PASSION I PARTICIPATION I PERFORMANCE
Everyone finds their own meaning in triathlon; their own story. These stories intersect in one place – the starting line. The starting line for everyone is unique, whether it is the decision to take up triathlon and join a Club, lining-up to participate in their first enticer or committing to an ironman.
The Triathlon Australia Strategic Plan for the next three years until 2019 focuses on this starting line as what binds us in our shared passion for our sport and our way of life. It outlines our strategy to continuously grow the sport at all levels and in all formats, build and connect the passion interwoven through our entire sport, and strengthen the performance of athletes to achieve their goals. Triathlon NSW will support the national sporting organisation to achieve our ambitions and deliver on the triple bottom line of passion, participation and performance. Through the strategy Triathlon NSW will support governance and leadership of the sport, aiming to maximise effectiveness and efficiency.
Continuing to work closely with Triathlon Clubs is integral to implementing the Strategic Plan. Clubs are key to fostering and facilitating passion, participation and performance in our sport. Although we bring our unique stories and definitions of achievement to triathlon, many of our Members can relate to feeling like part of a triathlon family, whether an athlete, coach, official or a volunteer.
Clubs offer an opportunity to pursue a passion with likeminded friends whilst offering opportunities to participate in an array of multisport events around NSW that include duathlons, aquathlons and conventional triathlons. Clubs also encourage and facilitate improved performance at all levels through offering an array of accessible training options and peer to peer knowledge sharing. The annual NSW Club Championships is a great example of this. Our objective is to be a sport of thriving, empowered clubs, building communities.
Triathlon NSW will also work with other partners to attract new participants to the sport. These will include charities, community organisations, event directors, other sporting organisations and government. These partnerships will provide first touch opportunities to showcase and spread the message of our sport – a sport that anyone can do. We aim to remove the barriers to participation, including the perception that triathlon is an ‘extreme’ sport. Our sport offers a diversity of participation options from 7 to 97 year olds, from athletes to volunteers, from able-bodied triathletes to those living with a disability, and across a huge diversity of distances and disciplines. There truly is something for everybody at any age in triathlon and multisport in NSW.
The Strategic Plan maps a path to ensure triathlon continues to enrich the sporting landscape and continues to grow, strengthen and connect the triathlon family through every starting line in Australia. I encourage Club Executive to read through the Strategic Plan and communicate it to their Members.
Lucy Burgmann Phil Dally
Chair, Triathlon NSW CEO, Triathlon NSW