Coates Hire Racing Ambassador Nathan Johnston may be visually impaired, having lost much of his sight since being diagnosed with the degenerative eye condition Retinitis Pigmentosa at a young age, but he’s definitely a man with a big vision.
Having twice completed the Australian Ironman Triathlon at Port Macquarie, a gruelling event involving a 3.8km swim, 182km bike ride and a full 42.2km marathon, plus many other events including the 460km Narromine to Sydney Pink Lads run for the McGrath Foundation, the inspirational 27-year old triathlete’s is aim is to compete in the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.
However, on August 10 he’ll be aiming for a finish line closer to home when he and his running guide, Ironman veteran Glenn Gorick, compete in the Sun Herald City2Surf - the iconic 14 kilometre run from Sydney’s CBD to Bondi Beach.
“I ran the City2Surf for the first time last year with Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who’s helped me out on a lot of runs over the past few years,” Nathan said.
“This year I’m running with Glenn Gorick, my running guide in the 2013 and 2014 Australian Ironman Triathlons – he’s a good bloke and an amazing athlete who has done 22 straight Ironman championships.”
The two friends, who met in 2011, will be running as members of the Police Legacy team.
“It’s always great to compete with Nathan and it’s really fantastic to help Police Legacy support the families of deceased or injured police officers,” Glenn said.
Jeremy Hill, Coates Hire Group Manager – Strategic Marketing said Coates Hire was right behind their young ambassador – in more ways than one.
“Coates Hire is fielding a team of over 80 runners for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation, so Nathan may find them pounding the pavement behind him,” Jeremy said.
“Health and fitness is important for our company, so we hope our City2Surf team will also inspire the broader Coates Hire team to keep active and stay healthy.”
With a long history of supporting sporting events around Australia, Coates Hire is proud to have been designated the Official Hire Equipment Partner of the City2Surf and has worked tirelessly to ensure the event goes smoothly,” said Jeremy.