DARE 2 TRI: Mark Urquhart takes a break from training for the Australian triathlon championships in Sydney.
DARE 2 TRI: Mark Urquhart takes a break from training for the Australian triathlon championships in Sydney. Zach Hogg

Don't Dare2Tri and stop Mark Urquhart

MARK Urquhart's life has seen plenty of transformation - from soldier to paraplegic, from swimmer to triathlete - the Bundaberg athlete has powered through every obstacle on his path.

When Urquhart was in a skydiving accident he had a morphine pump inserted into his spinal column, but the fluid crystallised and when it shattered he became a paraplegic.

Following a hernia operation severe enough to have killed him, Urquhart started swimming to lose weight and get fit. Competing with the Rum City Masters Swimming Club he quickly impressed in the pool racing able-bodied athletes.

A few years later, and just months after his first triathlon, he has the competition at the World Triathlon Championships in his sights.

Bursting on to the national scene in 2013, Urquhart hadn't registered for the Australian qualifiers, and the selectors wanted to know why. He said being recognised as one of six athletes at the elite level was "insane" but had plenty of motivation to keep training and improving.



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