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After choosing to stop playing football through injury in 2012, I needed a new challenge. One Sunday afternoon my father in law asked if I’d ever considered triathlon. At first I laughed, but then decided I would give it a go. At that stage I could hardly swim a length of front crawl, had only really cycled as a kid, and only ran on a football pitch. Triathlon was certainly going to be a challenge. I took on that challenge, and I’m really pleased I did. Following my first triathlon in 2013, I was hooked. It wasn’t until a year or two after that I knew anything about the possibility of Great Britain Age Group qualification, but as soon as I did, that was my number one focus. I didn’t know whether it would be possible, but knew I wanted to give it a good go. I joined a club, and with all the support and camaraderie around you, it’s so much easier to improve and achieve your goals. Fast forward to 2018, and I’m about to take part in my first GB event at the European Aquathlon Championships in Ibiza. It is a real honour to have qualified for the GB Age Group team, and I’m relishing the challenge of trying to improve myself even further. Being my first GB experience, I haven’t set the same types of goals I do for other events; the main focus for this event is to enjoy the prestige of wearing the GB colours, with my wife and 2 boys there to cheer me on, and to do the best I can. Anything on top of that is a bonus.
This is very exciting for myself and my children. I started Triathlon 4 years ago after suffering with mental health problems. My best friend had been doing them and I cheered her on. After having knee surgery I started swimming and cycling. The exercise helped free my anxiety and has given me the confidence to make goals and reach them, in fact smash them! So one Friday afternoon I entered myself into a Triathlon on the Sunday, I didn’t even have a bike. I found one and gave it a go. I loved it!
After winning at 3 different events in my age group I decided to try to qualify for GB. In December I packed up my children and drove down to Wolverhampton. It was cold and wet but it didn’t stop me. With my children cheering from the side line I earned myself a place to represent GB in the age group team in the World Aquathlon Championships! in Denmark in July.I trained to be a Triathlon coach and with all my children taking part in the sport, it’s fair to say we are a fairly crazy family.
I started running 8 years ago to get some fitness. I knew I could swim ok and could ride a bike so decided to give Triathlon a go. I really caught the bug after my first race and haven’t looked back since. I love to push myself and racing is the perfect opportunity to do this. It makes all the training worthwhile. As my results improved over the years qualification for the GB Age Group team seemed a possibility. I have now competed at GB age group level in both Aquathlon (swim and run) and Triathlon (swim, bike, run) at European and World championships, with my best result placing 7th at last years World Aquathlon Championships. This year I will once again be taking part in the World Aquathlon Champs and I have qualified for next years European Sprint Triathlon championships.