||27 Mar 1988 (age 26)
Royal Marine Commando Joe Townsend lost both legs in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2008.
He got into triathlon when he completed the Ironman UK triathlon in Bolton in July 2011. Read the Ministry of Defence report
on this event. He has since completed the event again, and qualified for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, where he finished second in the disability category in a time of
Joe carried the Paralympic Flame into the London 2012 stadium as part of the opening ceremony. He was suspended by wires and made a dramatic overhead entrance to the arena.
Joe is currently employed by the Ministry of Defence and studying in London. He has future aspirations to work in elite sport Strength and Condioning.
Joe is a member of the UK Sport World Class Lottery Funded British Paraltriathlon squad and competes in the Tri1 category.
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