MATT Watson overcame his niggling leg injury to mark an excellent debut at his first Ironman event, while several other local products also made excellent showings at the annual Port Macquarie Triathlon.
Watson, from Wingham, came in at an impressive 101st out of more than 1400 competitors at the world-renowned event which serves as a stepping stone to the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.
He finished with a great time of 10hrs, 41mins, 25s.
Matt Worth (Diamond Beach) also finished the event admirably, finishing in 250th place with an excellent time of 10hrs, 41mins, 20s.
The two other Wingham locals who participated in the event, Michael Farrow and Gerry Ryan, placed in at 943rd and 966th, respectively.
Troy and Vanessa Croker, from Oxley Island, also competed well in the event. Troy finished in 589th place overall, while Vanessa finished in 1292nd overall but placed in 181st amongst all women participating.
Despite missing out on one of the 40 qualifying spots for the World Championship Triathlon that is known as one of the toughest physical contests on the planet, Watson would surely be proud of his excellent showing, as every person who raced in the event should be.
He was not able to be reached for an interview on Monday, undoubtedly taking a well-deserved break after the exhausting 226km, three sport gala.