On Sunday, a Brisbane pilot tragically passed away after requiring medical attention during the Cairns triathlon.
Pay tribute to Army veteran Dave Hayes, who tragically passed away after the Cairns triathlon on Sunday.
On Sunday night, the organizers of Ironman 70.3 confirmed one of the contestants-later confirmed as Keynes Post Dave Hayes, a Brisbane Jetstar pilot, died after receiving medical treatment during the swimming part of the Palm Bay event.
The organizers of the event stated that they were “deeply saddened” by Hayes’ death and posted on Facebook: “We are grateful for the response of swimming safety and emergency services personnel and providing medical support to athletes.
“We express our condolences to the family and friends of the athletes, and we will continue to support them during this difficult time.”
According to Hayes’ LinkedIn profile, he served as an Army officer for 27 years before serving as a pilot for Jetstar Airways.
He is a loving father and grandfather who once swam across the English Channel.
Hayes’ daughter Rachel expressed her sincere respect on Facebook: “Father passed away this morning, doing what he loves so much.
“He will be remembered for his incredible passion for flying, sailing, shooting, and swimming; his ridiculously terrifying father joke; his corn fritters and his favorite “drugs” (as he puts it) As said)-life-ability.
“He is my hero and my biggest cheerleader. I will always be my dad’s little girl. No matter how old I am, I will strive to be the best version of myself because of him.
“I will continue to celebrate your part in our hearts.”
Triathlon teammate Donna Gill shared her condolences, calling Hayes a “real gentleman” and “candidate”.
“We are very sad,” she said.
“We continue this day to finish what Dave started with us that morning. He will want it.
“It is emotionally difficult, but teamwork is teamwork, and we spare no effort.
“We finally reached the end-we know that you were the only true triathlon yesterday and we crossed the finish line.
“We have your medal, Dave, and will leave it to you—you damn it, that’s for sure.”
Hayes’ death was the third tragedy in the six years of the Cairns triathlon-43-year-old Erica Atkins died after the 2015 event, and a 47-year-old Japanese man died the following year Passed away.
Rob Davidson, former Queensland Surf Lifesaving Regional Manager, said Hayes’ death was an “absolute tragedy.”
“The situation on Sunday morning was very good-in the end safety is the most important thing and the event coordinator called for continuation,” Davidson said, according to reports Keynes Post.
“Anyone who participates in an endurance program has received enough training.
“There are always related risks, but in the end this is just an absolute tragedy.
“In the 10 triathlons, there were only 3 such incidents, but obviously one too many times.”