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male Para triathlete Dave Ellis cycling on a tandem bike behind his guide

David Ellis

Triathlon

As the top vision impaired (PTVI) athlete in his division for years, Dave Ellis finally has the opportunity to bring his talents to the next level with Tokyo 2020 in mind.

His category was confirmed for the 2020 Paralympic programme, a joyous news after being left out of Rio 2016 where the sport made its Paralympic debut.

Ellis has won the last two Para Triathlon World Championships and will go for a hat-trick in Lausanne, Switzerland. It would round off a perfect 2019 season for Ellis and his guide Mark Buckingham with the pair ending 2018 with five out of five wins on the international circuit. The record was even more impressive considering Ellis and Buckingham were only first paired last April.

Ellis was first introduced to Para triathlon at a talent identification day in February 2013. Three world titles, three European titles, and multiple international wins – he has already accomplished a lot. In fact, only twice has the British triathlete finished below second in his international career.

Before he discovered triathlon, Ellis was hoping to compete in swimming at his home London 2012 Paralympics, having competed in Beijing four years before. But he missed out on a place on the team by 0.09 seconds.
 

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
F13, T13

Further personal information

Residence
Heanor, ENG
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Sports Science

Sport specific information

Club / Team
City of Manchester Aquatics: Manchester, ENG

General interest

Most influential person in career
His mother. (britishswimming.org, 20 Jan 2010)
Hero / Idol
British swimmer Mark Foster. (britishswimming.org, 20 Jan 2010)
Other sports
He competed as a swimmer at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (derbytelegraph.co.uk, 13 Sep 2013)
Famous relatives
His brother used to swim at a national level as a junior. (britishswimming.org, 20 Jan 2010)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games. (britishswimming.org, 20 Jan 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heats 10
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Heats 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Final Round 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heats 7
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Final Round 5
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heat 2 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Heat 2 5
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Final Round 7
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Heat 2 3
Men's 100 m Butterfly S13 Heat 3 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Final Round 6