male_silhouette_largeFirst name: Leighton Howard

Nickname: Leight

Proudest triathlon moment: Completing my first Ironman New Zealand 2013.

My favourite training location: The Bay Run.

My coach is always telling me to: Race my own race, forget about everyone else.

I relax before a race by: Breaking the race down into easy chunks and visualising how good I will feel in the finish chute.

My most treasured possession is: My Garmin 910xt – I’m a nerd so love looking at stats.

I’m happiest when: I’m eating a well-earned meal.

When I’m not training or racing you can find me: On Surf Life Saving patrol at Burning Palms beach.

When I was a kid I wanted to: Be a racing driver (I still do!)

My last meal would be: Two bacon and egg sandwiches

I’m inspired by:  People with less physical ability than me, who still overcome all the odds and complete huge challenges such as Ironman