Kevin Fergusson goes from beer-swilling smoker to Ironman star.
Reece Homfray – SA WEEKEND MARCH 21, 2014 10:00PM
The number “Five” has not been kind to Kevin Fergusson.
His mother, Joy, lost her battle with cancer on January 5, 2006, and his father George was 55 when he drowned while fishing for freshwater lobsters 27 years ago.
Fergusson turns 55 tomorrow and he wants to make it a number to remember for all the right reasons.
It’s why he’s racing the Melbourne Ironman, which will be the first of five gruelling Ironman Triathlons he will do for the year. That’s a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and 42.2km (marathon) run – five times in nine months. Continue reading Beer-swilling smoker to Ironman star→
The 54-year-old age grouper Kevin Fergusson has been on the triathlon circuit for more than 20 years and enjoyed his fair share of glory moments. This year he’s set himself the whopping goal of completing five Ironmans in the hope of raising $55,000 for cancer research. He tells AT why.
From addicted to smoking to addicted to racing and now … WORLD CHAMPSeptember 3, 2001 Navy Reservist ABDIV Kevin Fergusson shows the relief of crossing the line to win his age category at the World Triathlon Championship in Edmonton, Canada. Photo by Jim Brackenbury – International Triathlon Union .
When ABDIV Kevin Fergusson first took up triathlons almost ten years ago, he did it to help beat a packet-a-day smoking habit. These days, he’s quit smoking but has a new addiction that has paid huge dividends after he took first place in the 40-44 years age category at the World Triathlon Championships at Edmonton, Canada. “With my work as a commercial diver, we were staying in pubs and I was smoking and drinking and going down the wrong track, Continue reading Addicted to smoking to addicted to racing→
When did you first do your triathlon? What was the first triathlon you did?
I told you not to ask me dates.(laughs) It was around beginning of the eighties I think, yeah, early eighties, I did around about 250 swim, 20 bike and five k run.
And from then on, for you, a love affair with the sport or have you come in and out of it?
My brother and me decided to do it together. My brother and I smoked at the time. So we both had played football and it was the thing to try and get fit, and we did that one just before Christmas and we said both of us together will give up smoking and have a go. And I was lucky. It was the first time I have ever beaten my brother at anything. I came out mid field and he came dead last. We were both pretty heavy smokers so it was a bit of a life changing step, that’s for sure. Continue reading First off the Bike – Interview→