Tri Port Challenger player profile

Wednesday 22 December 2010

Tri Port Challenger player profile


by Mat Churchill

The spiritual leader (even if it is self-proclaimed) of Port Douglas' own team of hardcore Tri Port Challengers, Nick Carling, is chomping at the bit to be unleashed on the gruelling Challenge Cairns course.

Let's find out what makes him tick.

Nick Carling

The Newsport: What do you do for a living, Nick?

Nick Carling: I'm a Personal Trainer and the owner of Actin Fitness

TN: Why are you taking up the Challenge?

NC: A few reasons. In Triathlon, an Ironman distance event is like a grand final in football. Finishing it is like winning a premiership.

I love a challenge and there is no such word as 'Can’t'. Anything is possible, it is just whether we choose to have a go or not, and I want my clients, family and friends to see that, and find motivation from, my hard work and achievements so they can too set themselves goals and achieve all they set out to achieve.

Finally, this is something I will probably only do once in my life time, and with the help from our specialist Trevor from Spinewise in Melbourne, and the great team I have to work along side with, there is no better opportunity to accomplish something so great in the best place in the world.

TN: What's the biggest challenge you've had to undertake?

NC: Taking the big step of opening my own business and being self employed, has most definitely been worth it though and I love every minute of it!

TN: What's your favourite leg of the triathlon?

NC: Hmmm let me see…The swim? Constantly kicked and whacked in the head with people swimming over the top of you….Nope.

The ride? Constant burn and fatigue in the legs, sore back, headwinds…..Nope.

The run? Already absolutely buggered, plenty of time to think “what the hell am I doing?”….I think not.

Transition and finish line for me!

TN: Why should locals be excited about the event?

NC: With the struggling tourism industry we currently have, this is going to be a huge boost to the economy with thousands upon thousands of people from all over the world coming to participate and support this event.

Many don’t realise just how big triathlon is as a sport and this event is going to be bigger than anyone can ever imagine. This is a perfect opportunity to showcase this beautiful part of the world and fire up the economy in the area.

TN: Who is the team mate you most admire and why?

NC: James Long. With a family and a job as a chef, for James to finish this race I reckon will be the inspirational story of the event.

TN: Any last words?