Ironman in making
BUNDABERG'S Riley McGregor remains optimistic about his future in the Nutri Grain Iron Man series after proving he could mix it with the best in Australia at Tugun on the weekend.
The 18-year-old Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club star made the semi-finals of the Iron Man series trials on the Gold Coast on the weekend but was not able to make the final cut.
“Just to be down there competing against guys of their calibre was pretty special,” he said.
“On the first day I was lined up at the start line standing right next to Dean Mercer, which was a bit unreal.
“It didn’t last long though, as soon as the start gun went, he was out of there.”
The competitors had three rounds of Iron Man trials at the Tugun Surf Life Saving Club over the weekend.
McGregor made the semi-finals in one of the rounds over the weekend.
“I didn’t think I was going to be able to dominate.
“These guys have too much power and I’m only in my first year of Under-19s but to make the semi-finals was a good confidence boost,” he said.
“To see how those guys do it and pick up a few tips from them was good.
“And it made me realise how hard they have to work and how fit they have to be to make it.”
McGregor hopes to one day compete in the Iron Man series but had not intention of trialling this year.
But after winning the North Australian championships earlier in the year, he was invited by Surf Lifesaving Australia to compete in the event.
The organisation pays for the travel and accommodation at the trials for two juniors from each state.
He plans to move to the Gold Coast next year to attend university.
“Now I know what it takes to get there and how a lot of these guys compete it will be a great experience for me down the track,” he said.