Former Royal Marine Commando Joe Townsend got into triathlon when he completed the Ironman UK triathlon in Bolton in July 2011.
He has since competed at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, where he finished second in the disability category in a time of 11:35:52 (2012) and has established himself as one of the best PT1 para-triatheltes in the world.
He competed for Paralympics GB in Rio in September 2016. Joe also carried the Paralympic Flame into the London 2012 stadium as part of the opening ceremony.
He was suspended by wires and made a dramatic overhead entrance to the arena, even though he is actually scared of heights.
Gold Coast 2018 was Joe’s Commonwealth Games debut and he won gold in the men's para-triathlon.
27 March 1988
Gold Coast 2018
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games - Gold
Ironman World Championships - Silver in the disability category
Competed for Paralympics GB in Rio in 2016