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“I absolutely love training, it literally saved my life.”

The Ironman Triathlete, John McAvoy turned his life around when he became imprisoned for armed robbery. It was in prison where his discovered his greatest passion – indoor rowing.

 In an interview with Anne-Marie Batson, he mentioned  “I realised how fortunate I was, because I was still alive. But I was lost, I didn’t know what else I could do with my life. I didn’t want to be where I was. I wanted something different for myself.”

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It was then when he first tried a rowing machine which he credits as a tool that changed his life and helped him cope with being in jail, “ I didn’t wanna be involved in the crime anymore but I’m locked in the prison just because I knew I change didn’t mean they were gonna let me out, so I had to develop and find a coping strategy.”


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