Jy on a high in nutri-grain series
BYRON BAY surf lifesaver Jy Timperley has plenty to look forward to as he aims to cement a spot in the Nutri-Grain Ironman Series.
Timperley, 18, qualified for the first event at Queenscliff in Sydney where he finished 12th and now has his sights on the second round at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast in two weeks.
There is a new race format for the opening three rounds this year, with the top 14 athletes in qualifying gaining entry into that round of the Nutri-Grain series.
They are joined by the top six professionals who have already qualified.
After the third round, the top six ranked non- professionals gain automatic qualification for the rest of the series.
"I'm really happy at the moment and my goal is to make each race,” Timperley said.
"It's kind of like a dream come true already and I decided a while ago to give it a real crack this season.
"I didn't start that well but I wasn't overly nervous about it and I was happy with how I went (in the first round).
"If I could keep going and automatically qualify for the last few rounds that would be great.”
Timperley has just completed high school at St John's College Woodlawn and has moved to the Gold Coast where he now competes for Currumbin.
He took out the inaugural Under-19 male race at the Coolangatta Gold last month in 4 hours 17 minutes 13 seconds, which was almost seven minutes clear of his closest rival.
He is training full-time three times a day during the week and is about to start work as a lifeguard.
His father, Gary Timperley, was the first professional surfboard rider from the region and toured the world in the 1970s and early '80s.
"I'm really committed to training hard, eating right and looking after myself,” Jy Timperley said.
"I'm pretty well rounded on the beach and I always felt like I was meant to do something in the water.
"I've always been around it and would follow dad around surfing from a fairly young age.
"Coolangatta Gold was a long race for me but I'm pretty proud to have that win to my name.”
Lennox Head product Tanyn Lyndon will compete in the second round next weekend after missing the first.
Former Lennox Head and Cudgen surf lifesaver Nathan Gray also qualified in the first round and is aiming for a spot in the series.