LENNOX HEAD triathlete Clayton Fettell is making a name for himself with an impressive second place in the Ironman of Western Australia at Busselton.
In only his second attempt at a full ironman event, Fettell was pipped at the post by German Timo Bracht after leading for most of the race.
The 25-year-old's impressive performances have been helping build his name in the sport with a number of sponsors looking to get onboard.
European car manufacturer Skoda and Coffs Harbour's Bellbowrie Motors have been among Fettell's primary sponsors and this week presented him with a new car.
While overwhelmed, Fettell said his success had justified his years of hard work.
"I have been in the sport for 15 years now and devoted much of my life to training and competing at a high level," Fettell said.
"I have a passion for the sport and love doing it.
"To be rewarded for all my years of hard work by Skoda is amazing and it is great to have their support."
After his second place at Busselton and victory in Port Macquarie's half ironman event, Fettell has qualified for the Hawaiian Iron Man.
"To compete for the Hawaiian Iron Man is what I have been working towards the past few years," he said.
"To get a chance to compete at the relatively young age of 25 is a really big thing - it is usually dominated by much older athletes.
"The event exposes you to some of the most testing conditions and it really pushes your abilities."