PT always looking to raise his game
AS a personal trainer for seven years, Darrin Norwood has never lacked motivation.
He is driven by becoming better at everything he tackles in sport and fitness training.
"I like it when people tell me I can't do certain things," he said.
"That motivates me the most."
Sometimes that leads to the Ipswich achiever pushing himself too far and getting injured.
However, he continues to excel at elite level, having overcome setbacks like reconstructions on both knees.
Norwood is the QT-City of Ipswich senior sportstar for April, in the prestigious 2012/13 awards backed by Ipswich City Council.
His latest honour was for his efforts representing Queensland at his third Australian Masters Championships.
Norwood overcame a knee injury and frustrating start to win nine medals over four days in Canberra.
His remarkable tally featured five gold, three silver and one bronze medal.
He is Australian champion in triple jump, high jump, javelin, pole vault and pentathlon.
That impressive showing followed similar marathon successes at state and national level in recent years.
However, Norwood has been benefiting from another challenge - CrossFit training.
"I've only been doing it since Christmas," said Norwood, who turns 34 next month.
"It's so addictive.
"I find the competitive side of things is what drives my along.
"Even within your own gym, the people who train beside you just push you to go a little bit harder each time.
"When it comes to competition, it doesn't matter what age you are. It's just a whole different atmosphere compared to when I go to nationals and things like that."
Norwood has already represented an Ipswich CrossFit team which came 17th at national level in Wollongong.
But having pushed himself extra hard in recent weeks, Norwood has suffered another left knee injury.
He's waiting for further advice after a suspected grade 2 tear in his ACL and more cartilage problems.
"It's going to be a setback for probably the next six, seven weeks," he said.
However, he's keen to regain fitness in time for the annual Ipswich Winter Carnival.
"That's probably going to be touch and go," the Ipswich and District Athletic Club member said keen to support the city's major athletics event on August 24.
Norwood has more time to recover for open and masters athletics competition next year.
Last year's Ipswich masters athlete of the year is also hoping to continue CrossFit at his East Ipswich Western Front base once his problem knee is rested.
"It's a little bit different type of training but it's helping with my athletics side of events," he said.
"My endurance work is a lot better and my strength is starting to show more now."