2023 Wrapped: AusTriathlon’s Biggest Stories of the Year

20 Dec 2023

With another exhilarating year in the world of Australian triathlon is in the books, it’s time to reflect on the triumphs and moments that defined our sport in 2023.

From family pride on the global stage to the emergence of promising young talents and everything in between.

Relive ten of the biggest stories that shaped AusTriathlon in 2023.

Aspen Anderson Claims Gold at Commonwealth Youth Games

In August, the Commonwealth Youth Games welcomed triathlon for the very first time. And Aspen Anderson and her Australian teammates made sure they left their mark on the event.

Anderson’s claimed individual gold at Buccoo Beach, followed by another in the Mixed Relay, cementing herself as of Australia’s biggest rising stars.

Lauren Parker Wins Fourth World Title in Pontevedra

Lauren Parker continued her unbeaten march towards the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, notching another World Championship title in Pontevedra.

In what was a remarkable 2023, she won her fourth World Paratriathlon title, the most ever by an Australian.

Nadine Hunt Becomes First First Nations Woman to Compete at IRONMAN World Championship 

Nadine Hunt’s historic journey as the first-ever First Nations woman to compete in October’s IRONMAN World Championship showcased not only her personal triumph but a significant stride towards diversity and inclusion in the world of triathlon.

Matt Hauser Strikes Maiden WTPS Gold in Montreal 

It was Matt’s magic moment in Montreal.

The 25-year-old delivered an outstanding performance in June, becoming the first Australian male since Jake Birtwhistle in 2019 to win a round of World Triathlon’s Championship Series.

Chris McCormack Inducted into AusTriathlon Hall of Fame 

The iconic Chris McCormack cemented his legacy in November, joining the AusTriathlon Hall of Fame.

The four-time World Champion joined a prestigious lineup of triathlon greats as he was officially inducted as the 18th member of the Hall of Fame at the AusTriathlon Awards on the Gold Coast.

Ashleigh Gentle Claims Tenth Garmin Noosa Triathlon Title

Noosa witnessed another masterclass performance from the Ashleigh Gentle in November.

The undisputed Queen of the Noosa secured her record 10th title at the event’s 40th-anniversary.

Hickey Family to Lead Team Australia as Flag Bearers

Carmel Hickey, along with her sons Rohan and Alistair, were announced as the Australian flag bearers for the Parade of Nations at September’s World Triathlon Age Group Triathlon World Championships in Pontevedra.  

Brilliant Bradley on Course for Slice of Triathlon History 

In May, Bradley Course made waves in Port Douglas by clinching the Elite and Under 23 titles at the 2023 Oceania Triathlon Cup and Championship.

With the win, the 19-year-old secured an his spot on the start line at the World Triathlon Junior World Championship and World Triathlon Under 23 World Championship – becoming the first Australian Junior to ever achieve the feat.

Rhianna Hepburn Powers Home for Top Ten Finish at Junior Worlds 

Rhianna Hepburn’s resilience shone through at June’s World Junior Triathlon Championships in Hamburg, with the Western Australian picking herself up off the canvas, storming home to secure a top ten-finish.

AusTriathlon Welcomes Emma Bowker (nee Moffatt) to Performance Team

In September, AusTriathlon welcomed back Hall of Famer, Emma Bowker (nee Moffatt), to the role of Olympic Campaign Lead in the Performance Team. 

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