Triathlon Queensland Hall of Fame


 

 
JACKIE FAIRWEATHER (NEE GALLAGHER)

Jackie Fairweather Inducted 8th May 2009

Jackie Gallagher began competing in triathlon in 1992 and won the elite Australian National Series in her first season. In 1996 she became the ITU World Triathlon Champion, setting a championship record time of 1:50:52 in Cleveland, Ohio. She also won the World Duathlon Championships in 1996 to become the only person ever to win both world titles in the same year.

Gallagher won the World Duathlon Championships again in 1999, but narrowly missed repeating the double, finishing second to Loretta Harrop in the World Triathlon Championships in Monreal, Canada that year. Gallagher collected further World Championship silver medals in 1995 and 1997. In 1996 she and swimming superstar Susie O'Neill shared the Australian Sportswoman of the Year award. In 2001 Gallagher turned her focus to running, a move which proved to be very successful. At the Manchester Commonwealth Games, she won the bronze medal in the marathon.

Gallagher has a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology. She was the inaugural head coach of the Australian Institute of Sport triathlon program from 2001-2005. The program was awarded the 2005 AIS Program of the Year.

Jackie has served as an Executive Board Member of the International Triathlon Union and worked as a senior sports consultant for High Performance Improvement at the Australian Sports' Commission.

 

 

LORETTA HARROP

Loretta Harrop

 Inducted 8th May 2009

 

Loretta Harrop started her sporting career as a swimmer and took up triathlon when she was 21 years old. She progressed quickly and was selected in the national team within a year, becoming a World Champion by the age of 24.

Harrop won a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and also placed fifth at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Loretta also competed in the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games. Other career highlights include winning gold at the 1999 Montreal ITU World Triathlon Championships and silver in Madeira in 2004 as well as twelve world cup victories. In 2004 she won the prestigious Life Time Fitness triathlon, a race where she competed against men for the sport's richest purse.

Harrop is now retired from professional competition, but is actively involved in triathlon. She now lives on the Gold Coast with her husband Brad, son Hayden and daughter Emmerson.

 

 

 

 

 

BRAD BEVEN

Brad Beven

Inducted 8th May 2009

Brad 'The Croc' Beven has competed in triathlons since he was thirteen. His distinguished career has seen many highlights including:

  • The Prime Minister's award for services to sport
  • Nineteen World Cup Victories
  • An International Grand Prix Championship
  • Five Australian Championships
  • Seven Australian Grand Prix Championships
  • A World Indoor Championship
  • Beven also was a three time silver medallist at the ITU World Triathlon Championships and led the World Cup rankings for four consecutive years.

 

As a regional athlete, Beven is a keen advocate of regional sport development. He has been the ambassador for the WeetBix Kids 'Tryathlon' series, the Life Stream Mackay Triathlon and the Dirt n' Dust Festival. Brad continues to support and participate in triathlons. In August 2006 he was head coach for the ITU Triathlon Camp for junior athletes in Hungary.

Beven is now running a highly successful coaching business, engaging a new generation of athletes and ensuring that many short and long course Queensland athletes achieve their sporting goals.

 

MILES STEWART

Miles Stewart Inducted 8th May 2009

 

Miles Stewart made his first elite World Championship team in 1989, aged 18. At age 20, Stewart experienced one of the defining moments of his career, winning the ITU World Championships in his hometown, the Gold Coast. He remains the youngest triathlete to win an ITU elite World Championship. Stewart's other achievements include:

  • A World Indoor Championship
  • A World Cup Series
  • Eight ITU World Cups
  • The 1996 and 2000 Australian Championships
  • Australian Sports Medal 2001
  • Stewart is also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the fastest triathlon time in the world.

 

Stewart was the first Australian home in the men's event at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, finishing sixth overall. He competed at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games, finishing only three seconds behind the winner, to claim the silver medal for Australia. In 2004, Stewart's last year on the international circuit, he was selected in the Australian team for the 16th consecutive year - arguably a record unlikely to be broken.

In 2005, Stewart retired from the professional triathlon circuit. He remains actively involved in triathlon, sharing knowledge and experience with aspiring young athletes through training programs, giving back to the sport that kept him enthralled for nineteen years, including work as a director for the national association and most recently, his appointment as CEO of Triathlon Australia.

 

  

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