Team Joel

Noosa Triathlon 2021

Why we Tri

Joel Staite - Cancer Survivor

I have been competing in triathlon's for almost 20 years. I started racing sprint distance tri's, racing every chance I could get - I loved to push my body and challenging myself to go faster, further and harder. But the social side of triathlon was what I really loved - training and racing against my mates - trying to get one up on them at every race and training session.  The people and comaraderie has always been a big part of why I have continued to race and train. For me its as much a way of life as it is a sport and it has allowed me to challenge myself and keep me fit.

Taking on new events, harder events - 70.3 and Ironman and trying to improve my times has always driven me to push harder and further.  This all changed in 2016!

I was preparing for the New Zealand Ironman when I noticed some blood in my urine, but thought little of it as being a side effect of the 30 km run I'd done the day before.  After enduring a tough day on the Taupo NZ Ironman course, I took myself off to my doctor to 'check things over'. As a fit 31 year old it was a bit daunting for your GP to send you straight to a Radioligy and Oncology Specialist. 

In June 2016 I had surgery to remove the affected kidney and was diagnosed with a very rare kidney cancer called Collecting Duct Carcinoma which affects 50-60 people globally and has a dire life expectancy. 

Young and healthy people like me aren't meant to get cancer! And a rare type just made it even more scary.  

However the initial surgery and treatments appeared to be working and I was able to resume my training, I was able to travel and compete in triathlon's, despite a few hiccups along the way.  However things changed on the 27 February 2017 - my 33rd birthday.  I had 6.5 litres of fluid drained from my abdomen - the cancer had returned!

Despite the lack of treatments for my rare cancer I was able to access a trial and endured rounds of treatment, however the tumors had gotten worse. I needed to find another treatment path - without which I would have 12 months to live! 

I was fortunately accepted for a second trial in 2018 requiring fortnightly immunotherapy treatments. Small improvements were seen after each treatment and by September I was back running and November back competing in Triathlons.  And just before Christmas I received the best present I could hope for - the target legions were now zero!  This was hard to believe - I had gone from 12 months to live to zero legions!

My experience over the past 5 years has certainly changed my view on life.  We never know what is going to happen - so always make the most of every single day. 

In 2019 - I was able to take on the Smiddy Challenge riding from Townsville to Brisbane, I met my partner Keiren (she will be racing Noosa Tri with me).  And while I am not completely out of the woods - I've had some set backs and challenges remain I am just thankful for each day.  It's staying in the fight that matter the most - each day, each month each year - just brings more time, more opportunities to find new treatments. 

In a nut-shell the work we are funding through your donations is life-saving and I am testament to this.  Without people donating and raising funds to provide more research, I wouldn't be here today to tell my story. 

I don't have a time goal for Noosa - the pain in my feet makes running hard and sometimes walking hurts too much. I've pushed my body hard over the past 20 years of racing - for me it's no longer about the finish line - it's enjoying the journey and if I can help raise funds along the way I know it will make a difference not only for me but countless others too. 

Thank you to everyone who has supported my and my journey - your support means so much to me.      

 

 

 

Thank you to our Sponsors

$515

Peter Matthews

$515

Mark Breitfuss

Bloidy champion Joel. Smash it mate.

$500

Brighty

Legend!

$500

Jason Murray

$405

Nicholas Marland

$354

David Blandford

$260

Antony And Karyn Page

Good luck and well done raising funds for such a great cause ! Fingers crossed it happens for you this year!

$260

Anonymous

$240

Joel Hetherington

$240

Jeremy Kong

$240

Michael Cook

$234

Paul Saunders

Good luck mate. Don’t need to see any pics of you in sweaty Lycra....

$234

Joel Staite

$234

Anonymous

$234

Christopher Johnstone

$225

Jack Shannon

$225

Jaye Staite

So proud to be your little brother.

$216

Wilko

go buddy

$208

Sharryn Gordon

That’s awesome Matt. Very proud Mumma. I’m sure you will smash it.

$200

Adrian, Beck And Chloe Cullen

Onya pal. Keep giving it your all.

$156

June Blandford

$156

Lyn Rowntree

$150

Brooke Thurbon

$130

Matthew Green

$125

Andrew Whitehead

$120

Kristy Price

Fund-raiser suggested by Alan Whyborn 😊 best of luck in your event.

$120

Natalie Hosking

Go Brett great cause

$120

Sarah & Peter Stiling

Keep up the good work Joel! We are all here cheering you on! You got this!!

$120

Joel Staite

$120

Grace

If anyone can do this, it’s you! You’re an incredible inspiration. Wishing you all the best for training & race day. Will be cheering you on along the way. You got this!

$120

Jacinta Lam

Amazing work as usual Joel, everyone’s resident fitspo! Jacinta, Korana and Romy x

$120

Tony Roma

You got this Joel! I don't think I've met anyone as strong as you (except maybe my mum..!) We'll be with you every pedal of every day.

$120

Brad And Kylie Crofts

You are a legend Joel.

$120

Marie Mcguinness

Good luck and good job Dave proud of your dedication to this event! Lots of love

$120

Sam J

Cheering for you!

$120

Anne & Dwayne Vignes

So proud of your dedication to this cause and the triathlon.

$120

Sarah Lewis

Have fun! It’s all smooth water, hotmix and tailwinds!

$120

Carey Henry

Way to go mate good on ya.

$120

Genevieve Dharamaraj

Dear Joel, you remain an inspiration and your attitude to life is freaking awesome. Lov Gen

$120

Peter Mcknight

Go for it. Good on you. Peter & Paula

$115

Alice, John & Lucy

Hey buddy, sending you lots of love and luck for the Tri all the way from the UK! XxX

$115

Anonymous

$115

Keren Davies

$104

Blackpond Marine Consultants

$104

Anonymous

$104

Amanda Ryan

Absolute champion Joel!!!!

$104

Gary Nutting

Happy to help mate, you are an inspiration

$104

Dane Lam

$104

Annie

For a great cause. X A

$104

Selina

Always an inspiration!

$104

Tracey

Amazing effort!

$104

Jeff & Mary

Best of luck Joel love Aunt Mary and Uncle Jeff

$104

Anonymous

You better win😠

$104

Elise & Pete

You’re a champion mate, and so bloody inspirational in loads of ways! Best wishes with the tri

$104

Wazza

Your still the best "Handler", have a great day.

$104

Diana.g.

Gooo Joel! Your doing awesome!

$104

Jenny And Paul Feddema

Go joel, so proud of you

$104

Nat Creedy

$100

Robert Mcguinness

Great commitment Dave well done

$80

Brett Freeman

$80

Joel Staite

$80

Shaun Mcknight

$75

Noëmie Perron

Bonjour Joel, J’espère que tu vas bien, Une contribution pour cette cause importante🙏🏻 Porte-toi bien Noëmie

$68

Anonymous

$68

Team Bones

Awesome stuff Joel! I hope you have a great day in the sun up at Noosa

$68

Jessica Viney

You’ll smash it!!

$68

Heidi Campbell

Best of luck Pete!

$68

Adrian Bo

Great work Pete. Pleased to contribute

$68

Rob Gale

Inspiration! 💪🏻

$68

Mark Jarvis

Well done mate. All the best

$68

Ben Taylor

Good luck legend

$68

Eoin Mccarthy

Best of luck mate

$68

Jenny Young

Your determination will see you complete this 👏 thinking of you and sending all good wishes and loads of love xx

$65

Christine Stone

You must win! Go bro

$65

Erin Mcknight

Good luck babe!!

$52

Michael Freeman

Go Brett a good charity

$52

Sally Plever

You are an inspiration!

$52

Anne Lam

Joel, you’re an inspiration. Love you lots. 🤗

$52

Courtenay Henrys

So impressed with your never ending positivity and determination Joel. Look forward to seeing you in Noosa!

$52

Tim Dalton

Mate you are a LEGEND 🙌

$52

Anonymous

$52

Cookie

Go Hard Mate!!

$52

Peter Sullivan

Hey mate great to hear how well u r going. Hope your DAY is filled with ENJOYMENT.

$52

Courtney Martin

I like swimming rocks 👍🏽

$52

Karen Marks

Good luck I hope you achieve your goal.

$50

Paul Fraser

Best of luck legend!

$50

Jolene Carpenter

Wishing you lots of health and happiness for your training Joel, and lots of luck for the big event! Look forward to the day we can have a catch up xo

$50

Karlee Gooding

All the best Joel for Noosa and the journey ahead.

$50

Ap Tavita

Go Gregan!

$50

Wendo

Good on you Joel 👍

$50

Camille Henry

$50

Adrian

$50

Mike And Janice Lloyd

Good luck Joel. Regards. Mike and Janice

$42

Anonymous

Go Joel! You’ve got this.

$42

Liz

Well done Joel!! You got this xx

$31

Cody Hoolihan

Good luck mate!

$26

Tom F

Well done mate!

$21

Jodie Hall

Super work Joel. Such an inspiration!

$21

Hayley-maree Carr

$21

Cathy Davis

$15

Toby Mckinnon

$15

Matt Mcintyre

$15

Matt Gordon

$15

Jeff Pehl

$15

Charlie Chadwick

$10

John Shannon

$10

Kimberley Wessels

Amazing work Matt!