By Alex Gosman
With the cooler months on the way, the triathlon action moves North with the likes of Ironman and 70.3 Port Macquarie, and Elite Energy Port Stephens over the coming weeks.
It was an exciting 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games for triathlon, with Canberra based Paratriathlete Emily Tapp (Coached by Megan Hall Tri 3 Coaching) taking silver in the Paratriathlon event. Australia performed well with a Gold in the Mixed Team Relay, Silvers in the Paratriathlon (Emily Tapp and former Triathlon ACT member Nic Beveridge) and Men’s Individual (Jake Burtwhistle) and Bronzes in the Paratriathlon (Lauren Parker and Bill Chaffey after both taking a spill on the run sections).
We wish all the success to the Triathlon ACT Member aiming to qualify amongst the 1,500 plus nominations for Triathlon Australia national selection to the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Championships on the Gold Coast from September 12-16th and the 2018 ITU World Multisport Championship in Fyn, Denmark from July 6-14th.
It is with some regret that the Triathlon ACT Board has accepted the resignation of Daudi Somi from the Board. Daudi has been on the board for three years and has been a strong participant in its activities, providing a perspective from "younger” members, as well as legal matters. His wise counsel and passion for the sport has been highly valued on the Board and we wish him all the best for the future. I am pleased to announce the appointment of Angharad Llewellyn as a new member of the Board. A member of Tri 3 Coaching Angharad came 11th at the 2017 ITU World Championships in Rotterdam and has qualified for the 2018 ITU World Championships on the Gold Coast. Angharad has an engineering and project management background and has strong interest in ensuring the sport of triathlon is meeting the need of new and under 25-year-old members. Please welcome Angharad to the Triathlon ACT Board. It is worth noting that female representation on the Triathlon ACT Board now exceeds 50% well above the government’s target for sporting bodies of 40%.
As mentioned previously it has been a strong season for Triathlon ACT with strong membership, particularly in female representation and high levels of event participation. Recently the Triathlon ACT Board met with Club Presidents to discuss the Canberra-based event calendar for next year, with further details being available shortly.
The Annual Awards dinner is rapidly approaching and will be held at the Canberra South Cross Club on Friday 15th June. Unfortunately I will be an apology due to eating Tapas in Spain. Award nominations and dinner tickets will be available in the next few weeks. It will be a great night celebrating the Canberra triathlon community’s achievements, so please book your tickets.
Steve Hough and I have been heavily involved in a number of recent meetings held between Triathlon Australia and the State and Territory Triathlon Association Presidents with a focus on the 2018-19 budget and issues around future organisational structure. Some major announcements are likely in respect of the way triathlon works and organises itself in Australia with a focus on improvement in efficiency to ensure the sport is meeting the requirements of members.
Be safe and enjoy your training over the winter months. I look forward to catching up at a sporting venue soon.
- Triathlon ACT Event Calendar
- Series Pass
- Series Points
- Triathlon ACT Annual Awards