Paul Beatie, a member of the Australian slalom team throughout the 1980s has passed away.
Paul passed away on Friday February 1st after a long battle with brain cancer, he was 47 years old.
Paul was a member of the Australian slalom team throughout the 1980s representing Australia at numerous World Championships and was Australia's best overall paddler at the 1985 Australian Championships.
Paul first travelled overseas at the age of 15 and saw his first world championships at Bala in Wales in 1981.
On leaving school Paul joined the National safety council and underwent rigorous training including a period as a firefighter at Fiskeville, which many believe was responsible for Paul's later illness, and therefore has been featured in the Melbourne mediia.
Paul was an extremely fit and competitive triathlete and multi sport competitor, and for many years worked as a fitness adviser and instructor in Portland Victoria.
Paul is survived by his wife Mandy and a young family.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Paul's family and friends.
The funeral will be held on Thursday February 7th
The All Saint's Church, 117 Bentick St, Portland, VIC at 10:30am.