Gore High School: Angus McDonald

Angus McDonald
Angus McDonald
It is fortunate Gore High School prefect Angus McDonald likes a challenge; the 17-year-old competes in triathlon events which combine the gruelling disciplines of swimming, cycling and running.

Angus became hooked on triathlon after competing in the Junior Tour of Southland road cycling event last year.

The discipline needed to train on a road bike several times a week applied to triathlon preparation.

He also found he has the ability to push himself during competition and says he "gets in the zone", when necessary.

His ability to keep going even after hitting "the wall" saw him recently take second in the Southland Open Mens' Triathlon Championships.

He also finished 19th in the U19 national finals.

Despite being new to the sport, Angus was in a junior team which won the South Island Half Iron Man.

Angus' abilities as an endurance athlete also give him the edge in track events, and he claimed second place in the 3000m event at this year's Southland Athletic Championships.

Achievements: South Island Championships top 20 finish; deputy house leader; school prefect (2007-08); Hunter House leader and peer support leader; Year 11 Foundation Scholarship of Extra Curricular Activities; Southland Athletic Championship 3000m, 3rd (2006-07), 2nd (2008); 2nd U19 Moonshiners Trail Mountain bike event (10th overall); 2nd 2008 Hokonui Triathlon (open category); 3rd Southland and Otago Secondary Schools Championship.

Role model: "Lance Armstrong - he survived cancer and had the determination to come back and be a seven-time [Tour de France] winner."

Hopes for the future: "A top place in a national series race in Rotorua [later this year] and at Kinlock in February."


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