Iain Dawson is a visually impaired multi-sport athlete from Norfolk, England. He started taking part in triathlon events during 2009. In 2010 he went on to win national, European and World titles alongside the World duathlon (run-bike-run) championships.
The 2011 season proved a difficult one beset by injury, mechanical problems and bike crashes. However Iain came back stronger than ever in 2012 to take his 2nd European and World triathlon titles as well as gold in the World aquathlon and bronze in the World duathlon events, showing his resilliance.
2013 saw another set of medals won with 2nd at the European Triathlon championships and 3rd at the World triathlon championships.
With the announcement that visually impaired male athletes would be excluded from the 2016 Rio Paralympics, Iain ventured into middle and long distance races. In 2016 he completed Ironman Norway 70.3 and also took the European title over the same distance.
This was followed up by winning the World Aquathlon title for a second time and also winning the World Long Distance triathlon title in 2018 following back problem that ruined the previous year and threatened his future participation in the sport.
2019 saw another successful year where Iain broke the World Ironman record with Guide Duncan Shea-Simmonds in 10 hours and 31 minutes for the 3.8km swim, 180km bike and marathon run.
Iain has a long history of sporting participation since childhood. He has previously enjoyed taking part in athletics, football, cross country skiing and cycling. Prior to competing in triathlon, Iain was an international cyclist, racing at two European and two World championships as well as at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics in both track and road events.
Outside of the sporting world, Iain is a Physiotherapist for the NHS working with people that have a learning disability. A large part of Iain's role is in promoting physical activity and a healthy lifestyles. Iain also specialises in something called 'rebound therapy' which uses a trampoline to help achieve a wide range of health and social benefits for it's participants.
Iain, alongside his wife Jill has previously been heavily involved in coaching sports to people with learning disabilities on a voluntary basis through an organisation called Special Olympics. Iain's main focus was on cycle coaching with several coached riders achieving World titles over the years.