THREE disabled athletes will showcase the ultimate in courage in the upcoming Yamba Triathlon Festival.
The Gold Coast's Bryce Lindores, his father Greg Lindores and Damien Williams will compete as a team in the Olympic Distance event on September 6.
Greg Lindores was told he would never walk again after a motorbike accident left him on death's door aged 21. He will contest the swim leg.
Bryce, now 27, became blind six days before his 18th birthday when a towing rope snapped. He has since competed at two Paralympics in cycling and will ride a tandem bike with Yamba's Russell Leary as his guide.
Williams will run the final leg with the assistance of Yamba physiotherapist Simon Ruse. At 13, Williams blinded himself in one eye when pulling a nail out of timber. Then at 27 a golf ball hit the other eye leaving him totally blind. Now 43, he has achieved amazing feats including seven marathons in seven days.
Ruse completed his first marathon on the Gold Coast two weeks ago in a time of three hours 38 minutes. He expects the 10km run will be a bigger challenge for him than for Williams.
"This will be a new experience for me," Ruse said.
"Damien runs very fast so it could be a really big test.
"If we're overtaking or being overtaken I'll be making a fair bit of noise. It's my job to make sure he comes back in one piece."
Leary is hoping the disabled trio's inspirational story will help motivate the community to become involved in the event.
"Life wasn't meant to be easy," Leary said. "Look at what these guys can do. If a disabled team can do it, then anyone can put a team together. Let's rally behind this triathlon.
"The first one last year attracted 450 entries and had a massive impact on Yamba and its economy."
The team category makes the event more accessible to people who are not strong in one discipline but can do another as part of a team..
This year the triathlon is the first event on the 2014-15 Elite Energy Tri Series calendar.
YAMBA TRIATHLON FESTIVAL
WHEN: September 5-6
WHERE: Ford Park, Yamba
EVENTS: Olympic, Sprint and Enticer distance triathlons; McDonald's Miniman; 2km and 5km Fun Run; 1km Ocean Swim; Health & Lifestyle Expo.
ENTRY INFO: http://www.eliteenergy.com.au/yamba