Behind the Scenes › Interviews
14 Apr, 2019
3 min read
With victories in both days of racing at the BCA Super League Triathlon Bali qualifier, Ryan Fisher has just announced his comeback to short course racing with a bang!
Having represented Australia in the 2016 Rio Olympics, and then competed in the first two Super League events, the 28-year-old moved to long course as it felt like the natural evolution of his career. After a few years racing over the longer format, he has now returned to short course with a specific focus on Super League Triathlon.
“People want to be part of Super League, it has quickly developed an aura around it. It is cool to be part of Super League, and there has never been anything like that in triathlon. It feels like the top level of racing, and to be able to say I did it is a big thing for me.”
Having grown up swimming and playing soccer, Ryan didn’t get into triathlon until he had finished high school when he attended a National Junior Weekend in Year 12. He got a place at the Junior Olympics, and from there it was triathlon all the way.
“I then got offered a scholarship from The Institute of Sport, and one thing led to another from that point.”
Having competed in the Olympics he felt the natural draw of the longer format, but it was not what he was expecting when he made the step up.
“I never enjoyed longer distance racing like I thought I would, it has an amateur feeling to be honest. Other than the big races, everything else just feels like a standard triathlon. You’re racing 15 guys, and once you’re out of the water, there are only 5 left in the race.”
Super League was in its infancy when Ryan decided to move up to long course racing, he did compete in the pilot event in Hamilton Island and the first race in Jersey, but this time he is entirely focused on the SLT series.
“If I had stuck around for a few more months before I moved up I probably would have stayed in short course racing because Super League is such a refreshing take on the sport. Even speaking to friends who don’t do triathlon, they now watch Super League, and say – wow that’s really good!”
What is it that he thinks makes the difference between Super League and the other more traditional formats?
“I guess it’s the type of racing it is. Not just for the people watching, but for the athletes too. As athletes, we feel more confident to try different things and race more aggressively. Super League promotes that type of racing, it’s exciting, short, and sustainable.”
So now he’s back, where does he see the future of triathlon with Super League?
“Super League will ultimately become a more popular form of triathlon. It is bringing people into the sport, showcasing the personalities of the athletes, bringing publicity, and in turn bringing sponsorship. It will change the whole look of the sport.”
What would Ryan say to any professional considering racing in Super League?
“This is the top level of racing, and for anyone who gets the opportunity to race, it is very cool.”
Ryan will now be targeting specific races throughout the season and getting ready for the SLT series, can he take the fight to the existing order? There is only one way to find out, stay focused on SLT, and don’t look away for a second!
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