Crowley set to power on at Games

Crowley set to power on at Games

A six-strong paratriathlon team, including SASI's Scott Crowley, will don the Australian colours at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games between April 4 and 14

SCOTT Crowley is used to rising to the challenge on and off the sporting arena - his debut selection in the Australian paratriathlon team for the coming Commonwealth Games just an extension of his lifestyle.

Crowley, 37, will be the first South Australian since Shane Johnson in 1990 to make a Commonwealth Games team - a feat which Crowley is proud of.

''I didn’t know that, it is a real surprise and an honour if that is the case,'' Crowley said.

''At the moment life is so hectic and just flat out with training, work, family.

''I'm really looking forward to the Games, just to get out there and compete and go as fast as I can.

''I've had a big eight-to-nine weeks training block every day, swimming, pushing, riding - it's been full on.

''I don't know much about my opposition and who will be competing so I just plan to race as fast I can and see how we go.''

Crowley is the only SASI/South Australian in the paratriathlon team and also is a member of Melzer Multipsort Racing Team and Adelaide Triathlon Club. He will be joined in the para team by five wheelchair athletes - three from Queensland and two from New South Wales.

The competition for the team will be a 750m swim, 20km handle cycle and 5km wheelchair on Saturday, April 7.

Crowley's career in para sport after he suffered an L1-L2 incomplete spinal injury while snowboarding in Canada 12 years ago, has been outstanding.

He captained the Adelaide Thunder Wheelchair Basketball team in the National Wheelchair Basketball League (NWBL).

He also made the national men's wheelchair basketall team, the Rollers, in 2006 and competed professionally and lived in Italy in 2010.

But eager for a new challenge he took up triathlons, winning selection in the Commonwealth Games after excellent international results.

Crowley can't wait for the support of his home nation on the Gold Coast.

''To fly around the track and to hear people yelling out your name will be crazy,'' Crowley said.

''I will just be focused on what I can do and not worry so much about the opposition.''

In what little spare time he has Crowley is a program adviser with the Adelaide Law School at the University of Adelaide.

He also has an interest in the Good Scout Travel Company (extension of Push Adventures) which his wife Claire and her friend Linda Anderson manage.

The company is an accessible web-based travel planning platform to help people with disabilities.

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