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.
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.