Recently Calley Homes took on the naming sponsorships for two key triathlon events. The renowned Tauranga Half Triathlon in January 2024 and the Womens Triathlon in February 2024. We checked in with Johnny Calley to find out the Calley Homes "why" behind sponsoring these two sporting events.
"As a keen tri athlete myself, these two partnerships are something I am passionate about and align perfectly with Calley Homes commitment to our local community and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. We're looking forward to uplifting athletes, and creating a memorable experience for all participants and spectators.” says Johnny
"Triathlon at any distance is a great sport that requires a lot of discipline to train consistently and stay motivated – You can’t beat the feeling of crossing the finish line after taking your mind and body to the limits of where it wants to go. If you haven’t tried Triathlon before and are looking for a challenge, I would recommend it."
At 42 Johnny has been competing in triathlons for a few years now. We asked him for the low down on his triathlon journey.
When did you start or decide to train for your first triathlon?
I had some mates doing triathlons and thought it looked like a decent physical challenge so entered a race in Auckland with zero idea of what I was getting myself into.
What made you want to do it?
Having to overcome both physical and mental challenges was something I wanted to test, it was completely different to anything I’d done in the past so wanted to try something new.
What is your favourite part - the run, swim or bike?
I like all 3 disciplines but tend to favour the cycling aspect as it seems to be my strongest leg – No one enjoys the last 5km – 10km of the run which is when your body is screaming at you and your usually paying for swimming and riding too hard, this is where the mental game comes into play.
How many have you done?
Quite a few, around 12 across various distances.
What is your best achievement on a course?
Finishing any race is an achievement but qualifying for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in 2021 is probably my best result – Due to covid and injury I didn’t end up racing at the worlds that year.
You suffered an injury recently was that related to the sport? And will you be back on the course soon?
Yes, my injury is from ‘’overuse’’, a tear in my hip labarum and groin happened after racing the 2021 season, these are common injuries in multi-sport athletes. After 2 years of physio rehab didn’t work, I had surgery 12 weeks ago and am just starting to swim and cycle again. All things going to plan ill be back on the racecourse some time in 2024.