Tag: Ironman Triathlon
A triathlete has wept tears of joy after helping his quadriplegic best mate achieve his lifelong dream of completing an Ironman race.
Hundreds of spectators cheered as Kevin Fergusson, 59, pushed Sid James, 60, in his wheelchair across the finish line of the 15th Ironman Western Australia in Busselton on Sunday night.
The South Australian mates completed a gruelling 3.8km swim, 180km ride and 42.2km run in 14 hours, 14 minutes and 39 seconds – more than two hours within the 17 hour time frame given.
Ten years ago, personal trainer Tim Morris suffered the unimaginable: a T-4 level spinal cord injury after a rollover car accident that left him in a month-long coma with a broken neck, back, ribs, shoulder, hand and punctured lungs.
Morris is now paralyzed from the chest down but, rather than limit him, he has turned his tragedy into inspiration by competing in some of the most challenging competitions in the world, including the Boston Marathon.
“Impossible is an opinion, to me it means IM-possible … Ironman possible.”
The inspirational words of South African triathlete Pieter du Preez after he became the first quadriplegic athlete to complete an Ironman event back in December at the Busselton event in Western Australia. With a finish time of 13 hours and 20 minutes, du Preez smashed the boundaries for what is possible and continues to lead the way in paratriathlon. Not prepared to bask in his world record breaking achievements, du Preez has big plans in place for 2014, with one word on his mind: Kona.
Pat Rummerfield is a busy man. He is a marathoner, an Ironman Triathlon finisher, a speedboat racer and a world-speed-record-setting auto racer. He is a motivational speaker, an avid researcher and fundraiser for spinal injury treatment.
Rummerfield is a quadriplegic with no feeling in his legs from the knees down since he was in an auto accident in 1974.
With two-thirds of his spinal cord non-functioning, by all accounts, he shouldn’t even be able to walk. As detailed in a 2008 Post article, he continually baffles doctors and scientists, who hypothesize that he has been able to maintain muscle function through continual exercise.