IronMan comp gives vicar valuable mission opportunities
June 27 2018
The Revd Paul Carr from St Stephen's Gardenvale
On Sunday 10 June, the Revd Paul Carr, vicar at St Stephen’s Gardenvale, raced in the All World Athlete category at the IronMan Asia Pacific Championships in Cairns – a 3.8-kilometre sea swim, 180km bike ride and 42.2km run, completed without a break.
Cheered on by friends, family, and his highly supportive parish, he was raising funds for a local charity, Bayley House in Brighton.
“St Stephen’s has developed a great relationship with Bayley House, which has been a part of the Bayside community for 65 years,” Paul said. “It offers a range of services to support adults with mental disability, and has day programs for over 185 people, as well as accommodation and respite services.”
Paul, who has been placed in the top 10 per cent of the “All World Athlete” banding, has been racing for about five years. This involves training (very early in the morning) on most days of the year. His ranking in the Asia Pacific race was 194 out of 1154 participants, but as many other athletes competed in a half-distance event, that made the overall field of competitors around 3000.
Significant mission opportunities have been provided as a result of IronMan racing, Paul said. “With plenty of prayer, and people and communities coming together, it’s amazing how the Gospel can be shared, and how God works through our lives and the lives of others.”