Riding For Ovarian Cancer Research
Michael Dalton – Profile
My name is Michael Dalton. I live at Emu Park in Central Queensland.
I am married to Sandy and have two sons Nicholas and Liam.
I currently work for Livingstone Shire Council in the Infrastructure Water and Waste section and prior to that spent many years in the minerals industry.
My sporting career commenced with swimming where I won state and national masters swimming titles in butterfly culminating in 4th placing and 5th placing in the 200m & 100m butterfly events respectively at 1996 World Master Swimming Championships in Sheffield England.
From there I progressed to running marathons and Ironman Triathlon where I completed seven Ironman Triathlons including finishing the Ironman Triathlon in Kona Hawaii in 2001.
In 2009 and 2012 – I completed the Simpson Desert Bike Challenge (a 600 kilometre cycle across the desert in 5 days) to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Our family first met Peter & Claire Reaburn in 1995 and have since forged a deep friendship. Peter assisted me with my preparation for both Sheffield and Hawaii and I am forever grateful. For many years we have trained together for triathlon and cycling. I have learnt a significant amount about sports science and exercise physiology from Peter.
I have seen the challenges that Claire’s Rare Ovarian Cancer has presented to herself and the family.
When Peter first spoke to me the idea of the Ride for Rare Ovarian Cancer Research I volunteered straight away. The opportunity to not only help a very dear friend but to raise funds for this cause resonates with me. I lost my own mother Patricia to breast cancer in 2008 and am acutely aware of the challenges that cancer presents not only for the patient but family and friends as well.
My focus now is to prepare well for the ride – Canberra to Melbourne – 9 days 900 kilometres is not to be underestimated – plus raise as much money as I can for Rare Ovarian Cancer Research.