Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

{Teaming Up to Get Results} {Working Together Offers Motivation}; Sharing the Sporting Arena Works for Coast Professionals and Their Partners

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

{Teaming Up to Get Results} {Working Together Offers Motivation}; Sharing the Sporting Arena Works for Coast Professionals and Their Partners

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Byline: Toby Walker toby.walker@scnews.com.au

IN the sporting pantheon, golf and the triathlon are undoubtedly pursuits that place heavy demands on athletes, especially those competing at the highest level.

Both require intense levels of concentration and consistency over long periods, not to mention an unwavering commitment to training.

To be included among the elite in either sport, as the occasionally Noosa-based former world number one triathlete Greg Bennett and Caloundra golfer Sarah-Jane Kenyon are, is a testament to their natural talent and the sacrifices made to get there.

But despite their success in sports known to celebrate individual achievement, both find themselves in the position of having long-time partners who, unlike most others, know what it's like to be in their shoes.

Greg's American-born wife Laura represented the US in triathlon at the recent Beijing Olympic Games and has ranked among the sport's top female competitors for years.

Meanwhile, Sarah-Jane's fiancee Duane Smith (they plan to marry at home in Caloundra in January) is a talented golfer who has put his own ambitions of playing at the top level on hold to be her caddie on the US Ladies PGA and Futures tours for the past two years.

So the question begs: does a relationship that extends from the personal to the professional arena put more pressure on a making a good partnership or is it a bonus that motivates each to perform better?

Greg said one of the things he and Laura could easily understand about each other was the inevitable tiredness that came with the 24/7 commitment to triathlon.

"We moved in together almost immediately and there was a process of really getting to know each other," he said.

"It took some time with understanding, giving and taking from each other.

"But we have built our relationship on a lot of communication between the two of us, and understanding that we are tired a lot and that is when you need to give each other space.

"Training hard and being determined to succeed is the easy part.

"We actually have to help each other relax and take some down- time."

And while Greg said it was great to have a training partner in Laura, and someone who also understood the recovery and nutrition aspects associated with triathlon, he admitted he would think twice about continuing his celebrated career were she not there to be part of it. …

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