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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.

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!

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!


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!

Call for Elected Board Members

Triathlon Western Australia is seeking nominations from interested and suitably qualified individuals to fill two (2) Board Positions commencing in October 2023 (following the TWA AGM on Saturday, 21 October 2023).

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

Nominations for the position of Elected Board Member need to be;

  • In writing, on the attached Nomination Form – Elected Board Member, including:
    • Signed by two current TWA members;Complete all sections; and
    • Attach the candidates CV.
  • Delivered via email to Olivia Birkett, Executive Director of Triathlon WA, at the address below, before 5:00pm Friday, 29 September 2023.

By email to:
Olivia Birkett, Executive Director
Email: olivia.birkett@wa.triathlon.org.au

For more information, please contact Olivia Birkett Executive Director, TWA on 08 9443 9778, mobile phone 0404 833 134 or email olivia.birkett@wa.triathlon.org.au.


Skill Set A: Diversity and Inclusion

Experience or skills include but not limited to;

  • Indigenous engagement
  • Knowledge of disability sport
  • Regional WA knowledge
  • Sport integrity management
  • Minority group engagement

Skill Set B: Human Resources / People and Culture

Experience or skills include but not limited to;

  • 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 C: Information Technology (IT)

Experience or skills include but not limited to;

  • IT systems/Digital technology
  • Communications systems
  • Knowledge/data management
  • Sport technology
  • Cyber security

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 have experience within;

  • Strategic Planning,
  • Governance,
  • Risk Management and
  • Financial Management

Interested candidates are required to demonstrate experience in EITHER Skill Set A or B or C or D. Additional skills listed above are highly desirable.

Introducing the WA State Team Lightning League Supported by Carnac

The Lightning League is a a draft legal race series designed specifically for our Triathlon WA Pathway Program athletes to help build and develop race intelligence, tactical awareness and provide different challenges and stressors than they may normally encounter in standard draft legal racing.

The Lightning League is proudly supported by Carnac.


There will be three teams: Hurricanes, Cyclones and Tornadoes. WA State Team Athletes will be classified in terms of age and skill development level, and divided fairly amongst the three teams to create a balance of gender, age and ability. Each team will wear a different colour and are racing for points toward their team total. Finishing position determines point score.

Each team will have a dedicated Coach to support and guide them.

Older more experienced athletes who already race Open (i.e. athletes outside of the Pathway Program) will be given the role of Ambassadors, and offer support, mentorship, and race feedback. Ambassadors will also provide race pressure and competition for the U/23 and more developed juniors.

Youth, Junior, and U23 Athletes WA Team will all be racing at the same time regardless of age or gender. There will be a handicap system in place based on a combination of age and race confidence, which will see older and more experienced athletes racing slightly longer distances to create an exciting and dynamic racing outcome.

There are 3 races in the series in total, all at run at Champion Lakes Regatta Centre. There will be an Equalizer format on 21 October 2023 (SBRSBR), a Triple mix on 18 November 2023 (SBR-RBS-RSB) and mixed relays on 9 December 2023 (SBR-tag-SBR). Each race will have a team winner, and a series-winning team will be crowned at the conclusion of race 3.

We sincerely thank Carnac for their support of this initiative, and hope that Lightning League participants will enjoy the process, have fun, and learn important race skills that help them develop in the sport.

Triathletes Celebrated at the 2022/23 TWA Annual Awards

On Saturday, 27 May 2023, the 2022/23 Triathlon WA Annual Awards were held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Waterfront. We welcomed 160 athletes, supporters, staff, partners and friends to the Waterside room to celebrate the season in style!

View the gallery of photos here: https://patrickboerephotography.pixieset.com/triathlonwaawards/

Triathlon WA would like to congratulate the below award winners on their achievements and contributions in the 2022/23 season. We look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2023/24 for another fantastic year of racing.

Community Coach of the Year Award

The Community Coach of the Year Award, now in its second year, aims to honour those who do outstanding work in coaching non-elite age group or junior triathletes. Winners of this award demonstrate outstanding engagement, integrity, community spirit and commitment to growing the sport of Triathlon in Western Australia.

The 2023 Community Coach of the Year Award was presented to Phoenix Tri Club’s Emma Moon!

Emma has been coaching triathletes of all ages and abilities for 5 years and is known for her infectious enthusiasm and incredible passion for the sport. She delivers group sessions across all disciplines working with beginners to experienced Ironman athletes. She holds a volunteer coaching position with School Sport WA, and is also a coach for the Guildford Grammar School Triathlon Squad.

Coach of the Year Award

The Coach of the Year Award recognises individuals who have coached WA athletes (Age Group or Elite) to one or more outstanding achievements in the preceding twelve months.

The 2023 Coach of the Year award was presented to UWA Triathlon Club’s Steve Gleeson!

Steve is TA Performance Accredited and has coached many athletes to reach their full potential and represent WA in National and International races. His coaching accolades in the past 12 months include Junior Sprint National Champion, Oceania Continental Para Cup Winner, numerous top ten results in Continental Cups, podiums at local events, and a Junior World Championship qualification.

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 the late 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. Awarded to the Technical Official of the Year on the recommendation of the TWA Technical Reference Panel, the Steve Barrie Award recognises an individual’s valuable contribution to the technical program based on their regular participation in the Field of Play (minimum of five events in the season) and their contribution to the progression of the program throughout the season.

This year, the Steve Barrie Award was presented to Felicity Tyrrell-Prince!

Felicity joined the Technical Program 15 years ago and has been a consistently excellent official. Felicity is based in South West WA, and is always happy to support regional events like IMWA, Karri Valley, Busselton Festival of Triathlon and Bunbury Classic. Felicity is an active member of the local community through animal rescue, and is the only official we have that can remove snakes from the course!

Technical Service Awards

The Technical Official Service Awards are awarded in recognition of a Technical Official who has provided over 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25 years of commitment and service to the sport of Triathlon. The sport would not be possible if it wasn’t for our Technical Officials, so we’d like to thank every official within our program. The following milestones were celebrated at the 2023 Awards:

5 years of Service:

  • Travis Bentley
  • Susan Androvich

10 years of Service:

  • Damien D’Antoine
  • Steve Norton

15 years of Service:

  • Felicity Tyrrell – Prince
  • Cathy Hoare

25 years of Service:

  • Frank Stapleton
  • Warren Milward
  • Robyn Scott

Congratulations and thank you for your service to our sport and community your efforts are invaluable and so appreciated.

Service to Sport

The Service to Sport Award is intended to recognise an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service to the sport of triathlon at a state, club, event, or other association level. This years’ Service to Sport Winner is the true meaning of outstanding service, having been a coach since 1996, contributing to the creation of novice programs such as Tri-Mum’s, Kids Triathlon School Holiday Program, as well as junior development programs with the Junior Triathlon Academy, School Gold Program and was the Lead of the Triathlon Excellence Program from 2006 – 2009. This award winner is constantly holding events, coaching age group athletes, and working towards making the sport a community.

The 2022/2023 Service to Sport Award winner was Brian Kempson!

Brian recently had to undergo a quadruple heart bypass and whilst recovering he was still checking in with athletes and creating training plans. His passion for the sport and his athletes is undeniable, and we are so grateful for his service to triathlon in Western Australia over the last 25 plus years!

Individual Performance of the Year – Male & Female

The Individual Performance of the Year Award is intended to recognise the most outstanding performances or one-off performance of West Australian athletes in the preceding twelve months including WA athletes racing World Triathlon events.


This year’s Individual Male Performance of the Year Award winner was Kurt Wesley for his performance at the 2023 Oceania Triathlon Cup Busselton.

Representing Australia on the World Triathlon stage since 2015, with 57 World Triathlon starts and having spent 5 months of 2022 in Europe to gain further racing and training experience, he has certainly been committed to the sport.

The 2023 Oceania Triathlon Cup Busselton was a Super Sprint eliminator format involving 3 races back-to-back, with the bottom 8 from each sprint being eliminated. Kurt won the first heat, before crossing line in 3rd place for the 2nd stage and securing his bronze medal in the final. A standout performance from Kurt.


The 2022/ 2023 season has been an excellent one for our Female Individual Performance of the Year award winner. She has had an absolutely stellar run with National wins in the eastern states, and is a standout in terms of junior race results. It’s hard to single out just one performance as her best!

This year’s Individual Female Performance of the Year Award winner was Rhianna Hepburn!

Rhianna is a dedicated and consistent performer, who has had great success this season with the support of her Coach, Steve Gleeson, and the UWA tri club. This season Rhianna has achieved amazing results including:

  • 2nd place at the 2023 Oceania Triathlon Junior Championships in Taupo in February and helping Australia to win the Oceania Junior Mixed relay title.
  • 1st place and crowned Australian Junior Sprint Champion in Adelaide in April.
  • Placed a very impressive 5th in 2023 Oceania Triathlon Cup Busselton in a very strong field of predominantly Elite and U23 competitors.

AWARD 7: Development Athlete of the Year

This award is for outstanding commitment, improvement, and performance throughout the season for an athlete in our Development Program. As well as:

  • Attendance and attitude at training
  • Commitment to team values and interaction
  • Skills growth and continued improvement

The Triathlon WA Development Athlete of the Year Award for 2023 was presented to Ivan Nagel!

Ivan is always willing to assist and encourage others, and displays strong leadership qualities, which was reflected in his selection as captain of the WA School Sport Triathlon Team for two years in a row. He is friendly and positive and goes out of his way to engage and communicate with all members of the pathway team.  He regularly attends Pathway training and education sessions, and has also recorded very strong results across the season, including stepping up to compete in his first Oceania cup race in Busselton in April.

Champion Club

The Champion Club trophy is awarded annually to the club whose financial members accumulated the most points across the Triathlete of the Year Series. This includes both the Senior and the Junior Series.

The winner of the 2023 Champion Club Award is North Coast Triathlon Club.

Interclub Series Conference Champions

  • The Winner of the North Conference is North Coast Triathlon Club
  • The Winner of the South Conference is Mandurah Triathlon Club
  • The Winner of the Regional Conference is Busselton Triathlon Club
  • The Winner of the 2023 Interclub Overall Champion is Mandurah Triathlon Club

Triathlete of the Year (TOTY) Open Winners

Awards are presented to the top five male and female triathletes in the TWA Open Category.

View the full final TOTY standings here: https://www.triwa.com.au/triathlete-of-the-year-current-standings/

1stZeke TinleyAleisha Wesley
2ndMatt BurtonRachael Smyth
3rdReece HarrisSian Munks
4thNick ThompsonHerlene Yu
5thJames MartinFelicity Sheedy-Ryan

Triathlete of the Year (TOTY) Age Group Winners

Awards are presented to the three highest point scoring male and female athletes in each age group

View the full final TOTY standings here: https://www.triwa.com.au/triathlete-of-the-year-current-standings/


Ava Rodgers12-13 yrs1ST
Lucy Henville12-13 yrs2ND
Isabella Neervoort12-13 yrs3RD
Ava Henville14-15 yrs1ST
Billie Mincham14-15 yrs2ND
Rebecca Puccini14-15 yrs3RD
Erin Driscoll16-19 yrs1ST
Bridie Crew16-19 yrs2ND
Kayla Bongers16-19 yrs3RD
Ella Phelan20-241ST
Abbie Crew20-242ND
Carolyn Wallace20-243RD
Sarah Nisbet25-291ST
Amie Thompson25-292ND
Abigail Bygrave25-293RD
Melanie Wade30-341ST
Victoria Gill30-342ND
Janne Liebmann30-343RD
Emma Moon35-391ST
Camilla Swenson35-392ND
Naomi Bath35-393RD
Rebecca Lewis40-441ST
Nichole Pursell40-442ND
Christina Ladyman40-443RD
Kate Atkinson45-491ST
Alison Thompson45-492ND
Andrea Hopkin45-493RD
Nikki Pursell50-541ST
Susan Beattie50-542ND
Lisa Hitchcock50-543RD
Jane Hardy55-591ST
Pip Laufmann55-592ND
Sue Scott55-593RD
Lise Ashton60-641ST
Trish Vickery60-642ND
June Ward60-643RD
Vicki Kelly65-691ST
Virginia Westwood65-692ND (tie)
Audrey Hull65-692ND (tie)
Pamela Williams70-741ST
Anne Blatchford70-742ND


Luke Williams12-13 yrs1ST
Cooper Smeulders12-13 yrs2ND
Brodie Wilkinson12-13 yrs3RD
Will Cramsie14-15 yrs1ST
Connor Fraser14-15 yrs2ND
Thor Sultana14-15 yrs3RD
Joshua Fletcher16-19 yrs1ST
Ivan Nagel16-19 yrs2ND
Christophe Gardner16-19 yrs3RD
Michael Orton20-241ST
Jaxon Bilchuris20-242ND
Chad Mckay20-243RD
Aidan Clark25-291ST
Min Gao25-292ND
Lachie Tweedie25-293RD
Rhys Williams30-341ST
Claude Morris30-342ND
James O’Neill30-343RD
Joao Carlos Bernardes Neto35-391ST
Philipp Albert35-392ND
Zach Clark35-393RD (tie)
Iain Miller35-393RD (tie)
Andrew Malatios40-441ST
Daniel Wedge40-442ND
Mark Oakshott40-443RD
Barry Williamson45-491ST
Peter Brozicevich45-492ND
Matt Genevieve45-493RD
Russell Harris50-541ST
Matt McKay50-542ND
Jason Bonser50-543RD
Andrew Johns55-591ST
Lucky Phil Monks55-592ND
Phillip Hays55-593RD
Darryl Harris60-641ST
Barry Silverlock60-642ND
Geoff Large60-643RD
Richard Burnell65-691ST
John Hook65-692ND
Edmund Kerr65-693RD
David Whiteley70-741ST
Geoffrey Grose70-742ND
Dave Scott75-791ST

Call 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.


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

Triathlon WA is calling for nominations for Life Membership. Nominations close 11:59pm on Sunday 7 May 2023.

The TWA Life Membership Policy can be found here.

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

TWA Annual Awards 2023 Call for Nominations

The Triathlon WA Annual Awards for the 2022/23 season will be held on Saturday, 27 May 2023 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Waterfront from 6pm. This will be a catered evening event, with a DJ and dancefloor following the presentations. Tickets on sale soon.

Triathlon WA is calling for nominations for the below awards. Nominations close 11.59pm (midnight) on Sunday 7 May 2023.

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. In selecting a recipient, the Board will take into consideration:

  • Service to the sport over an extended period (minimum of ten years)
  • Service to the sport above and beyond what is normally expected
  • Significant leadership in the sport
  • Contribution to the enhanced standing of triathlon in the community
  • The recipient being in good standing with TWA

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

Life Membership

Triathlon Western Australia is also calling for Life Membership Nominations. Click Here to nominate a Life Member.

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.

Red-Hot Racing at the Rockingham State Sprint Championships

As the sun rose over Rockingham Foreshore on Sunday 5 February 2023, more than 600 athletes were getting ready to compete in the Rockingham Foreshore Triathlon; a State Series event and the State Sprint Championship for the 2022/23 season.

A light spatter of rain and some sea breeze kept things cool for pack pickup and bike racking but the misty morning weather didn’t last long, with blue skies and sunshine setting the tone for a fantastic day of racing.

Races held on the day include the Scody Draft Legal Sprint, Fremantle Ports Sprint, Fremantle Ports Enticer and SunSmart Kids Triathlon.

Scody Draft Legal Sprint

Rockingham locals and event spectators alike were treated to an exhilarating and fast-paced Sprint race (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run) featuring the crème de la crème of WA triathlon. People lined the course to cheer the 16-19 Juniors and Open athletes on, with some spectators even watching the cycle from balconies above the street!

Afternoon sun beat down on the sand and asphalt as our Draft Legal athletes zoomed around the course, giving 110% in the afternoon heat.

The Open Male field was extremely strong, and featured some of WA’s fastest and best male triathletes. In a nail biting sprint to the finish, returning Champion Zeke Tinley (Bunbury) claimed the crown for a second time, crossing the line in a sub-1 hour time of 00:59:14.69 – a second ahead of second place winner Kurt Wesley (North Coast, 00:59:15.34)! The two were neck and neck the entire race, both putting on extremely strong performances throughout the swim, bike and run. Fremantle athlete James Kjellgren-Lewis (01:00:48.60) was less than a minute behind Wesley to claim third, proving he can well and truly hold his own in the Open field.

Guy Crawford (Fremantle), Paul McKay (ADF), Reece Harris (Mandurah), Shayne Dimmer (Rockingham) and Rowan Kerr (XTR) rounded out the finishers, with James Martin (Mandurah) and Sam Mileham (Fremantle) unfortunately receiving a DSQ.

In the Open Female field UWA athlete Sian Munks completed the race in a time of just 01:05:40.91 – running through the finish tape to claim the title of 2022/23 State Sprint Champion! Current TOTY Champion Aleisha Wesley (North Coast) was just three seconds behind Munks to claim second (01:05:43.49), followed by Rhianna Hepburn (UWA) in third place with a time of 01:09:36.33.

Madison Toovey (North Coast), Herlene Yu (Fremantle) and Regine Goh (UWA) finished in fourth, fifth and sixth place respectively.

Our 16-19 Juniors also put on a phenomenal show, more than keeping up with the older athletes. In the 16-19 Male category Bunbury young-gun Christophe Gardner took home the State Title crossing the line in a blistering 01:02:12.72. Ivan Nagel (EFS) was just 2 seconds behind in second, and Joshua Fletcher (Exceed) another two seconds behind in third. The 16-19 Female field, although small, was still extremely competitive. North Coast Tri club teammates Erin Driscoll and Bridie Crew finished just 5 seconds apart to claim first and second place.

Fremantle Ports Sprint

Our Age Group athletes shone in the Fremantle Ports Sprint, taking on the challenge of a 750m swim, 18km cycle, and 5km run along the stunning Rockingham Foreshore.

James Lewin (Stadium), Brett Johnson (Perth), Joao Carlos Bernardes Neto (non-club), Mark Oakshott (non-club), Rhys Williams (North Coast) and Andrew Malatios (North Coast) all completed the course in less than 1 hour – an absolutely stellar achievement!

It was a fierce competition in the 20-24 Male field too, with the top three, Michael Orton (01:00:41, Fremantle), Jaxon Bilchuris (01:01:07, North Coast) and Chad McKay (01:02:14, Mandurah), all crossing the finish line within a consecutive minute of one another. An excellent race!

The 45-49 Female top three, Alison Thompson (Exceed), Kate Atkinson (Stadium) and Andrea Hopkin (Fremantle), also finished within consecutive minutes of each other.

In the 60-64 Male category, top two Darryl Harris (Mandurah) and Barry Silverlock (North Coast) finished less than 30 seconds apart! It was an awesome display of racing talent and passion for the sport across the board.

View the full results here.

Fremantle Ports Enticer

This distance was a State Series race for our 12-13 and 14-15 Juniors, plus a fantastic event for beginners of all ages.

In the 12-13 Male field, North Coast junior Luke Williams absolutely smashed it – beating second place Cooper Smeulders (Fremantle) to the finish line by nearly three minutes. EFS junior Brodie Wilkinson placed third, less than a minute behind Smeulders.

Fremantle juniors Ava Rodgers and Isabella Neervoort raced hard for first place in the 12-13 Female field with Rodgers getting the lead on the final stretch, crossing the line just seconds ahead of Neervoort. Lily Suckling (non-club) placed third.

The 14-15 Male field was equally competitive with Connor Fraser (Bunbury), Will Cramsie (North Coast) and Thor Sultana (North Coast) all crossing the line within a minute of one another to claim first, second and third spot respectively.

Ava Henville (Exceed) took out the top spot for the 14-15 Females, followed by Rebecca Puccini (UWA) in second and Megan McPherson (North Coast) in third. Fantastic results!

View the full results here.

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600+ Athletes to Race at Rockingham Foreshore Triathlon

Bring your sun protection and filled water bottles folks! It’ll be a scorching 30+ degrees Celsius this Sunday 5 February 2023 for the Rockingham Foreshore Triathlon; a State Series race and our State Sprint Championships for the 2022/23 season. But it’s not just the sunshine creating the heat down at Bell Park; there’s an INCREDIBLE lineup of athletes set to hit the course.

More than 600 athletes, from beginners to elite, will be taking on the challenge. In 2023, the Rockingham Foreshore Triathlon will see the Fremantle Ports Enticer, Fremantle Ports Sprint, and SunSmart Kids Triathlon take place, rounded out by our Scody Draft Legal Sprint.

Scody Draft Legal Sprint

The field for the Scody Draft Legal Sprint is epic, with 18 Open athletes and 15 of our 16-19 Juniors putting the pedal to the metal. It’ll be a race to stick around for!

The Open field includes current TOTY Champs and 2022 Foreshore Tri winners Aleisha Wesley (North Coast) and Zeke Tinley (Bunbury), plus young-guns Kurt Wesley (North Coast), Reece Harris (Mandurah), James Kjellgren-Lewis (Fremantle), Sam Mileham (Fremantle), Rowan Kerr (XTR), Rhianna Hepburn (UWA) , Herlene Yu (Fremantle), Sian Munks (UWA), Indie Arbuckle (XTR) and Madi Toovey (North Coast). Some of WA’s best including Guy Crawford (Fremantle), James Martin (Mandurah) and Paul McKay (ADF) are also vying for the top spot.

They’ll be competing with some of our top 16-19 Juniors too, including lightning fast athletes Josh Neervoort (Fremantle), Josh Fletcher (Exceed), Ivan Nagel (EFS), Jett Sultana (North Coast), Daniel Stewart (EFS), Daniel Buis (North Coast), Josh Pedlow (Exceed), Connor Richards (North Coast), Eric Aspeling (Mandurah), Jacob Palmer (Exceed), Ryan McPherson (North Coast), Erin Driscoll (North Coast), Christophe Gardner (Bunbury), Will Holden (North Coast), and Bridie Crew (North Coast).

Fremantle Ports Sprint

The Age Group field is also extremely strong with some pretty quick TOTY contenders racing for the State Crown. We’ll have almost the entire current 20-24 TOTY list racing for points, including Ella Phelan (Stadium), Lauren Nash (XTR), Jaxon Bilchuris (North Coast), Chad McKay (Mandurah) and Freo clubmates Michael Orton and Andrew Flint. It’ll be neck and neck at the finish line!

We’ll also have 2021/22 Season TOTY Age Group winners including Melanie Wade (Stadium), Emma Moon (Phoenix), Andrew Malatios (North Coast), Rebecca Lewis (Exceed), Bart Hollemans (Oceanic), Matt McKay (Mandurah), Emma Leonard (North Coast), Lucky Phil Monks (North Coast), Barry Silverlock (North Coast), Trish Vickery (Busselton) and Jenny Owen (EFS) taking on the course – so we’re in for some awesome racing across the board!

The Brynt McSwain Trophy

Continuing a long standing tradition, the Brynt McSwain Trophy will once again be awarded to the fastest male triathlete at the Triathlon WA State Sprint Championships. Past winners include the likes of Ryan Bailie, Luke Bate, and Jonney Sammut.

Brynt McSwain was a Triathlon WA member and previous State Champion who tragically lost his life in 2014. The trophy named in his honour will be presented at the Rockingham Foreshore Triathlon by Brynt’s mother Snow, and proudly displayed year-round at Churchill Cycles in Booragoon where Brynt worked.

Slip Slop Slap, Seek, Slide & Stay Hydrated!

It’s going to be HOT this Sunday, so please make sure you’re being SunSmart as much as possible, drinking plenty of water and keeping yourself cool. The UV will be high, so wear your sunglasses, hat, long sleeved shirt and sunscreen wherever possible. Seek shade where you can and make sure to bring a few FILLED bottles of water. We’ll also have a water station where you can refill as needed. You can also pop into the water for a quick dip to cool off if needed! Just avoid the swim course area.

Learn more about being SunSmart here: www.sunsmart.com.au

With thanks to our Event Sponsors:

Triathlon WA and StretchLab: Enhancing Performance Through Collaboration!

Triathlon WA is proud to announce a partnership with StretchLab, a leading provider of personalised stretching and flexibility services. StretchLab is a unique wellness concept, offering customised assisted-stretch sessions. No two bodies are the same and no two stretches at StretchLab are the same. One-on-one stretching is about identifying tightness and imbalances in your body and customising a stretch routine that is just for you.

Through this partnership, Triathlon WA members will be eligible to receive special discounts on StretchLab services. This partnership will provide Triathlon WA members with access to stretching and flexibility services that can help improve performance, reduce the risk of injury, and enhance overall wellbeing. The discounts will be available at all StretchLab locations across Western Australia – Highgate, South Perth, Claremont and Currambine. We look forward to providing our members with this unique opportunity and helping them reach their goals.

TWA Member exclusive offer/s:

  • 1x free 25-minute stretch per Triathlon WA Premium and Standard Members
  • 15% ongoing discount for Triathlon WA Standard Members and 20% ongoing discount for Triathlon WA Premium Members

Welcome New TWA President and Vice President

Triathlon Western Australia is pleased to announce the election of Brenden Koh as President of the organisation. Henrietta Farrell has been elected as Vice President.

We thank our outgoing President, Steve Lyon, for his service and the dedication he has shown over the past years. Thanks to Steve’s leadership and expertise in risk management and strategy, our organisation remained strong through the COVID-19 Pandemic and into 2022.

Triathlon WA Executive Director, Glenn Te Raki, said the organisation was excited to have Brenden stepping up into the President role.

“Brenden brings a strong understanding of the sport as well as prior Board and leadership experience. He will undoubtably bring enthusiasm and energy to his leadership of the Board alongside Vice President, Henrietta Farrell,” said Te Raki.

New Triathlon WA President Brenden Koh says he is excited to be taking on the Presidency and looks forward to continuing the growth of the organisation and sport.

“I’d like to thank the TWA board for my election as President of TWA and am humbled by the support from all of the people within our wonderful Triathlon community,” said Koh.

“We should all be proud to be part of TWA and where it is going. As an organisation we must continue to adapt, challenge the status quo, and set the sport up for future successes.

“To our community – please continue to take part and get involved because this sport is as good as we make it,” he said.

We look forward to seeing the positive impact Brenden and Henrietta will have in the coming years, and congratulate them on their election.


Brenden joined the Triathlon WA Board in 2019, and is a senior management leader with over 15 years of experience in professional roles spanning Risk, Human Resource Management, Operations management and Health & Safety. He holds a degree in Health Science, Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety, and a Master in Business Administration as well as AICD qualification in Advance Governance and is currently employed as Senior Health & Safety Business partner with an ASX100 listed company.

Brenden completed his first Triathlon in 2008 and has always been an active member of the UWA Triathlon Club, including the role of President from 2010 until 2018 and is a strong advocate for triathlon clubs and the role they play in this sport. He has previously raced in the Age Group Championships for Australia, completed the Busselton Ironman and also completed 11 Ironman 70.3 races.  His other hobbies include rugby, diving, fishing and camping. 

He is a father of two young daughters, and is extremely keen to see this sport continue to develop and flourish in Western Australia for the benefit of all our members.


Henrietta has served on the TWA board for the past year, and brings over 16 years experience at major international events (Commonwealth Games, Olympics) in a senior marketing lead role. More recently, she has gained experience with the State Government, managing stakeholder management and communications with the construction of Perth Stadium. Henrietta has been involved in triathlon sport as a participant and volunteer since 2014.