Ironman: Matt Poole

Pooley back on his feet and on the comeback trail
Matt Poole training © Brett Hemmings
By Josh Rakic

Ironman Matt Poole is one giant leap closer to returning to competition after being given the all-clear from doctors and resuming training this week ahead of the 2015-16 Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman series. It’s been a big year for the ironman star, having overcome leg surgery and a relocation to Kurrawa on the Gold Coast that sees him start a fresh for the upcoming season come November. And while he is still undergoing recovery on the leg - including frequent visits to the Australian Institute of Sport for anti-gravity training - he’s had the six pins removed from his ankle last month and is not only back in the water, but back on his feet.

Pooley has resumed full board and ski training with is new clubmates and is more confident and optimistic than ever ahead of the season. A change really is as good as a holiday - or better, it would seem. “The body and the leg are feeling great,” says Pooley.

I had the six pins removed from my leg after about two months and a plate in my ankle which will stay forever! So that will prevent any further damage. And I’m back running! At a slow pace admittedly. But the recovery couldn’t be coming along any better. The doc has given me the all clear and it’s great to be back and training again. It’s a bloody work-out up here at Kurrawa but.

With the major recovery hurdles overcome, Pooley now only has eyes on November when the Ironman season begins as he looks to campaign for his debut title on the back of a podium finish last year. “I’m gonna try and squeeze in a few warm-up races in the Fox Ironman Qualifying series in October/November first and then bring on Coolum November 28,” Pooley continues. “The best thing about being up on the Gold Coast now is that Kurrawa has no shortage of waves. And with the Nutri-Grain series contested at Coolum, Cronulla and Newcastle - where there’s big and unpredictable surf aplenty - I don’t think I could be at a better location to focus on my return. “A lot’s going on up here. This week I’ll be watching the qualifying series for the Kellogg’s series that will confirm the final three athletes for our series and in a few weeks’ time I’ll be at the Coolangatta Gold to see what the competition is up to.

I’m feeling good and really excited about what’s to come.

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