From Lab Coats To Lycra - Australian Melanoma experts take on world Triathlon championships

From Lab Coats To Lycra - Australian Melanoma experts take on world Triathlon championships

2 September 2019

They are a formidable team - in work and in play – and one set to make history on both fronts.

Co-Medical Directors of Melanoma Institute Australia, Professor Georgina Long and Professor Richard Scolyer, and melanoma pathologist Dr Robert Rawson, are leading the world on two fronts - in the battle to find a cure for melanoma which kills one Australian every five hours, and the race for victory at the World Triathlon Championships in Switzerland. 

This high achieving trio swapped their lab coats for lycra as they represented Australia in the green and gold.

All three qualified for the Australian Triathlon Team in their respective age groups, and competed in the following categories in at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Lausanne from 29 August until 1 September:

•    Professor Georgina Long, 45-49 Female AG Sprint
•    Professor Richard Scolyer, 50-54 Male AG Sprint
•    Dr Robert Rawson, 40-44 Male AG Sprint 

Each week, they collectively swim more than 24 km, run 120 km and cycle 450 km – reflective of the determination and stamina they harness in their mission to ultimately reach zero deaths from melanoma.

Whilst au fait in sharing the stage at international melanoma and oncology conferences, this was their first time as teammates on the international sporting stage. 

As Co-Medical Directors of Melanoma Institute Australia, Professor Long and Professor Scolyer are  recognised as world leaders in melanoma research for their ground-breaking work that has changed the diagnosis and treatment landscape of melanoma world-wide.  Included in the multi-faceted research and clinical team they lead is pathologist Dr Robert Rawson.
 

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