Guy Leech was 19 when he won Australia’s first professional ironman race, a ”ridiculous” 46-kilometre swim-run-paddle from Surfer’s Paradise to Coolangatta and back, dubbed the Coolangatta Gold and manufactured entirely to shoot a movie of the same name, starring Grant Kenny. ”It was surreal,” recalls Leech of his $50,000 win in 1984.
Leech went on to win the race several times and ruled the sport for a decade. Since then he’s made health and fitness a career, working as an educator, fitness personality and personal trainer to a long list of names including Madonna and George Clooney. These days he lives in Curl Curl, on Sydney’s northern beaches, with his wife, Helen, and daughters Paloma, 15, and Phoenix, 7.
*No relation to me, as far as I know!