Darron, 45, made a triumphant return to triathlon in 2010, eight years after he was paralysed in a bike accident while training for a triathlon. Last year, Darron achieved his goal of completing an Olympic distance triathlon within 10 years of his accident. He has competed at two Paratriathlon World Championships and this year completed his first half Ironman.
Darron always had a passion for triathlons and after acquiring his disability in 2002 from having a bike riding accident with a car, he regained his interest from watching a fellow athlete race in Recliffe and started to swim again and train in a racing chair. He was then given the opportunity to race at the world Paratriathlon championships in Budapest.
Darron has competed in National hand cycling competitions and World Paratriathlons with his sporting goal to compete at world level over the next five years with the target of finishing in the top five, compete at the Paralympic in Rio 2016 and to develop the sport of Paratriathlon on the Sunshine Coast and create opportunities for new athletes to try the sport.
Darron’s greatest sporting achievement was making the Worlds and completing an Olympic distance triathlon within 10 years of his accident, which was a promise to himself after the first few weeks of his accident.
Darron grant money from Sporting Dreams will go towards going to the Para- Triathlon World championships in Canada 2014.
His advice to other athletes is to find your passion in life and do what makes you feel happy every time you do it.
Watch Darron Compete in the Mooloolaba Half Ironman