Following on from the success of last year’s debut by three Paralympic champions, Panathlon is delighted to welcome Olympians and Paralympians – and a few mere mortals – to join us at this year’s AJ Bell London Triathlon.

Taking place on 8th and 9th August, the London Triathlon is the world’s largest triathlon, attracting over 13,000 triathletes of all abilities and 30,000 spectators cheering them on.

This year, Team Panathlon will consist of various relay teams and a few brave individuals doing the full Olympic triathlon on Saturday 8th August.

Our first relay threesome is our Paralympic team, which will see Liz Johnson swim 750m, Steve Brown hand-cycle 20km and Danny Crates run 5km, reprising his anchor leg from last year.

original filename = FOS10454Panathlon ambassador and Paralympic swimming champion Liz (pictured right) will once again swim in open water to set the team on its way.

“I’m delighted to be able to support Panathlon once again in the water and start our team’s efforts off,” she said.

“It’ll be great to have Steve on board this year, but I suspect he has the hardest leg to complete.”

Team GB wheelchair rugby captain at London 2012, Steve Brown will be making his triathlon debut for Team Panathlon next month.

Steve, who recently attended our Kent final (pictured below), will be using a specially-adapted hand cycle in his first ever cycling challenge.

Panathlon Challenge Kent Final Medway Park Sports Centre, 25 June 2015He will pass the metaphoric baton on to Danny Crates, recently seen on BBC One’s Masterchef.

Danny (pictured below), who is also a Panathlon charity patron, came out of retirement last year to run the 5km leg for Team Panathlon in a debut that can be seen in this short film.

Liz, Steve and Danny have all visited Panathlon competitions in the last month to inspire young disabled athletes and see first-hand the work of the Panathlon charity.

Up against them will be another Panathon team of other GB athletes with years of experience between them, albeit not in Triathlon!

Jo Calvino, ex-Olympic and four-time Commonwealth Games competitor, who recently won her 20th senior weightlifting medal, will be making her open water swimming debut for Team Panathlon.

Danny Crates - Essex PanathlonShe will be joined by former Team GB cyclist Jo McRae and four-time Olympic athlete Donna Fraser.

By taking on the 5km run, Donna will be stretching her legs longer than her usual 400m distance, but she’ll be hoping to outrun her former training partner Danny Crates.

Team Panathlon will also include 20 other competitors and teams from Miller Insurance, Panathlon charity employees, a teacher and a couple of age-group World Triathletes.

A joint relay team from long term supporters Woodland Group, Wortley Byers solicitors & Bird Luckin Accountants are participating and any contributions to their fundraising page is most welcomed!

Monies raised will be ploughed straight back to help some of the 6,000+ disabled children across the country who compete in their own ‘mini-Paralympics’ through the Panathlon Challenge.

Team Panathlon member Gregory Wilgosh, a teacher at Marlborough School in Bexley, south London said: “Panathlon provide numerous opportunities for which our children benefit throughout the year and I’m keen to put something back to this great charity.

“Our students were fortunate enough to compete in the Olympic Aquatics Centre earlier this month – another fantastic opportunity they have been given through Panathlon.”