Justin joins as am­bas­sador

The Free Press (Corowa) - - CLASSIES (03) -

Mul­ti­ple Australian and World Para-Triath­lete Justin God­frey will not only com­pete but be one of the key am­bas­sadors for the 2017 Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Mul­tisport Fes­ti­val.

God­frey is com­pet­ing in Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala af­ter win­ning a sil­ver medal in the ITU World Para­triathlon Cham­pi­onships in Rot­ter­dam last month.

He will also speak to lo­cal schools about his amaz­ing jour­ney and will pre­sent medals on both Satur­day and Sun­day.

“I love com­pet­ing in Yar­ra­wonga, it’s an amaz­ing place to visit, the event or­gan­is­ers do a fan­tas­tic job and ev­ery­thing al­ways goes smoothly,” God­frey said.

“That at­mos­phere re­ally gets you go­ing and I can’t wait to talk to the schools.”

God­frey, who now re­sides in Al­bury, is no stranger chal­lenges. Af­ter a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent at the age of 15 his world was com­pletely turned up­side down.

“I spent many months in and out of hos­pi­tals in at­tempt to save my leg.

“Af­ter six years of try­ing I made the de­ci­sion to have it re­moved.

“Since then I have al­ways given ev­ery­thing a go and es­pe­cially when I am told I can’t.”

Af­ter his mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent God­frey joined the Australian Wheel­chair Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion and played all around Aus­tralia for many years. “Once I moved to Al­bury I took up Moun­tain Bik­ing where I com­peted with able body ath­letes in cross coun­try en­durance events. One of my ma­jor ac­com­plish­ments was fin­ish­ing sixth in my age group in a solo twelve hour event.”

In 2012 God­frey was in­tro­duced to para­triathlons and since then has racked up an im­pres­sive CV which in­cludes 3 Australian Na­tional Cham­pi­onship wins, 3 ITU World Para­triathlon Cham­pi­onship wins, 3 ITU Ocea­nia Para and 2 Cross Ocea­nia Para Cham­pi­onship wins and 1 sil­ver and 2 bronze medals in ITU World Para­triathlons.

De­spite be­ing a pro­fes­sional para-triath­lete, a mem­ber of the Australian Elite Para­triathlon Team, Cross Triath­lete, XC En­duro Moun­tain biker God­frey con­tin­ues to jug­gle his sport with work in Al­bury while also be­ing a busy hus­band and fa­ther.

“My fam­ily is a big driv­ing force as I like to show that you can do amaz­ing things if you be­lieve in you self.

“I use peo­ple around me, be­fore my wife and kids I meet some amaz­ing kids that made me re­alise that you are not the only one who has prob­lems, so do some­thing about it.

“It’s not al­ways easy but you need to have achieved goals and once you achieve one you take a look again.

“For me it’s about get­ting bet­ter in my­self. I am still al­ways learn­ing about my body and I live the small things and chal­leng­ing my­self.”

God­frey is now look­ing for­ward to this year’s event where he will line against other able ath­letes. He will wear his pros­thetic to the wa­ter start lo­ca­tion and then need it to be placed in an area near the swim so he can eas­ily hop to it af­ter. In the bike area he has ad­di­tional pros­thetic legs for both the bike and run legs. For God­frey it’s just an­other chal­lenge he looks for­ward to com­plet­ing in.

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