Urquhart sends a simple message after winning a world title
MARK Urquhart understands change more than most people - in his life the 48-year-paratriathlete has made the transformation from a soldier, to an unhealthy middle age man to a world champion.
Over 1.45:03 Urquhart battled physical pain and mental demons to claim gold in the PT1 class in Edmonton, Canada, and he could scarcely believe he would return to Bundaberg with a gold medal.
Urquhart started his journey by swimming to lose weight and despite it being one of his strongest legs was the most uncomfortable. After just 150m Urquhart had rotator cuff problems but pushed on.
He described the bike course as hell but all was forgotten when he crossed the finish line.
After the race Urquhart posted on Facebook his thoughts on his new title. "PT1 open class 2014 World Champion, bahaha that is hilarious," Urquhart posted.
It seems like a long way from when he would sit at home dreading what each day would bring, now he is on top of the world and has a few words on what people can achieve.
In a separate post Urquhart said after anyone has a dream as long they kept working towards it anything was possible.
"Start by seeing it in your head as if it has already happened then work from there. Big dreams, small goals, faith and belief in yourself even if no one around you does and put one foot in front of another," the newly-crowned world champion posted.
"Eventually it will happen. The universe will make a path for you.
"The secret is belief and forward motion, that is the secret to life - nothing special."
Urquhart added while people might come across hard times, or the dream might seem impossible, never listen to negative, only positive, the rest is nothing.