“I’m not just the support act”

As detailed in this month’s 220 column (issue 314, on sale today), my experience as a novice guide runner tethered to a trusting blind athlete was a steep learning curve, but at least took place on terra firma.


The same cannot be said for those mastering paratriathlon guiding, who also have to support through the swim and bike and negotiate transitions – and who, if part of the elite British triathlon programme, have to complete these tasks fast enough to cement expected Team GB berths for the event’s Paralympic debut in Rio next year. 

But that is the challenge Nicole Walters has taken on. The 25-year-old from Bath fell into paraguiding in 2013 to help out her sister’s friend and in two short years has progressed to being one of three funded guides tasked with helping bring back a pair of medals from Brazil next year.