TE ANAU athlete Dwight Grieve says you are never too old to achieve your goal.
“Never say never,” Grieve said.
The Fiordland Athletics Club captain will this weekend compete in the world mountain running championships in Canillo, Andorra.
Grieve was the only athlete south of Christchurch to be selected in the nine-strong New Zealand team to compete at the championships.
The team was selected by Athletics New Zealand based on performances at the New Zealand mountain running championships in Queenstown in March.
Grieve, aged 41, said he was “ancient” in running circles and would be competing alongside team-mates who were almost 20 years younger.
The Andorra trip was a personal achievement which five years ago he never thought would be possible, he said.
“I only started running with Shaun Cantwell, as a coach, about four years ago and before that my only goal was to hope to win Southland championships.
“With Shaun’s amazing talents, he has encouraged me to fight for New Zealand titles and my recent selection for world championships.
“I started my progression late in life, but where I am performing best is against the seniors in events that are non-traditional mountain running and trail running, where pain and suffering are part of the package.
“It is a real honour to have been selected and I cannot understate how proud I am to be able to wear the silver fern and represent New Zealand. I never would have dreamed of this when I was younger.”
Grieve said his training included running about 100km a week.
“I have been lucky to have an amazing location in Te Anau to train and have spent many hours out in Ivon Wilson Park, Te Anau golf course, Kepler Track and the amazing new Lake2Lake Cycle Trail.”