Within days of Queenslander and 2008 Olympic champion Emma Snowsill was inducted into the Australian Sports Hall of Fame, fellow Australian Olympians Emma Moffatt (Surfers Paradise Triathlon Club) and Brad Kahlefeldt (Wagga Triathlon Club) joined Snowsill among the ITU’s all-time greats.
The NSW athletes were two of six athletes inducted in the sport’s fifth edition of its Hall of Fame, including Sheila Taormina (USA), Daniel Unger (GER) and Lifetime Achievement winner Sarah Springman (GBR), as well as Doug Hiller (USA) and Sergio Migliorini (ITA), who were both honoured with the Michel Gignoux Award for outstanding contribution to the sport.
Moffatt bookended Snowsill’s gold-winning performance in Beijing with a bronze medal result of her own, while fellow two-time Olympian Kahlefeldt kicked off a stellar ITU career with an Under-23 world title.
Hailing from Temora, New South Wales, Australia’s Brad Kahlefeldt is an inspiration for all athletes when it comes to using positivity to overcome the obstacles that life throws in everybody’s lives at one time or another.
A promising Aussie Rule footballer, Kahlefeldt decided to focus on running and then triathlon, competing for the first time in Canberra in 1993 and reaching his first Elite-level World Cup 7 years later, scoring a top ten finish in Cancun.
After finally putting behind him several injury setbacks that had forestalled the start of his career proper, in 2002, at the same venue, Brad became the U23 World Champion, propelling himself into the spotlight and consistently onto the podiums of ITU’s top-tier races.
Bronze in the 2005 World Championships saw the Australian hit the number one ranking for the first time and was followed up with Commonwealth Games individual gold as well as a host of World Cup triumphs.
Brad went on to represent his country at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and London 2012, and his place as one of Australia’s greatest triathletes sees him deservedly enter the ITU Hall of Fame this year.
"It is a huge honour to be inducted into the ITU Hall of Fame,” Kahlefeldt told Triathlon NSW. “It was something that I didn't really expect, but it comes down to all the support I had over those 20 years from ITU, Triathlon Australia, Triathlon NSW, AIS, family, friends and all my sponsors along the way. Thank you very much!”
Born in New South Wales and raised in Woolgoolga, Moffatt is a two-time ITU World Champion and Olympic medallist who was a true great over the standard-distance format.
Coming to triathlon at the age of 13 and rising through the Junior, Youth and U23 ranks, Moffatt was the runner-up in the 2007 World Cup Series, kicking off a glittering Elite career.
Picking up the bronze at the 2008 Olympic Games, she went on to win back-to-back World Championships in 2009 and 2010, dominating proceedings in 2009 with four golds and silver then landing five podiums to defend that title a year later.
A bike accident at London 2012 Olympics may have dented her Olympic dream, but Emma was back with a vengeance at Rio 2016 finishing in sixth place.
Two World titles, three Olympic appearances including a bronze medal and the epitome of the values and dedication that the sport of triathlon holds so dear make Emma Moffatt an obvious choice for entry into the ITU Hall of Fame.