Fundrais­ers tackle iron­man event

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Lisa Thomas

COTTES­LOE not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion melanomaWA com­peted in the Sun­smart Iron­man WA in Bus­sel­ton in a team of nine, rais­ing more than $15,000 for the char­ity.

Melanoma WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Clint Heal and board mem­ber Steve Choate led the team in the gru­elling triathlon re­cently to raise funds and aware­ness for melanoma.

It was the first time Mos­man Park res­i­dent Choate had taken part in the triathlon af­ter cheer­ing on Heal in Bus­sel­ton in 2014.

Heal, who was di­ag­nosed with melanoma in 2005 at the age of 22, said he felt it was time to tackle the race for a sec­ond time.

“I asked Steve to do it with me and he asked me to give him 24 hours to make a de­ci­sion, and the next I heard from him was a mes­sage with his en­try re­ceipt to the triathlon,” he said.

“For us it’s an­other plat­form to raise aware­ness and fund­ing.

“If one per­son gets their skin checked then it’s worth it.”

Choate fin­ished the race in 12 hours, six min­utes and 32 sec­onds and ranked 101 for his cat­e­gory.

Heal crossed the fin­ish line at 14 hours, 41 min­utes and one sec­ond.

The team had trained­to­gether, with many ses­sions held in the west­ern sub­urbs.

Choate said he was “pretty ex­cited” for the triathlon and did not have to think twice about tak­ing part.

“I couldn’t say no when Clint asked me. I love chal­lenges and it’s bet­ter when you’ve got a rea­son to do it,” he said.

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