Lisa Skinner
Lisa Skinner

Ballina triathletes head to Hawaii

BALLINA Triathlon Club will have its presence known at the Ford Ironman championships in Hawaii next month.

Luke Harrison, Damion Davis and Lisa Skinner have qualified to compete in the gruelling event which consists of a 3.8km swim, a 180km bike ride and a 42.2km marathon run through tough ocean waves and challenging lava-covered terrain of the Hawaiian islands.

The athletes have been training individually and each has had to overcome several obstacles on their way to the championships.

Davis, who is competing in the 40-45 years division, has had to battle his way through training after injuring himself from a bike accident.

“I have had two injuries in the past month that have hindered my training to the point where I have only had a few sessions in the past month,” he said.

“I came off my bike training in Lennox Head and kind of lost my rhythm and got out of sync with my training but I’m still keen to get over there and have a real crack at it.”

Thanks to an excellent result in the Port Macquarie Ironman competition in March, Luke Harrison has qualified to compete in the 30-34 years division in Hawaii.

Harrison credited a tough and balanced training regime that has got him physically and mentally prepared for Hawaii.

“I train pretty much every day doing at least two disciplines of cycling, running or swimming

then I up the intensity on weekends,” he said.

“The nerves are starting to kick in now because it’s such a big event and you don’t get too many opportunities to compete in something this big.

“I am hoping to make a good showing in the run – that’s my strongest area and where I need to be at my best.”

Skinner is competing in the 45-49 years division and said she can’t believe how quick the event has come around.

“It’s been tough training all winter but hopefully all the hard work is about to pay off,” she said.

“It’s such a privilege just to compete in one of the biggest events in our sport; it really is the pinnacle event.”

The trio leave for Hawaii this week where they will represent the Ballina Triathlon Club at numerous dinners and functions leading up to their individual races.

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