COTTESLOE not-for-profit organisation melanomaWA will enter nine team members in this weekend’s Sunsmart Ironman WA in Busselton.
Melanoma WA chief executive Clint Heal and board member Steve Choate will lead the team in the gruelling triathlon, to raise funds and awareness for melanoma.
It will be the first time Mosman Park resident Choate will take 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.”
The team have been training together, 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.
“I would love to see the whole team finish together and everyone have fun and enjoy the experience.”
If you would like to support team melanomaWA visit https://give.everydayhero.com/au/mission-for-melanomawa-ironman.