TRIATHLON: When it comes to world titles, Gulmarrad's Kim Elvery is certainly no novice.
The 60-year-old triathlete is deep in preparations for another tilt at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii on Sunday.
Elvery has been kicking goals on the world ironman stage since earning passage in her first attempt at the distance five years ago.
Now, despite moving up an age grade in Hawaii, the Clarence Valley Traithlon Club president is looking better than ever.
"She is in some great form heading into the world titles,” club vice-president Darren Adams said. "She has been in Hawaii for a few weeks now preparing, and is coming off an impressive run at a 70.3 event in Mooloolaba last month.”
Elvery earned selection for Hawaii after taking out her age group at the Australian Ironman Championships in Port Macquarie earlier this year.
Her husband Brian, who has gone along on the trip for emotional support, missed his own qualification for worlds by one place.
Adams admitted Hawaii was not for the faint of heart at this time of year, but it would be second nature for the Yamba competitor.
"Kim trains pretty much the whole year round. There is a lot of hours that go into her preparations,” he said.
"It is just a different ball game when you get to that level, but she is looking as good as she ever has.
"I think she would have to be looking for a PB at best.”
Adams said the entire club would be watching from home and cheering her every step of the way.
"Everyone at the club really looks up to her,” he said. "To keep going for this long and to sustain that level of competition injury free, it is almost unbelievable.
"We are always proud of her and what she has achieved.”