Multiple Australian and World Para-Triathlete Justin Godfrey will not only compete but be one of the key ambassadors for the 2017 Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival.
Godfrey is competing in Yarrawonga Mulwala after winning a silver medal in the ITU World Paratriathlon Championships in Rotterdam last month.
He will also speak to local schools about his amazing journey and will present medals on both Saturday and Sunday.
“I love competing in Yarrawonga, it's an amazing place to visit, the event organisers do a fantastic job and everything always goes smoothly,” Godfrey said.
“That atmosphere really gets you going and I can't wait to talk to the schools.”
Godfrey, who now resides in Albury, is no stranger challenges. After a motorcycle accident at the age of 15 his world was completely turned upside down.
“I spent many months in and out of hospitals in attempt to save my leg.
“After six years of trying I made the decision to have it removed.
“Since then I have always given everything a go and especially when I am told I can't.”
After his motorcycle accident Godfrey joined the Australian Wheelchair Basketball Association and played all around Australia for many years.
“Once I moved to Albury I took up Mountain Biking where I competed with able body athletes in cross country endurance events. One of my major accomplishments was finishing sixth in my age group in a solo twelve hour event.”
In 2012 Godfrey was introduced to para-triathlons and since then has racked up an impressive CV which includes 3 Australian National Championship wins, 3 ITU World Paratriathlon Championship wins, 3 ITU Oceania Para and 2 Cross Oceania Para Championship wins and I silver and 2 bronze medals in ITU World Paratriathlons.
Despite being a professional para-triathlete, a member of the Australian Elite Paratriathlon Team, Cross Triathlete, XC Enduro Mountain biker Godfrey continues to juggle his sport with work in Albury while also being a busy husband and father.
“My family is a big driving force as I like to show that you can do amazing things if you believe in you self.
“I use people around me, before my wife and kids I meet some amazing kids that made me realise that you are not the only one who has problems, so do something about it.
“It's not always easy but you need to have achieved goals and once you achieve one you take a look again.
“For me it's about getting better in myself. I am still always learning about my body and I live the small things and challenging myself.”
Godfrey is now looking forward to this weekend’s event where he will line against other able athletes. He will wear his prosthetic to the water start location and then need it to be placed in an area near the swim so he can easily hop to it after. In the bike area he has additional prosthetic legs for both the bike and run legs. For Godfrey it’s just another challenge he looks forward to completing in.