Tim Bentley was a key figure in triathlon’s early years in Australia, and contributed greatly as an athlete and ambassador to changing the face of the sport, particularly as triathlon entered into the professional era.
Tim competed in and won multiple events across Victoria and Australia, and internationally. In 1988 Bentley placed fourteenth at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, making him the first Australian to cross the finish line that year.
1990/91 was a long sought-after break-through year for Tim Bentley, he podiumed consistently across the season and was later named Triathlete of the Year under the National Series (1990/91). In 1994, in the first year of the Tooheys Blue Triathlon, Bentley finished third racing against two of the world's best, Brad Beven and Greg Welch.
Belinda SoszynOne of Australia’s earliest Age Group Champions, Belinda Soszyn, had success in both ITU & IRONMAN racing. Belinda’s resume is full of impressive achievements.
Ampol Australian Age Group Champion 1989/90 35-39F Australian Triathlon Series Age Group Champion 1990/91 35-39F SPRINT Competed in both the Gold Coast 1991 ITU Triathlon World Championships and 1991 IRONMAN World Championships just six days apart.
In 2009, she completed the three world championship events held on the Gold Coast and stood on the podium at the presentation ceremony with three medals around her neck. Claiming:
Gold | 2009 ITU World Championships Grand Final Gold Coast (55-59F)
Gold | 2009 Gold Coast ITU Aquathlon World Championships (55-59F)
Silver 2009 ITU World Championship Grand Final Gold Coast (55-59F)
She was also a silver medallist in the 2000 Perth ITU Triathlon World Championships (45-49F), and World Champion Long Distance in 2006. Belinda also won the Aquathlon World Championships in Auckland 2012 (55-59F).