Two-time world ironman champion Chris McCormack knows a few things about triathlon and he rates the talent in Lauren Parker’s latest squad as “remarkable”.
Novocastrian para-triathlete Parker, who turned 30 last month, has been named in the Bahrain Endurance 13 Team alongside the likes of five-time world men’s triathlon champion Javier Gomez, two-time Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee and fellow Australian representative Ashleigh Gentle.
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McCormack works as a consultant for the elite group, which was formed by the prince of Bahrain Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad al Khalifa.
”Our 2019 roster, in our fifth year of racing, is absolutely remarkable,” McCormack said.
Parker said this week’s announcement was a “huge honour” and she will have her maiden race under the new banner at next month’s annual Sparke Helmore Triathlon in Newcastle, featuring a para-event for the first time.
“Very thankful for the opportunity to team up with the best triathletes in the world,” she posted on social media.
“Can’t wait to get stuck in and race under the #BE13 banner.”
Bronze medalist at both her debut Commonwealth Games and World Championships in 2018, Parker was named the Sport NSW athlete of the year with a disability and received the Ian Thorpe OAM outstanding achievement award from the NSW Institute of Sport.
The former triathlete became wheelchair bound after suffering spinal damage in a training accident in April, 2017.