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Technical Official Awards

John Ison award  


The award was first presented in 2007, in recognition of John Ison’s immense contribution to the technical side of triathlon in Australia and internationally. Nominees were received from the State and Territory Associations and assessed by the Awards Committee. The final recommendation was sent to the TA Board for ratification. The winner of the John Ison award for 2016 is Lyndall Murray. Congratulations Lyndall

Lyndall Murray    

Lyndall Murray has been a part of the Technical Official programme for the past 10 years. During that time, she has been actively involved in all levels of officiating, at local races, to a Technical Delegate at an OTU event.

During this time, Lyndell has helped develop the capacity of the Queensland Technical Officials, by delivering LTO and RTO courses, and completing assessing mentoring roles.  Lyndell’s calm considered approach in all areas has translated to well trained, confident officials in the Queensland programme.

Lyndell’s in depth knowledge of the rules, their application, and her ability to think on her feet make her an excellent official, demonstrated by her selection for TD and ATD roles for prestigious races. Lyndell also extends her knowledge by self funding to races, both within Australia and internationally to share her knowledge on the field of play.


Lyndall Murray 


The award has been added to our framework to honour the late Rob George - Rob George a valued long term member of the Triathlon Australia technical program having joined in 2004.

Nominees were received from the State and Territory Associations. The Awards Committee reviewed all nominees, and agreed upon the following inaugural winners. 

The winners of the Rob George award for 2016 are Cathy Hoare (WA), Sarah McGuire (NSW), Jenny Hosking (VIC) and Mike Allen (QLD). Congratulations Cathy, Sarah, Jenny and Mike! 
Cathy Hoare    

Her commitment to mentoring technical teams and ensuring their preparedness is highly lauded, especially to new recruits.

She has a great rapport with all the Race Director’s and is committed to working with both professional RD’s and clubs to help them deliver successful and safe events.

Her passion and dedication to ensure athletes are given every chance to race safely and fairly is obvious, and she is recognized by Senior International Officials, from both the ITU and WTC Ironman as an asset to any technical team.

  Cathy Hoare
Sarah McGuire      

Sarah Maguire attended a Level 1 technical official training course in March 2009 and joined the Triathlon Australia Technical Program as an accredited NSW technical official.

In 2013 she advanced to a Level 2 official and became a member of NSW Technical Official Mentoring Program.

In 2015/16 Sarah further increased her commitment to the Triathlon Australia Technical Program when she was appointed by the TNSW Board to the TNSW Technical Committee. Sarah’s triathlon activity levels as a technical official have been remarkable. Since her entry into the Program she has attended many more events as a technical official than any other NSW TO.


Sarah McGuire 1

Jenny Hosking

Jenny has shown extraordinary commitment to the technical program in both regional and metropolitan Victoria. She has contributed to the recruitment of Technical Officials (TOs) through presenting regional and local TOs courses for the last three years, as well as mentoring graduating technical officials from these courses.

In 2014/15 alone, Jenny officiated more than 20 events (both regional and metro) as well as sanctioning 44 events. She is currently a member of the Triathlon Victoria Technical Committee and Triathlon Victoria Board.

Jenny won the 2015 Triathlon Victoria Technical Official Award and was a shortlisted finalist in the Victorian Government’s Community Sport & Recreation Awards 2015 (Community Umpire or Referee/Official of the Year).


  Jenny Hosking

Mike Allen    

Mike has officiated at every level event in Queensland for 7 years, including officiating at some 26 events in one year alone. He has successfully mentored many TO’s, run management courses for the technical program and encouraged those experiencing difficulties to persevere and gain further experience with success.

His psychology experience in the field is invaluable and has been proven to be a great asset for Triathlon Queensland. That expertise and his experience has also been utilised by Triathlon Australia when they appointed him chairman of the Technical and Operational Risk Assessment Committee, a role where he helps plan the strategic future of triathlon in Australia, further showing his commitment to the sport.

  Mike Allan