Putting triathlon on the map
TRIATHLON in Australia wouldn’t exist at the same level if it wasn’t for Garth Prowd, according to former professional athlete Toby Coote.
Now the head coach of Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy, Toby paid tribute to a man “ahead of his time”.
“He was humble about the success. He treated everyone the same. No matter if you were elite or an age grouper, they were all part of what he did.
“Working with USM Events, it was a big family...Garth was the dad. He taught everyone so much and he always had bigger and better ideas.”
“His professionalism shone. When you went to an event he ran, it was done properly.”
Bringing international athletes to the Sunshine Coast paved the way to gaining global notoriety for events such as Noosa Tri.
But above all, Toby remembers a “top bloke”.
“He would do anything for anybody. One of those humble guys who always stood in the background, the results spoke for him. You wouldn’t even know he was at events sometimes,” Toby said.
“The one thing that stands out, after every Noosa when it was all done, the staff all went back to Noosa Woods and there would be pizzas and beers. If you were in his family, and that family was USM, you were pretty lucky.”
They were sentiments shared by former USM Events communications manager, Lisa Pringle.
“He taught everyone that worked for him about events, being creative, to change things up, but most of all just getting things done and having fun while we did,” she said.
“Garth was my greatest mentor, and leader I've ever had the privilege to work for.”
Garth Prowd welcomes the first inductees into the Noosa Tri Walk of Fame Craig Walton (left) and Emma Carney in 2012.
Garth congratulated by wife Robyn and daughter Katie after being awarded an Order of Australia in 2005.
Former CEO of USM Events and now Ironman executive Geoff Meyer (left) with Garth in 2012.