Brad Kahlefeldt, nicknamed “Sticksy” is a professional Australian triathlete based in a town called Wagga Wagga. He was nominated to the 2008 Australian Olympic team and recorded a 16th place finish. In 2007 Brad was ranked third in the world. He has 15 World Cup podium finishes, including 5 victories. Brad was a bronze medalist at the 2005 and 2007 World Championships. He won the 2004, 2006 and 2007 Oceania championships and won gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. Brad was the 2006 Triathlon Australia Athlete of the Year.
Brad is proof that a world class athlete not only needs physical strength, but also mental strength. He overcame numerous obstacles on the way to his success. He claims that he “swam like bricks” when he first started and swam up to 60 kilometres a week to try to improve his swimming. Brad also spent a few years recovering from injuries in the early stages of his career. His first injury happened two days before the junior world championships when he was diagnosed with a tibia stress fracture that forced him out of the competition and to rest for 6 months. His next injury, another stress fracture of the femoral neck, again forced him out of competition for another 6 months. Then again, after he had a few good results, he was sidelined with another tibia stress fracture. Fortunately Brad was strong willed and determined to carry on in the sport he loved and returned in 2002 injury free.
Brad’s ultimate athletic goals are Olympic and world champion.