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On Sunday 3 November, more than 340 triathletes from Mater’s Smiling for Smiddy gathered on Noosa Main Beach to tackle the 2019 Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival.
The event sees people of all sporting abilities form Team Smiddy to conquer the 1.5 km swim, 40 km bike ride and 10 km run. Together, they have raised more than $440 000 for cancer research at Mater.
Mater Foundation’s Fundraising Manager, Krista Page (pictured), participates in the triathlon each year, and lives and breathes the cause.
“This year was my fifth time doing the full triathlon with Team Smiddy,” said Krista. “I used to compete individually, but being a part of the Smiling for Smiddy community truly really makes Noosa Triathlon special.”
Smiling for Smiddy is a series of cycling and triathlon events that raise much-needed funds for cancer research at Mater.
“Team Smiddy is a fantastic community—driven by teamwork, spirit and mateship, these values are shared by everyone, both athletes and supporters.
“Sure, it’s your body that enables you to compete, but it’s the Smiling for Smiddy values that get you across the line. When you’re on the track, it really lifts you when you hear ‘Go Smiddy!’” said Krista.
To raise awareness of the importance of funding for cancer research, Team Smiddy hosted many activities including a ‘Carb Load Lunch’ and panel discussion, featuring speakers who know first-hand the importance of groups like Smiling for Smiddy.
According to Krista, “Being part of Team Smiddy is like nothing else—I hope more Mater people can join me and share in this amazing journey. Let’s find a cure for cancer, together.”
To join Krista and the rest of Team Smiddy at Noosa Triathlon 2020, visit smiddy.org.au/noosa