Fundraisers tackle ironman event
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.