Nathan Taylor, 14, finished third in his first adventurethon in Townsville and is ready for more.
Nathan Taylor, 14, finished third in his first adventurethon in Townsville and is ready for more. Mike Richards

Energetic sport a new adventure for young sports star

NATHAN Taylor has tried a lot of sports over his short lifetime, but has now found his calling card in a sport away from the mainstream.

Adventurethon has taken its grip on the 14-year-old, who has already begun training for another attempt after winning a bronze medal in his first try at Magnetic Island on March 30.

"It was fun, tiring and exciting," Nathan said about his first try.

A sport which encompasses running, kayaking and mountain biking, there is reason for even an energetic young body to tire.

In fact, Nathan had to do a 2.4km run, something he admits to not doing often, kayak 500m - something he had never done before - and mountain bike 10km, which was his strength.

After all of the tasks, Nathan was able to finish third in the 13-17 age group, against much older and more experienced competitors.

"For my first time, it was a bit scary but exciting," he said. "My stepdad offered me to go and I thought I could do it so I went."

Success now behind him, Nathan is keen to see the next event at Townsville on June 20.

With a second-hand kayak to help him train for the discipline, Nathan has his sights even higher next time out.

A change of school may even help him with more time to train, and he's also interested in getting a job and learning more about bikes.

"I would like to keep going; my goal would be to be sponsored or own my own bike shop in the future," he said.



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