With both land and sea integral to participating in triathlon, environmental sustainability has been strategically highlighted as a focus area to ensure the longevity and viability of the sport.
AusTriathlon’s Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee will lead the development of AusTriathlon’s Climate Action and Environmental Sustainability Plan in 2024.
Chaired by AusTriathlon Board Member Alex Gosman, the committee is made up of six highly respected and experienced individuals from around the country who are each passionate about sustainability, the environment and climate change.
AusTriathlon President, and Chair on the World Triathlon Environmental Sustainability Commission, Michelle Cooper recognised the Committee’s expertise.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have such talented, experienced and passionate individuals on the Committee who will help us to establish a robust plan to ensure AusTriathlon follows best practice in regard to environmental sustainability and that the sport of triathlon continues to grow and flourish in the future.” Cooper said.
Alex Anasson, AusTriathlon General Manager of Sport Services and a participant in the Australian Olympic Committee Sport Climate Action Plan Development Pilot Program is providing additional, executive support to the group, and says the Committee is an important step forward for AusTriathlon.
“The Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee will play a critical role in the development and implementation of AusTriathlon’s future sustainability initiatives.” Anasson said.
“The group is already working on drafting a position statement and climate action plan for the organisation, which will focus on how AusTriathlon can evolve its practices in relation to environmental sustainability and later, provide resources and support to affiliated clubs and organisations within triathlon.”
Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee
Alex Gosman (Chair)
AusTriathlon Director, Alex Gosman has extensive experience in climate change policy development and implementation through corporate and industry association background.
Stephanie Lebeau has been the head of sustainability for various corporate organisations in the past 15 years, providing strategic direction and leading the sustainability agenda, from development to execution. Lebeau recently led the sustainability strategy of the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 in Sydney and worked with Water Polo Australia on the development of their Climate Action strategy.
Eddie Moore is a successful and experienced CEO with local and international responsibility in leadership, innovation, corporate strategy and transformational change with expertise in NFP and Major Sports and Events. Moore is a long-term triathlete who started competing in the late 1980s. Notably, Eddie was the former Venue Director of the Sydney 2000 Olympic triathlon, a former Director of NSW Triathlon, AusTriathlon and Committee member of World Triathlon.
Glen Sturesteps is an age-group triathlete who also has coaching and Technical Official qualifications. For the past five years, Sturesteps has been a senior policy advisor on climate change in the Department of Environment. Glen has a Master’s of Environmental Management from Charles Sturt University and worked for five years as an environmental scientist.
Gillian Turnbull is a keen ultra-trail runner, long course triathlete, current President of Melbourne Triathlon Club and community development specialist. Turnbull has spent the past 15 years working for government, non-profits, the private sector and international agencies including United Nations both in Australia and internationally with a focus on creating sustainable and social change. Her specific area of expertise is focused on inclusive employment and social and sustainable procurement.
Michael Ulph is the Technical Director-Communications and Stakeholder Engagement at professional services consultancy GHD. A committee member at Newcastle Triathlon Club and active triathlete, Michael holds a Master’s in Environmental Management & Sustainability along with degrees in Marketing and Communications. Ulph has worked in the sustainability space over the past several years, mostly in workshop facilitation and communications. He also works in Indigenous engagement.