Iain Dawson is a visually impaired multi-sport athlete from Norfolk, England. He started taking part in triathlon events during 2009 and went on to win national, European and World titles alongside the World duathlon (run-bike-run) championships the following season.
After a difficult 2011 season beset by injury, mechanical problems and bike crashes Iain cam back stronger than ever to take another European and World triathlon double by winning both titles in 2012. He continues to strive for sporting excellence and achieved further podium finishes at major international championships in 2013.
Iain’s long-term aim is selection and success at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games where triathlon will be included for the first time.
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 learning difficulties. 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 other 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 of the riders Iain has worked with achieving World titles over the years. Although spare time is now quite limited due to world and triathlon commitments, Iain and Jill are still involved in running a weekly multi-sports club in South Norfolk.