Sika Henry wants to “help the next generation to become better athletes”
Sika Henry has only ever chased a couple of goals in life, but having successfully achieved them, he aims to inspire others to do the same.
The 27-year-old is a former world-class triathlete, who admits there is something very special about following that core.
“They always talked to me about how someone like Matt Hughes gets on and could potentially make the British team and is a professional athlete doing that,” said Henry.
“That’s something I’ve always wanted to chase myself.”
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The World Series holder claimed victory in that race in June and has now come home to study at Exeter University.
And although that should prepare him for the latest World Series in Dubai later this month, his ultimate goal is to inspire people to the sport.
“Before this year I’d never thought I’d actually do it – it was a funny feeling, because you really just want to go out and be a pro athlete,” he told BBC Sport.
“And at the end of the year we decided ‘right, there’s a couple of goals to aim for – here’s one thing we can do’.”
From wannabe pro to Tour du Medoc winner
Henry, who has taken the first steps towards qualifying for the 2024 Olympics, has been approached by sporting academies to help inspire other children to train to become better athletes.
And although that is great, he does not want to use his journey as an example for others – rather, he wants to help them follow it too.
“I think it’s great they’re getting the opportunity to sign up and do it,” he said.
“But I think a lot of people only really chase one goal and I just want to use this as motivation.
“The kids I’ve spoken to and been to training sessions with, they’re all really passionate about becoming a pro athlete, so I don’t want to use myself as an example for their dreams.”