OUR ATHLETES 'TRI' HARD
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.
POWERING ON: Darren Wadsworth competed in the Airlie Beach Triathlon.