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British Para-Triathlate Army Veteran Sets Sights On Paralympics

British triathlete Steve Crowley, a single-leg amputee who has risen to the top of his sport, has hopes of Paralympic glory...

The Soldiering On Awards, which highlight the outstanding achievements of current and former servicemen and women, are being held this Friday for an eighth year.

One of the prizes to be given out will be for Sporting Excellence, with Invictus Games archer Matt Neve and Britain's Strongest Disabled Man Mark Smith in the running.

The third man completing the group is British triathlete Steve Crowley, a single-leg amputee who has risen to the top of his sport and has hopes of Paralympic glory.

British para-triathlon is currently on a high, with golds for Team England's Jade Jones and former Royal Marine Joe Townsend at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast of Australia.

And their team-mate Steve Crowley had his best season so far in 2017, with the former Welsh Guards lance corporal now on the world-class performance programme.

British Para-triathlate Army veteran Steve Crowley

Steve spends between eight and 10 hours on the bike every week but initially, it was running that became his rehabilitation after he lost one of his legs in an IED explosion in Iraq in 2010 when he was 33. He told Forces Network:

"[I've] kind of always considered myself to be a runner... and it was a sense of normality to do that again."

The veteran now has a rigorous training schedule, in daily contact with his coach and the British triathlon set-up.

Starting out in 2014, Steve was a member of the talent squad but following his medal-winning performances at the European and World Championships last year, he has now been added to the world-class programme. He said:

"Last season was by far my best season. I medalled in every international race... [now] it's really about building on from those solid foundations.

"There's plenty of positives to take... I aim to win or be as close to winning as I can in every race. Next season onwards it's about trying to get points to qualify for the Paralympics."

His next event is the Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon Series race in Japan - one he failed to qualify for last year.

Steve will begin a training week in preparation for that the morning after the Soldiering On Awards - but he doesn't want to miss such a great event so he'll be attending and leaving for the airport at 3am the following morning.

It's been a steady rise to the top for Steve and it seems a place where he feels comfortable and focused.

Injury is a frustrating part of every athlete's life but Steve has already shown he can overcome it.

His silver at the ITU World Triathlon Championships in September came despite being out for seven weeks due to injury in the lead-up.

It showed a strength of character that is already seeing him achieve at the highest level.

Major Results

 

 

  • 15th Sep 2017 - 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam: 2nd
  • 28th Jul 2017 - 2017 Edmonton ITU World Paratriathlon Series: 1st
  • 2nd Jul 2017 - 2017 Altafulla ITU Paratriathlon World Cup: 1st (above)
  • 16th Jun 2017 - 2017 Kitzbühel ETU Triathlon European Championships: 2nd
  • 4th Jun 2017 - 2017 Besancon ITU Paratriathlon World Cup: 2nd
  • 24th Jul 2016 - 2016 Rotterdam ITU Paratriathlon World Championships: 14th
  • 4th Jun 2016 - 2016 Aviles ITU Duathlon World Championships: 5th
  • 15th May 2016 - 2016 Aguilas ITU World Paratriathlon Event: 7th
  • 16th Apr 2016 - 2016 Kalkar ETU Duathlon European Championships: 2nd
  • 16th May 2015 - 2015 GBR Paratriathlon National Championships: 5th
  • 10th Aug 2014 - 2014 GBR Paratriathlon National Championships: 7th

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