White joins many chasing spot in Kellogg’s series
THIS weekend is crunch time for aspiring Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Series ironman Hayden White.
The 24-year-old New South Welshman broke into the series through a wildcard last year after relocating to Mooloolaba two seasons ago.
While last summer did not quite go to plan, with White forced to vie for a berth in the top flight once again this year via the high-pressure trials, he felt he still had plenty to offer the elite competition.
"I got in there last year and got a bit of a taste and I want more," White said.
"I think I've got a bit more to give."
At Tweed this weekend, White will be one of almost 60 competitors battling for only four remaining spots to be filled in the 2014-15 series.
Many of the hopefuls are from the Sunshine Coast.
The all-or-nothing shoot-out is an acid test for the country's best young ironmen and women, who want to join talent such as Shannon Eckstein and Ky Hurst in the men's series, or Courtney Hancock and Rebecca Creedy in the women's.
The pressure is not lost on the humble White, who admits he needs to be more confident as he bids to join close mate Ali Day in the top tier.
"I'm going all right, a bit nervous, as you would be, but I'm feeling good and looking forward to it," White said.
"I'm not a very confident person in all aspects of life.
"I need to work on my confidence and self-belief."
White insisted, however, he was well prepared for this weekend's showdown.
"I've had a couple of months' hard stint up to last week before backing off a bit," he said.
"Yeah 100% (moving to Mooloolaba has increased his training). I was just talking to mum and dad about conditions back in New South Wales and they've had a few weeks where they couldn't even get out in the water."
White said the cutthroat nature of the trials was intense, but as a competitor there was no point worrying about the structure of the event.
"I feel sorry for some of the guys that might get sick or something beforehand... it is a lot of pressure to put on one weekend," he said.
"It is hard but it's the way it's been for so many years. Whatever happens we just have to deal with it."
Ironman trial field: Samuel Bull, Scott Pegg (Alexandra Headland SLSC), Luke Cuff, Thomas Dowling, David Graham, Mitchell Miller, Josh Minogue, Joel Simondson, Ricky Smith, Hayden White, Alex Wright (Mooloolaba SLSC), Rhys Burrows, Lincoln Dews, Mackenzie Hynard, Jett Kenny (Noosa Heads SLSC)
Ironwoman trial field: Molly Bainbridge, Ella Brown, Kirsty Higgison, Georgina McDermott, Karlee Nurthen, Ellie Picken, Tiarrn Raymond (Mooloolaba SLSC), Nicole Chapman, Alexandra Nolan (Noosa Heads SLSC)