Putting triathlon on the map

Multisport Mecca - - News - Grant Ed­wards Grant.Ed­wards@news.com.au

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.”

PHOTO: DAR­RYN SMITH

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.

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