Adrian Jannenga claimed Stanthorpe's Australia Day Sports Award for 2017.
Adrian Jannenga claimed Stanthorpe's Australia Day Sports Award for 2017. Liana Turner

Jannenga claims Australia Day Sports Award

HE'S a keen sportsman, particularly when it comes to gruelling challenges.

Adrian Jannenga has claimed Stanthorpe's Australia Day Sports Award for 2017.

Mr Jannenga has a passion for endurance sports that test one's stamina, strength and mental resolve.

He qualified and competed in the Australian team at the Obstacle Course Racing World Championships in Blue Mountains, Canada.

Obstacle course racing involves competitors travelling on foot to overcome various physical challenges.

Mud and trail runs are combined and the races are designed to test competitors' mental and physical capabilities.

Winning Kokoda Stampede events in Toowoomba and the Gold Coast, Mr Jannenga also ranked in the top 10 in the True Grit Challenge, a military-style obstacle course, and the Spartan Challenge held in Brisbane.

In a further show of his tenacity and resilience, he placed third in the Kryptonite Challenge in Toowoomba in November last year.

This event was considered one of the toughest, most strenuous and extreme obstacle course events in Toowoomba.

Mr Jannenga trains and competes without the support of a coach, manager or sponsor, and his successes can be attributed to his strong commitment, initiative and pure determination.

Mr Jannenga achieved overall winner of the Ipswich Trail Run Series, winning in three different races.

He has competed in many other running events including the Warwick Pentathlon.

Locally, he came second in the Mt Marlay Marathon and is a strong presence at Stanthorpe parkrun, completing more than 50 parkruns; and never defeated.

In addition to Stanthorpe, he has competed in parkruns in Warwick, Toowoomba, Main Beach, South Bank, Sandgate, Kedron and as far north as Cairns.

Mr Jannenga plays golf, OzTag and touch football and is a past player and member of the 'Gremlins' Stanthorpe Rugby League Club.

He embodies the characteristics that his chosen sports require: enthusiasm, strength, stamina, mental grit, persistence and resilience.

These traits make him an excellent role model for aspiring sportsmen, women and children and a deserving recipient of the Australia Day Sports Award.

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