It would not be in Max’s nature to take credit for the evolution of the North Coast Tri Club and he would be the first to point out that he was only one of a key group of people who had the desire, tenacity and vision to bring the North Coast Triathlon Club into being.
The club and all its members past and present owes a huge debt of gratitude to this group of founding members and, indeed, to the people that continue to give selflessly of their time to manage and run the club to this very day.
Max would be exceptionally proud to know that since its inception that club has blossomed and enjoyed tremendous success in many ways, but what would give him the most satisfaction, is knowing that he had been instrumental in establishing a vehicle for helping others to challenge themselves and realise their full potential. After all, that is what Max was really all about and that is why so many people remember him to this day.
He often said that to be successful in life you needed 3 things: Ability, Desire and Opportunity. His thought was that this club would present many with the opportunity… the desire he would say – is up to you. Although the people that knew him would say that Max was a pillar that inspired and motivated many to be the best they could be and he did this through his shear presence, tenacity and example.
Max was a charismatic and engaging bloke, gave selflessly of his time and energy, almost always put the concerns of others before himself. He was a gentleman and the epitome of hard work and a genuine contributor to all he was a part of.
Max was net-giver to life. The world was left a lesser place when he died, his passing left a gaping hole in the many different schools, associations, clubs, families and people’s lives of whom he had become an integral part.
What people admired the most about Max was an uncompromising “never say die” attitude, whether it was always on the 9th 800m of an interval session or the home stretch of a 120km ride. When everyone was completely knackered and looking for the last little bit in the gas tank…
Sure enough Max would edge his way up to the front of the pack and shout “Righto guys let’s take this up a notch… Let’s get up into the big chain ring…and hammer”
Jason Greive – Friday 13th November, 2009
Max Greive was a founding member of the North Coast Triathlon Club and today we owe much of the clubs spirit and success to him. Max was renowned for always making the extra effort that was required to succeed, whether it was in sport, work or life in general. He was one of those characters who simply made the best of every opportunity. He could never sit back and watch others do the work – he always got in and lead by example. He was at times a hard task master, but he never asked of others more than he was prepared to give of himself. His peers described him as a gentleman and an inspiration to all he came into contact with.
The spirit of Max Greive – family man, Triathlete, schoolteacher and all round good guy lives on in perpetuity for the North Coast Tri Club, through the “Max Greive Classic” 10k run. The first race was held on Sunday 3/1/1999 at Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club consisting of 2 x 5k out and back loops. The club was fortunate that Max was able to start the inaugural race. The race format has remained the same, although a 5k sprint that is run concurrently was introduced in 2000 and is now contested as the “Small Chainring” Bolter.
The Max Greive Classic and 5k bolter is usually held in November and run from Sorrento Surf Lifesaving Club, entry is by gold coin donation to the Cancer Council and non members are welcome so bring along a friend. The BBQ and Bar will be open following the event similar to an Aquathlon, all money raised during the evening will be donated to the Cancer Council, with the total donated to date from the event now over $5000.