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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.
Contact the board at email@example.com
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
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.