the races

Inclusive races Unified Event

Saturday August 10 and Sunday August 11, 2024

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Nyon triathlon commits to inclusive sport

The Nyon Triathlon is accessible to athletes with special needs, and we make every effort to accommodate them.

We are working with Special Olympics Switzerland and theSwiss Paraplegics Association to enable people with special needs to take part in this great sporting event, either on their own or in a group with family or friends.

In the spirit of inclusion, all the categories offered by the Nyon Triathlon are open to people with special needs. To ensure that everyone can take full part in this popular event, we are making the necessary adaptations to enable everyone to participate, and encourage sports enthusiasts to contact us.

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Integration and special adaptations

For those wishing to discover the joys of triathlon in a family atmosphere, the “Team Family” category allows you to discover the three triathlon disciplines with short distances and a wide range of adaptations.

For this category, material aids can be used, and for the swimming section, “human assistance” is available if necessary, as there is no launch.

Each participant performs with his/her group the discipline(s) (1, 2 or 3 disciplines to choose from) he/she wishes in the following order:

  • Swimming (50 m): The participant is allowed to swim with a board, frit, floating accessories, fins, goggles, mask, snorkel (other accessories accepted on request).
  • Bicycle (2 km): The distance can be covered by ordinary bicycle, bicycle with trailer, handcycle, tandem (other adaptations available on request).
  • Running (1 km): The distance can be covered on foot, in a joëlette, in an ordinary wheelchair/third-party push/electric wheelchair (other adaptations available on request).

Ranking is determined by drawing lots.

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All open races

If you would like to take part in another race with different distances, this is of course also possible. All the races can be viewed on our website and can be run, inclusively, as individuals or relays, with the necessary adaptations for each individual.

The Organizing Committee is committed to making the Nyon Triathlon accessible to as many people with special needs as possible. We strive to guarantee access to sports facilities and offer all necessary amenities.

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The Special Olympics movement

Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy-Shriver in the USA, and officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1988, Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports movement for people with intellectual disabilities, promoting their self-esteem, equality and recognition through sport. Today, the movement unites more than 4.9 million sportsmen and women in 172 countries. Special Olympics helps people with mental disabilities to develop through sport. These athletes have the opportunity to improve their self-esteem and self-confidence, as well as their physical fitness. Our events enable them to share special moments with other athletes, their families and their social environment.

Since 2014, Switzerland has ratified with the UN a Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) which wants to guarantee everyone, among other things, the same access to social, sporting and leisure life. That’s why Special Olympics Switzerland has decided to develop an inclusive sports offer for children and teenagers with special needs. In 2017, over 400 people took part in regular training sessions at 49 clubs across Switzerland. Of these 49 structures, 25 have been awarded the Special Olympics Switzerland label, which certifies their inclusive work.

The main aim of this program is to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in the field of sport, by giving people with special needs – particularly children and teenagers – access to inclusive, quality sport. In concrete terms, the aim of this program is to ensure that children with special needs in Switzerland participate regularly and actively in sporting activities in ordinary sports structures – such as sports clubs or popular sporting events – as well as in the social life of these structures. To achieve this goal, Special Olympics develops offers either in “Unified Clubs” or in “Unified Events”. A “Unified Club” is a sports club that respects the principle of an “inclusive society” and puts the CRPD into practice. It is accredited by Special Olympics Switzerland and enables people with special needs to take part in regular sporting activities, as well as actively participating in the club’s sporting and social life. A “Unified Event” is a sporting event that respects the principle of an “inclusive society” and puts the CRPD into practice. Certified by Special Olympics Switzerland, it enables people with special needs to take an active part in the sporting activities on offer, and promotes social cohesion between people with and without disabilities. An adapted category allows the participation of people with a limited level of performance.

Map and disabled access

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