Nic Beveridge at Coolangatta Surf Club following the announcement of the paratriathlon team to compete in Rio. Photo courtesy Australian Paralympic Committee.
Nic Beveridge at Coolangatta Surf Club following the announcement of the paratriathlon team to compete in Rio. Photo courtesy Australian Paralympic Committee.

Nic Beveridge feels the heat in his first Paralympics

AFTER finishing a gutsy ninth in the paratriathlon PT1 at the Paralympics, Mackay's Nic Beveridge has his sights firmly set on the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.

"My mind now goes to the Commonwealth Games, our class has been confirmed on the schedule there," he said.

"I grew up in Mackay but lived in Brisbane and the Gold Coast before moving down to Canberra before these games. I'll be moving back to the Gold Coast once I go back to Australia, so I'm definitely looking forward to the Commonwealth Games."

Beveridge said regardless of whether the sport was in the Paralympics he would still be racing.

"It's just such a fun sport and the culture within it is quite welcoming too, it's a great community in Australia and the world," he said.

"To be a part of a sport that's now a Paralympic sport, it's pretty special."

The race along the iconic Copacabana beach was Beveridge's first Paralympics and the first time paratriathlon has been part of the program.

"It was a really nice location to be racing at," he said.

"Everything about that race was hard and fierce, you really had to fight for your spot.

"It was quite special and well earnt being out there."

The race was held in tough hot conditions.

"I really started to feel the heat on the third lap of the bike," Beveridge said.

"It wasn't like a Queensland heat, it really just kind of bit you.

"So on the run, I was pushing well in the chair but within myself I was really starting to hurt, it was tough."

Beveridge was seventh after the swim leg, and dropped to last during the hand cycle but pushed his way up a spot to finish ninth.

"It was the fittest I've ever been and I was happy with how it went," he said.

Fellow Australian and one of the sport's greats Bill Chaffey finished fourth.

Chaffey said it was a tough race and not the result he was hoping for.

"I know that I gave it everything I possibly could," he said.

"I rode the best I could possibly ride but those guys were riding faster.

"I just have to get over this disappointment, but I'll race again."

Chaffey said he didn't think he could live with his only Paralympic result as a fourth, so Tokyo 2020 was certainly an option.



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