Brant Garvey wears many hats. He’s an Australian Paralympian, a congenital amputee, a public speaker, a father, a husband, a Perth Local and all-around awesome guy. We’re thrilled to have Brant join us for his first-ever time running in the Chevron City to Surf for Activ.
In the fashion you’d expect of the Founder of the No Xcuses Mindset, Brant is not starting small. His sights firmly set on this year’s Chevron City to Surf for Activ Marathon marathon. Completing a marathon is an incredible feat for anyone, but perhaps even more so for Brant than most.
Born as an above knee amputee, Brant was told that he would never be able to run. For a long time, he accepted this as an excuse. After drifting through life without a sense of purpose, Brant at 28 decided to stop making excuses and start making a change.
Despite a year of trying and failing, he finally succeeded in running on his artificial leg. Brant became the first Australian above knee amputee to compete in an Ironman Triathlon. Not only did he finish the race, but he also set a world record time.
This part of his story alone is inspiring, huh? It’s not only that Brant has achieved a host of amazing feats with just one leg that makes him such an incredible individual. It’s because no matter what life throws at him, he doesn’t give up.
Following his Ironman success, he became the first Australian to compete as a triathlete in the 2016 Rio Paralympics. While he led the field early, he sustained an injury to one of the muscles in his leg during the race and struggled to the finish line in 10th place.
In line with his No Xcuses mindset, he set his sights on Tokyo 2020. Pouring his heart and soul into training, only to discover his race category was subsequently cancelled. Just like that, Brant went from a full-time athlete training for the Paralympics, to what?
“It was the most devastating thing that ever happened to me as an athlete. It crushed and blindsided me”, Brant said.
Not knowing what else to do, Brant decided the only logical step was to Google “toughest race on the planet” and do that instead. And so began Brant’s preparations for the world’s toughest triathlon: Norseman 2020.
The Norseman Triathlon hosted in Norway each year starts with jumping off the back of a ferry into freezing water for the swim. Next up is a 180km bike ride up a mountain together with the final 50km marathon leg. This marathon happens to climb to 1880m above sea level over the 42.2km course. That’s more vertical gain than if you ran up Mount Meharry.
Brant’s can-do attitude is what we think makes him the perfect ambassador for the Chevron City to Surf for Activ. Running the marathon on August 25 will be excellent training for Brant before running up that mountain in Norway.
If you see Brant out training or out on course on race day, make sure you give him a wave!
We’re hopeful that his No Xcuses Mindset will rub off on you in the dying kilometres of your event, whatever distance that might be. If you aren’t inspired already keep an eye on our social pages and see Brant’s tips on getting in a Lunch Time Workout.