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Chief Executive Officer - Anne Gripper

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Anne joined Triathlon Australia as CEO in September 2010. Anne’s extensive experience within the Australian and international sporting industry over the last 19 years has included a number of roles in organisations including the Australian Sports Commission, and the Australian Sports Drug Agency (ASDA).  Anne is also widely known for her more recent work at the International Cycling Union (UCI) as Director of the Anti-Doping Foundation.

Anne was engaged to provide strong leadership to the national body, and the State and Territory Triathlon Associations in the implementation of the sport's 2010-2015 strategic plan,  towards its vision of becoming the world’s leading triathlon nation.  Anne has represented Australia in Triathlon as an Age Group athlete at two ITU Age Group World Championships.

Anne is also the founder and Director of the June Canavan Foundation, a philanthropic foundation established in 2010 to provide financial support to projects in sport, health, education and conservation. She is also a member of the ASADA Advisory Group.

Anne has a Master of Sport Management (MSA) degree from the AiSTS (Académie Internationale des Sciences et Techniques du Sport) in Lausanne, Switzerland and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Sydney. 

National MaNAGER, Corporate Services - STUART HOOPMANN

Stuart joined Triathlon Australia in July 2012 after an extensive finance & accounting career in the corporate sector primarily for Onesteel and Carter Holt Harvey. Seeking a move into smaller more dynamic organizations he has most recently spent 3 years as Finance Director of publishing company Walker Books.

His passion for Sprint and Olympic distance Triathlons at picturesque locations up and down the NSW coast saw him jump at the opportunity to work for Triathlon in a national role at a time of significant operational improvement under its Strategic Plan.

Stuart has a particular interest in the participation side of the sport and is keen to apply his skills to help drive efficiency and best practice across the national and state associations to create an operational platform from which members and clubs can best be served.

Living in Sydney, Stuart is an avid member of the Bondi Running and Triathlon Club(BRAT) Club and regularly competes in events including the Huski 1 & 2 races at Jervis Bay, the Byron Bay Triathlon and the NSW Club Champs at Forster.

Stuart has an accounting degree from the University of South Australia and is a qualified CPA.

National Manager, Membership and Participation - Katie Kelly

Katie joined Triathlon Australia as National Participation and Membership Manager in August 2012.

Katie has worked in the sporting industry for over 14 years.  Katie has worked within the anti-doping  environment at both the national and international level, where she held numerous management positions.  More recently Katie was responsible for driving Sport and Recreation Victoria’s policy, planning and investment agenda for the Black Saturday Bushfire Recovery Process.

Katie has a bachelor of Arts in Sports Administration from the University of Canberra and a post graduate diploma in management from the Deakin University.  

National manager, events & techincal - troy watson

Troy joined Triathlon Australia in February 2012 after working in the Middle East for 3 years as Venue Operations Manager at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Prior to this Troy spent more than 8 years working as an Officer in the Royal Australian Navy.

Troy will be working with event organisers to facilitate the delivery of safe, fun and fair triathlon events. He will also assist in the delivery of a high quality technical program and increase the participation and contribution of competitors, technical officials and volunteers.

Troy has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales. He has competed in numerous iron distance events around the world and has qualified and competed in the IM World Championships in Hawaii.

National manager, COMMUNICATION AND Project - Kate Gallop

Kate joined Triathlon Australia in September 2010 after relocating to Sydney from the UK. With a background in marketing and events, Kate is responsible for looking after the communication, brand and internal projects for Triathlon Australia which include the Annual Awards Dinner, the Annual Conference and the AGM.

After graduating with a BA in Management Studies from the University of Nottingham, Kate went on to work for the World Academy of Sport, delivering educational programs for professionals working within the sport and events industry.

Kate is as a passionate swimmer who can be found regularly competing on the NSW ocean swimming scene, and has also been competing in triathlons for 4 years now. Kate has also held voluntary roles on her triathlon club committee.

national manager, age group - Alexandra Fehon

Alex joined Triathlon Australia in January 2009 and her role now is to manage the various age group world championship teams competing in sprint distance, Olympic distance, long distance and duathlon events. She has a long history with triathlon, competing as an ITU Junior on a NSWIS scholarship for a number of years, before competing as an age group athlete at the 2005 Age Group World Championships.

Alex graduated in 2007 with a BA Sport Management with honours and also has an Advanced Diploma in sports marketing and management. Alex was previously the High Performance Coordinator at Surf Life Saving Australia

National Performance Director - BERNARD SAVAGE

Bernard Savage joined Triathlon Australia in January 2013 following five years of being a key member of Swimming Australia’s senior management team and an integral part of the team’s successes at the past three Olympic campaigns in Athens, Beijing and London; 11 World Championships, three Commonwealth Games and the past four Pan Pacific Championships.

He has played an intricate role in swimming’s High Performance team, working alongside successful Australian Swimming head coaches Alan Thompson and Leigh Nugent between 2004 and 2012 and comes to Triathlon with a wealth of knowledge.

Savage brings with him a total of 18 years’ experience working in High Performance sport since he started as a Technical Officer at the QAS in 1993; before a seven year role as a sports physiologist at SASI between 1995 and 2002.

Savage then held the position as Program Manager, Swimming at the VIS between 2002 and 2007, when he took over the role as Swimming’s High Performance Science Manager in 2007.

His extensive Olympic and Commonwealth Games and World Championships experience working with management, athletes and coaches gives Savage a rare understanding of what is required to be successful at the highest level bringing with him a wealth of experience of the challenges of assembling a diverse group of coaches and individual athletes into a cohesive team environment.

national manager, paratriathlon - kathryn periac

Kathryn commenced her role as Triathlon Australia’s first ever National Manager of Paratriathlon in August 2013 and is responsible for leading the development of a World Class Paratriathlon Program for Triathlon Australia in the build-up to Paratriathlon’s debut in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Mrs Periac is a former National Head Coach of the highly successful 1996 Australian Paralympic Athletics Team; High Performance Manager for Athletics Australia and a former Performance Manager for UK Athletics (disability).

Prior to this role Kathryn held a key role at the Australian Sports Commission as a Senior Consultant (Leadership) in High Performance, Coaching and Leadership and also led the 2012 Paralympic Games International Coach Study Tour – a 10 month program of development for coaches from seven Paralympic sports – including triathlon.

Kathryn has held various head coach roles for major World Championship, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games events and between 1990 and 2000 served as the Athletics Program Manager for the Victorian Institute of Sport – a program that included 2000 Olympic gold medallist Cathy Freeman, 1992 Olympic bronze medallist high jumper Tim Forsyth and marathon man Steve Moneghetti.

National Manager High Performance pathway - Craig Redman

Craig commenced his original role of National Development Coach with Triathlon Australia in March 2006.

As the National Manager – High Performance Pathway, Craig provides leadership and direction for Triathlon Australia’s High Performance Pathway including the establishment and leadership of the National Athlete Pathway Framework.
Craig also leads and manages the National Talent Academy and Talent Acceleration Programs and provides assistance and direction to State Performance Centres.

Craig has an outstanding triathlon background and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position. Craig is a level 3 NCAS Triathlon Coach and also holds a Bachelor of Human Movement degree.
He has previously held the position of Head Coach of the Tasmanian Institute of Sport Triathlon EDS program.

Craig has previously worked for the Australian Sports Commission as a regional coordinator of the Active After-school Communities Program and has been actively involved in ITU Sport Development programs within Oceania, Asia & Africa as an ITU level 2 course facilitator.

As an athlete Craig has won four gold and one silver medal at the ITU World Age Group Triathlon Championships. He also holds a 9h 24min Hawaii Ironman finish. Craig also has extensive experience in race organisation and event management

Administration Assistant- Rachel mullane

Rachel joined Triathlon Australia in September 2013. With a background in membership, events & Marketing Rachel is responsible for looking after the Member Services & Social Media for Triathlon Australia which includes member newsletters, newsflashes and social media updates for facebook, instagram and twitter.

After graduating with a Bachelor in Sports Business Majoring in Marketing from the Australian College of Physical Education, Rachel went on to work for the Athletics NSW, delivering all membership for Athletes State wide and working at events state and national wide.

Rachel is as a passionate runner who can be found regularly competing around NSW in the Athletics NSW season, and will be competing in her first triathlon season. Rachel has also held volunteer roles at her Athletics Club.

National Manager Coach Develpment- Graeme Hill

Graeme joined Triathlon Australia as National Manager Coach Development in February 2014.

Graeme’s experience spans more than 15 years spent as an innovator in the areas of coach development and sports performance working with a number of high performance Olympic and professional sports including swimming, hockey, AFL, triathlon and rugby union.

Graeme is an experienced coach educator with expertise in innovative curriculum development and effective education delivery methods for a range of academic institutions and national coaching organisations including The University of NSW, the University of Sydney, Sports Medicine Australia and Australian Strength & Conditioning Association

Graeme’s strength has been his ability  to bring athletes' and coaches’ attention to new development and performance concepts and help change the way they thought about athlete preparation, development and performance.

Accredited Exercise Physiologist | Exercise & Sports Science Australia
Bachelor of Sports Science [Exercise Science/Sports Coaching] | University of NSW
Level 2 Strength & Conditioning Coach | Australian Strength & Conditioning Association.



Keiran Barry has a degree in Exercise Science. He has coached triathlon since 1995 and worked with hundreds of age groupers and long course athletes over this time.

At the elite level, he has coached several athletes to world cup wins and national championships. Keiran was a coach at the 2000 Olympics and 2002 Commonwealth Games and coached Nicole Hackett to a world championship victory in 2000.

Outside of triathlon, he has had a successful business career, owning and running commercial gyms, personal and corporate training businesses.


Dan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position. Dan is a former AIS Triathlon Scholarship Coach, and holds a sports coaching degree. Dan has a proven track record in athlete development, putting three athletes onto the recent 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Team as well as guiding recent 2013 Ishigaki World Cup winner Ryan Fisher through his formative years.

He will drive the National Talent Academy program in SA & WA and will continue the proud tradition of putting Australian athletes on top of podiums around the world. 


From 2005 until 2011, Jan has been working as the Head Coach of the Korean Triathlon Federation and under his guidance the Team have become the second best country in Asia.
In 2007, Jan was appointed as the Chairman of the Coaching Committee for the Asian Triathlon Confederation to help the development of triathlon amongst the Asian emerging countries.
Jan has a successful background as a competitive Triathlete, with various podium finished in the 1999 Formula 1 Series, ITU World Cups and the Sydney Olympic Games.
Jan holds Master Degree for teaching English and P.E.
From 2005 until 2011, Jan has been working as the Head Coach of the Korean Triathlon Federation and under his guidance the Team have become the second best country in Asia.

In 2007, Jan was appointed as the Chairman of the Coaching Committee for the Asian Triathlon Confederation to help the development of triathlon amongst the Asian emerging countries.

Jan has a successful background as a competitive Triathlete, with various podium finished in the 1999 Formula 1 Series, ITU World Cups and the Sydney Olympic Games.

Jan holds Master Degree for teaching English and P.E.


Craig started triathlon at the age of 16 after a successful career in the Australian Nutri-Grain Junior Surf Life Saving Ironman Series. At the age of nineteen Craig completed a building apprenticeship in Tasmania and then moved to the Gold Coast to further his career as a professional triathlete.

During Craig's 12 years as a professional athlete he represented his country at a national and Olympic level and won numerous Australian titles in all ITU triathlon distances.

He is Australia's Highest award winning triathlon coach, winning the 2009 Australian Institute of Sport Coach of the Year and Triathlon Australia Coach of the Year. He is the only Australian coach to have coached both Olympic and Commonwealth Games Gold medals. Craig has also successfully coached Australia to four different ITU World Championship medals.

Craig provides Triathlon in Australia with invaluable first hand racing and coaching experience and is ready to pass this onto the youth of our sport.

High Performance operations manager - Emma Whitelaw 

Emma started with the AIS in December 2011 as High Performance Coordinator and transferred to Triathlon Australia in April 2013 as High Performance Operations Manager.

After graduating from Griffith University on the Gold Coast with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Sport Management Emma went on to work for V8 Supercars where she gained experience in Events, travel and logistics.

With a background in Sport Management Emma’s role involves the organisation of the High Performance program including the logistics, travel, accommodation to ITU events along with the day to day operation.

Emma is passionate about sport in general and has a keen interest in Triathlon.


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