What does health mean to you?

Professional Triathlete, Harry Young shares his story. The most powerful recovery.


If you asked me 8 years ago "Would you ever consider being a triathlete?" I would've spilt my beer from laughing at you so much!

That’s until my hero, my idol, my world, my brother - asked me to help him train for an Ironman triathlon. Of course I was going to say yes! Thinking “this’ll be easy, I mean how hard is swimming, cycling and running?” I was very, very mistaken.

After helping my big brother train for his Ironman, we did a few local running races and triathlon events. After reaping my own physical benefits from the training , at the same time being witness to the amazing atmosphere that both athletics and multi-sport bring, I was hooked!

athletics track training

After long hours of running, cycling and swimming together, he went on to successfully complete his Ironman. It was then, I knew it was my turn.

Until... my brother tragically died in a motorcycle accident. My whole world was taken from me, my heart was ripped apart and I felt as if I couldn’t go on. However, I did.

How? What did I do? I trained.

Triathlete running in Victorian countryside

I swam, I cycled, and I ran. I did this for my mental health, to try to suppress the pain in my heart and to be attached with my brother, as that’s the last thing we did together. We ran 22kms.

"Running is my escape, my freedom -
it’s my way of connecting to my big brother. It makes me smile knowing I’m doing this for him.
I run the world with him by my side."

1 comment

  • Message,didn’t mind exercise . I listen to your story & totally understand. What exercise means now. I have my husband ill with younger onset Dementia. Tore my world apart. Lost our home & everything. But am back , but still having not so good days. It is grieving everyday. Not nice to see. Have a friend d who us a runner for 2oyrs & he keep me going to walk ^ stride stairs & core exercise. I Love it

    Aged 61 Dropped 14kg. 👌🙂🤗

    Lynette Scott

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