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Women in Triathlon Breakfast 21 November 2020

  • Triathlon WA
  • 03 Nov 2020
  • Posted 3 months ago

Join Triathlon WA for a morning to share stories, network and meet other females within our community in WA. 

This is an opportunity to hear from some inspirational females within the sport and celebrate female participation. It does not matter if this is your first season or 10th, or if you have not even started your triathlon journey.

Ticket Costs:

  • Under 15 years - $40 for TWA Members,$45 for Non Members
  • 16 years + $50 for TWA Members, $55 for Non Members 
Please note: You will need to enter your TA Membership Number during ticket purchase. 

Event Details:

Saturday 21 November
8am - 10am
Kailis Brothers, Leederville

We are calling for women of all ages and abilities to come together to share our experiences and love for the sport of triathlon. 

Tickets on sale HERE

Please note tickets are limited. Please purchase early if you wish to attend. 

GUEST SPEAKERS

PIP O’CONNELL

Pip, a qualified physiotherapist, has worked in various sectors of the Perth media for well over 20 years. Best known for her work on the award winning travel show ‘Postcards WA’, she has also worked in radio, print media, and in film.

Pip started triathlon as a novice in the mid 2000’s, and has since gone on to compete at all triathlon distances, including completing a full Ironman. A highlight of her triathlon journey so far has been competing for Australia at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in Austria in 2015.

When not working or training, Pip is Mum to two busy children Gus and Penelope. She enjoys cooking, drawing, wine and -most of the time- her kids.

SALLY PILBEAM

Sally is a two time Paratriathlon World Champion, Technical Official and member of North Coast Triathlon Club. Sally lost her right arm at the shoulder due to cancer in 2002, going on to compete at her first Australian Paratriathlon Championships in 2013. She then earned her first women's PT3 world title in Edmonton in 2014, also triumphing the following year in Chicago. 

Sally retired from her International racing career in 2020, rounding out her success with three World Championship silver medals, three World Paratriathlon Series wins, two Paratriathlon World Cup wins and six Oceania Championship titles over her seven-year career. 

Sally is a mother to two boys and still actively involved in the sport here in WA.

SUE SCOTT

I did my first triathlon = a dream come true, in March 1998 and basically haven’t stopped except for having a second child. Many facets of the sport has kept me stimulated and going over the years. Initially I was challenged by being competitive and striving to the best that I could achieve, training solo for years in Renmark. 

Since coming to Perth from country South Australia in 2004, I have been able to give back to the sport that has given me so much enjoyment. This has been possible in me being involved and volunteering in my local club through coaching mainly in the annual WIT “Women in triathlon” and Trystars. Now also being involved in being a mentor to coaches starting their journey. Officiating has been another face of the sport that I have taken to in the last 10 years. However I still enjoy getting out there for a triathlon as a participant when I can.

EMMA PASS

Great Britain International Basketball Player 1998-2013
Professional Basketball Player 2007-2015 ( including playing in America, Spain, Australia, France)
Accidental Triathlete  - Fremantle Triathlon Club

In 2015 I retired from professional sport, a full time career that had taken me around the world, competing on the world stage, and consuming my focus for the best part of 10 years. I was lucky enough to play sport for a living and have the support and care packages of all that goes with the role.

Representing my county for over 10 years was the pinnacle of my career and something that gave me daily focus and challenge. I was able to retire on my own accord without injury making the decision for me, and I chose to settle in Perth WA where I had played previously in my career and met my partner.  Retiring from all I had ever known was the hardest challenge that I had to overcome. I no longer had a daily target or focus to achieve, I felt lost and without purpose. 

I was able to take a role in community sport and develop my passion for helping others that way, however I still didn’t feel like I have a personal challenge for myself and was very aware that I no longer that the support network of a team and the friendships that go with it. Being able to run, swim and ride a bike, I decided to join the local Tri Club, Fremantle. I was looking forwards to trying something new, but without the rigid commitment levels I have been used to. I registered for the novice course with FTC and really enjoyed the sessions the people and felt part of something. The program culminated in a local triathlon which I managed to get over the line in and finish. Full of enthusiasm I signed up from something called a 70.3 and two 70.3’s and an accidental role down sport from Busso in December 2019, here I am! 

Having the personal challenge, the camaraderie and the group environment of support and belonging from the club really helped me gain a sense of purpose and the physical involvement is merely a by-product of the social and mental wellbeing that I feel from being part of the club. 





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