A TRIATHLETE who last year competed in Beijing, is set to travel to New Zealand next week for the grand final of the Triathlon World Championships.
Stephen Greene, 42, lives in Hognaston with his wife and son, and started competing in triathlons to help shake off hours spent in the office.
Now, Mr Greene is preparing to travel to New Zealand on October 11 as part of GB Age Group Triathlon Team and will compete on October 22.
For the last year, Mr Greene has been training for up to 15 hours a week in running, cycling and swimming as well as joining Matlock Swimming Club where he swims three times a week.
He said: “I’ve been very inspired by our Olympic performance especially Alistair and Jonny Brownlee who got gold and silver in the triathlon.
“Alistair’s time for the final 10k run would have got him a fifth place in the 10k where Mo Farrah won gold, and that’s after the swim and the run.
“They will also be competing in New Zealand, but not the same race.
“I’ve also been hugely inspired by the Paralympics and having seen the para triathletes in Beijing last year and realised that my level of effort and commitment was no match for theirs, I have volunteered to help out the GB Para Tri team in New Zealand.” Last year, Mr Greene competed in Beijing on his son’s birthday. This year, the triathlete was beaten by the seven-year-old in a race at home.
Mr Greene added: “My family have been incredibly supportive as ever and I always feel I get an extra boost when competing knowing that I have them to answer to when I finish.
“It had better be a good result, especially as my son, Thomas, beat me in a race for the first time. He was on his bike and I was running, but he will never let me forget it.
“In one race I came off the bike and their support (they are normally the loudest by far in the crowd) turned to worry when I appeared carrying rather than riding my bike.
“But as they realised that I could still sort of run, they cheered even louder which helped me ignore the cuts and bruises and put the option of quitting out of my mind.”