It’s in me, it’s in us… this “DREAM BIG” syndrome. And honestly, I don’t know how to live any different. I married a dreamer, in fact, it’s one of the many reasons I did marry him. And it’s why we are both self employed! LOL!

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But dreaming has to start somewhere, somewhere within. It takes courage and a really good companion (friend, relative, spouse) to keep it ALIVE!

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Today I wanted to share with you how us CRAZY COTTERS got to this place.. this yo-yo life of DREAMing BIG.


It’s the Kiwi’s turn to share his story and how it all began. I hope it brings you encouragement to pursue those DREAMS! (hey, Corny Cotter had to slip in somewhere)

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How I became a Professional Triathlete and Why I Chase this Dream- via James Cotter

(aka Kiwi Cotter)

I have always loved sports, but I never would have imagined I would be chasing a dream of being a professional triathlete, yet alone winning a few.

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I started playing rugby at Ilam primary school several years ago. Loved the games, and I loved the team environment. We were a pretty scrappy bunch too. What we lacked in size we gained in hard work and pushed till the end. Once I moved up to intermediate school, what Americans call high school, I quickly learnt I was not big enough or strong enough to be of use to the Rugby team. Rugby boys are huge and bloody fast and after taking a few hits, I decided I was going to a new sport.

I started playing basketball for a while after rugby. Our team was so good in our division that they moved us up two years. All the sudden we were horrible. We went from a team of guys to a bunch of individuals all trying to be stars just so someone could have some glory. It was after this season that I went to Hawaii on vacation to visit my Dad. From then on my whole lifestyle changed.

My Dad had been based in Kailua-Kona for some time now. He had always been a runner and stayed in shape year round, which always impressed me. Not to mention He was a 747 captain!



My dad had started to dabble in triathlons and I decided I would join him a bit, well at least try the swimming part. I joined the swim squad under the infamous, Steve Borowski there in Kailua-Kona. Each time I would visit Hawaii (three times a year), I would swim daily for 2-3 weeks, depending on length of vacation. Of course your fitness comes right after about 2 weeks, and once I wasn’t leaving last in the lane at masters, it was time to go home, back to New Zealand.


Then in 1998 our vacation aligned itself with the Ironman world champs. I was able to watch Peter Reid take his first Ironman title. It was pretty amazing and deep down I really wanted to try to finish a race of such massive distance.


In 2000 I ended up moving over to Hawaii to live with my Dad. He had signed us both up for a half Ironman in 3 months. Race day came and I ended up racing 4:47 for my first half, which ended up qualifying for Ironman Kona. My first tri and I had a Kona slot. My first Tri and I wanted more!


In 2000 and 2001 I raced Ironman Kona as the youngest competitor and I have been hooked ever since. In 2006 I took my pro card and have been chasing a long and frustrating dream through injuries and setbacks trying to get to the top again. But I haven’t given up yet! This is my last year to give it a go. No injuries, smart training, and my Sherpa Wife by my side. Dreaming big isn’t easy, but it’s worth the chase to find out where it takes you in life.

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Where did your DREAM BIG story begin? What are you chasing?




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