Greg Reddan was involved in several sports before joining the historic Sydney Freshwater Surf Lifesaving club in 1962. He won the first Australian aquathon (5km run, 800m swim) in 1980 and finished fifth in the 1981 Gold Coast Marathon in a time of 2 hours 34 min. In October 1981 Reddan, aged 35, used his endurance background in the inaugural Sutherland Shire Tri-Marathon to overhaul Rick Parkes in the final bike leg to win his first triathlon. A similar scenario occurred a month later in the Nautilus Triathlon in Melbourne during the final run leg. The prize was a trip to compete in the ‘Hawaiian Ironman’, which Reddan considered to be a race for ‘loonies’. With limited bike training he finished seventh at Kona (his third triathlon) in February 1982 and became the first Australian to complete the iconic event.
Dr Reddan retired in 2002, after 21 years of competition, with a win in the 55-59 year age group at the Australian championships. Until recently he competed in ocean swims and masters surf competitions and is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching at Griffith University, Queensland.
Excerpt from: Hunt, J (2014) Multisport dreaming: The foundations of triathlon in Australia, p.13.