Journalists remember their standout stories from 2017

Tony Wright was hit by a car when out training on his bike and for journalist Peter Daniels the story was personal
Tony Wright was hit by a car when out training on his bike and for journalist Peter Daniels the story was personal

For journalist Peter Daniels it was the story of a ‘human that everyone likes’ that stands out in 2017 and he was reminded that life can change in a matter of seconds.

What is it about the story that stands out:

Tony Wright is one of those humans that everyone likes. He has a wonderful, supportive family, works hard and enjoys keeping fit and loves helping his community.

He is a member of the Ironman Port Macquarie 'family' through his volunteering as the swim coordinator and is also a regular competitor.  He was on a training bike ride when his bike and a car collided.

One of Peter’s first stories on the incident:

What were the challenges in writing this story:

It was personal.  I know Tony through our mutual association with surf lifesaving and have worked with him in this capacity as a trainer and assessor for a couple of years.

Pictured prior to his accident

Pictured prior to his accident

He is, genuinely, one of the truly great people in Port Macquarie.  The outpouring of support - including fundraising events that still carry on today - is the best example of Tony's esteem within this community.  Everybody wants him to get better.

More stories on his rehabilitation:

What kind of stories do you love to write:

I really enjoy writing these kinds of stories: tragedy, hope, helping hands and being part of a wonderful community.

As well, Port Macquarie is a strong Ironman community and everyone has that little sense that 'it could have been me on that bike' feeling.

Is there anything you learned:

I have learnt that your life can change in a matter of seconds. Don't waste any of it.