Committee member of Maitland Triathlon Club (MTC), 21-time Ironman finisher, recently qualified coach and local legend Pete Hodgson, has thrown down the challenge to other clubs with some bold statements regarding their lofty goals for the 2020 NSW Club Championships.
MTC is one of the fastest-growing clubs in terms of memberships, not just in NSW, but across Australia and the shift of the Club Champs from Orange to Forster has given the club a renewed vigour and goal to bring home some hardware after the 2020 edition.
“We really want to push Triathlon NSW membership and obviously that will flow into club champs,” said Hodgson. “We want at least 100 at Club Champs this year and to give it a real crack.”
This comment could serve notice to the reigning champs, Hills Tri Club, who took top honours the past three years in Orange, but winning in Forster will not be a fait accompli.
If MTC showed up with an adult team of 100, strong volunteers and Technical Officials, that would make them the most viable contenders to knock Hills out as the top dog.
In response to hearing this, the president of Hills was quoted as saying: “Unless they are coming in with a team of over 150, we reckon we should be right. The campaign will start as early as August to ensure each and every Hills Tri Club Member gets out and represents us.”
But there are rumours that two new contenders, Port Macquarie Tri Club and Coffs Harbour Tri Club have both circled the date in their calendar and are showing up in large numbers with big goals of going home as winners. According to one source, the “hotels are booked out.”
Despite their lofty goals, Hodgson is sure to let Triathlon NSW know that MTC’s success is measured by more than just results.
“We would love to win,” he said. “But our motto of participation and flooding the market with our members brings a different kind of success.”
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