Jenny Alcorn is a consistent and prolific athlete, competing and finishing on the podium at the age group level since the 1980s, and at the professional level in the first half of the 1990s. Across her triathlon career Alcorn secured one elite international world championship title, six age group ITU and Ironman world titles, and one elite ITU World Cup. The results above are just some of the highlights and do not represent a complete list of her achievements. They amply demonstrate her consistency and the extent to which she satisfies the key criteria for Legend of the Sport.
In addition, Jenny Alcorn has a notable career as a coach and mentor of elite and age group triathletes, with Emma Snowsill, Ashleigh Gentle, Luke Mackenzie and many others among the fleet of high profile Australian athletes who benefited from her efforts in this capacity.
Jenny Alcorn’s contribution to the sport in Australia was recognised by Triathlon Australia in 2018, when she was nominated as one of the flag bearers for the Australian age group team at the 2018 ITU World Championships on the Gold Coast.
Annabel Luxford emerged as a talent in the 1994 BP Junior Triathlon Series in the U13 age group, before winning the Queensland All Schools Title four years in a row, finishing second at the Australian All Schools titles in 1998. The following year she finished fourth in the junior elite world championships at Montreal. She competed at the World Championships in the senior ranks over the next three years while studying part time at university. It was in 2004 that Luxford competed full time, with stunning success, finishing second overall in the ITU World Cup rankings. She won the ITU U23 World Championships that year, and after topping the World Cup rankings in 2005 finished second in the senior ranks at the ITU world championships in 2005. She competed in the 2006 Commonwealth Games, finishing fifth. Injury prevented Luxford from realising her Beijing Olympic hopes, but she continued to race draft-legal Olympic distances, podiuming in Oceania Triathlon Union events as recently as 2018.
Over the last decade Luxford has moved into longer distances and non-drafting racing with equal success, finishing on the podium numerous times from 2012 in such events as Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series races, Escape from Alcatraz. Late in the same year she competed in her first Ironman 70.3 at Canberra, claiming finish line honours. In 2013 she won the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship, finished second at the Ironman 70.3 European championship, and third at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. At her first Ironman, the 2015 Asia-Pacific Championship at Melbourne she finished sixth, placing twelfth at the Ironman World Championship later that year, all while working part-time. A heart scare led to her withdrawal from the 2016 Ironman World Championships but Luxford quickly resumed her impressive long-distance elite triathlon career, all while working most of the week in a professional role. Her success in Australia and abroad have continued, with a third place at the 2018 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships among her recent achievements.
Tasmanian surf lifesaver Craig Redman first competed in a triathlon as a teenager at the inaugural Devonport Triathlon in 1985. He soon dominated the Tasmanian scene and enjoyed putting on strong performances for the state at subsequent Devonport Triathlons. Redman was talented enough to mix with elite athletes on the national scene and finished in the top ten in the 1995 Cadbury Triathlon Series and competed for French Club Triathl’Aix in the national French Grand Prix Series.
Active in numerous roles from coaching, talent development to committee work and race organisation, Redman shone as an age group triathlete juggling work, a young family and competition. In 1994 won the 20-24 mens Australian Olympic distance title, and later that year finished second in Men’s 25-29 age group at the ITU Triathlon World Championships in Wellington. In 1997 Redman went one better securing the 1997 Men’s 25-29 age group world title. It was not an isolated achievement. He also secured ITU world championship titles in 2000, 2003, and 2005. On debut, Redman also won his age group at the 1999 New Zealand Ironman and went onto finish the 1999 Hawaii Ironman World Championships in 9h 24mins.
By this stage, Redman’s work the triathlon community behind the scenes took priority over training and competition. Redman served in various National Coaching and Talent and Development roles for a decade from 2006 to 2016. Redman led the revision and implementation of the National Coach Education Curriculum and coach development/mentoring initiatives. Redman also developed and managed the Australian Junior and Youth Triathlon series including the establishment of Super Sprint Race Weekend, annual National Junior Development Camp, National Talent Academy, International Young Gun Development Camps and Tours and talent transfer programs in partnership with the AIS. Redman was involved in the initial establishment of the national Paratriathlon program. Redman also worked closely with ITU Sport Development program facilitating athlete development and coach education courses in Oceania, Asia and Africa. Redman was awarded Life Membership by Triathlon Tasmania in 2010. Redman personally coached and mentored Tasmanian athletes Jake Birtwhistle (Australian and Oceania Junior Triathlon Champion), Dylan Evans (U23 ITU World Duathlon and Oceania Junior Triathlon - silver medallist) and Amelia Pearson (ITU World Long Distance Elite Championships – 6th).
A swimmer since the age of four, and a high achiever in school cross country, Chris Hill attempted his first triathlon in 1991, aged 16. He competed in Brisbane Milo Triathlon, leaving the water in second place, losing ground on an oversized bike, and not having enough distance on the run to make up ground. He finished 8th but was hooked. Improving quickly, Hill became the Queensland All Schools U20 champion two years later, placed third U20 at the Australia All Schools Triathlon and was awarded the Cadbury Junior Scholarship. This vote of confidence in Hill paid off. At the 1995 Sydney World Cup he finished 5th in the elite men’s category, and at the World Championships at became the ITU Junior World Champion. Hill was one of the first triathletes to come out of the new
Australian grass roots system, though school triathlons, the junior ranks and into the senior ranks. He transitioned easily to the adult ranks, and in late 1998 finished 2nd at the Auckland ITU World Cup, and 3rd at the Noosa World Cup. Further top 5 placings and 2nd at the Big Island World Cup pushed Hill sixth in the world, just Australian athletes nervously anticipated the Olympic selection races. A mechanically-induced DNF at the first race prevented Hill from progressing to the second, denying him a chance at Olympic glory. Known for his quiet, meticulous, careful approach to the competitive lifestyle, responded to this disappointment emphatically, with a win at Noosa Triathlon, and numerous podium finishes and three ITU wins over the next twelve months. By the end of 2001 season, Hill was world number one, narrowly missing out on the ITU World title during the same year. Hill has given back to the triathlon community in numerous ways, including a pioneering role in establishing Triathlon Queensland’s web presence.
Jane Mountford’s triathlon journey has shown how a female athlete can rise to the top of her new sport with determination and a passion to succeed. Her outstanding performance level at World Championships highlights the significance of this.
Jane has consistently competed and finished in the top four of her age group eight times since 2008 with five of these being as World Sprint Champion. During her triathlon career Jane has inspired many triathletes from beginners to fellow world champions. The results speak for themselves as anyone who has attempted to become world champion would attest to, and thus satisfies the key criteria for Legend of the Sport.
Jane Mountford’s contribution to the sport in Australia was recognised by Triathlon Australia in 2014, when she was chosen as one of the flag bearers for the Australian age group team at the ITU Triathlon Grand Final in Edmonton.
Ken started triathlon very late in life around 2008 as a 'change of life' and achieved success very quickly becoming ITU World Sprint Champion in 2009.
Trained by Sean Foster at Fluid Movements in Melbourne he is a proud country boy who admits that hard work is his focus in whatever he does. An all round sportsmen Ken has worked his body hard over the 76 years of his life and it is all about getting as much out of it as he can. He is still working as an accountant and still competes as a cyclist in criteriums during the week and races triathlon over the weekend. He is a prolific racer who relishes competition and this single minded devotion has led to the only real challenge Ken has - keeping his body fit and healthy. Injuries have held Ken back from winning more races but his record is still incredible.
Already an eight time world champion his focus is now the Ironman World Championships in Kona.
In 2014 Ken competed in three world championship triathlons over nine days — and won them all.
First stop was Edmonton, Canada, to compete in the ITU’s age group world championships followed up by the long distance World Triathlon Corporation’s world titles at Mont Tremblant.
He won his first sprint distance race by five minutes, the second Standard distance by 10 minutes, and the third by a whopping 20 minutes.
In 2014 he was awarded the pretigious Vicsports Award - Victorian Masters Athlete of the Year.
2019 World Sprint Champion Lausanne; 2ndStandard Distance World Championships and Ironman 70.3 World Champion 70.3 in Nice. Almost a repeat of 2014!
It goes without saying that Ken has also won numerous State and National titles and series.