Alex Witherden gets his Brisbane wish at the AFL Draft

Six years ago, Alex Witherden remembers being a wide-eyed 12-year-old watching Dayne Beams trot around the MCG as Collingwood won the flag. On Saturday he was casually talking to the Copeland Trophy and Merrett-Murray medallist on the phone, having been drafted to Dayne’s Brisbane Lions.

Kate’s horses for courses transition

Kate Doughty will take her place at Rio's Copacabana Beach this month where paratriathlon will make its Paralympic Games debut. Attending the Games has been a 20-year dream, but instead of riding a bike, Kate envisioned her Paralympic fantasy to take place on a horse - in the dressage arena.

Luke’s Kona calling

Being the king of Kona has been a dream for Luke McKenzie throughout his entire professional career. Despite coming close in 2013, where he finished second, McKenzie is still searching for his perfect day where everything clicks. Here he opens up on his journey and the birth of his daughter ahead of this year’s Hawaiian Ironman.

Berks the blithe champion

Tim Van Berkel is naturally a larrikin. He loves joking around, having a laugh and not taking life too seriously. Last year at Kona he was so hell-bent on success that he stepped away from his natural persona, instead choosing an intensely focused preparation. Ultimately it led to him burning out late in the race. This year Tim’s embracing his jovial character in the hope of producing his best ever result at the Ironman World Championship.