ROW HARD: Dr Chris Conyard training on the rowing machine ahead of the Million Metres for Melanoma world record challenge.
ROW HARD: Dr Chris Conyard training on the rowing machine ahead of the Million Metres for Melanoma world record challenge. Contributed

Dr Chris has sights on reaching a million

DR Chris Conyard has already held a Guinness World Record for the most knuckle push-ups in one minute, but the next record attempt will mean a lot more.

Last year, the former Grafton resident lost his sister-in-law Phoebe Eales to melanoma.

Now, with 11 mates, including Phoebe’s brother Andrew, Dr Conyard hopes to break the world record for the fastest small team to row a million metres on a rowing machine, while raising money for the Peter Mac Cancer Foundation.

The team will take turns rowing for over 55 hours straight in their record-breaking attempt, and each team member aims to raise $10,000.

Dr Conyard’s mother Jo-Ann is hosting a trivia night at the Grafton District Services Club on April 9 to help raise money for the foundation.

Ms Conyard said the risk of melanoma and skin cancer was great right across the Clarence Valley.

“I think so many of us know someone who had melanoma, or has died from melanoma,” she said.

Ms Conyard said she wasn’t surprised at the challenge her son set himself.

“Every time something significant happens to one of his friends, he decides he needs to do something about it,” she said.

Just last year, Dr Conyard completed the Kokoda Challenge on the Gold Coast, raising money for the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program after a fellow doctor fractured his back.



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