He's as local as they come and loving it
ADAM Sykes is as local as they come.
Adam, 41, was born in Gladstone and doesn't have any intention of leaving.
When Adam is not winning the best dressed category at the races, he is leading a normal life with wife Michelle and their kids.
A fitter and turner mechanic for 24 years, Adam said his goal for the next 10 years was to pay off the mortgage and retire early so he could spend more time with the family.
Keeping fit is also a big part of Adam's life.
Since he was 19 years of age he has been competing in triathlons across Queensland.
"I've been in almost all of them, from Noosa to Brisbane and even Goondiwindi," he said.
"My favourite was the Sunshine Coast half iron man challenge."
Hosting a barbeque and taking the boys Felix, 8, Luka,10 and Angus, 14 out on the bmx trails is what Adam lives for.
Michelle and Adam were married nine years ago at the Gladstone Marina and had the reception in their backyard, and have been happy ever since.
Adam is very community orientated, also running events like the Caufield Cup race day, through Star of the Sea Primary School.
The Melbourne AFL live grand final next year is an event Adam has said he doesn't want to miss.
"This will be my boys weekend away," he said.
Adam's favourite spot in Gladstone is Spinnaker Park, where he can run around and kick the ball with the boys.