Last weekend Joel Wooldridge, a member of the Viking Foundation, completed his first Ironman at Ironman Australia in Port Macquarie. Joel aged 21, finished with a brilliant 7th place in the pro division. We are proud at the Viking Foundation to see Joel win his first pay cheque in triathlon, doing it the hard way, in Ironman.
His debut was an outstanding performance and with time and dedication will see Joel start his climb up the pro ladder. We thank his coach Rob Pickard for laying the foundation that facilitated Joel's ability to go the distance at an early age but to also do it as a pro who was competitive all day. I hope all our followers will follow Joel's path, hopefully one day Kona.
Joel, who his Viking teammates affectionately call ‘Billy’ has followed in his fathers foot steps as his dad also completed ironman. Billy's twin brother Josh is also a very competitive triathlete who also dreams of one day being a professional athlete.
Billy will now set his sites on going to Europe to join his team at the Viking Foundation training camp in St Moritz, Switzerland. The journey to Kona has now begun and we wish him every success in the future to make it a reality.
Well done Billy.
You didn't start the fire..., but you’re in it now!
Let’s see how far we can go.
Just the way I see it
Maiden Ironman for Billy. Congratulations, excellent effort.