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Call for Nominations: TWA Annual Awards 2024

The Triathlon WA Annual Awards for the 2023/24 season will be a breakfast function held on Sunday 26th May 2024 from 8:30am – 11:30am at Rendezvous Hotel Scarborough. Tickets on sale soon!

Nominations are now open for Award categories including Service to Sport, Coach of the Year, Community Coach of the Year, Technical Official of the Year, and Life Membership.

The Annual Award Policy can be found HERE.
The Life Member Policy can be found HERE.

Service to Sport Award

The Service to Sport Award is intended to recognise an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service to the sport of triathlon over an extended period of time. This Award allows for recognition of an individual whose service may not be directly associated with TWA but has provided significant benefit to the sport at a club, event or other association level.

Nomination for the Service to Sport Award will be called for in conjunction with the call for Life Member nominations. Individuals nominated for the Service to Sport Award will be assessed by the panel convened to consider TWA Life Memberships. The panel will present recommendations to the Board who will make final decisions on successful nominees.

Coach of the Year Award

This Award is intended to recognise individuals who demonstrated a commitment and dedication to coaching Western Australian triathletes, and who have helped Australian triathletes to achieve significant competition success at both the age group and the High-Performance level. To be eligible for the Award nominees must be current members of TWA and a currently accredited triathlon coach at the time of their nomination. The winner(s) of this award may be nominated for any other appropriate industry awards as deemed appropriate by the Board.

Community Coach of the Year Award

This award is intended to recognise and honour Western Australian triathlon coaches who have demonstrated a commitment and dedication to coaching WA triathletes over the previous season. To be eligible for the award, nominees must be current members of TWA and accredited triathlon coaches at the time of nomination. Nominees will be considered based on their coaching of age group triathletes and proven demonstration of Engagement, Integrity, Community and commitment to growing the sport of Triathlon in WA.

Steve Barrie Technical Official of the Year

The Technical Official of the Year Award has been acknowledged since 2000. The Award was renamed in 2007 in honour of TWA Life Member Steve Barrie to recognise his significant contribution to our sport. This award is presented annually in recognition of the service and dedication of a Technical Official to the sport.

Life Membership

Triathlon Western Australia are also calling for Life Membership Nominations. The award of Life Membership is the highest honour Triathlon WA can bestow on an individual and is awarded in recognition of those who have made an outstanding contribution to the existence or effectiveness of the association during their membership. No more than two Life Memberships will be awarded on an annual basis.

The TWA Life Membership Policy can be found HERE.

Life Membership Criteria

Each nomination for Life Membership of Triathlon WA will be considered on its individual merits. The criteria listed below is to be demonstrated over a minimum period of ten (10) years, unless exceptional circumstances are cited.

Decisions will be made on the basis of:

  • Sustained service to triathlon in WA, that is well above what is normally expected;
  • Significant leadership within triathlon in WA;
  • Outstanding innovation in triathlon activities within WA;
  • Strong support for Triathlon WA activities and programs;
  • Enhancement of triathlon within the wider community;
  • Financial member of Triathlon WA during the majority of the period of service
  • Uphold and demonstrate the values of Triathlon WA

The Nominations Panel will also be responsible for recommending nominees for the TWA Service to Sport Award.

TWA Board Committees Expression of Interest

Triathlon Western Australia is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from interested and suitably qualified individuals to fill roles on the following Board Committees:

  • Audit and Risk Committee
  • Nominations Committee
  • Technical Reference Panel

Triathlon Western Australia (TWA) is the State Sporting Organisation responsible for the development, promotion and governance of the sport of triathlon throughout Western Australia. TWA is a not-for-profit organisation which is governed by the Board of TWA. TWA is one of eight (8) State Associations, which make up the membership of the national body, AusTriathlon.

TWA’s vision is to inspire Western Australians to embrace triathlon as a lifestyle, recreation or sporting pursuit and we will do this by growing, strengthening and connecting the triathlon community through membership, clubs, programs and major events.

TWA has a Board of up to five elected and four appointed directors, who set the strategic direction and oversee the organisation. The Board is made up of both TWA members and independent individuals, who have a range of qualifications, skills and experience and encompass diversity in aspects such as gender, age, background and perspective. This supports best practice as outlined in the Australia Sports Commission’s Sport Governance Principles. In addition to the Board, there is a team of staff, led by the Executive Director, who are employed by Triathlon WA.

The Board is seeking to rebuild the Committee structure that supports the work of the organisation. Each of the Committees has a defined Terms of Reference, including the roles and responsibilities of the Committee. They all have the ability to make recommendations to the Board, however are not decision making authorities in their own right. The Committees will tend to meet 3-4 times per year, in line with key events or timeframes of the Board.

How to Nominate:
Candidates need to complete the attached Nomination Form, and submit it via email to mel.farley@wa.triathlon.org.au by no later than 5:00pm AWST on Tuesday 7 May 2024.

For more information, please contact the Executive Director, TWA on 08 9443 9778 or email mel.farley@wa.triathlon.org.au

TWA Appointed Board Position Vacancies

Triathlon WA is seeking expressions of interest for up to two (2) interested and suitably qualified individuals to be appointed to the Triathlon WA Board for a period of two (2) years.

The Board plays an important role in the continued progression, improvement, and growth of the sport in WA and is in search of candidates with skills that align with the strategic direction of the organisation and complement the current skill mix of the Board. Board members contribute to the overall governance activities of the Board, including providing input on the matters of corporate strategy, policy formulation and implementation, Executive Director performance, as well as oversight of the financial performance, risk management and compliance.

To ensure that the Board has the right balance of skills to effectively lead the organisation into the future, TWA is seeking nominations from individuals with a range of qualifications, skills and experience, as outlined in the nomination form. It is also desirable for the Board to encompass diversity in aspects such as gender, age, background and perspective. All interested persons are encouraged to apply.

CANDIDATE SKILL REQUIREMENTS
Interested candidates are required to demonstrate experience in EITHER Skill Set A or B or C. Additional skills listed below are highly desirable.

Skill Set A: Audit & Risk
Experience or skills include but not limited to;

  • Risk Management & Compliance
  • Financial Management
  • Auditing

Skill Set B: Human Resources / People and Culture
Experience or skills include but not limited to;

  • HR Policy development
  • Best practice HR management systems
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Executive Coaching/Mentoring

Skill Set D: Legal
Experience or skills include but not limited to;

  • Legal Acumen
  • Negotiating/Contract Management
  • Dispute resolution/mediation

In addition to the above, Board Members should ideally have the following experience;

  • Director Qualification/ AICD Member
  • Previous Board Experience
  • Strategic Planning
  • Governance

Nominations must be received on the attached form prior to 5:00pm AWST Tuesday 7 May 2024

By email to:
Executive Director
Email: mel.farley@wa.triathlon.org.au

Or in person to:

Triathlon Western Australia
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
SportHQ, 203 Underwood Avenue, FLOREAT WA 6014
Ph: 08 9443 9778 Office hours 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday-Friday ONLY

Busselton Festival of Triathlon Wins at WA Sport Awards

Triathlon WA are so excited and humbled to share that the 2023 SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon won the inaugural Community Sporting Event of the Year award at the WA Sport Awards hosted by SportWest on Thursday 29 February 2024!

The Community Sporting Event of the Year award recognises an outstanding sporting festival, event or exhibition that has been delivered successfully in WA, with benefits to the athletes, the sport, and the local community.

It was a really brilliant selection of nominees in our category, so we are stoked to have won. Congratulations to our fellow finalists Bike it to Ballidu Gravel (Cycling), and the Harmony Cup Nines (Rugby League).

We’d like to thank all athletes, volunteers, officials, staff members, supporters, expo retailers, food vendors, charity partners, and everyone else who contributed to the success of the SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon last season.

Thank you to our major partners, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries,Healthway and SunSmart, Tourism Western Australia and City of Busselton. We also sincerely thank our 2023 event partners EventMatrix, KC Australia, Blue Chip Timing, Koda Nutrition, Hit FM, KDK Family Law, Keep on Running, SCODY, The Margaret River Region, Woolworths Busselton, Ludlow Tuart Forest Restoration Group, Cancer Council Western Australia, MiTIME, Clip Media, Outside the Locker Room , FinisherPix, and World Triathlon.

It was so wonderful to celebrate the achievements of the WA sporting community.

Other Award Nominees from our Triathlon WA community included:

  • Steve Gleeson: Coach of the Year Nominee
  • Gaye McKean: Official of the Year Nominee
  • David Budge: Service to Sport Nominee
  • Nick Thompson: Sports Star Nominee
  • Sally Pilbeam: Sports Star Nominee

Thank you to SportWest (and HBF Stadium / VenuesWest) for hosting such a wonderful event, and congratulations to all winners!

Mel Farley Appointed as Executive Director

Triathlon WA is pleased to announce that Mel Farley has been appointed in the role of Executive Director.

Mel brings over 20 years of event and operational experience from a diverse range of industries including State Government, not for profit, and membership-based organisations. She previously held the role of Triathlon WA Executive Officer from 2002 – 2005.

With a passion for seeing the sport of triathlon thrive, and experience working in our office team this season as the Commercial Operations Manager, Mel will continue driving strong strategic, financial, and community outcomes. We are confident that her passion, drive and experience will continue to deliver great growth for our sport.

We also wish to thank and farewell our outgoing Executive Director, Olivia Birkett. Olivia led the team for the first half of this season and implemented strong governance and financial management practices that will be her legacy here at Triathlon WA. We wish Olivia the very best in her new role as CEO of Tennis West.

Triathlon WA Seeking Executive Director

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RECRUITMENT INFORMATION

ABOUT TRIATHLON WA

Triathlon Western Australia (TWA) is the State Sporting Organisation responsible for the development, promotion and governance triathlon and multi-sport throughout Western Australia. TWA a not-for-profit organisation which is governed by the Board. TWA is one of eight State/Territory Associations, which make up the membership of the national body, AusTriathlon. Triathlon WA’s purpose is to achieve a sustainable sport in which members and stakeholders are well serviced and represented. TWA looks to inspire Western Australians to embrace triathlon as a lifestyle, recreation, or sporting pursuit.

ABOUT THE ROLE

Reporting to the Board through the Chair, the Executive Director provides leadership, direction and overall management of all activities, business operations and services delivered by Triathlon WA. The role may also work with the Board in the developing and implementing of long term strategy, to achieve the organisation’s vision. The Executive Director oversees the day-to-day activities that achieve Triathlon WA strategic priorities.

The position is permanent full time; however a flexible approach to working hours is required due to the nature of working within a state sports association. The nature of the position requires some out of hours and weekend work, which is recognised in the remuneration package offered. The position will be based at Sports HQ, 203 Underwood Ave, Floreat WA.

Please see the position description for a full list of duties and responsibilities.

Applications close 15 January 2024.

DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Experience at a senior management level.
  • Excellence in organisational management.
  • Financial management.
  • Development of commercial, sponsorship and marketing opportunities to hence organisation.
  • Strong marketing, public relations and revenue raising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders (desired).
  • Politically astute leader with the ability to set clear priorities
  • Keen analytic, organisational and problem solving skills
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills
  • Ability to develop and operationalise strategies

Please see the position description for a full list of position requirements and desired attributes.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Tertiary Qualification(s) in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience. Ideally within the areas of Business, Sport Management and/or Event Management.
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors qualifications or similar

APPLICATION PROCESS:

A current, concise CV and a covering letter demonstrating the position requirements and relevant experience must be submitted to the Triathlon WA President.
      
Contact Person: Brenden Koh
Email: president@wa.triathlon.org.au
Phone: 0434 603 671

Applications will close 12pm AWST on Monday 15 January 2024.

All contacts and enquiries are held in the strictest confidence.

Coastal Quest Triathlon Crowns New State Champions

On Sunday, December 17, 2023, the City of Joondalup Coastal Quest Triathlon at Whitford Nodes in Hillarys hosted the 2023/24 Triathlon WA State Sprint Championship.

Coastal Quest features a high-energy, spectator-friendly course, drawing crowds along the run and bike paths. Rolling hills and a strategically placed roundabout introduce a challenging element for both seasoned athletes and beginners.

The day began with a refreshing cool breeze, gradually warming as the sun woke for the day. Although light winds created some choppy conditions during the swim starts, the brilliant blue of the ocean provided an ideal backdrop for the State Championship race.

The event was buzzing with fun energy all morning. Liv Smith, serving as both commentator and DJ, kept the atmosphere lively by taking song requests from the crowd. It was delightful to see members of the Mandurah Tri Club grooving along to Taylor Swift tunes.

With the added significance of being an interclub series event, the sight of club tents lining the event village was spectacular.

Despite a few unexpected setbacks on race morning, the event village and course were very well organised by Geoff and the team at XTR Multisport making for an exhilarating, quality race for all participants.

OPEN MALE RACE:

In the Open Male category, we saw some of WA’s best including Matt Burton (Oceanic), Kurt Wesley (North Coast), Reece Harris (Mandurah), David Bryant (Stadium), Ronan Hays (Mandurah), Rowan Kerr (XTR), Christophe Gardner (Bunbury), and Noah Tonkin.

Wesley and Harris were neck and neck first coming out of the swim and into T1 and out onto the bike, with a full minute lead ahead of Burton. Kerr and Hays were next out of the water followed by Tonkin, Gardner and Bryant.

Burton delivered an exceptionally powerful cycling performance, narrowing the one-minute gap and reclaiming the lead by the second lap. By the start of lap three and as transition approached, he further extended his advantage. His remarkable prowess in the run leg secured Burton a commanding lead, ultimately earning him the title of State Sprint Champion for the 2023/24 season.

The race unfolded with anticipation for a sprint finish between Wesley and Harris, who had maintained a neck-and-neck competition throughout. However, in a final burst of effort on the home stretch, Wesley surged ahead of Harris, securing a well-deserved silver medal. Harris finished just 4 seconds behind Wesley to claim third.

David Bryant was hot on his heels to land in fourth, with Hays (5th), Kerr (6th), and Gardner (7th) rounding out the field. Tonkin unfortunately dropped out of the race following T1.

OPEN FEMALE RACE:

The Open Female age group, though small, showcased remarkable talent at the start line, including past State Champions Aleisha Wesley (North Coast) and Sian Munks (UWA), along with Indie Arbuckle (XTR) and newcomer to elite racing, Ella Phelan (Perth).

Following the swim, two distinct packs formed: Wesley and Munks, with a 12-second gap between them, and Phelan and Arbuckle, separated by 5 seconds. As they transitioned to the second leg of the race, Munks had a super quick T1 to head out on the bike first.

Wesley quickly re-established her lead during the cycle leg, and delivered a commanding performance in the cycle and run to finish strong in first place. Although Munks showcased her strength and talent, mounting a powerful run to narrow the gap to just 5 seconds, Wesley proved to be unstoppable in the end. This victory not only secured her redemption from the Rockingham Foreshore Tri, where Munks had outpaced her on the final stretch, but also earned her the well-deserved title of State Champion.

Making her debut in the Open category, Phelan showcased a formidable cycling performance, manoeuvring through the rankings on the lapped course. Meanwhile, Arbuckle demonstrated remarkable consistency, and her strategic approach paid off with a powerful surge in the sprint finish against Phelan. Ultimately, Arbuckle secured the third-place victory, crossing the finish line just seconds ahead of her competitor.

BRYNT MCSWAIN TROPHY:

Brynt McSwain was a Triathlon WA member and previous State Champion who tragically lost his life in 2014. The trophy named in his honour is presented each year to the fastest Open Male at the State Sprint Championship.

The 2023 Brynt McSwain Trophy was presented to Matt Burton (Oceanic).

The presence of Brynt’s mother, Snow, and brother, Dayan, at the event added a poignant touch as they personally presented the perpetual trophy.

Remarkably, Dayan, in a heartfelt tribute to his brother, participated in the Coastal Quest Triathlon himself on Brynt’s original bike.

This marked his inaugural triathlon experience, all in honour of Brynt’s memory.

The Brynt McSwain trophy has a fitting home at Churchill Cycles, where Brynt had worked. It was heartening to learn that they had provided assistance to Dayan in restoring the old bike, allowing him to compete in the event. This act is a touching testament to the enduring spirit of camaraderie and remembrance within the triathlon community.

AGE GROUP STATE CHAMPIONS:

AGE GROUPMALE WINNERFEMALE WINNER
OpenMatt BurtonAleisha Wesley
20-24Oliver TerryCassy Newman
25-29Damien McAleeseN/A
30-34Jarrad BowenMelanie Wade
35-39Joao Carlos Bernardes-NetoAnna-Lee Martinovich
40-44Brett JohnsonChristina Ladyman
45-49Peter BrozicevichKate Atkinson
50-54Russell HarrisKatherine Ryan
55-59Matt McKayJane Hardy
60-64Darryl HarrisLise Ashton
65-69Richard BurnellTrish Vickery
70-74David WhiteleyN/A

WA Athletes Represent at Aus Youth and Junior Super Sprint Champs

Seven Western Australian athletes travelled to Runaway Bay in QLD last week for the Australian Youth and Junior Super Sprint Championships, held as part of the Super Sprint Race Weekend from 14-18 December 2023.

Over four thrilling days, competitors engaged in a variety of multisport events, including the Le Mans race, Aquathlon, Mixed Relay, and the highly anticipated Super Sprint Finals on Sunday.

The team of WA travellers included Joshua Neervoort (Fremantle Triathlon Club), Connor Fraser (Bunbury Triathlon Club), Billie Mincham (Fremantle), Luke Williams (North Coast Triathlon Club), Will Cramsie (North Coast), Joshua Fletcher (Exceed Triathlon Club), and Ivan Nagel (EFS Triathlon Club).

Age categories for the event were Junior (15-18 years), Junior B (15-16 years), and Youth (13-14 years).

Day one, Thursday, was the Aquathlon. For our Junior athletes this consisted of an 8 lap swim course (400m) and a 4 lap run course (1500m). For our Youth athletes it was an 8 lap swim (400m) and 2 lap run (800m).

  • Luke Williams – 3rd (Youth)
  • Joshua Neervoort – 8th (Junior)
  • Joshua Fletcher – 18th (Junior)
  • Ivan Nagel – 29th (Junior) 
  • Connor Fraser – 49th (Junior) 
  • Will Cramsie – 68th (Junior)

Unfortunately, an injury prevented Billie Mincham from racing throughout the race weekend.

Day two, Friday, was the Le Mans, with Junior Athletes taking on a 400m run, 6km cycle and 400m run. Our Youth athletes competed across a 400m run, 4km cycle and 400m run.

  • Luke William – 13th (Youth)
  • Josh Neervoort – 4th (Junior)
  • Ivan Nagel – 9th (Junior)
  • Joshua Fletcher – 18th (Junior)
  • Will Cramsie – 24th (Junior)
  • Connor Fraser – 49th (Junior)
  • Billie Mincham DNS

A severe electrical storm and heavy rain caused day two to be cut short just before noon.

Day three, Saturday, was a test of endurance for our WA athletes, with the Super Sprint race format.

Race 1:
Juniors took on the challenge of a 300m swim, cycle 6km, and 1.2km run. Youth completed a 200m swim, 4km cycle and 800m run.

  • Luke Williams – 4th (Youth)
  • Joshua Neervoort – 5th (Junior)
  • Ivan Nagel – 9th (Junior)
  • Joshua Fletcher – 22nd (Junior)
  • Will Cramsie – 30th (Junior)
  • Connor Fraser – 33rd (Junior)
  • Billie Mincham DNS

Race 2:
In a challenging day of back-to-back racing, Juniors completed a 1.2km run, 6km cycle and 300m swim. Youth raced in an 800m run, 4km cycle and 200m swim.

  • Luke Williams – 4th (Youth)
  • Joshua Neervoort – 11th (Junior)
  • Will Cramsie – 30th (Junior)
  • Connor Fraser – 33rd (Junior)
  • Joshua Fletcher – 36th (Junior)
  • Ivan Nagel – 37th (Junior)

Day four, Sunday, got down to the nitty-gritty with the Youth and Junior finals. This race was a 300m swim, 8km cycle and 1.6km run.

Competing in the Junior C Male Final from WA was Will Cramsie and Connor Fraser. Will Cramsie put in a mammoth effort to claim third place, with Connor Fraser placing tenth in the race.

In the Junior A Male Final, Joshua Neervort, Ivan Nagel and Joshua Fletcher raced their hearts out to place 8th, 9th and 16th (respectively) in the race.

In a fiercely contested Youth A Men’s Final, Western Australia’s Luke Williams secured the gold and the title of 2023 Australian Youth Champion.

For the complete results from the weekend’s racing, please click here.

A huge congratulations to all Youth and Junior athletes who competed. We are very proud of your team spirit, passion for the sport and how you represented WA on the national stage. It’s fantastic to see all athletes supporting one another to be the best they can be.

Thank you so much to our Pathway Lead, Janine Kaye, for everything she has done in preparation for this weekend. Janine puts her heart and soul into supporting WA State Team athletes, and our athletes performance is a testament to her dedication and encouragement. Her support across race weekend was invaluable.

Thanks also to the athlete’s parents, supporters, and clubs for everything they have done to help ready these athletes for the next steps in their triathlon journey, and support them along the way. We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for Luke, Billie, Josh N, Josh F, Will, Ivan, and Connor.

Excitement Builds ahead of Coastal Quest Triathlon


The City of Joondalup Coastal Quest Triathlon is set to take place on Sunday 17 December 2023. Nestled amid the scenic beauty of Hillarys, Whitford Nodes sets the stage for an exhilarating State Sprint Championship event.

The weather is forecast to be a balmy 29 degrees celcius with not a drop of rain in sight. A predicted south-easterly wind will shake things up for athletes on the bike and run, adding to the challenge of the day.

The fun kicks off bright and early with the Tinlids (kids race), followed by the main events including Sprint, Bolt, Duathlon and AquaBike. Also on offer is the ‘BIG EASY’ wave for those athletes that want to cruise through having completed a long course Ironman, 70.3 or similar in the weeks before.

This championship attracts a diverse range of participants, from seasoned senior athletes to young and talented junior representatives. Expect fierce competition and an electric atmosphere as participants vie for victory in their respective categories.

OPEN MALES:
2022 saw an impressive victory by Matt Burton (Oceanic) on this challenging course. Matt, fuelled by the taste of recent triumph, is back on the starting line this time round and eager to grab the Championship title.

Keep an eye on young-gun Reece Harris (Mandurah), who secured a commendable 4th place in 2022/23 and is on a hot streak this season. Don’t forget Kurt Wesley (North Coast), who is determined to seize the Sprint Champ title that eluded him by seconds at the Foreshore Tri.

Joining the competition is Paralympian David Bryant, fresh off an Australian Team training camp in Canberra. We’ll also see some great performances from the likes of Ronan Hays, Rowan Kerr, and Christophe Gardener. It’s sure to be a fierce competition in the Open Male field!

OPEN FEMALES:
Sian Munks, the 2022/23 State Sprint Champion, is geared up to defend her title against a very strong field. Munks will get a run for her money from Aleisha Wesley (North Coast), who narrowly missed out on the title last season and is on a mission for redemption.

Madison Toovey, who secured 4th place last year, brings her IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships qualification momentum into the sprint event. Watch out for Indie Arbuckle, a stalwart of the WA State team, consistently showcasing her prowess over sprint distances.

Ella Phelan, crowned the 2022/2023 Age Group Triathlete of the Year, dominated the State Standard Distance race at Tiger Snake and is now making her mark in the open category after a successful stint at the Melbourne 70.3 last month. Anticipate a stellar performance as Ella continues to shine on the triathlon stage!

AGE GROUP ATHLETES:

In the 20-24 category, keep an eye on Jaxon Bilchuris, Andrew Flint, and Carolyn Wallace. Chad McKay and Steven Pocock, who excelled on this course last season, are stepping up to the 25-29 age group. Notable contenders in this category include defending sprint champion Aidan Clark, Jack Mcleay (second at the Rockingham Foreshore Tri last season), and Damien McAleese (impressive performance at Tiger Snake in October).

The 30-34 age group features strong competitors like Jarrad Bowen, Eddie Oldroyd, and Donna Kimpton. Joao Carlos Bernardes Neto and Iain Miller from the 35-39 age group showcased strong performances last season, and the 35-39 female category boasts a formidable lineup with athletes like Michelle Carranza, Renee Blackstock, Floora De Wit, Anna-Lee Martinovich, and Louise Whitehouse.

In the 40-44 category, watch out for contenders such as Christina Ladyman, Kate Burton, Anna Massey, and Carrie-Anne Cairns among the women, and Phil Corrick, Cameron Sobejko, and Daniel Wedge among the men.

Peter Brozicevich aims for the 45-49 Male state title after securing second place at the Foreshore Tri last season and first at Coastal Quest in 2022. The 45-49 category also includes strong contenders like Matt Genevieve, Chad Marriott, Marcus Rooney, and Julian Gibbings. Paratriathlon legend Sally Pilbeam faces tough competition from Kate Atkinson and Alison Thompson in her age group.

In the Female 50-54 category, experienced triathletes Katherine Ryan, Kate Baxter, Emma Leonard, Simone Roach, and Christine Golder will compete. The Male 50-54 category features a competitive field with athletes like Bart Hollemans, Russell Harris, Russ Harper, David Cowlishaw, Chris Hanrahan, Paul Burton, and Craig Appleby.

Lisa Hitchcock, Jane Hardy, Liz Sheehan, and Pip Laufman are ones to watch in the 55-59 women’s category. The 55-59 men’s field is equally competitive, with athletes like Lucky Phil Monks, Bruce Barrington, Martin Depiazzi, Matt McKay, Phillip Hays, Paul Thompson, Bill Lakic, and Jon Esslemont.

On a remarkable comeback streak, Dale Wesley competes against experienced athletes Darryl Harris, Andy Johns, and Phillip O’Neill. In the 60-64 female category, keep an eye on Lise Ashton, Ruth Metcalf, and Gillian Walsh.

Trish Vickery is the sole female contender in the 65-69 category, while Richard Burnell, John Hook, and Barry Silverlock are set to take the men’s start line. Malcolm Wilcox and David Whitely will represent the 70-74 age group.

Best of luck to all athletes!

Triathlon WA Senior Leadership Update

Dear Triathlon WA Community,

We would like to provide you an update regarding Triathlon WA’s senior leadership.

Our Executive Director, Olivia Birkett, who recently joined us from Tennis West, has now accepted the role of CEO at Tennis West and thus resigned from her role at Triathlon WA.

This is a fantastic opportunity for Olivia, and whilst we would have loved for her stay, we are very excited for her. Olivia’s appointment to Tennis West CEO is a testament to her skills and experience within the sports industry.

Whilst she has only been at Triathlon WA for a short period, she has made a lasting impact leading the team, providing sound governance and financial oversight while supporting the broader triathlon participation and programs in Western Australia.

“It was a difficult decision, as I greatly enjoyed working with the Triathlon WA Board and staff and have been embracing all things triathlon. A sincere thank you to all members and clubs for your support during my time at TWA. The triathlon community is a great collective of people who are positive and hard-working, and I wish the sport every success.” said Olivia Birkett.

Olivia will work through until early February 2024, whilst we initiate the search for a new Executive Director.

Yours sincerely,

Brenden Koh

President
Triathlon Western Australia