David Wood from Wimborne, a member of Poole Athletics Club, is hoping to compete in the Aquathlon World Championships and desperately needs funding.
Three years ago, David Wood signed up to participate in an Ironman triathlon (2.8km swim, 180km bike, 42.2km run) as part of a fundraising effort for Macmillan Cancer Support. He had never participated in a triathlon or anything similar. The commitment sparked a passion for multi-sport racing and he began taking part in more events. As he learned more about the sport he developed an interest in representing GB at international level and discovered the Age Group programme for non-elite, but high-performing athletes.
He says, “As an everyday person off the street, with all the usual commitments of a demanding career and with three young children, I saw this as just a pipe-dream. However, over the last few years I have committed to as much training as life will allow, and have enjoyed considerable success at a variety of multi-sport races.
“A couple of months ago I received invitations from The Age Group team manager at British Triathlon to compete as part of the team at the Aquathlon (Swim/Run) European Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia in May, followed by the Aquathlon World Championships in Penticton, Canada in August.
“I was over the moon to find out that I had qualified and am performing at a level that enables me to represent my country. However, this is just the start of the challenge. I can manage my time, training and pain thresholds to ensure that I perform to the best of my ability, but I need to get to these events first.”
Racing at Age Group level is entirely self-funded and does not come cheap due to the entry fees, race licences, flights and accommodation. Nor do all of the associated costs of equipment, affiliation fees, insurances, training, and coaching. David says that the reality is that he has to consider that he may have to relinquish his place within the team. He is trying to find potential individuals and companies who may be able to offer funding or sponsorship. David added, “All contributions would be hugely appreciated, and as a colleague said to me, if 250 people put in just £10 each, we’ll be able to get you to Canada!”
“As a parent, and a teacher in a secondary school, I hope that attending these events will inspire my children, my students, and young people within the community to strive for great things and show them that dedication and hard work pays off. I would gladly offer my time, knowledge and enthusiasm to anyone that can make use of it in recognition of support that I receive.”
If you can help David, please go to: www.gofundme.com/DavidWoodGBAquathlete