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March 16, 2017
I am 54 years old, originally from the UK and moved to Victoria BC in June 2004 after completing my 22 years colour service with the British Army. I am married to Diana, who is from Victoria which is what brought me here.
From September 2004 to January 2008 I was the head personal trainer at Club Phoenix Fitness and Health Gym. On January 8th 2008 to present date I have been employed with the Saanich Police Department as the Equipment Officer.
Fitness has been a big part of my life and Since 2010 I have combined that with Fundraising and raising money for Cops for Cancer, Tour De Rock to support Pediatric Cancer Research and help send kids go to Camp Good times, a week getaway where they can forget about the illness and just be kids. My goal was to try and raise $100,000 in five years and today I believe the total is around $145,000 raised thanks to so much amazing support from family, friends and an amazing community up and down Vancouver Island.
My dad passed of cancer in 2009 and when I got back from the UK to lay him to rest (sadly he passed the day I flew back to see him as he took a bad turn very quickly) I knew I wanted to give back.
In 2010 I grew my hair and went Billy Idol white for a laugh and it raised $2,300.
In 2011 with hair Billy Idol white I ran over the Malahat Mountain from Duncan to Victoria (60km) in 7hrs 19mins and raised $13,500.
In 2012 the Billy Idol Look was back and I pulled a Brand New Mini(from BMW Victoria) 12 times around the University Ring Road, a total distance of 22km which raised $35,000.
In 2013 I was honoured and privileged to be asked to be a special guest rider with the Tour De Rock, my Billy Idol look again back and fundraising that year saw me complete a 24hr bike ride around the Ring Road of the University as well as silent Auction and other activities which combined raised $31,000.
In 2014 I (Billy Idol) went back to the University Ring Road and completed a 30hr bike/run fundraiser where I cycled for a while then jumped off the bike and ran for a while. This continued until my 30hrs were up. The monies raised that year were $25,000.
In 2015 and 2016 I completed Ironman Canada in Whistler BC as well as other triathlons including the Victoria 70.3 and in 2016 the ITU Penticton Triathlon Challenge was also conquered all in the Billy Idol Look. Monies raised for those years were $20,000.
2017 will see me complete the Victoria 70.3, Ironman Canada and I will represent Canada in the ITU Worlds in Penticton and yes you guessed it, Billy Idol will be the look and raising money for the Kids.
My first Triathlon was in the August of 2013, a sprint race here in Victoria BC. I had always wanted to do a Triathlon but thought I never would as I was not a swimmer, but my best Friend Victoria Shannon talked me into the race so it was time to start to learn how to move in the water. From there I was hooked, a coach Jasper Blake of B78 Coaching, a former Canadian Ironman Champion was contacted and a program was put in place to improve in all genres. In 2014 Victoria and I went up to Whistler as a volunteer, where I assisted on the Saturday with the athletes bringing their bike into T1. On Sunday the day of the race I was a wetsuit stripper on the beach as they exited the water, from there I went and did security at T2 until 7pm and then to the finish line where I was a catcher at the finish line, assisting the athletes after their amazing fete of accomplishment.
I was blown away with the atmosphere and the comradery amongst the Triathlon Family and the next morning we both signed up for Ironman 2015.
My Training is intense and I train 6 days a week, sometimes 3 times a day. There are days when I am up at 4am to get my first training session in before I start work at 6am. My Coach Alicia Bulmer of B78 Coaching has put a great program together for me to make sure I am race ready. I believe that time management is so important in my daily schedule and balancing that with my personal life, work and training. I am very lucky to have my wife Diana, who supports me 100% and is my number one fan.
I think both my biking and running are on par but I have come a very long way with my swimming thanks to Coach Jasper Blake and Alicia Bulmer and my running over the last year thanks to all the athletes at West Coast Run Group and Coach Jason Ball.
I am very lucky to train with so many amazing people who are so inspiring, motivating and dedicated in their quest to pursue their goals. They keep me grounded and make me want to better myself. You only live once so live life to the full with no regrets.
Believe in yourself, do it for you, train hard but above all have fun doing it. You are the only one that can stand in the way of your own success. When you cross that finish line the pride you will feel in your accomplishment will make all those hard training days so worthwhile and you’ll be looking for the next adventure.