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30 triathlons for his 30th
High hopes: Meadowbank resident Michael Prideaux is looking forward to
competing in Ironman 70.3 Auckland this Sunday at the Auckland Viaduct.
Photo: LAUREN PRIESTLEY
By LAUREN PRIESTLEY
Athlete Michael Prideaux is look-
ing forward to doing 30 triathlons
this year to celebrate his 30th
He will kick it all off with the
Ironman 70.3 Auckland this
Prideaux wanted to use the 30
events to raise money for cancer
charities because there has been a
lot of cancer in his family.
Over the last year he has been
trying to set up a sponsorship
arrangement with a cancer char-
ity in return for $30,000 in fund-
raised donations, but it wasn t to
I was so disappointed when it
fell through. Everything was set
and the benefit for the charity
would have been huge.
The Meadowbank resident says
he is still going ahead with the 30
events, including the Perth Iron-
man in December where he will
fundraise for cancer organisation
Smiling for Smiddy.
Prideaux grew up in England
and started competing in triath-
lons seven years ago.
He moved to New Zealand in
2007 after coming for a 12-day
holiday and deciding to stay.
He is now a contract manager
for Southern Cross Healthcare
and says it is hard to balance his
triathlon commitments with his
Prideaux has represented New
Zealand as an age-grouper in both
triathlon and duathlon.
I came over here and realised I
was a bit better than I thought I
was. I still say I m a completer not
Prideaux is a member of the
Auckland City Triathlon Club and
says the focus is on participation.
A tourist from England contac-
ted the club last year looking for
an Ironman 70.3 team to compete
with because he did not have a
Prideaux dropped off his spare
bike to the man so he could com-
pete as an individual.
He asked how much he could
give me and I said, Just buy me a
beer afterward .
Prideaux played rugby and foot-
ball at a semi-professional level in
England and used to swim for
Prideaux stresses the import-
ance of nutrition and always
starts race day with egg fried rice.
On Sunday he will compete
against world champion triath-
letes as well as everyday Kiwis in
the Ironman 70.3.
The 70.3 refers to the total dis-
tance in miles (113 kilometres)
covered in the race.
The event is the official Asia
Pacific Ironman Championship
and there will be 30 qualifying
spots to the Ironman World
Championships in Hawaii.
Ironman 70.3 Auckland man-
ager Janette Blyth is excited
about the event and its future.
Like Ironman New Zealand,
we believe it will become a must-
do event for both international
visitors and Kiwis.
Go to ironmanauckland.com for
more information on spectator
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