FIRING WALL: Yamba triathlete set for home race
TRIATHLON: The last year has been one whirlwind ride after another for Yamba triathlete Lindsey Wall.
At the start of 2015, Wall won three major events including the BCU Coffs Tri, the Tweed Coast Enduro and the Goondiwindi Hell of the West. But things quickly went downhill for the primary school teacher as serious illness forced him out of events late in the year.
And when he returned to competing at the 2016 Goondiwindi Hell of the West, Wall hit the bottom of the ride.
"At the end of last year I kept struggling with sickness," Wall said. "So I had a quiet period over Christmas, built my strength up and made the journey to Goondiwindi.
"But it went terribly wrong. Nothing went right on the day, nothing was on my side.
"So I went into South West Rocks (last weekend) to prove a point to myself, and to those around me. I wanted to prove that I am still all right, I can still compete with the best and I just had an off day at Goondiwindi."
Wall did more than just prove he could compete with the best at South West Rocks - he defeated the best to take out the Trial Bay Triathlon last weekend.
Now he is gearing up to take on all-comers in his home town Yamba this weekend, but his mind may be elsewhere during the event.
"This weekend I am taking a relaxed approach to the event," he said. "Last year I won the Coffs Tri and with that being the weekend after Yamba, that is the one I am really aiming at.
"I am still excited to get into the one at home because I want to show all the locals my ability. It will be good to have my friends who don't always get to travel to see me compete come out and watch.
"It is really good to have triathlon back in Yamba after the hiatus last year. It is pretty obvious that this is the perfect place to host an event."
The reinvigorated TriYamba is expected to be bigger and better than ever since its change in time slot from the beginning of the warmer months to now at the back-end of the triathlon season.
"Our return to Yamba is due to popular demand," Elite Energy spokesman Sebastian Gallery said.
"The local council and the local people requested that we come back.
"I think it is a little bit more of a convenient time for people to come to Yamba, in terms of weather it is also better for racing.
"The former date in September was right at the start of the triathlon season as well, so it was less likely for competitors to attend.
"Whereas now it is poised at the business end of the series and should attract a healthier number of starters."
Gallery said Elite Energy were very excited to return to Yamba as it is the perfect setting for an event and is welcoming to the family aspect of triathlons.
"We love being back in Yamba," he said.
"It is a chance for people to venture into the beautiful part of the world that Yamba inhabits."