Maths teacher and champion triathlete Brian Harrington of Kawungan is on the cover of this year's Maryborough White Pages and Yellow Pages.
Maths teacher and champion triathlete Brian Harrington of Kawungan is on the cover of this year's Maryborough White Pages and Yellow Pages. Contributed

Unsung hero celebrated on cover of phone book

MATHS teacher and triathlon coach Brian Harrington is on the cover of this year's White Pages and Yellow Pages for the Fraser Coast.

The Kawungan local has been selected under the theme, Inspiring Others to Achieve, which recognises the unsung heroes who selflessly help others achieve goals and are an inspiration to their community.

Brian is sharing his expertise with the next generation of triathletes.

Hundreds of school students across the Fraser Coast have come under Brian's guidance, with several going on to compete in regional, state and national competitions. 

Volunteering more than 15 hours a week, he coaches his squad through early morning bike rides and conducts running, cycling and fitness sessions.

For more than six years, Brian has coached the Queensland schools' triathlon team, which will compete for its ninth consecutive state title win in 2014.

"It's great to see so many young people getting involved in the sport and working so hard to improve their health and fitness," Brian said.

Distribution of the phone book will begin on March 29.

White Pages product manager Sarah Simpson said the covers celebrated humble community members who didn't always get the recognition they deserved.

There are thousands of Australians going the extra mile to help other people succeed and never ask for thanks or recognition.

"We wanted to honour these local legends who sometimes hide in the shadows and elevate them to a place where everyone can celebrate them.

"This year we are thrilled to recognise Brian's efforts inspiring his community."

Ms Simpson said this year's phone book was a new size and but would keep the original font size and have four columns per page, making it easier for people to navigate and find information faster.

Residents and businesses can choose not to receive a copy of the White Pages and Yellow Pages by calling Sensis on 1800 008 292 or visiting www.directoryselect.com.au.



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