Wes Gould






2019/2020 SERIES




Name: Wes Gould
Competitive club: Kurrawa SLSC
Original Club: Mullaloo SLSC
Best round of 2019/20: Coolangatta Gold Round 1 - 11th
Best series finish: 11th, 2019/20 Iron Series
Aussie title(s): Nill


Wes Gould grew up in Mullaloo, Western Australia. Over the past three years has trained primarily on his own, joined only with his coach, to achieve his dream of becoming a Nutri-Grain IronMan.  In February of this year Gould moved to the Gold Coast and joined Kurrawa SLSC for an an opportunity to further pursue Ironman racing. When he is not out in the surf, Gould is completing a full-time Masters degree in Clinical Chiropractic.

Wes, how old were you when youstarted surf lifesaving and why?

9 years old. Growing up around the beach in Mullaloo and my parents already had me into pool swimming at a young age, it became a natural progression to join the local surf club.

Who was your hero growing up in surf lifesaving?

Being from WA watching the series I thought all the Nutri-Grain IronMen where superhuman and essentially Gods. I closely followed Wes Berg, originally because we share the same name but I really loved his character.

I absolutely idolised Ky Hurst, Zane Holmes, Tanyn Lyndon, Wes Berg and a fellow West Aussie, Andrew Mosel who was my coach for many years.

What is the best piece of advice that you have ever been given?

Do it for yourself, because you love it; not because someone else thinks you should.

Your advice for aspiring Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain athletes?

Don’t you dare give up. Dream big and work hard. Love what you do and be prepared for the hurdles along the way… it is so worth the sacrifice!!!

What do you think about on the start line?

I think about what it has taken to get my foot on that line… the early mornings… the long kms… the good and bad days. Then I focus on what I need to do and what I can control.

Wes, what has been a high and low in your IronMan journey?

Qualifying would easily be the high, lots of lows such as missing out when I feeling prepared.

Our sport is brutal as one decision or one mistake can be the factor that can throw all the training and hard work you did out the window or get you the result you were after. You need to get good at accepting poor luck as it will always go your way at some point as well.

Do you have any race day superstitions?

I do an X across my chest from each shoulder before every race.

Do you have a secret talent?

Burping haha