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23-September-2013
23-September-2013

Photographs supplied by John Huth

A memorial pool commemorates John Covacevich who founded the Cairns Triathlon. 

The triathlon, first held in 1981 it was the brainchild of one young local solicitor John Covacevich, who was so engulfed in striving to establish himself at law, he had neglected his weight and fitness. John founded a running club, becoming the self-appointed, president, secretary, PR office and every other role required in those early days. It took 18 months to get himself into shape eventually clocking a 2 hour 51min marathon and low 34 minutes for 10km, not bad for a swimmer.

In 1981 the ‘general’ as he was affectionately known took up the cause of triathlon which was then in its infancy and the first Cairns triathlon took a different format – first a 10km run around the stately homes of Whitfield followed by 20 laps of the Tobruk pool concluding with a ride around Reservoir Road which made up the bike leg. John cemented his name in the triathlon history books and winners list – taking out his own event. 

Location

Address:370 Sheridan Street, Tobruk Memorial Pool, Cairns, 4870
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -16.902226
Long: 145.757072
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Community

Dedication

Front Inscription

JOHN COVACEVICH
MEMORIAL POOL 

SUAVITER IN MODO
FORTITER IN RE 

(Gently in manner  
Resolutely in action )

Source: MA
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