"I really wanted to get back into triathlons as it pushes the boundaries of what I was told that I could achieve with one leg. "

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GO TRI helped me get back into triathlon.

I first got into triathlon back in 1998 and I really enjoyed doing sprint distances. This came after being a successful runner when I was in my youth and triathlon felt like the next step in my sporting journey.

I recently had my lower right leg amputated and managed to take on my first GO TRI in June 2018 at the GO TRI Bayside Tri Triathlon. I really wanted to get back into triathlon as it pushes the boundaries of what I was told that I could achieve with one leg.

On the morning of the GO TRI event, I was nervous, even though I knew each element was only a short distance.  The transition was my biggest mental hurdle to compete with, as well as completing the triathlon with a non-running leg! Getting to the finish line was my main focus, but plenty of challenges faced me along the way.

Reaching the finish line was incredible and overwhelming, the level of support from friends, family and the guys from Bayside Tri was fantastic and a credit to the event.

I attended the ParaTri World Cup at Eton Dorney in May and am looking forward to the Artic One Para and Triathlon Open event in July. As it’s still early days for competing, I’m looking to compete in the sprint distance as a team and potentially the super sprint as an individual – it all depends on how the stump feels!

Triathlon is a great sport to get involved in, you meet so many people from different backgrounds, but when it comes down to it, everybody is the same. Some are better at running, cycling and swimming, but it’s a great community to be involved in. If you haven’t tried a triathlon before, go along and watch an event or speak with your local tri club. GO TRI is a great introduction into the sport.

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