Temora's Scott Reardon is more focussed than ever on next year's Paralympic Games in Tokyo, despite having to withdraw from this month's world championships due to injury.
True to form, the sprinter is looking on the bright side after missing out on the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai.
While Reardon had been hoping to defend the men's 100m title in his leg amputee class (T42), the bigger goal in Japan can now take sole priority.
"Things are always going to happen in life whether we like it or not and I looked at the positives straight away," Reardon said.
"I'll probably end up with two or three months extra preparation on Tokyo which will hold me in good stead for next year."
Reardon preferred not to disclose the injury, for competitive reasons. He said it's not serious, but knew he was out of time when it came to preparing for Dubai.
"It's an interesting one, when I first got injured it was probably a 50-50 but after the first week in rehab, I knew it wasn't doing what I needed it to do," he said.
"By the time Tokyo comes around, it will be three years between major championships for me.
"I'll definitely be ready. The goal hasn't changed, and the goal is to win, and to run 11 seconds. I think that's still attainable."
Reardon's 2017 world title in London backed up his memorable gold at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, when he won the 100m in a Games-record 12.26 seconds.
Clearly, defending that title and farewelling the Games with gold is a driving ambition for the Canberra-based athlete.
He believes Tokyo 2020 will set a new standard for a successful Paralympics and hopes to make it something special himself.
"Definitely this will be my last Paralympic Games," Reardon said.
"Whether I go on to a world championships again, I'm not sure. This injury is not ideal but it gives me 100 per cent focus now on what I need to do.
"All those little steps you miss over the years, sometimes it takes a setback to realise what's actually going on and I've taken a step back and been able to look at what I'm doing.
"For anyone who gets to compete at Tokyo, I think it will be a special experience. I'm sure they'll declare it the best Paralympics ever. I'll say that now, and I'd be very surprised if it falls short of that."
The 29-year-old said there was enormous interest in Japan's Para Athletics Championships earlier this year, in which he took part.
He believes the country's support for the Paralympics as well as its long-term preparation and planning for the 2020 Games will ensure a spectacular hosting.
"They demolished their old Olympic stadium even before they won the bid... and Vanessa and I filmed an ad for Tokyo in 2014. That was six years ahead of the Games, so they're going to be well organised," Reardon said.
In the meantime, he will have more than one eye on the world's this week with wife, Vanessa Low, representing Australia for the first time in Dubai. Low is in the women's T61 long jump and among the 34 competitors on the Australian team.