Fit­ting farewell for events king

Multisport Mecca - - News - Grant Ed­wards

HUM­BLE yet stead­fastly ded­i­cated, Garth Prowd OAM is re­mem­bered for many things. The man renowned as mul­ti­sport events roy­alty on the Sun­shine Coast has been laid to rest, but his in­flu­ence will re­main.

A large crowd gath­ered on Au­gust 18 for a spe­cial memorial ser­vice hon­our­ing Garth at Noosa Woods, where some of Aus­tralia’s great­est sport­ing stars de­liv­ered heart­felt trib­utes.

Gold medal-win­ning triath­lete Emma Fro­deno (nee Snowsill), marathon run­ning leg­end Steve Moneghetti and Noosa triathlon hall of famer Emma Car­ney were among those who spoke about the man hailed as men­tor, in­no­va­tor, leader, friend and, most of all, a dot­ing fa­ther and hus­band.

“He was a men­tor, a friend ... he al­ways pointed me in the right di­rec­tion. He taught me so many val­ues and main­tain­ing those out­side of busi­ness,” Emma Fro­deno said.

“This sport has given me ev­ery­thing I know about liv­ing life, an amaz­ing life. Garth has been a fan­tas­tic role model.

“I ded­i­cate my great­est achieve­ment in this sport to him.”

Steve Moneghetti paid trib­ute to Garth’s be­lief and ded­i­ca­tion. The 5km Noosa Bolt, staged as part of the Noosa Mul­ti­sport Fes­ti­val, re­mains Aus­tralia’s most pres­ti­gious over that dis­tance.

“It was like he had a body dou­ble. He achieved so much and he would give you 100% of his at­ten­tion,” Steve said.

“Garth, I don’t know what you’re do­ing up there. I think of you on that scooter revving the guts out of it. Note to God: don’t ar­gue, let him or­gan­ise it.”

Garth had hum­ble be­gin­nings. He started his work­ing life sell­ing Fords, an in­ter­est­ing choice given he was about to marry into the Madills fam­ily which had the nearby Holden deal­er­ship, be­fore go­ing on to work as ad­ver­tis­ing man­ager for the Noosa News, and part­ner in a sign­writ­ing busi­ness be­fore be­com­ing a triath­lete and even­tu­ally launch­ing USM Events and tak­ing over Noosa Triathlon.

Af­ter sell­ing USM to Iron­man in 2012, which had more than 50 events at the time and at­tracted more than 200,000 par­tic­i­pants an­nu­ally, he was a highly re­spected events con­sul­tant.

Brother-in-law Garth Madill said Garth brought peo­ple to­gether.

“He was the leader who re­ally made things hap­pen,” he said.

“His net­work of friends, lead­ers in the in­dus­tries was enor­mous. There would be a lot of peo­ple all over the world feel­ing his loss.

“Through all this he didn’t lose sight of his fam­ily or friends. He didn’t get him­self up on a pedestal. He took life as it comes.”

Garth, who was awarded an Or­der of Aus­tralia, died sur­rounded by wife Robyn, daugh­ters Sally, Me­gan, Katie and son-in-laws Matt and Ben on July 30, aged 65, fol­low­ing a cy­cling train­ing ac­ci­dent.

PHOTO: GRANT ED­WARDS

Emma Fro­deno (nee Snowsill) at Garth Prowd's spe­cial memorial ser­vice at Noosa Woods.

PHOTO: DARRYN SMITH

USM founder Garth Prowd OAM.

PHOTO: GRANT ED­WARDS

Steve Moneghetti and Emma Car­ney pay trib­ute to Garth Prowd's fam­ily at the spe­cial memorial ser­vice at Noosa Woods.

A large crowd pays trib­ute to Garth Prowd.

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