Two serious car accidents have not finished him off, so it's unlikely a handful of the best kayakers in the world will pose much threat to Penrith paddler Colin Sieders.
The 31-year-old has been in a kayak for only a year, but he had a win and a second in the paracanoe at the National Canoe and Kayak Championships in Perth at the weekend to put his name before World Championship selectors.
Sieders first car accident happened in the Blue Mountains when he was just 15. The driver of the car was killed, and Sieders spent a year in hospital. He then spent the next three years in a wheelchair.
Eventually he was able to walk again, albeit with a limp. He was 70 per cent paralysed in his left leg, but then embarked on a car racing career.
And then in 2011 Colin Sievers was in another car accident, not on the racetrack, but a head-on with a truck. It put him back in a wheelchair.
His fitness coach while driving race cars was also a slalom kayaker. In 2012 he suggested Sievers try his hand at canoe.
"I'd never done it before," Sievers said.
"I've always loved the water, always swum and had jet skies, so it was a way to get back out there.
"And after the last crash I put on 30 kilos sitting around doing nothing, so I've lost 20 of that since I've been kayaking."
Not only has it helped him physically, but it's also improved his mental strength.
"Because I'm not working as much as I was, it's given me something else to focus on," he said.
"My first goal this year was to come here and race, and then obviously the long term goal is to get to Rio.
"I'm ahead of where I expected to be. At the last GP3 I didn't expect to go as quick as I did, so I've had to reassess my goals."
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