• A ‘legend’ in the making

Among the Team Smiddy triathletes competing in this year’s Noosa Tri will be Andrew Coronis who will swim, ride and run his way around Noosa for his sixth consecutive year.

“I’ve always had a passion for cycling and try to get out on the bike at least three times a week. I love the freedom it gives me and it’s great exercise that you can do with your mates,” he said.

Like many others, Andrew joined Team Smiddy so he could compete in the early wave at the Noosa Triathlon, but has since been caught up in the Smiddy Spirit.

“It’s the people, camaraderie and the giving spirit of the Smiddy team that I think are awesome.”

With his sights set on completing 10 consecutive Noosa Triathlons to get his ‘Legends’ badge, Andrew has now added the extra challenge of fundraising for Smiling for Smiddy.

So far this year, his company Coronis have donated more than $40 000 to help fund vital cancer research at Mater.

“We chose to partner with Smiling for Smiddy because of their family values, the inspiring legacy they are creating and their amazing efforts in raising more than $7 million for cancer research during the past 10 years," Andrew said.

“I feel that I am one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have cancer, so it’s my responsibility to give back where I can and help fund the research that could solve the cancer riddle.”

When it comes to fundraising, persistence and politeness is key, according to Andrew.

“You have to ask everyone politely and many, many times,” he said.

“I think most people give up fundraising after asking once but you have to be persistent, it’s the only way. After all it’s for a great cause so you can’t give up.” 

And his advice for those thinking of joining Team Smiddy for the 2017 Noosa Tri?

“If you’re thinking about it, just stop the excuses and do it; I can say from experience that it is an awesome day.

“Sure, the first time you do it you’ll be nervous, but it’s an amazing adrenaline rush and it’s an even better experience when you’re part of Team Smiddy!” 

The Mater Foundation is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission ABN 96723184640.