Benalla’s Lachlan Waddell is ready to take on the world when he travels to the United States next month.
Waddell is one of four male athletes representing Australia in the Tetrathlon event at the Tyron Equestrian Centre in North Carolina.
This will be the second time Waddell has represented his nation, coming third to Ireland in 2016.
However, this year the Australians have a full team ready to compete.
‘‘Hopefully we can improve on our performance, although the UK and Irish teams are pretty strong,’’ Waddell said.
Tetrathlon is a combination of the sports — swimming, pistol shooting, horse riding and running.
Unlike a Triathlon, each event is held at a separate time with the points of all events combined to determine the winner.
Swimming and show jumping are where the humble athlete’s talents are really set to shine.
‘‘I think I’m an alright swimmer compared to those who started with running and riding,’’ Waddell said.
It was four years ago that Waddell discovered the sport that has taken him around the world and he hasn’t looked back since.
‘‘I was just riding and show jumping a fair bit in the pony club and I’d also swam in the Benalla Swim Club when I was younger,’’ he said.
‘‘Someone asked me to start doing Tetrathlon so I just picked up shooting and running, which I sometimes struggle with a bit.’’
When he’s not shooting, swimming, running or riding, Waddell is in Melbourne studying a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Teaching.
To top that off Waddell is on a vigorous training schedule to get him ready for the event.
‘‘I’ve been trying to run most days and swimming every second day,’’ he said.
‘‘Trying to train for shooting in the city doesn’t really work so I have access to laser shooting when I come home.
‘‘For the four weeks leading up to the event I’ll be on university holidays so I’ll get a fair bit of shooting and riding in before the event.’’
Waddell will be heading over to the US on the July 13, and he will be using borrowed horses for the riding component of the competition.
While in the US Waddell will also enjoy an exchange program where he will have the opportunity to do activities like white-water rafting.
Waddell’s proud parents will also be heading to the US to cheer him on.
The athlete credits his success to the various clubs and organisations in Benalla that have helped him along the way.
‘‘I want to thank the Benalla Pony Club, Benalla Swim Club and the Benalla Young Sportsperson Trust for helping us over the years with grants,’’ Waddell said.