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Joe Townsend
Name Joe Townsend
Sex Male
DOB 27 Mar 1988 (age 28)
Hometown Eastbourne
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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 o11:35:52 (2012).
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, even though he is actually scared of heights.
Joe is currently employed by the Ministry of Defence and studying in London. He has future aspirations to work in elite sport as a Strength and Condioning coach having become the first UKSCA accredited strength and conditioning coach in a wheel chair.
At the Invitus Games in 2014 he won four gold medals on the atletics track. He also took part in the cycling and power lifting events.
Joe is a member of the UK Sport World Class Lottery Funded British Paraltriathlon squad and competes in the PT1 category. 
Major results:
Gold: Invictus Games 100m, 200m, 400m & 1500m IT4 Athletics 2014
Bronze: ETU Paratriathlon European Championships 2014
Follow Joe on Twitter @joetownsend1664.

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