Athletics

Commonwealth Games: World No 1 pair aiming to bring gold medal back to the RAF

Senior Aircraftman Luke Pollard is the guide for top visually impaired triathlete Dave Ellis at the Games in Birmingham.

An RAF triathlon guide is aiming to make up for disappointment at the Paralympic Games by bringing home the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Senior Aircraftman Luke Pollard and his visually impaired partner Dave Ellis are the number one ranked pair in the world but are still haunted by their disastrous showing in Tokyo last year.

They didn't manage to finish their race due to a broken bike chain but a gold medal in Birmingham will make up for that disappointment.

"The Commonwealth Games, especially a home one, is going to be exciting," said SAC Pollard.

"We were pretty disappointed in Tokyo."

Ellis added: "It was pretty tough. To not even finish the race was quite devastating, really."

Since the Paralympics, the pair have won every race they've competed in including the British Championships.

In Birmingham, they will also be competing at the same time as able-bodied competitors which marks a step forward for the sport according to the pair.

"I think it shows what level of athlete we're at and all the rest of the athletes are at," said Ellis.

"It'll probably showcase para-triathlon and what a great sport it is."

SAC Pollard also said: "Even since 2019 when I started, I've seen the sport move on in the right direction.

"Hopefully, it'll just continue on that way."