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TRIATHLON ACT Board
Triathlon ACT Board 2017-18:
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: Daudi Somi
Coming from a club swimming background and having done reasonably well at school cross country it was a no-brainer to take up triathlon when I was 15. I did the Bilby’s novice program in 2005/06, went to schools nationals in 2006 and 2007, and was involved with the Triathlon ACT Junior Development Program in its early days. Mostly I did it for fun, but from 2008 I started to take it a bit more seriously as a result of sibling rivalry (after I convinced my older brother to have a go) and qualifying for age group world champs in 2009. Highlights from my time in the sport include competing at the age group world champs on the Gold Coast and in Canada in 2014, numerous podiums and a national age group title, having a crack at draft legal racing in the NSW pro tour, and getting to race and train in great locations around Australia with some great people. Yet to do anything longer than an Olympic but I keep telling myself I’ll go long next season.
General Member: Marty Rabjohns
Marty has an extensive background in the sport of rowing, as an athlete, coach and administrator. Marty represented Australia as an athlete and a coach, including competing at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing as the coxswain of the Men’s Eight. After several years of social exercise, Marty has decided to take the plunge and join Bilbys to experience the joys of triathlon. Marty holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Sports Administration), Graduate Diploma of Education, Master of Business (Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management) and a Master of Philosophy. Marty’s area of interest is effective governance and contributing to the ongoing development of Triathlon in the local community.
General Member: Amanda Power
General Member: Priscilla Barrington
I competed in my first triathlon in the summer of 2010/11 and was hooked straight away. Running had always been a passion of mine, and although I never competed at a high level I had always run throughout school and university. Triathlon gave me the ability to combine my love of running with lifesaving which I had been doing since I was 7 years old, and take up a new sport in cycling. The past 7 years of triathlon have seen me travel all over the country competing, and making lifelong friends which has been the greatest gift of the sport. The sport has also helped me settle in to new cities as I have lived in Cairns, Brisbane, London and now Canberra from my home town of Melbourne, as it is such a great way to meet new people and make instant friends. I am the Queen of qualifying for and entering World Championships and never getting to the start line! I have qualified for a World Championship every year for the past 5 years and never raced due to bike crashes (x3!), bad back and work commitments. My dream is to one day wear the green and gold and get to the start line!