Work out champions – BAWC Member David Deakin

Keilor local, David Deakin, works out at the Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre on a daily basis and sometimes twice a day using both the 50 metre pool and the gym.

“It is so good to have such a world class training facility so close to home. Ten years ago, I was 150 kilos and wanted to get fit for my family, my wife and two girls,” Dave said.

But Dave’s fitness journey didn’t stop there. Thanks to the support of his wife and two daughters, David started to compete in triathlons.

“There’s a great community around these competitions, with everyone focused on keeping fit and healthy. It’s been a great experience for me and has taken me to exotic places in Australia and around the world.”

A triathlon is an endurance race, which can have swimming, cycling, and running over various distances. It requires a mindset and high level of fitness, as you pace yourself through the different parts of the race.

“I’ve had three races in Cairns and came off my bike in Tasmania. I’ve competed in the Philippines as well. I’m grateful to my wife for supporting me and my girls for cheering me on and being there. They are pretty proud of their Dad.”

The next big race for David is Ironman 70.3 which is being held in Taupo, New Zealand on 14-15 December. The race has been held over since COVID, although David has competed in Ironman in Finland in the meantime.

And what is David’s favourite first meal after a race and months of dieting, focus and preparation?

“Maccas. Always.”

So next time you’re at the Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre, look around. You never know, you could be swimming or working out next to a world champion Ironman.

If you’re not a member and you’d like more information or a tour of the Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre, we are located at 90 Taylors Road, Keilor Downs or check us out online at



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