Coast cyclists and triathletes mourn the loss of Scott Penny
THE triathlon and cycling fraternities are mourning the loss of Caloundra stalwart Scott Penny.
Owner of Bicycle Centre Caloundra, Scott succumbed to a short battle with stomach and liver cancer yesterday at the age of 49.
Better known as "Aardvark", or just "Vark", he was a dedicated supporter of triathlon and cycling on the Sunshine Coast.
Over more than 30 years he inspired and encouraged those around him to get active.
Scott's offshoot business, Get Biking Tours, had helped many riders fulfill their dreams of European rides, as well as Asian and Cuban adventures.
Together with wife Colleen, they were founding members of the and the Caloundra Tri Club and the beginners triathlon series.
Born in Tasmania, Scott spent time in Victoria and Perth before heading for North Queensland.
During his early days of competing, Scott was a talented athlete and was active as a coach and athlete in Cairns before moving to the Coast more than a decade ago.
During his racing career he competed at the hallow Hawaii Ironman World Championship in 2000 and 2004.
Even up until last year Scott was showing some impressive form, among the leaders at the second race of the Just Tri It event...reeling in and passing his younger competition on the bike.
Scott was riding up until recent weeks, and it was only when he began to struggle to keep up with the group rides that he realised something was wrong.
Sunshine Coast Tri Academy coach Toby Coote said Scott would be sorely missed.
"He was a pretty good athlete in his time. He was an old-school hard arse," Toby said.
"He loved a drink, and that was the good thing about Caloundra Tri Club. They train hard but have fun afterward. It is a cruisy atmosphere and that was the philosophy of what they built that club on."
Only six weeks ago Scott lived a life-long dream of riding the length of Cuba with friends, including current tri club president Sean Lever.
"He was a polariser. He rubbed some up the wrong way because he had his convictions. If he had an opinion he wasn't afraid to tell you," Sean said.
"But he was loyal to his mates.
"He had so much to teach people and he had so much knowledge about training. I am going to miss that...all the things you learn from him.
"He touched a lot of people's lives."
There are 16 athletes headed to Cairns next month to compete in the Ironman and 70.3 races who have been undertaking Scott's training program.
It's expected to be an emotional race as they honour their coach and close friend.
Scott is survived by his wife Colleen and son Zac.
- Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral service for Scott, to be held at the Gregson and Weight Chapel, 5 Gregson Place, Caloundra, on Monday, May 30, starting at 11am. Get Biking to the funeral. Casual attire.