Triathlon-WA-Staff

Cathy Hoare

Sanctioning Officer

Cathy was first introduced to triathlon through one of Vicki Delves’ WAT courses and participated for many years enjoying the friendship and healthy lifestyle that goes with the sport.

After completing a Technical Officials course in 2009, Cathy joined Triathlon Western Australia in her current role of Sanctioning Officer. She is now a Level 2 or RTO TA Official and a Level 1 ITU.

Cathy works closely with race directors and assists them to meet their requirements to do with documentation and insurance in order for events to be sanctioned. Cathy also liaises with club committee members and assists them through the process of lodging documents for club run events. She also looks after the Technical courses in WA and rosters officials for sanctioned events in WA.

One of Cathy’s favourite aspects of her role is travelling to officiate at interstate and overseas events. Her goal at the moment is to officiate at 70.3 Grand Final, Kona or Roth. She also enjoys being part of events, talking to athletes and club members and enjoying the events atmosphere.

Contact: technical@wa.triathlon.org.au

Ashleigh Apps

Executive Director

Ashleigh holds a Bachelor Degree in Sport Management and has over 14 years’ experience working within the sport and recreation industry. Her main focus has been in the commercial development of sport, through event management, marketing, project management and strategic partnerships. Ashleigh has developed her skills through employment at State Sporting Associations, National not-for-profit organisations and a professional sporting team.

Ashleigh started triathlon in 2005 after moving from a swimming background. Although not currently participating in the sport, Ashleigh is still an engaged and avid supporter of the sport through family members participation.

Contact: ashleigh.apps@wa.triathlon.org.au

Frank Stapleton

Athlete & Coach Pathway Coordinator

Frank has a long history in triathlon as a competitor from 1983 to being an International Technical Official at the Rio Paralympics. One of two ITU level 3 officials in Australia, he is also an ITU Training Facilitator and recently became Australia’s first ITU/UCI endorsed licenced Mechanical Fraud Bike Checker. Frank has served 9 years as a Triathlon WA Board Member and many other triathlon committees and reference panels, and is a certified DSR member protection officer.

Through extensive experience gained with involvement at ITU, Ironman as well as the high quality local events, Frank has established excellent working relationships with international coaches, ITU board members, management at ITU, Oceania OTU, Triathlon Australia, and Triathlon NZ as well as many of our Asian National Federations. Frank is currently completing the Department of Sport and Recreation/University of Western Australia's Coach Leadership Series. 

Frank utilises this extensive experience in coordinating Triathlon WA’s coaching program and the Triathlon WA Development Program. He continues to swim and bike.

Contact: programs@wa.triathlon.org.au

Tiffany Ferguson-Blight

Membership and Marketing Manager

Tiffany joined Triathlon WA in January 2020. She is the main contact for all club-related enquiries and state-based membership enquiries, as well as participation programs. Tiffany also coordinates and facilitates the marketing and communications for the services offered by Triathlon WA.

Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and a Bachelor of Law from Curtin University. However, Tiffany's passion has always been in sport which led her to a very different career path to those she had studied to pursue. Prior to joining Triathlon WA, Tiffany worked in swimming for 6 years, with 3 years as a teacher and coach, 2 years supervising and coordinating a swim school, and 1 year with Swimming WA. 

Tiffany is an avid Australian Rules Football player and coach, having played for the Swan Districts Football Club from 2017 to 2019, leading her side for two of those years in the leadership group and playing in the USA in exhibition matches at the USAFL National Championships. Following major surgery in early 2020, she now coaches the inaugural women's team at Kalamunda Football Club and is working towards a return to sport in 2021.

Contact: membership@wa.triathlon.org.au

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