VICTOR HARBOR – It is not unusual for obstacles to be placed in front of Victor Harbor quadriplegic Sid James. It is the norm for Sid and in his latest quest to compete in the Hawaiian Ironman in October with triathlete Kevin Fergusson, a number of hurdles have been hit.
So what is happening with Sid and Kevin's “iron will” to take on Kona in Hawaii?
The pair did not receive a wildcard entry and Sid has spent time in hospital with a “large attack” of kidney stones.
“The conventional way is to get into the wildcard lucky five draws, which would enable us to compete in the Hawaiian Ironman. The lucky five draw was done in the middle of May and unfortunately we did not get our names pulled out to get a spot,” Sid said.
“There are many ways and means about achieving our goal, you know it is the right thing and passion will get you there. I have written a letter to the Hawaiian Ironman team in regards to what it means to me, along with a story about what I've done and what I haven't done. Kevin has also written a letter to several people and had meetings, but we have had no replies yet, but we will not give in.
“My passion has died a little lately, as after competing with Kevin in the Henley Beach Marathon, which we finished. Unfortunately that night, I was rushed to Flinders Hospital with a large attack of kidney stones.”
Since then Sid and Kevin have not had any training together. Kevin in the meantime has continued to forge his fitness and Ironman reputation by training and competing in the Cairns Marathon.
One thing is for certain, you cannot stop Sid. He has vowed to pick himself up and is determined to fulfill his dream of competing in Hawaii.
“Once this side of my health is fixed up, we will start training again. We will be training all the way up until we leave, hoping along the way we will gain an entry into the Hawaiian Ironman. Even if we haven't got a spot before the race start, Kevin will have a plan, especially with all the people in high places in Hawaii,” Sid said.
“We still have some fundraising to go in the coming months to help assist the cost of taking a doctor and support workers to assist me during the trip to Hawaii and Kevin and I wish to thank the community very much for their generous support so far.”