Triathlete making good recovery from surgery

NATHAN BURDON
Last updated 05:00 18/01/2014
Aaron Barclay
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GETTING BETTER: Southland triathlete Aaron Barclay is making good progress from serious leg surgery earlier this year.

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Southland triathlete Aaron Barclay is making good progress from serious leg surgery earlier this year.

The 2010 Youth Olympic champion underwent an uncommon form of shin surgery last year after finally giving in to the pain which had plagued him for much of his career.

Barclay, 21, had membrane chipped away from the length of his shin bones and spent several months off his feet before starting the slow process back to elite competition late last year.

Triathlon New Zealand high performance coach Jon Brown, who will compete alongside Barclay in the Lake Wanaka Half teams event today, said Barclay, who will do the 90km bike leg, was on track.

"It's been a long old road for him. The surgery that he had was pretty dramatic and not a common type of procedure. There has been a lot of educated guesswork and no one really knew how it was going to pan out really," Brown said.

"We've had to be very smart with it, taking it day by day. I started working with Aaron shortly after he had the surgery and it's been a tough road back for him. The end is in sight and he's not far away from being back to full training.

"He's back running again and hopefully at some stage this year we'll get a glimpse of what he's able to produce."

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