The winter weather has now well and truly set in which means that another triathlon season is done and dusted. The amazing achievements across all aspects of our sport were celebrated at the recent Triathlete of the Year Awards breakfast held on Saturday 16 June with a record crowd in attendance. While our focus at Triathlon WA has now switched to the coming season, it is timely to reflect on some of the key focus areas for Triathlon WA over the past 12 months.
- Club Development & Support
- Roll-out of our Top Club program, working with club committees to help them develop a plan and help make the role of club committees easier. Five clubs have now completed this process.
- Funding support to clubs of $15,000 through the Sport Development Fund, which clubs used for projects ranging from the purchase of new equipment to the support of coaches and delivery of coaching programs.
- Club Event Series – addition of the season pass to the Club Event Series which saw an increase in the number of members racing multiple club events. Additional resources and materials provided through our Healthway and SunSmart partnership including the SunSmart Club of the Year.
- TWA marketing support for club beginner programs and coordination of discounted race entry for program participants.
- Increased program delivery in schools through our Weet-bix Schools and Community Programs and the Federal Government Sporting Schools program.
- Increase in the number of kids participating in the SunSmart Kids Triathlon Events run by clubs all around the State.
- Delivery of Tri-Active pilot programs. This is a new program aimed at engaging the fitness and recreation centre market into the activities of triathlon in partnership with clubs, local government and gym operators.
- Launch of the new Triathlon WA website, providing improved access and information for all, particularly focusing on people new to the sport.
- Coach Development – 33 new coaches participated in Development Coaching Courses. Coaches accessed professional development opportunities in running biomechanics, sports psychology, conflict resolution and annual coaches conference attended by 40 coaches covering strength and conditioning, open water swimming and biomechanics.
- Technical Program – We welcomed 5 number of new Technical Officials to the program and delivered Two Level 1 Courses, a Level 2 and a refresher course for all TO’s. Three TO’s secured development funding to develop their skills at interstate events.
- 3 of the 10 TO’s selected for the Commonwealth Games were from Western Australia.
- Successfully secured World Championships Qualifying events across Sprint (x2), Standard Distance, Long Course, Duathlon and Cross-Tri and Aquathlon in WA to maximise opportunities for WA Age Group athletes to qualify for World Championships.
- Our Junior Development Program again performed exceptionally well:
- Three National Champions across Youth and Junior Men and Women.
- Two overall National Series Point Score Champions.
- TWA hosted the National Youth and Junior Championships for the second year.
- Negotiation of a new licence agreement with IRONMAN Oceania to continue to deliver our State Long Course Championships as IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton for the next 3 years.
While some of you will be enjoying a well-earned rest, others of you will be continuing or already underway with your training for a winter or early season goal. Whatever your focus, thanks for being part of season 2017/18 and we can’t wait to see you on a start line soon.