There aren’t many guys out there who can rock bright pink hair with tattoos and a rashie. But if there’s one person who’s already proven he can, it’s Ironman Matt Poole. When the Gold Coast local isn’t making a serious fashion statement (for a good cause), he’s collecting surf lifesaving titles around Australia. Having grown up in Sydney’s Northern Beaches (and with a name like Poole), the athlete was practically born to be in the water. He’s been called the ‘rock star’ of surf lifesaving, but Matt is a self-confessed ‘mummy’s boy’ who balances his hard training with the occasional ice cream. Read on to learn more about Matt and find out why he dyed his hair pink!
Born: Manly, Sydney. Lives: Broadbeach Waters, Gold Coast. Known for: Being a Red Bull Ironman athlete. Personal motto: Be your best, every day. Success is: Accomplishing personal goals and achievements. This isn’t based on a number or position in a race but an improvement in any form: physically, mentally, in work or lifestyle. Advice I would give my 20 yr. old self: You are NOT invincible. People are surprised that I: Raced the professional Nutri-Grain Ironman series with PINK hair for National Breast Cancer Foundation! I’m inspired by: People who make the most of life with the cards they’ve been dealt, good or bad. The biggest risk I have taken (that has paid off) is: Moving from Sydney to Queensland at age 18 to become a professional Ironman. From my mistakes, I have learnt: As an athlete you can’t win every session or every race, but you can always learn a lesson. From mistakes, lessons are learnt and improvement is made. That applies to life and work. My most used emoji is: Cheeky face! Ha ha.
Wake up time: 5:00am, in the pool by 5:30am. Morning ritual: Wake up, stretch, train, breakfast. Desk lunch: Eggs, spinach, brown rice, with cheese and avocado. Delicious! Last thing I do at night: Dinner, emails and dessert. Guilty pleasure: Cold Rock ice cream. 3 things vital to my day: Training, Red Bull, surf. Cafe:Alfred’s Apartment in Mermaid Beach. Juice: Green. Coffee: Double flat white. Studio/gym:Kurrawa Surf Club.