TALENTED sportsman Daniel Searle will compete for Australia in the duathlon world championships in Adelaide on Sunday.
The former Australian blind cricket representative will compete with the help of Flex Out Physio colleague, Eli Beach.
They will ride a tandem bike together and be tethered around the waist during the two run legs.
Searle will compete in the PT5 for athletes with a vision impairment, a race which consists of a 5km run, a 20km ride and a 2.5km run.
Fellow Border athlete Glenn Jarvis will also compete in Adelaide.
“Duathlon was something I had never thought about when I was young, especially not completing duathlons with no sight,” Searle said.
“I’m feeling pretty fit but obviously it’s a pretty strong field.”
Searle said he relied on trust and good communication with his guide.
“I am relying on them giving me information about turns or change in surface,” he said.
“They do a fantastic job and I am thankful for their help, without which I would not be able to compete.”
Searle, 28, was no different to most who grew up in regional and rural centres.
He was heavily involved in little athletics, cricket, tennis and squash before at 16 he start to lose his eyesight to a rare genetic condition.
“Sport was such a huge part of my identity when I was young,” Searle said.
“Once I suddenly lost the connection, I felt like I lost part of who I was.”
Searle has already conquered cricket, and now wants to do the same with duathlon.