Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ultimate Goal to Conquer Kona; Harvey Working on Toughest Challenge

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ultimate Goal to Conquer Kona; Harvey Working on Toughest Challenge

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Byline: David Lems david.lems@qt.com.au

Balanced approach

INTERNATIONAL competitor Jarrod Harvey has found the right recipe in his life as he tackles an exciting new stage in his sporting career.

"I didn't have a balance before, whereas now I've got a balance,'' he said, sharing what many talented athletes experience.

"I've got a really lovely partner, a job and I'm still studying as well. So I've still got interests outside of triathlon.''

GROWING up in Boonah, Jarrod Harvey wanted to play rugby league.

"Even until I was about 14, I was going to play for the Australian Kangaroos, play for the Broncos,'' the former Boonah State High School student said. "But it wasn't for me.

"I did Little Athletics and all that and I always got last in the 100, 200, 400.

"(From) 800 up, I used to win. I was always getting records and stuff at cross country out at Boonah.''

But that wasn't his sporting future.

With encouragement from his supportive parents, Harvey discovered triathlons, where he represented Queensland and gained Australian selection.

However, his childhood sporting dreams were again shattered when the promising teenager felt burnt out from "too much too soon''.

Years later, it's a different story. One with renewed ambition and purpose.

Harvey is refreshed, having balance in his life tackling an even more demanding sport.

He's representing Australia in half ironman triathlons.

Having enjoyed success at five gruelling events, his longer-term goal is to win a world title at the home of torture tests.

"The eventual aim is to be an ironman pro and race in Hawaii,'' Harvey said.

"The ultimate, ultimate dream would be to race and win Kona one day.''

Now based at Augustine Heights, Harvey has been doing half ironman events to develop his strength.

He knows that succeeding over the full ironman distances -- swimming 3.8km, cycling 180km and running a marathon (42.2km) -- takes years of hard work.

A competitor's body has to be moulded into their 30s to cope with the extreme pressures.

However, if Harvey's highly motivated attitude is any indication, the Ipswich sportsman is well on his way. …

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