Up-and-coming Ironman wants to become a household name

Jack Moyes on Noosa Main Beach. Moyes is preparing for the 2015/16 Kellogg’s Nutri Grain Ironman Series.
Jack Moyes on Noosa Main Beach. Moyes is preparing for the 2015/16 Kellogg’s Nutri Grain Ironman Series. John Mccutcheon

HE BURST onto the scene in 2013 as a New South Wales-bred raider who snatched the Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships from under local noses at Mooloolaba and since then, Jack Moyes has not taken a step back.

Shifting north from his home club of Terrigal to link up with ironman legend Darren Mercer at Noosa Heads, Moyes, 22, is looking for more than just refreshing his Kellogg's Nutri Grain Ironman Series status.

He says he wants to become a household name of the sport and mix it with the best.

We caught up with him after a strong performance New lifesaviat the Jacob Lollback Memorial Paddle in Yamba on the weekend.

Q: Jack, you've come back from Yamba with another impressive performance under your belt, how is the feeling?

JM: I had a great time. I came away with a second-place and it was a quick run up the beach and I just dipped out to Luke Cuff.

Q: Now you're literally the last man standing on the Coast when it comes to our Nutri Grain Ironmen, how are you coping with the added spotlight?

JM: Yeah there's definitely been an increase in attention being the only male athlete on the Sunshine Coast in the series, so it's actually pretty cool.

Q: Has it been difficult to maintain your training standard without that local competition?

JM: No, not at all, I don't look at it that way. I'm training at all the same speeds... and there's only nine weeks until the Nutri Grain Series kicks off.

Q: So The Aussies are on the Coast in April next year, that's got to be pretty damn exciting as a local knowing you can compete from your own backyard?

JM: Yeah definitely, there's some home ground advantage there having the Aussies at your doorstep, being able to sleep at home every night and it's only a half hour drive down the road.

Q: So have you had a look at all at what to expect at Maroochydore, Alexandra Headland and Mooloolaba come April, and how do you prepare for it?

JM: They're predicting it to be pretty flat so it's definitely going to be a hard slog. We'll go and do a few run throughs and ironmans down that way with Darren and the crew a couple of weeks beforehand.

Q: Obviously you're loving life at the new club, where do you want to take your career from here?

JM: I want to do top-five in the Nutri Grain and requalify and become a bit of a household name there, and want to have a crack at the Molokai-Oahu and train alongside Jordan Mercer for that. Obviously you want to take down the top guys (in the series) and I want to be pushing guys like Ali Day and Shannon Eckstein.

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