31 Dec 2016

12-time NZ Ironman champion rewarded for his commitment

6:50 am on 31 December 2016

He's dominated his sport in New Zealand for the past 16 years, now Ironman triathlete Cameron Brown has been rewarded for his commitment to the sport with a New Year's Honour.

Brown has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to triathlon.

Cameron Brown wins Ironman New Zealand.

Cameron Brown winning Ironman New Zealand. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The 44-year-old has won the New Zealand Ironman 12 times since 2000 and this year he finished in a career best time of 8:07:58 hours.

A two-time silver medallist and two-time bronze medallist in the Ironman World Championships, Brown said even at 44 he still feels like he has got more to offer the sport.

"You don't aim for these things, you just look forward to competing at your best in swim, biking and running and that's what I've been trying to do my whole life and enjoy it," he said.

"That's why I've stayed in the sport for so long because I love it, I have a passion for it and I'll keep going for as long as I can."

Brown says now that his son is getting into triathlons, it's given him motivation to carry on with him.