What made you get into triathlons?

Well, I came from a wheelchair racing background, mainly racing on the roads over full and half marathon distances. I fancied a new challenge that would get me out of my comfort zone and decided to choose triathlon.

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What has been your proudest/best triathlon moment?

Okay. So this is a really tough question. My proudest moment to date was putting on my GB trisuit for the first time, which incidentally was my first triathlon, European Championships 2013! I came away with a gold medal.

 

What has been the biggest challenge you have faced?

The biggest challenge for me has been a financial one, mainly the cost of the handcycle. They’re a bespoke piece of kit and don’t come cheap!

 

Who is your inspiration, and why?

Easy, Haile Gebreselassie. The man is a legend, he came from nothing and believed in his dream. I have had the pleasure of meeting him a couple of times and he’s such a nice man, his smile says it all!

 

What are your future goals?

Rio 2016 Paralympics. To get there I have to stay focused, healthy and injury free. I have a great team supporting me and every day I get the opportunity to better myself.

 

What would be your one piece of essential advice to someone looking to start up triathlons?

Do something different, get out of your comfort zone and you might not like it, but at least you can say you have tried it. The beauty of triathlon is that it’s for everyone. With events all over the country of varying distances, it’s accessible to all abilities.

 

What is your favourite piece of triathlon kit?

That’s got to be my handcycle. It’s great to be able to ride out on the road; you get a real sense of freedom. I love my wetsuit too, it’s awesome being able to bob about in the middle of a lake, no one sees my disability there.

 

What’s your favourite thing about triathlons?

I love the variety of training for the three disciplines and putting them together on race day.

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And as its Fathers Day, what would be your advice to Dads out there?

Family is massively important to me, it’s part of my drive. Managing quality time at home is a challenge but it’s essential to get the balance right. I’ve found with my children that it’s the little things that count; watching their favourite, TV show, cooking a meal together and even answering these questions!

 

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Photos provided by British Triathlon.