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Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Inge Hansen Inge.Hansen@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

FOR Dar­ren “Wadsy” Wadsworth, not even a back in­jury could stop him from com­pet­ing in his favourite event of the year – the Color­bond Air­lie Beach Triathlon.

Just over two years ago, Mr Wadsworth, 43, frac­tured his back in five places, forc­ing him to spend mul­ti­ple nights in hospi­tal and to put phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity on hold.

But in­jury didn’t hold him down for long and a few short months later, he was back into his favourite sport.

On Sun­day, Mr Wadsworth com­peted in the Sprint Dis­tance In­di­vid­ual Males sec­tion of the Triathlon and he said he couldn’t be hap­pier with his re­sult.

“I got close to my per­sonal best to­day so I’m ab­so­lutely rapt,” Mr Wadsworth said.

“I en­joy the run­ning leg the most – it’s my favourite. Swim­ming needs a bit of work, though.”

Now 43, the Air­lie lo­cal of 10 years said he wasn’t stop­ping any time soon.

“I love the sport,” he said.

“It gets the en­dor­phins go­ing and it’s good for fit­ness.”

Paul Arvid­son, also 43, was another im­pres­sive com­peti­tor com­ing first in the En­ticer sec­tion after tak­ing 15 years off triathlons due to an in­jury in 2000.

“I do the triathlon al­most ev­ery year and I came back last year after hav­ing 15 years off so I’m try­ing to make a come­back now,” he said.

PHOTO: INGE HANSEN

POW­ER­ING ON: Dar­ren Wadsworth com­peted in the Air­lie Beach Triathlon.

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