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For Medals of The Month, we are always on the lookout for inspiring stories behind amazing Medal Displays and this one is a ripper.

This month we feature Craig Willows-Keetley, who in the space of a year, totally transformed his life. From days of work or computer games, to hours of physical challenge - moulding himself into an individual worthy to bear the title of Ironman

Craig shares his journey with us now.

"I'm Craig, and I'm a retail store manager working 45 hours a week and a new dad.

I started triathlon in 2013 after a mate asked me to do one with him for his birthday.  It was a local enticer event - 400m swim, 15km bike, and a 4km run. Although it wasn't a great time and I had to stop for a rest during the swim, once I finished the race I was hooked.

I did my first 70.3 later that year and my first ironman in 2014. Since then I have completed 10 x 70.3's and 3 Ironman distance as well as numerous other shorter distance races.

Before my life as an amateur athlete I was very unhealthy and lived most of my life either at work or playing computer games. Triathlon for me has never been about being the best or the fastest, it's about getting out and giving it a go, and being a better version of myself.

The support I have received from my team mates at MX Endurance and my family helps me continue to get out of bed in the morning and get my training done. 

Now that I have my own little family, my goals for triathlon and sport have changed and it's now about setting a good example for my son."

Good on ya, Craig! Making big changes in life is not easy but you've absolutely crushed it and you're an outstanding role model for your son. Thanks for sharing your story!

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Would you like to be featured in our Medals of The Month?

Our mission is to help celebrate wins and inspire many more, by hanging medals properly.

Keep posting photos of your Medal Displays to our Facebook page or tag @MedalDisplays on Instagram for your chance to be featured and earn yourself a free Medal Display!

Plus, you never know who you might inspire!

We're super excited about this as we know that behind every collection of medals is an awesome story!