Meet Jackson Maynard, a 29 year old from Currumbin, QLD, and professional Ironman. Jackson is a 4th generation member of Currumbin SLSC, where he began surf lifesaving when he was just 6 years old. He was last year's winner of the 2021 Shaw and Partners Shannon Eckstein Ironman Classic. Let's see what he can do this year!
1. Describe yourself in three words.
Honest, determined, loyal.
2. So, tell us a little bit about what’s been going on – the series will be starting soon for 2021/2022, what does that mean for you?
Luckily for me living in Queensland, I have been able to train and get myself prepared for the season ahead. Hopefully the borders open up soon and we will be back racing in no time. This time off has made me excited to get back into racing more than ever.
3. What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not training?
Relax! Grab a coffee with mates, go surfing or head down the coast for a getaway with the Mrs (prior to COVID).
4. Where did you grow up/where are you living now?
Born and bred in Currumbin, Queensland and still live here now. I don’t plan on leaving anytime soon either.
5. Who’s your favourite sporting hero?
Hard to choose one but would either say Joel Parkinson or Michael Phelps.
6. What’s your favourite We Are Feel Good Inc. product & why?
100% the new Kakadu Plum sunscreen. The smell is amazing.
7. It’s been a tough year for many. What’s helped you stay positive and active?
Would definitely have to say my family and friends. As well as being super lucky living in Queensland, I have still been able to train and surf every day so that has helped a lot.
8. We understand you were diagnosed with a heart condition awhile back. How has this affected your motivation and do you have any advice for other athletes who experience diagnoses during their careers?
Yeah, I have two heart conditions that I've knowingly lived with since I was 19. At the time I was trying to quality for the professional series and unfortunately had to take a step back for a year or 2 as I had surgery to get me back on track. This was a big blow to my confidence and my ability to race at a high level.
It took me a lot of motivation and drive to come back to the sport after my time off - I had to really focus on why I wanted to be a part of this sport and who I looked up to. I feel no matter what set back you have, find what you love and enjoy it. Work hard and things will fall into place.