Mildura Weekly : Friday December 19 Vol 9 No 7 2014
SPORT 35 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2014 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU By ADAM LUITJES GETTING up at 3am to train during the summer months might seem mad to some, but local triathletes Glen Walker and fiancee Jodie Gibson wouldn’t have it any other way. The pair were recently named Coomealla Triathlon Club Triathletes of the Year – an award given to mem- bers who display outstanding leadership, attitude and commitment to the sport. “I was shocked because I don’t see myself as an ath- lete,” Jodie said. A late bloomer, the 41-year-old entered her first team triathlon nine years ago, finishing in last place. Not deterred, the Mildura Specialist School educa- tion support worker persisted until she was fit enough for her first individual race. “I don’t come from a sporting background,” Jodie said. “At the age of 32, I entered a team event with a friend, I couldn’t swim, and never thought I could do a triathlon.” Now training twice a day, Jodie has completed two Ironmans (3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42km run), with her most recent performance seeing her shave al- most an hour off her previous best time. “IhadagoalwhenIwas35,thatbythetimeI turned 40 I would complete an Ironman,” Jodie said. “I have a real fear of the ocean, so my first Ironman was a fresh water event in New Zealand.” Overcoming her salt water demons, Jodie will next year compete in the Melbourne Ironman, and the gru- elling Challenge Roth Triathlon in Germany. Having witnessed first-hand the obstacles that Jodie has overcome, Glen said he was proud of his fiancee. “What is great about Jodie is that she helps other triathletes, because she knows what they are going through,” Glen said. “Jodie has had to confront a lot of things, like learning to swim as an adult. “It’s quite an accomplishment from her point of view, and she’s always on the lookout to help other people and share her knowledge.” A champion swimmer – who has twice finished second in elite World Masters events – the 53-year-old Gol Gol Primary School principal was drawn to triath- lons “for something completely different.” Training with Jodie every day, Glen enjoys pushing himself physically and mentally. “My weakest discipline is running, so I’m always working on how I can improve my efficiency,” Glen said. “It’s about goal-setting and self- improvement.” Jodie and Glen named Tri Club champions • TOP TRIATHLETES: Jodie Gibson and fiancee Glen Walker were recently named the Coomealla Triathlon Club Triathletes of the Year. By ADAM LUITJES IRYMPLE Football Club ris- ing star Liam Garlick will next season compete in one of the best junior football leagues in the country. The 17-year-old has re- located to Adelaide where he will line-up for SANFL side South Adelaide. Leaving family and friends in Mildura, Liam has started pre-season training with the Panthers’ Under 18 squad under the guidance of coach Tony Bamford. “I’m excited and look- ing forward to the chal- lenge,” Liam said. “It now comes down to dedication and commitment.” Enjoying a breakout se- nior season with the Swal- lows, Liam caught the eye of South Adelaide scouts at this year’s Under 18 inter- league game. With hopes of getting drafted into the AFL, Liam said it was a decision that had to be made. “It’s a big move,” he said. “I’ll be living with my nan in Aldinga, and attend- ing Willunga High School.” Despite kicking 16 goals on the half-forward flank for the Swallows, Liam is expecting a move up the ground next season. “I have been told I’ll be playing as an attacking midfielder, who will swap in the forward line,” he said. “I’m 84kg at the mo- ment, but they are wanting totonemeup,soIhavea midfielder’s body.” Having played a one-off Under 18’s game against Port Adelaide last year, Liam knows the level of in- tensity that is required. “Playing at that level is going to improve my fit- ness, and my strength over the ball,” Liam said. “I’m going to learn where to po- sition myself on the field for different stoppages, so it’s really going to benefit my footy.” A talented all-round sportsman – who has played State tennis, base- ball, athletics and cricket – Liam says his number one priority is football. “I’m putting all the other sports aside, and con- centrating on footy to see where it takes me,” he said. “A mate from South, Caleb Daniel, got drafted this year to Western Bulldogs, which was good to see.” Having tested himself against the region’s best footballers, Liam feels ready for senior SANFL football if the opportunity arises. “I feel prepared because I had Brad Eaton and Do- nato DeAngelis (Irymple co-coaches) by my side pushing me along,” Liam said. “My aim is to play Reserves football, and the coach has told me if I play well I’ll be a chance.” SANFL beckons for talented Liam • BIG OPPORTUNITY: Irymple Football Club’s Liam Garlick will line up for South Adelaide next season.
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