Ben Boyd (1994) has qualified for the Ironman World Championship, a long distance triathlon, on the 14th of October this year. For the full story:
The race, which has a history back to 1977, incorporates a gruelling 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2km run. This endurance event takes place in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii with the course taking athletes along the Kona Coast where they tackle the “ho’omumuku” crosswinds of 72 km/h and 35oC temperatures. Clearly the conditions are punishing and require true commitment!
The Ironman World Championship is entry by qualification only. Ben was “lucky enough to get a qualification by competing at the Port Macquarie Ironman in May”.
Current rowing coach and former second prefect, Adam Becker (2008) achieved the feat of competing in this same event in Hawaii - for the full article, view the OC Magazine, Vol 54, no.1 March 2016 edition – pages 29, 30 and 31. Access it via this link: http://oca.org.au/magazine
We wish Ben the best of luck in the upcoming race in October!