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Hall of Fame

The Triathlon Australia Hall of Fame (HOF) was established in 2009 to honour those individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the sport of Triathlon in Australia. 

There are currently 11 individuals in the Triathlon Australia Hall of Fame following inductions in 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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 2016 Induction


John Maclean HOF Page



Pioneer Australian paratriathlete John MacLean experienced triathlon as an able bodied athlete. He was training for the 1988 Nepean Triathlon when an encounter with a truck dramatically altered his life path. Suffering three breaks in his back, MacLean came out of the accident a paraplegic. In 1995, MacLean was ready to challenge the notion of disability and he headed to Hawaii to finish before the 17 hour cut off. In 1996 MacLean competed in and won the newly created category of ‘Athletes with Disabilities’ at the ITU Triathlon World Championships. Again he finished Kona under the cut off but was not official, missing the bike cut off due to a puncture.

In 1997, Maclean finally became the first disabled athlete to finish Hawaii within able-bodied cut-off time, completing the race in 12 hours 21 minutes. Several weeks later he also competed at the ITU Triathlon World Championships again and retained his world title.

He as the first Australian inducted into the Ironman Hall of Fame in 2003 in recognition of achievement.

He became the first paraplegic to swim across the English Channel in 1998. In 2000 he competed in the 1500m wheelchair race at the Sydney Olympics.  His latest astounding achievement - regaining use of his legs and completing the Nepean Triathlon without a wheelchair in 2014.

2015 Induction

2014 Induction




Nicole Hackett 

Nicole Hackett took up triathlon at the age of 15 because for a new challenge after a childhood of surf lifesaving. In 1997, just out of high school, she won the World Junior Triathlon Championships in Perth and the following year became the only Australian to defend a Junior title. In her first full season of professional triathlon in 1999 she achieved two World Cup podiums, won the St George Formula 1 series and was runner-up in the ITU Aquathlon World Championships.

Nikki became known for her strong swim/bike credentials and would often race form the front, challenging faster runners to catch her. Playing to her strengths, she went on to claim another F1 series title and an Australian Olympic Distance Championship title in 2000. In the same year, she gained selection to represent Australia onto the 2000 Sydney Olympic Triathlon team, placing 9th in the event. The following year Nikki she became triple F1 champion, retained the Australian Olympic Distance title and Goodwill Games bronze medallist. In 2002 Nicky secured another national championships winning the sprint title and in the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games triathlon she was the first Australian woman home finishing with a Bronze medal. 

2014 Induction 

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Stephen Foster


At the age of 18, he competed in the iron-distance 1984 Triple M Triathlon. He finished third behind 1982 Ironman World Champion American Scott Tinley, and one of Australia’s top athletes, Marc Dragan.

Foster peaked just as the national circuit began to take shape. Although he suffered serious injuries in a cycling accident in November 1988, and took a full year to return to his winning form, he was named Triathlon Sports Triathlete of the Year in 1987, 1988, and 1990, won the official Australian Championships in 1987, 1988, 1990 and 1991, and also claimed the Australia long course title in 1988 and 1996.

He finished third at the unofficial world championships in Kelowna Canada in 1988, and won at the famous USTS Chicago Triathlon. 

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Louise Mackinlay (Bonham)


Once referred to as ‘The Lady of Iron’, Louise was one of Australia’s key female triathletes of the period when the national circuit began to consolidate, and Australian triathletes began to assert their presence as a collective on the international stage.
Mackinlay’s consistency was apparent across a variety of distances. Over the years she won Nepean twice (1988, 1989), the SRI Chinmoy Long Course in Canberra five times, Devonport (1989), Wollongong (1989), Coral Coast, and the David Hawkins memorial Triathlon at Palm Beach on the Gold Coast (otherwise known as The Pines) to become the 1991 Olympic distance Australian champion. She was also national long course champion in 1989 and 1991.

By the end of 1988/1989, Louise was selected to compete in the first official Triathlon World Championships at Avignon as part of the national team. During the European trip Bonham ‘blitzed the women’s field’, and became one of the first woman known to have finished to finish an Olympic distance race course in less under than two hours.

Demonstrating her versatility, Louise  followed up on her 1986 Hawaiian Ironman success with wins at  IRONMAN Australia in 1987, 1988 and 1989.

2013 Induction 


Brad Beven 


Brad became a legend in the sport after winning four consecutive World Cup Series titles between 1992 and 1995 and three silver medals in the ITU World Championships in the 90s – amongst a host of amazing achievements at home and abroad.

The 1990 ITU World Championships in Orlando Florida was very much Australia’s day with Greg Welch taking the gold medal, Beven with silver and Stephen Foster taking the bronze in only the second ever World Championship. Brad also claimed a silver medal at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland when triathlon was included as a demonstration sport.

Brad is a four time World Cup champion, 5 x Australian Champion and 7 x Australian Grand Prix Champion.

2012 Induction 
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Emma Carney 


Emma Carney had an extraordinary career, chalking up an amazing 12 consecutive World Cup victories between June 1995 and April 1997 in a reign that made her one of the most feared triathletes in the world. She was the world ranked number one woman for three years in succession in 1995, 1996 and 1997 and all in all achieved 19 World Cup victories.

Emma only got serious about triathlon 18 months before winning her first ITU World title in Wellington in 1994 to launch a spectacular career. Her performances through 1995 and 1997 will go down in triathlon history as one of the great individual performances in the sport.

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Jackie Fairweather (nee Gallagher) 


Jackie began competing in triathlon in 1992 and won the elite Australian National Series in her first season. She spent eight years as a professional triathlete. In 1996 she became the world triathlon champion, setting a championship record time of 1 hour 50 minutes 52 seconds in Cleveland, Ohio. She also won the World Duathlon Championships in 1996 to become the only person ever to win both world titles in the same year.

She won the bronze medal in the marathon in the 2002 Commonwealth Games,[1] after finishing 11th in her first ever marathon in Boston.[2] In 2005 she won the Gold Coast Marathon.

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Loretta Harrop 


Loretta joined Michellie Jones and Nicole Hackett on the start line for triathlon's Olympic debut in Sydney in 2000 finishing fifth.

She then went on to claim Australia's second Olympic silver in Athens in 2004.

She had been crowned overall ITU World Cup champion in 1999 and in her Olympic year in 2004 also won silver in the World Championships in Madeira.



2009 Induction 
Michellie Jones HOF


Michellie Jones  


Michellie Jones is widely considered as the sports of triathlons most decorates athletes, one of the top 10 female triathletes of all time. 

With over 175 career victories at all distances, she dominated the sport for over 20 years. Michellie competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics winning a silver medal for Australia. 

Shortly after in 2004 she became an Ironman Champion in Florida and then went on to become the first Australian woman to win an Ironman World Championships in 2006.

Miles Stewart HOF  

Miles Stewart 


Originally a speedskater from Wollongong, Miles rose to the elite ranks of the emerging sport of triathlon in the early '90s whilst living on Queensland's Gold Coast. 

He represented Australia at 16 ITU World Championships and went on to win a silver medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. Miles competed at the first Olympic triathlon at the 2000 Summer Olympics, taking sixth place.



Greg Welch HOF  

Greg Welch 


Greg is acknowledged as one of the greatest triathletes due to his remarkable dominance in winning the "The Grand Slam" which includes the ITU Triathlon World Championships (1990), The Ironman World Championship (1994), the ITU Duathlon World Championships (1993) and the Long Course Triathlon World Championship (1994). 

Greg became the first Australian triathlete to be inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2011.



To read more about the Hall of Fame induction process, have a look at the Triathlon Australia National Award and Recognition Framework>>