Attadale athlete Sam Mileham showcases talent on the world stage
Mont Property has thrown its support behind Attadale triathlete and duathlete Sam Mileham, enabling him to live out a sporting dream to compete in The World Games.
Two years of COVID travel restrictions has hindered the homegrown athlete’s ability to compete internationally but Sam said he was incredibly grateful for the local support, including sponsorship from Mont, that helped him get to Birmingham in the USA for the event in July.
“It was an incredible experience,” Sam said.
“The whole event was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It’s essentially the Olympics for the non-Olympic sports, so you have sports like lacrosse, rollerskating, certain types of gymnastics and our event, duathlon.”
“I normally do triathlon but I saw this opportunity arise and thought let’s give it a crack.
“I did a few duathlons and got a world ranking – at best I was 11th and that would have definitely qualified me for the Games. COVID struck, which changed everything because we weren’t obviously allowed to race. My ranking dropped to 60-something.”
But Sam made up for lost time, qualifying in the final week in a race in Bahrain in the Middle East. He finished second in that race – one of his best results to date.
That result put him in prime position for The World Games where he competed in the men’s individual duathlon event on July 16, taking out 8th place, and the mixed team relay with Aleisha Wesley the following day, where they finished 11th.
The individual duathlon event at The World Games comprises a 10km run and 40km bike ride before a 5km run. The relay was a 2km run, 6km ride and 1km run twice for each of the competitors.
“I went into the race with a target of top 10 so I was definitely pleased with 8th,” Sam said. “It was probably one of my best performances. I was a bit gutted to not make the front pack to be in the medal contention, but I executed my race plan as well as I could.
“I hadn’t raced these guys since 2019 and when I raced back then, I was nowhere near them. I think I got dropped in the first corner but this time around I stuck with them for a lot longer. I definitely proved that I have improved.”
Sam now has his sights set on The World Games in 2025 in Chengdu, China.
“This experience has definitely given me so much determination to compete in The World Games in 2025 and I’d definitely like to be on the podium there,” he said.
“I had a great experience, a great time, and it’s given me so much drive and determination to keep going, especially after the last two or three years because we haven’t had an opportunity to race. I’ve not known where I am in sporting terms in the world.”
Sam said he was appreciative of the sponsorship from Mont.
“We receive no funding, no financial assistance and no kit assistance from the Australian Olympic Committee, from Triathlon Australia or any federation for The World Games – and being in America, it was quite expensive to get there so we had to reach out for private sponsors.”
“I’m so grateful for the support from Mont, which definitely made a big difference.”
“We work part-time to fund the ambition. I like to look at it as an investment as well. You work part-time, you train hard and you get the results. Hopefully, that leads to prize money and sponsorship. It’s not a short journey – I’m in it for the long haul.”
Mont Managing Director Matthew Podesta said Mont was a proud supporter of Sam and his sporting journey.
“We live in an incredible neighbourhood full of local people doing incredible things and are proud to support, share and celebrate their achievements with our community,” he said.
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