Michael Kelly is a young triathlete committed to becoming a leading contender in Ironman triathlons.
He got into triathlons back in 2007 after graduating from Otago University and originally did it challenge himself and have a bit of fun. With no prior experience in any of the disciplines surprised himself finishing top 30 in his first race, 2007 Tauranga Half Ironman. 1 year later he did his first ironman.
Two and a half years on and he has already represented New Zealand at age group level and finished in the top 20 of an international Ironman race (IMNZ 2009). He is currently preparing to step up to the next level starting with the famed Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
He has proved to himself that he has what it takes to go on and make an impact in the sport, and considering he is young and still learning he is very focused and determined in doing so.
He really enjoys the sport, being able to line up and race with the best athletes in the world, and with the potential to race all over the world he looks forward to a great future in ironman triathlons.
March 2009 – Ironman New Zealand, Taupo
Time: 9:18 19th Overall 1st 25-29 Age Group
Qualified: World Ironman Championships, Hawaii
August 2008 – New Zealand Representative. World Age Group Long Distance Championships, Netherlands.
March 2008 – New Zealand Ironman, Taupo (NZ Ultra Distance Championship)
Time: 9:43 64th Overall 6th Age Group (3rd NZ)
Jan 2008 – Port of Tauranga Half Ironman
Time: 4:19:57 20th Overall 2nd 25-29 Age Group
3rd Non Professional Athlete 1st Local Athlete