2018 Tassie’s Better With Balance: The Participants
Meet the endurance athletes who are volunteering their time to take part in the Tassie’s Better with Balance multi-sport event…
MATT WILSON has extensive endurance recreation and racing experience having cycled 32,000kms over 22 months through North, Central and South America and competing in three XPD events, the Freycinet Challenge and the Three Peaks Challenge among others. He enjoys exploring Tasmania's landscapes and was keen to join the Better with Balance event to raise awareness of suicide prevention support and the importance of mental health andwellbeing to regional communities. Matt and his young family recently returned to Tasmania from the mainland and now live in Ulverstone.
KYM CHILD lives in Seven Mile Beach with her husband and twin children. When not juggling family commitments and work as a part time nurse and senior investigation officer, Kym can be found on the wild Tasmanian trails either running or mountain biking. Kym has competed with the Singapore Changi Zingas in the AR World Series XPD Tasmania and recently placed third overall female in the 135km Larapinta Stage Run - Malbunka Long Course. Kym is keen to break down the barriers around mental health by sparking conversations and bringing people together through this event.
MICHAEL PHILLIPS has been involved in Adventure Racing for the past 12 years and has completed 10 expedition races with Muppets Adventure Racing Team. He was involved with the Wild West Epic and Race Across Tasmania – events to promote awareness and raise money for men’s health through the Movember foundation. He is passionate about living a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Michael has spent 18 years in management roles for Irrigation Tasmania and is also a Co – Director of Tasmanian Multisport Adventures. Michael lives in Somerset and is married with two sons.
STEVE PHILLIPS is an experienced expedition racer, having participated in New Zealand's God Zone and the 770km XPD adventure race among many others. Steve has a particular passion for paddling and mountain biking and enjoys being active, pushing his limits and proving that nothing is too difficult. A father of four daughters, Steve lives in Somerset on the North West coast and is a mechanical fitter with his own adventure tourism business, Tasmanian Multisport Adventures.
GREG PILKINGTON turned his talents to multi-sport challenges after retiring from competitive football. He's gone on to participate in XPD events, the Wild West Epic Challenge and Race Across Tasmania raising awareness and funds in support of men's health. As a career firefighter with the Tasmanian Fire Service in Burnie, Greg knows first-hand the importance of mental health and wellbeing in leading a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Greg is married with four children and enjoys all aspects of multi-sport challenges, with a particular skill for trail running and mountain biking.
ADRIAN BEARD is well deserving of his 'legend' status in the XPD (expedition) racing scene, having successfully completed nine endurance events in this series plus an impressive collection of trail runs, multi-sport challenges and adventure races over a 25-plus year period. A keen trail runner, Adrian thrives on the unpredictability of adventure racing combined with a love of all things outdoors. He was drawn to the Tassie's Better with Balance Challenge as a test of endurance and an opportunity to promote the importance of health/wellbeing in the work place. Adrian is a teacher who lives with his partner Diane and daughter Erin in Turners Beach and enjoys being an active role model to both his family and students at Nixon Street Primary in Devonport.
MARTY VINEY is a first-time multi-sport adventure racer with a passion for surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, mountain biking and anything to keep fit. He's bringing his talents to five of the seven days in the Tassie's Better with Balance event and is drawn to the messages of resilience, health and wellbeing that the challenge promotes for all Tasmanians. Marty has surfed and trekked extensively on the West Coast and now works as a construction project manager for the Department of Health. He lives with his wife and their four sons at Sulphur Creek.
KENT WYLLIE is the Advanced Manufacturing Coordinator at TMEC and when not working on industry promotion or his fitness coaching business, KAW Training, he's coordinating or competing in multi-sport challenges including the Race Across Tasmania (RAT) Challenge and XPD expedition racing in the AR World Series. Kent lives in Somerset and, inspired by the personal experiences of friends, has become an advocate for mental health and wellbeing having created high profile events that raise awareness and stimulate discussion of these important issues.
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