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Sam Douglas focused on increasing junior participation


Triathlon NSW is happy to announce the appointment of Sam Douglas as the organisation’s new Development Officer.

Prior to Sam’s appointment, Triathlon NSW has unfortunately been without the services of a Development Officer, so his addition will provide a vital boost to the promotion and development of the sport with juniors and school students across the state.

Sam will be tasked with growing junior participation rates in our sport through working with schools, event directors and most importantly, our clubs.

A current member of STG, Sam will be working alongside clubs to either introduce junior programs or enhance existing ones.

“I believe that clubs and passionate club members are the key to the grass roots-growth of triathlon and that starts with the juniors,” Sam said.

A dedicated resource to this space will significantly increase Triathlon  NSW’s operating capability across this area.

Whilst Sam is only a recent addition to the Triathlon NSW staff, he has an extensive and enviable history in our great sport.

Growing up in the Cronulla area, Sam immersed himself in triathlon from the age of 12. After joining the Cronulla Triathlon Club, Sam would progress through the junior development squads before graduating into a professional triathlete in the Ironman circuit.

In addition to his experience as an athlete, Sam also has plenty of coaching experience. He has been a certified Level 1 Triathlon Coach since 2011, specialising in group training, personalised training programs and nutritional guidance.

Prior to his appointment as Triathlon NSW’s Development Officer, Sam graduated with a Bachelor of Education (Human Movement & Secondary Education) from the University of Sydney, where he was a University of Sydney Elite Athlete Program scholarship recipient from 2011-15. He also holds a Diploma of Sport Development from TAFE.

After graduating from the University of Sydney, the 26 year old also worked as a PDHPE teacher at a variety of schools, which will put him in great stead for his new role.

“I am really excited to have this role because Triathlon isn't just a sport to me; Triathlon is something that I have made my profession, my lifestyle and as cliché as it sounds, it is also my passion,” Sam said.

“Triathlon has opened so many doors in my life and it has taught me many life lessons. At the end of the day, I couldn't see myself doing anything else.

“This new role allows me to share that passion with the next generation of triathletes and show coaches and schools why it is essential to create clear pathways to get juniors into the sport and give them opportunities and encouragement to develop from an early and formative age.

“I’m excited to find new ways to help juniors firstly get started in the sport but more importantly stay in the sport.” 

Sam can be contacted on Sam.douglas@nsw.triathlon.org.au



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