One of Jersey’s best age group tri-athletes is asking islanders to help him reach the goal of representing the island in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in New Zealand in November this year.
Wayne Quenault qualified for the world-famous event last year, but needs around £10,000 to help him meet ongoing training, travel and competition costs and funding specialist equipment.
He is appealing to businesses, organisations and individuals to help him achieve his dream.
And before he even boards a plane for the event towards the end of 2020, Wayne has 19 other competitions and events, spaced out throughout the year, to train for to ensure he is in the best shape possible for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships.
He qualified for the event in August last year after winning the 30 – 35 year age group category at a competition in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland and is currently self-funding the costs, but he says sponsorship would be a dream come true.
During that event he completed a 1.9 km swim, a 90 km bike ride and a 21 km run.
“I am pleased and proud to represent Jersey, and qualifying for this event is a real achievement for me, but like all these kinds of events, there is a real cost involved, and I hope that local businesses will want to support me and help put Jersey on the map,” said Wayne. “It would mean the world to me to know that I have such support. This is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I am 100 per cent focused on getting there and giving the performance of a lifetime. I can promise any potential sponsor I will do my very best. I am training constantly.”
The 31 year old civil servant is balancing a full-time job and the demands of a young family with a gruelling sporting schedule which sees him training for around 12 to 16 hours a week.
A typical training week consists of 12 sessions (3 x swimming, 3 x cycling, 4 x running and 2 x strength & conditioning) all varying in duration from 30 minutes to 3.5 hours. Key sessions are on a Wednesday evening at track with the Jersey Triathlon Club and Saturday mornings cycling with the Jersey Rouleurs.
“Apart from the training, there are things I need to do to ensure I’m in the best possible shape, like coaching and following a nutrition plan” said Wayne, who is working with Nick Saunders (Triathlon Performance Solutions), Kit Chamier (True Food) and The Cog & Sprocket to achieve the best results.
He estimates that £10,000 sponsorship would break down as approximately £1,000 for coaching and support services, £5,000 to fund specialist equipment and £4,000 for travel.
You can follow Wayne’s progress on Instagram – @tri_jsywayne