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TRIATHLON ACT Board
Triathlon ACT Board 2018-19:
The Triathlon ACT Board is responsible for overseeing the organisation of Triathlon, Duathlon, Aquathlon and Multisport events. Each year Board members are elected at the Annual General Meeting and serve a term of one year. The current Board consists of the following people:
President: Alex Gosman
Coming of a running and swimming background I have been doing triathlons in one form or another since the mid 1980’s but have always found the bike a challenge. Not helped by only having a selection of second hand $20 bikes. It is only over the last few years that I have become “serious” about cycling under pressure from my hyper competitive children although I still remain a danger to any peleton I join and my ability to fix a puncture remains limited. I generally participate in the local season and a few interstate events as well as oceans swims (eg Cole Classic). I was chuffed to have been actually penalised for drafting at husky last year as I have never been fast enough previously on the bike to draft (Not that i was drafting of course). As I age my claim to fame as a triathlete increasingly becomes “being the father of Hayley and Michael” which is not a bad thing really. I have been a long standing member of Bilbys and really love the friendship the sport offers. I am also the President of Athletics ACT and hope to see more scope for co-operation and promotion between the two sports and look to focus on raising participation particularly at the junior level where triathlon has a lot to offer.
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Vice President: Steve Hough
After competing with teams in triathlons for a couple of years, I completed my first solo triathlon in 1999. Having found that my fast-twitch fibres no longer existed, I decided that I was best suited to triathlons that gave me plenty of time to finish so I’ve done quite a few ½ Ironman races and 8 Ironman triathlons since then. Short and multi-day adventure races also caught my interest in the mid ‘90s. After being a board member and vice president of the Vikings Tri Club for several years I found myself on the TACT Board (still not sure how that happened), vice president and became president in a period of change within TACT, on the national scene and within Triathlon Australia – that change is still happening. I very much enjoy working with a great bunch of people on the TACT Board and in the TACT office. During that time I also developed a keen interest in the organisation and running of triathlons. After a period of learning how to set up and run a race, including jointly managing the Australian Duathlon Championships in 2007, I “flew solo” as a Race Director several years ago. Hopefully this season will be my last on the race organisation side of TACT so that I can compete in a full season of TACT races – unfortunately, the fast guys in my age group are still racing
Treasurer: Polly Templeton
I have been a member of Females in Training since 2002 but only participated in running activities until I was persuaded to join the Women's Triathlon Training Program in 2007. I started off in the beginners pool unable to float and learnt to swim freestyle while I had only ever ridden a hybrid bike on bike paths. My sister then lent me her old Peugeot road bike that had been stored in a shed and after a few falls learning to use cleats I was off. I soon fell in love with triathlon and was nominated for ACT novice of the year in 2007-08. I gradually increased the triathlon distance from sprint to Olympic and, after missing out by one point on qualifying for the Olympic distance at the World Championships in Auckland, I was inspired and qualified for the London World Championships in September 2013. I have been on the FIT committee several times serving as membership officer, web mistress and then treasurer for a number of years. I learnt so much from this experience that I decided to change career from doing web content at the National Museum and went to work for an accountant full time for six months, then studied for a certificate IV in bookkeeping and have continued on with various employers for two days a week while staying at the Museum for the other three days. I joined the TACT Board in April 2015 to give more back to the organisation of triathlon, a sport that I have obtained so much enjoyment - or is it pain? - from.
General Member: Amanda Power
I completed my first triathlon in 2012 after joining Females in Training and participating in their novice program. Since then I have completed a few sprint and standard distances triathlons and am hoping to do longer distance triathlons in the next few years. As well as Triathlon I enjoy hiking and have done the Everest Base Camp hike as well as the Overland track in Tasmania.
I’ve previously been on the FIT committee and a few years ago joined the Triathlon Board. I’ve been working as an accountant for several years and have worked for various organisations including Volleyball Australia. My current role is the Finance Manager for St John Ambulance Australia and as well as financial management I am also involved in Board governance. I am looking forward to another year working with the great team at Triathlon ACT.
General Member: Angharad Llewellyn
General Member: Alex Hoitink
Throughout school I competed in track and field, swimming and cross-country; never once contemplating taking up the sport of triathlon. It was only when my daughters Grace and Ellie started triathlon back in 2012 that my wife Suzie and I decided to give triathlon a go ourselves. As a family, we have been hooked ever since! I have had some wonderful experiences competing in triathlon, with a stand out being competing for Australia at the ITU World Age Group Sprint Championships in Chicago; an experience I was fortunate enough to share with my family. In November 2017 Suzie and I sold our businesses to a public listed company and I found myself with a lot more time than I was used to. I began looking for opportunities where I could combine my experience in business with the sport that I love and jumped at the opportunity to join the board at Triathlon ACT.
General Member: Matthew Haustead
My dream was to be an elite tennis player and win the Australian Open. Injury scuttled that dream, but the lessons I learned from my time in elite sport - both as a participant and then as a coach - are deeply valuable. I used these experiences combined with a double degree to deliver school programs and events, as an intern for Triathlon ACT in 2015. During this time I raced and was also support crew to my inspirational partner. After doing a stint in the public service in the learning and development sector, I moved across to the private sector with KPMG, where I have been consulting to large government and private enterprise organisations. Outside of my professional life I can be found soaking up the sunshine being active and healthy. I am a keen golfer and enjoy the pressure that comes with sinking the winning putt. I look forward to bringing my experiences in business and sport to the board at Triathlon ACT, to help our community grow.