Surgeon takes on ironman challenge for Prostate Cancer Care Appeal

From ironman to robot, a urology surgeon is taking part in his first triathlon to raise money for Southmead Hospital Charity’s Prostate Cancer Care Appeal.

Anthony Koupparis, 42, is taking part in the Cotswolds 226 Triathlon on June 25, and has already raised more than £2,700 through sponsorship. 

The Prostate Cancer Care Appeal aims to raise £2million to purchase two new robots for the hospital to meet growing demand, fund new diagnostic and treatment options and to support the training of the next generation of robotic surgeons - improving outcomes for men with prostate cancer. 

For the Cotswolds 226 triathlon, Anthony will be competing in a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile cycle, topped off a full 26 mile marathon. 

He has never done a triathlon before and has been training hard for the event  since Christmas.

He said: “I work as a part of the fantastic Urology team at Southmead Hospital and came up with the mad idea of doing an Ironman event to raise money.” 

“At Southmead we offer world-class robotic surgery treatment to men suffering with prostate cancer and our appeal is to buy two new robots so we can help even more men.  It’s such a worthwhile cause.

“I’ve been training every week since Christmas and it’s been quite tough. But I got a message of support from Chrissy Wellington – four-time world Ironman champion and one of the world’s most amazing athletes – and that has really encouraged me!”

Anthony is a consultant urologist at Southmead Hospital and has worked here for 7 years. You can find out more about his challenge and sponsor him here.


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