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Dad cycling with Rio and 10 other friends cycling together
Title "Who are we?"

OUR STORY

In the quiet corners of our world, Team AngelWolf was born, from a deeply personal journey, by a British expat family, residing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

A decade ago, Rio, our eldest child, (21, a person with disabilities from a rare chromosome condition - ‘1q44 deletion denovo’,) discovered a passion for inclusive races, particularly triathlons. To participate in inclusive triathlons, Rio’s dad or younger sister would swim pulling him a kayak, cycle on an adapted bike where Rio has a seat on the front and run pushing Rio in his running chair. They covered distances from sprints to Half Ironmans. This lead to participating in other races like marathons, ultra distances and obstacle courses … always including Rio.

So far Rio has participated in over 500 races internationally, with inclusion, covering over 15,000kms.

For Rio, racing weekly fulfilled a passion and purpose for him and made him feel ‘included’ within community, with equity not pity.

Globally, it has showcased the transformative power of sports for individuals with disabilities. 

Some of his races can last 20 minutes some can last 7 + hours for 7 + days;  to him, the longer the better, it fulfils his sensory needs!

Nick Watson portrait photo

Nick Watson

a.k.a DAD

THE
WOLF
PACK

Delphine Watson

a.k.a MUM

Rio Watson portrait photo

Rio Watson

a.k.a ANGEL

21yrs old with 1q44 Deletion Denovo Syndrome

Tia Watson portrait photo

Tia Watson

a.k.a LITTLEWOLF

17yrs old

Title "Who are we?"

WHO ARE WE?

TEAM ANGELWOLF MISSION / MANTRA

1.
INCLUSION:

  • Promote & show by example, inclusion, accessibility & equity for people with disabilities within our community; fostering a society that values diversity & empowers every individual  

2.
TEAMWORK:

  • Emphasise the significance of Family, Unity, Community & Teamwork within our WolfPack; underscoring the power of collaboration & collective effort

3.
DON'T GIVE UP:

  • Champion perseverance, recognising failure can be a positive & enduring spirit of “Pick Yourself Up” to find a better way ahead

WHAT WE HAVE DONE?

15,000+ kms

RACED

500+

RACES

3

GUINNESS WORLD

RECORDS

(5 KM & 10 KM

OPEN WATER SWIM)

1

OFFICIAL WORLD

RECORD

Tia (10yrs) & Rio (14yrs) 

SPRINT TRIATHLON

50

OLYMPIC / SPRINT /
SUPER SPRiNT TRIATHLONS / DUATHLONS 

19

MIDDLE DISTANCE TRIATHLONS

15+

OPEN WATER
SWIM RACES

20+

CYCLES
RACES

100+

RUNNING
RACES

30+

OBSTACLE /

TOWER CLIMB
RACES

SOME OF TEAM ANGELWOLF RACING HIGHLIGHTS

2024

  • 30+ Races so far ...

2023

  • Guinness World Record | Tia racing with Rio | Olympic Triathlon | 1,500m Swim, 40k Bike, 10k Run

  • #RideWithRio 30 Day Challenge | 100kms Everyday with Rio for 30 Days | June 2023

  • + 40 Other Races

2022

  • Mai Dubai Half Marathon | 21km Run (Team of 10 + Tia pushing Rio)

  • + 35 Other Races

2021

  • Ironman Dubai | 1,900m Swim, 90k Bike, 5k Run

  • + 50 Other Races

2020

  • #ClimbWithRio Burj Khalifa | Virtual Climb at home with Rio on Nick’s back | 829.3m Burj Khalifa

  • Grit+Tonic Triathlon | Sprint Distance Triathlon (Family Relay) | 750m Swim, 20k Bike, 5k Run

  • + 164 Other Races

2019

  • #TriWithRio | Day 1 Fujairah, Day 2 Ras Al Khaimah, Day 3 Umm Al Qwain, Day 4 Ajman, Day 5 Sharjah, Day 6 Abu Dhabi, Day 7 Dubai  | 7 Middle Distance Triathlons in 7 Days in 7 UAE Emirates | 1,900m Swim, 90km Bike, 21km Run

  • + 47 Other Races

2018

  • TriFest | Rio’s first Solo Triathlon | 200m Swim, 2.5k Bike, 500m Run

  • 11Tri Belgrade | Middle Distance Triathlon | 1,900m Swim, 90km Bike, 21km Run

  • Al Marmoom Ultramarathon | Team of 10 pulling Rio through the desert | 50km Run

  • + 57 Other Races

2017

  • The 7 Cyclist | Cycling 7 Emirates in 3 Days | 145k Bike, 129k Bike, 94k Bike

  • 2XU Triathlon Series | Tia racing with Rio | 200m Swim, 8k Bike, 1.25k Run

  • Ironman Turkey | Middle Distance Triathlon | 1,900m Swim, 90km Bike, 21km Run

  • + 54 Other Races

2016

  • Spartan | Obstacle Race | 5km Run carrying Rio on a stretcher

  • Dubai International Triathlon | Middle Distance Triathlon | 1,900m Swim, 90km Bike, 21km Run

  • + 37 Other Races

2015

  • Giant Duathlon Series | TRio’s first Solo Race | 250m Run, 1.5k Bike, 250m Run

  • Dubai Ironman| Middle Distance Triathlon | 1,900m Swim, 90km Bike, 21km Run

  • + 16 Other Races

2014

  • Dubai International Triathlon | Middle Distance Triathlon | 1,900m Swim, 90km Bike, 21km Run

  • Dubai Challenge | Middle Distance Triathlon | 1,900m Swim, 90km Bike, 21km Run

Team AngelWolf Pattern

"TOGETHER let’s be the catalysing agents of sustainable social impact by erasing the lines of exclusion and paving the way for community, active living, adventure, and sport for all, that excludes no one - INCLUSIVE IMPACTIVITY

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