Sam Harding (triathlon) made his Commonwealth Games debut in Birmingham, winning silver in the men’s PTVI (vision impaired) event alongside guide Luke Harvey. His silver medal in triathlon in Birmingham, came just a year after he took to the athletics track at the Tokyo Paralympics. Living with choroideremia, a rare hereditary eye condition that caused the loss of most of his peripheral vision, Harding is classified as less severe partially sighted (PTVI3). 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. The following year, he moved to Canberra on 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 then 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 Devonport in February 2022.
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