PARALYMPIAN Michael Milton says the running leg of the Noosa Triathlon is
likely to be his weakest when he announced he will compete in the
prestigious annual event as part of a fund-raising drive to raise money for
Milton, a two-time cancer survivor and multi gold medallist, has been
training seriously for three weeks at home in Canberra. He's been focusing
on running which he does on one leg and a pair of custom-built carbon
"I had these crutches made for the Mark Webber Challenge and they've also
done Kokoda with me. They're light and tough and will be perfect for the
"The run will still be my weakest leg... pardon the pun," said Milton with
a laugh. "Running on crutches isn't as hard as you may think but it is slow
so I need to be as strong and as fit as I can."
Milton won 22 international medals as a skier for Australia and then
competed as a cyclist at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. He says that
triathlon really appeals to him as a way to keep fit and healthy and to
satisfy his hunger for competition.
"I'm a confident swimmer thanks to my mum who made me swim as part of my
rehab after losing my leg, I'm pretty handy on a bike and I quite enjoy
running. I also love to compete.
"But my health is my biggest motivator. I find that I'm at my best when I
am training hard and preparing for something big. After having cancer
twice, that attitude could well save my life," explained Milton.
He has now been cancer-free for three years and will compete in the Noosa
Triathlon with Team Smiddy who, as part of a wider campaign, is aiming to
raise $750,000 this year for cancer research and services.
"I did the 560 kilometre Midi-Smiddy bike ride around south east Queensland
with them and they are a great bunch of people. It's amazing the amount of
money they are able to raise each year and I feel privileged to be a part
of it. Obviously it's a cause close to my heart," said Milton.
The Noosa Triathlon Festival is on 27-31 October 2010. It has been
Australia's most popular triathlon for 28 years and reaches capacity
earlier each year, drawing more than 8000 competitors to the Olympic
distance (1.5km swim, 40km cycle, 10km run) course and 10500 people to the
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