Peter Reaburn

Event organiser - Peter is riding for his wife Claire to raise funds for vital ovarian cancer research.
Raising funds for: Ride for Research
$30,338.25 donated
202 Donors

Peter Reaburn – Profile

My wife Claire has the dubious honour of being the oldest women in the world to have Juvenile Granulosa Cell Tumour (JGCT), a very rare form of ovarian cancer.

I’ve been involved in sports since childhood. Initially it was swimming at club then state and national level in surf lifesaving. I played Rugby Union during winter, swam and surfed all year round and competed in surf lifesaving during summer. An active childhood and youth. Later in life I immersed myself in masters swimming then triathlon winning several state age-group titles in long course. In 2005 I won the 50-54 yr age group National Ironman championship that qualified me to fulfill my long held dream of completing and competing in the Hawaii Ironman. It was during this time that my love of road racing and cycling took hold. Easier on the aging body, social, and very good for the head being out there early mornings and enjoying the rhythms of riding.

After graduating with a Health and Physical Education degree I taught PE for 6 years in Ipswich, Longreach and the Gold Coast. I then went back to Uni and completed a PhD in Sport Science, my lifelong passion. I then embarked on an academic career teaching and researching at The University of Queensland (6 years), Central Queensland University in Rockhampton (20 years), and Bond University (5 years) where I recently finished my career as Professor and Head of Exercise and Sport Science.

Claire and I have two children, Rebecca (29) and Megan (26), both happy, healthy, confident, and well-adjusted young women.

Life throws curve balls at us. Claire’s diagnosis with Rare Ovarian Cancer (ROC) in 2014 took us by surprise given we lived a very active and healthy lifestyle. We learnt quickly that nothing is known about Claire’s JGCT. Retirement has given me time to put my love of fitness and cycling to a positive cause. Riding for Research with great support of ROC Incorporated (ROCInc), raising awareness of Ovarian Cancer in females, and helping Claire, my wife of 34 years and mother of our children.

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103 Comments

  1. Great work Peter and Claire plus your wider family network. If anything gives us a buzz, it is making a small difference in the Australian community. Well done and cheers, Hugh

  2. Well done to Peter Reaburn all riders and support staff who are fundraising for Ovarian cancer.

  3. Combined reasons; supporting a family member who has suffered with this terrible disease; knowing that research will find a cure and money will ensure that this happens. Wonderful work Reaburn clan!

  4. As a family member we understand the long and difficult journey Claire has travelled, with Peter by her side.
    An amazing opportunity that this Ride for Research has been to share the awareness of research for this type of Ovarian Cancer. The riders and the crew have been magnificent! Only 3 days to go!!!!

  5. Pete, have always respected you as a person and of course a great competitor. I admire your efforts and determination in performing another great challenge and most importantly for a loved one.
    Cycle safe.

    Mirlsy

  6. Let’s get a cure out there for this disease and particularly for our gorgeous Claire. We will be supporting you all from the sidelines. Much love…Sheree and Gavin

  7. Every donation given to this great cause, will hopefully in time win the battle for those women enduring such a rare cancer.

  8. Towards a worthwhile cause and a man with a commitment for getting things done. Ride safe and enjoy the experience

  9. Great cause, thank you (It was brought to our attention as our son is a Delly Boy this year).

  10. Great initiative Peter! All the best with the ride and enjoy the saddle time. Claire, stay strong and good to see you’ve got a beautiful family behind you 🙂

  11. Claire is a lovely person with an unfortunate condition. Peter is my mate. What more needs to be said

  12. Fellow ovarian cancer survivor and fully support the cause. All the best for the ride and fundraising efforts. Will be watching your journey and cheering yo all the way.

  13. Good luck with the ride Peter, great cause & massive effort to undertake. Hope I can get to ride with you some of the way!!

  14. You have not mentioned your bout with Prostate Cancer, a considered result of cycling,b all going on at the same time.
    Always a Champion

  15. Clare & I went to high school together & were very competitive athletes. We also played Volleyball together at rep competitions. I also support the wonderful Ovarian Cancer research & support that you are striving for 💕

  16. Good Work Pete – don’t forget to take in the scenery….but keep an eye on the wheel in front.

  17. Such inspiring and beautiful people 💓💓💓
    Would give you the shirt off of their backs.
    Much love to team REABURN

  18. Hoping that the day is a huge success financially as well as socially and that funds & awareness raised contribute to research finding a cure. Good luck

  19. Thank you Pete for organising this ride. Hopefully the researchers will put this money to good use and come up with some positive news.

  20. Good luck on your endeavour and all the best to Claire. Warmest regards, Kati (friend of Judy’s, we met at Thanksgiving a few years ago).

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