Returning to the sport after dealing with PTSD, former junior world champion Wian Sullwald will once again be chasing a podium place at the Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town on Sunday.
Sulllwald took a break from triathlon after the 2018 Commonwealth Games to deal with panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression following an armed robbery in December 2017.
The 25-year-old Sullwald said he considered leaving the sport but the break allowed him to do some introspection and rekindle his love for triathlon.
“I will be honest. I seriously contemplated just to quit, but a little voice kept telling me not to. Indicating that I will regret it,” the Tuks triathlete said.
“Taking a complete break was actually the best decision I had made in a long time as it gave me the opportunity to realise that there are actually still quite a few good races left in my body and that I have not even come close to fulfilling my real potential.”
Sullwald said he started training again in September 2018 and would be looking for good results this year to cement a place for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
“My training has been going well but to be honest, there is still work to be done before I shall be at my best,” Sullwald said.
“My main goal for the season is to get good results consistently. It is important to do so as the Olympic qualification is starting in earnest from this year.”
This weekend he will be lining up against Commonwealth Games champion Henri Schoeman and two-time Cape Town champion Richard Murray.
The trio swept the podium in 2017 with Murray clinching the top step with Schoeman and Sullwald finishing second and third respectively.