathons / duathlons

Triathlon will make its Paralympic debut at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Triathlon involves a swim, cycle and run leg and triathletes can compete individually or in teams. The sport features different events including Aquathlon (swim and run) and Duathlon (run and cycle).

Download our triathlon, aquathon and duathlon fact sheet for more details.

Local programs

Contact your local triathlon club for information about come and try opportunities and membership. For a list of triathlon clubs in your area, visit Triathlon Queensland.

If you would like assistance making contact with your local club, please contact us.


Coaching and development opportunities are provided through local triathlon clubs and governing bodies for the sport.

Competition opportunities and pathways

Triathlon events often feature categories for males, females, children, beginners, teams and people with a disability (known as para-triathlon). Para-triathletes can compete at all levels, including national championships and international events including world championships and the Paralympics.

Para-triathletes have to be classified to compete at national and international level.


Triathlon requires a suitable outfit for swimming, cycling and running, as well as a bike and running shoes. Para-triathletes who use a wheelchair will need access to a handcycle and a track chair, which may be available for hire from the Association. If you are interested in purchasing your own handcycle, tandem cycle or racing wheelchair, click here for a list of suppliers and manufacturers.

Photo of Marakye Jonkers crossing the finish line of a Gold Coast triathlon in a track wheelchair

Other roles

You don’t have to be a triathlete to be involved. You can make a contribution as a volunteer, coach, team manager, official, administrator of the sport or as an enthusiastic supporter. For more information, contact your local triathlon club.

Working with mainstream sport

We are pleased to welcome Triathlon Queensland as part of the Sports CONNECT Queensland network as the organisation aims to develop more opportunities for people with a disability to participate in triathlon as triathletes, coaches, officials, administrators and volunteers.

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