• Doing it for a mate

Mateship means everything to Rowan Foster, especially when it comes to his friend Adam.

“I’ll never forget racing together one year at Noosa Triathlon. We competed in the same age group and Adam was chasing me down on the run leg. He cruised passed me so effortlessly and gave a few words of encouragement, before distancing me in a heartbeat,” Rowan recalled.

“When I reached the finish line he was there waiting for me, big smile on his face and high-fives all around.” 

That memory means the world to Rowan because his mate Adam is Adam Smiddy, the young physiotherapist and triathlete cut down in his prime by melanoma. The Adam Smiddy in whose memory Smiling for Smiddy was founded.

The pair met through the University of Queensland’s triathlon club, under the watchful eye of coach and Smiling for Smiddy founder, Mark ‘Sharky’ Smoothy.  

“There is something about suffering alongside one another in training and racing that makes you great mates. That and the fact Adam was simply a great bloke—so genuine, friendly and supportive of all those around him,” Rowan said.

“I’m very thankful I got to visit Adam in hospital in the days before he passed and be able to say goodbye. His courage in those final days, when it was clear cancer was winning this fight, was inspirational."

Rowan will draw on the strength of those memories when he proudly lines up in his Smiling for Smiddy tri suit alongside mates new and old for his 10th Noosa Triathlon this November. 

“There are so many people in my life now that I call great friends thanks to Smiling for Smiddy; friends who I don’t know how I would have met if it wasn’t for Adam’s legacy. I consider that very fitting and special indeed."

Pictured: Rowan Foster with Adam's mum Maria Smiddy at the 2014 Noosa Triathlon.  


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