Last month Neil Barker, Delivery Manager for NSW ITS completed his first ever triathlon.

The event was a self-timed affair which was held in substitution for the would-be Noosa triathlon in November.

Neil completed all three legs in three hours and six minutes, a fair effort for the novice.

However, his motivations for completing the challenge was much bigger than experience itself.

“We were meant to be doing the Noosa triathlon for the Cystic Fibrosis charity in November,” Neil said.

“My friend’s daughter was born with CF about two and half years ago.”

On a whim, Neil and his friends decided to sign up for the Noosa triathlon to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis Queensland.

“We had about 7 to 8 of us that were going to complete the Noosa tri, but as COVID crept in people started to drop out.”

Neil and only one other friend decided to complete the triathlon, however a bit closer to home this time in Manly, NSW.

“The biggest obstacle was the swim, I had only swum 800 metres in the ocean before and now I had to complete 1.5 kilometres.”

An achievement it was nonetheless. Neil raised more than $6,000 for his efforts, receiving donations from 72 generous family and friends.

Cystic Fibrosis is the most common life–shortening genetic illness and primarily affects the lungs and digestive system; from birth, a person with cystic fibrosis undergoes constant medical treatments and physiotherapy. Cystic Fibrosis Queensland provides support and services for the increasing number of people living with cystic fibrosis who attend a Queensland Health clinic for treatment.

For more information on Cystic Fibrosis please visit this link.