A TEAM of additional support needs athletes will compete in the Gourock Triathlon for the first time thanks to staff from Inverclyde Leisure.

Employees of the leisure trust have made adaptations that will allow fitness enthusiasts Jonathan Spark, Stephen Coyle and John McAulay to take part in the annual event on Sunday August 18.

John, not pictured, will be allowed to complete the cycling leg of the race in the gym, for example, as he cannot ride his bike on the road.

Team-mate Jonathan will take on the 5k run, while Stephen will do battle in the pool.

The trio will compete under the team name 'Three Musketeers'.

Port Glasgow man Jonathan, 30, said: "I'm looking forward to it.

"It's something new for me. "I enjoy being active."

Their participation in the event is thanks to IL fitness co-ordinator Brian Gilmour, who helps to organise the triathlon.

Greenock swimmer Stephen, 24, who trains with Port Glasgow Otters, said: "I'm excited and I'm training hard. "It's the first time I'll be involved in the event but hopefully not the last."

The trio train in Gourock and at the Waterfront Leisure Complex in Greenock every week, accompanied by Lisa Ruddy, day centre officer for Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP).

Lisa said: "I support the guys on a Thursday and it's been over a year now we've been together accessing the gym and pool.

"They were looking for something to get involved in and we're delighted Brian and IL were able to do this.

"They've adapted the triathlon to allow the guys from day opportunities to take part. "It promotes inclusivity in a community event."

The triathlon will feature individual, team and junior races.

Fitness advisor Graeme Wallace, who is based at Gourock Gym, said: "It's good to see everyone taking part.

"We wish the guys luck with the triathlon."

The closing date for entries is July 21.

For more information, visit www.entrycentral.com/inverclydeleisure