Sam Harding (triathlon) and guide Luke Harvey will make their Commonwealth Games debut in Birmingham where events for vision-impaired triathletes will also be on the program for the first time. Harding originally competed in tandem cycling, before switching to running after winning three gold medals – in the 400m, 800m and 1500m – at the 2009 Paralympic Youth Games in Melbourne. In 2010, he moved to Canberra after gaining a scholarship with the Australian Institute of Sport. Harding was selected for the London 2012 Paralympics but was bedridden with glandular fever on the day of his race and was unable to compete. He decided to make the 800m his goal for Rio 2016, only to have the event dropped for the program. Harding finally became a Paralympian in Tokyo, finishing 11th in the 1500m T13, then decided to switch to triathlon after a discussion with psychologist Avish Sharma. He competed in two triathlons as a solo competitor before making his tethered debut in the Devonport in February 2022, beating home Tokyo Paralympian and Birmingham teammate Jono Goerlach. Harding was taught to swim by acclaimed Paralympic coach Yuriy Vdovychenko and his running coach is Philo Saunders. He has choroideremia, a rare hereditary eye condition that caused the loss of most of his peripheral vision.
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