- Monday 31 July 2017
On behalf of Sunshine Coast Council, Mayor Mark Jamieson today (July 31) expressed his heartfelt sorrow at the tragic loss of Garth Prowd on Sunday July 30, 2017.
Mayor Jamieson said Garth was a truly remarkable man and made an outstanding contribution to sport and events, not only on the Sunshine Coast but also on the national stage.
"Locally, Garth was often referred to as “Mr Events” and was widely regarded as a leading authority in this area. He was also recognised as the Father of Triathlons and instrumental from the early days in building both the Mooloolaba and Noosa Triathlons more than 30 years ago," Mayor Jamieson said.
"His passion for the sport and his pride in the Sunshine Coast helped put this region on the global events map.
"Our Council was honoured that Garth agreed to become a foundation member of the Sunshine Coast Events Board, an appointment that he held until his untimely passing yesterday.
"Behind the scenes, Garth was active in his personal efforts to attract world class events to the Sunshine Coast, such as the 2016 Ironman World Championships and the 2017 Velothon Sunshine Coast."
Mayor Jamieson said Garth was known as a man who got on with the job – a man who made things happen – and he will be greatly missed by many people.
"Garth’s services to Australian sport were duly recognised when he received the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2005," Mayor Jamieson said.
"On behalf of my council colleagues and council staff, I pass on our deepest condolences to Garth’s family.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Robyn, daughters Sally, Megan, Katie and their families at this time."