Allow me to start by thanking you for your ongoing commitment to the sport of triathlon, your club and or taking your membership out this season. The conclusion of Port Macquarie IRONMAN, Byron Bay Triathlon (NX Sports) and Port Stephens Triathlon Festival (Elite Energy) signifies, for the vast majority of our members, the end of the 2018 | 2019 season.
And given it’s your money that allows our organisation to exist,we felt the conclusion of a season was a good time to provide you an insight into some key activities being delivered by Triathlon NSW to benefit the sport in NSW.
Triathlon NSW used this season just passed to launch the NSW Interclub competitions, driven by our Operations Manager, Chris Cunningham. Based off the successful concepts occurring in the Hunter and the Central West, the data was clear that healthy interclub rivalry could be developed due to these competitions, and that assisted retention of current members and the recruitment of new people to our sport.
Armed with this knowledge and with a blueprint of the concept, we hand selected pre-existing events and races already delivered around the state,run by our clubs or commercial Race Directors and built the series around them.
We were proud to deliver six centrally managed competitions through the Sydney South East, Sydney South West, Sydney North, North Coast,South Coast and the New England regions. This was supported by a custom built website (http://nswtriathlonclubseries.com/) and with ongoing support of our Race Director partners, a highly successful first year has occurred.
We thank everyone who provided their insights into our survey at the conclusion of Interclub 01 and you are welcome to read the results of that survey by clicking here.
With an eye to Interclub 02, significant structural changes have occurred in Sydney, which we are confident will be exciting and build further interest in the concept. The entire series has remained true to our strategic direction which ensures that our clubs remains the centre of everything we do.
Triathlon NSW continued to invest into Junior Development this year and we were thrilled to have Robyn Low Hart join the organisation andcontinue some previously good work that had occurred. Through this part time resource, we have been able to work closely with Weetbix and through a series of school activations, assist in driving over 4,500 new juniors to ‘dip their toe’ into the triathlon water, and complete their first event.
We also started a small ‘Triathlon in Schools’ program, engaging high schools located around Sydney and the Central Coast, to give their students an introduction to the sport, aligned with the NSW All Schools event.We hope to grow this program next season!
Triathlon NSW has continued to deliver a highly successful Junior Development program, running development camps, clinics and tours for athletes to travel around Australia furthering their experience racing under ITU rules and ensuring a pathway for our highest performing juniors to have a shot at pulling on the green and gold in the future.
Our sanctioning officer, Dave Williams, continues to work with our Club networks and commercial Race Directors to provide sanctioning to over 450 races across the state. This remains a free service to our clubs, and we are happy to provide guidance to ensure races are run fairly and safely. For the majority of our members, this service remains the biggest benefit of their membership, although for most, this is often the least understood.
We have taken some further steps to build on the excellent work done last season, continuing to work closely with Commercial Race Directors. We have received more One Day Membership data this season than ever before, and are actively promoting our clubs and membership to those people, encouraging them to join Triathlon Australia | NSW and their local club.
We have continued to utilise their social media pages, if and when allowed, to promote our products (clubs and membership). Of particular note is the improved relationship with the largest commercial race director and our new Race Director Partner, Elite Energy, delivering the TNSW Sprint Series in Kurnell and TNSW Club Championships.
After a successful and stable three years in Orange, we are excited to confirm the shift of the TNSW Club Championships to be held in Forster in 2020 and I can’t wait to see how that event is delivered and received by our membership. The feedback has been nothing but positive at this point.
Whilst we could certainly continue with more examples of the great work being done by the Triathlon NSW staff, this has just been an overview, to provide an insight into where your membership money goes.
A reminder to all clubs that a 13 month membership will be on sale from the 1st June, with renewal for returning or current members being available from the 15th June - and annual membership across Australia is up for renewal on the 1st July 2019.
We look forward to seeing all our wonderful members returning fora hugely successful 2019 |2020 season full of friendship and great times!
CEO, Adam Wicks