Service to the Sport Award
This award was introduced to honour individuals who have made a significant contribution to the sport, irrespective of duration, that will have positively promoted multisport. Their dedication and commitment coupled with good character will have led to successful achievements that will have enhanced public and/or commercial interest in triathlon.
Delly Carr first dabbled in sports photography as a teenager, when he was temporarily unable to play sports and persuaded the sports master to allow him to take action shots of the school rugby team for the school newsletter. More than a decade later, after completing an economics degree and working in the corporate world, voluntary redundancy left Delly in a position to resume sports photography on a full time basis. At about the same time Delly was intrigued when a friend announced that he planned to compete in the 1988 Nepean Triathlon.
It seemed like a good opportunity to diversify his portfolio. But his visit to Penrith was quite fortuitous as he parked next to Triathlon Sport magazine editor Alan Mitchell, who offered to publish his photographs. By 1991 Delly was covering major triathlon events like the ITU Triathlon World Championships. While Delly Carr has photographed many sports including cricket, swimming, kayaking, soccer, canoeing, netball and beach volleyball, he has felt more a part of the ‘triathlon family’ than any other sports.
For the triathlon world, this has resulted in a rich visual record of not just finish lines and medal ceremonies, but of athletic action, motion, and emotion. Delly Carr’s commitment to the art of sport photography has resulted in many forms of recognition over the past two decades: from a 1997 IOC Best of Sport Commendation, to the Sportsshooter USA Gold Award for the Best Olympic Photograph, to the 2011 ITU Best Photo of the Year Award for ‘The Three Emmas’, and his 2015 selection as a finalist for the Australian Sports Commission Best Sports Photography Media Award.
Working as a young cadet journalist in the late 1980s for News Limited, Amanda Lulham encountered an entrenched view that women did not report on sports. Taking an original approach to sports journalism, she looked at less mainstream sports such as netball, sailing and cycling. Lulham discovered many interesting sports people to report on in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire, including a passionate, colourful and very fit community of triathletes.
They photographed well, had interesting stories and were fun to interview; when she spoke with Greg Welch it was in the backyard at his parents’ home, and he was floating on a lilo in the pool. At that stage triathlon at best enjoyed a public reputation as a quirky fringe sport, and enjoyed very little mainstream media interest. The triathlon community thus welcomed Lulham. If she could not be present at key events, she had all the information needed to write about them.
In November 1990 USM founder Garth Prowd called Lulham from a phone box outside the Noosa Surf Club to tell her about Miles Stewart’s Noosa Triathlon win. She quickly became the sport’s key mainstream media reporter, helping to ensure that reports on major events and Australia’s emerging tribe of world class athletes were regularly and consistently included in News Corp papers across Australia. Lulham was thus the first mainstream print journalist to actually follow the sport and provided crucial public exposure for the sport from its early years.