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TWA Welcomes New and Re-elected Board Members

Following the Triathlon Western Australia (TWA) Annual General Meeting on Saturday 22 October 2022, we are pleased to announce the election of three new Board Members and the re-election of one Board Member.

Bruce McCully

  • Senior Executive Management
  • Leadership Management
  • Property Management Funding

Bruce holds a Master of Business Administration, and has over 21 years of Business experience. His previous roles include Head of Retail and General Manager at Primewest, State Property Manager at Coles Group and Regional Manager at Macquarie Group.

“I am very excited to give back to the sport that has meant so much to me in recent years. The triathlon community is full of inspiring and talented people and being on the board of this organisation is a wonderful opportunity,” he said.

Henrietta Farrell

  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Communications Managment
  • Government Relationships and Engagement

Henrietta is a returning Board Member this season. She is a senior executive leader with over 20 years of experience in high-profile project delivery and she recently graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. With a focus on delivering outstanding customer experiences, her career has focused on commercial sports and communications projects in both the public and private sectors in Perth, Melbourne and London.

“I am thrilled to be rejoining the Triathlon WA board and look forward to giving back to the sport that has given me so much”, she said.

Emma Ridley

  • Experienced in Project and Marketing Management
  • Digital Transformation
  • Strategic Brand Management
  • Sponsorship Management
  • Governance and Risk

Emma is an experienced Marketing and Event professional with more than 11 years experience in the field. Her past roles include the likes of Event and Partnerships Coordinator for IRONMAN (melbourne), Event Coordinator for the Fremantle Dockers Football Club, Brand Manager at HBF Health and Marketing Manager at Adelaide Football club.

“I am delighted to join the board to support the ongoing success of the sport, our clubs, and the tri community. I look forward to giving back to the sport that has given me so much to me over the last decade,” she said.

Kate McRobb

  • Experienced Professional Engineer with further expertise in
  • Risk and Performance Management
  • Project Management – Strategy

Kate holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (hons.) and a Business Certificate. She has more than 12 years experience as an Engineer at Woodside Energy, having taken on roles including Business Planner, Optimization Engineer and Development Lead.

“Triathlon has given me so many great opportunities, I now look forward to supporting and contributing to TWAs ongoing success,” she said.

On behalf of the Executive Director of Triathlon WA we welcome our newest elected Board members and look forward to working together to continue growing our sport.

EXSS Sprint Duathlon Showcases Junior and Senior Talent Alike

The EXSS Sprint Duathlon was held on Sunday 16 October 2022. Warm but windy conditions greeted more than 130 athletes at Champion Lakes for the State Duathlon Championship event.

The crown was well and truly up for grabs in the Open Female field, with reigning Duathlon and Triathlete of the Year (TOTY) Champion Aleisha Wesley (North Coast) logging a DNS due to injury. Late entrant Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (UWA) put on a strong performance to take home the title in a time of 1:03:26.7. Fremantle athlete Rachael Smyth finished less than a minute behind Sheedy-Ryan to claim second, with fellow Fremantle club-mate Herlene Yu hot on her heels in third. Katherine Ryan (Stadium), Indie Arbuckle (XTR) and Alexandra Meek (UWA) rounded out the top 6. Sian Munks (UWA) unfortunately did not finish after coming off her bike midway through the race. We wish Sian a speedy recovery.

In the Open Male field, it was a nail-biting sprint to the finish with less than 2 minutes between the top three athletes. Reigning TOTY Champion Zeke Tinley (Bunbury) raced home to claim the Title in just 54:38.5. Jonathan Sammut (UWA) made a triumphant return to racing to claim second, followed closely by Sam Mileham (Fremantle) in third. Reece Harris (Mandurah), Paul MacKay (ADF), Rowan Kerr (XTR) and Ronan Hays (Mandurah) rounded out the top 7.

There were a number of notable performances from Age-Group athletes. Joao Carlos Bernardes Neto (non-club) outpaced several of the open athletes to land in 5th place overall, and top of his age-group. Clodagh Glynn (Stadium), Janne Leibmann (Fremantle), and Anna Massey (Exceed) all placed in the top 10 females overall.

Junior athletes shone bright, with finishing times not far off those of the Open athletes. Josh Fletcher (Exceed) and Josh Neervort (Fremantle) showed they could keep up with the big boys, not only snagging the top 2 podium places in the 16-19 Male category but also both placing in the top 10 overall. 16-19 Female athlete Erin Driscoll (North Coast) also placed in the top 10 females overall with an impressive time of 1:10:09.7.

View full results here: https://my.raceresult.com/203371/#0_8A4B11

The EXSS Sprint Duathlon was the first Triathlon WA Senior and Junior State Series race of the 2022/23 season, and the WA State Duathlon Championship for all Senior Age Groups. All eligible athletes earnt points toward Triathlete of the Year – who will win this season?! Keep an eye on our website for the leaderboard update.

The next State Series race for juniors is the EXSS Sprint Triathlon on Sunday, 27 November, and for seniors it will be the City of Joondalup Coastal Quest on Sunday, 18 December.

Duathlon State Champs To Light Up Champion Lakes This Weekend

The first State Series race of the 2022/23 season is set to light up Champion Lakes Regatta Centre from 8am on Sunday 16 October 2022! The EXSS Duathlon is the Triathlon WA State Duathlon Championships, with more than 115 athletes taking on the challenge of a 5km Run, 20km Bike, 2.5km Run.

There will be fierce competition in the Open female category, with a fantastic field of local talent set to race. Reigning State Duathlon Champion and Triathlete of the Year (TOTY) Aleisha Wesley (North Coast) will go head to head with experienced triathlete Katherine Ryan (Stadium), hot-shot Indie Arbuckle (XTR), and newcomers Sian Munks (UWA), Rachael Smyth (Fremantle), Alexandra Meek (UWA) and Herlene Yu (Fremantle).

A smaller Open Male field will make for a fast-paced race to the finish for reigning Triathlete of the Year Zeke Tinley (Bunbury), Rowan Kerr (XTR), and Mandurah young-guns Ronan Hays and Reece Harris.

There’s a wealth of experience in the Age-Group field, with TOTY ranking athletes like Michael Orton (Fremantle), Aidan Clark (Mandurah), Min Gao (UWA), Rebecca Kierath (Exceed), Bryant Ware (Fremantle), Agostino Zurzolo (UWA), Melanie Wade (Stadium), Janne Leibmann (Fremantle), Clodagh Glynn (Stadium), Joao Neto (non-club), Andrew Malatios (North Coast), Rebecca Lewis (Exceed), Greg Saunt (North Coast), Russell Harris (Mandurah), Craig Abbleby (Stadium), Pip Laufmann (Stadium), Fiona Longden (North Coast), Trish Vickery (Busselton), Darryl Harris (Mandurah), and Richard Burnell (EFS) set to take the start line.

The junior 16-19 field includes the likes of Connor Richards (North Coast), Josh Neervoort (Fremantle), Bridie Crew (North Coast), and Erin Driscoll (North Coast) among some other incredible young triathletes.

We’ll also see some of our former juniors like Abbie Crew (North Coast) stepping up to the Senior age groups this season.

Best of luck to all athletes participating in the State Duathlon Championships!

Notice of TWA Annual General Meeting

NOTICE OF 2022 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF TRIATHLON WESTERN AUSTRALIA INCORPORATED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 2022 Annual General Meeting of Triathlon Western Australia Incorporated will be conducted at 3:45pm (WST) on Saturday, 22 October 2022. 
Members of the association will be able to attend the meeting in person at the nominated venue below OR online via Microsoft Teams (link provided below)

  • Leederville Function Centre, 246 Vincent Street Leederville OR
  • Microsoft Teams by clicking here

AGENDA: The agenda for the Annual General Meeting can be found HERE   

ATTENDANCE AND VOTING:  Pursuant to Rule 21.1 of the Constitution of Triathlon Western Australia Incorporated dated September 2019, each Individual Member and Life Member over the age of 18 years at the time of the Annual General Meeting is entitled to one (1) vote at that Annual General Meeting.  No other Member will be entitled to vote. 

VOTING PROCEDURE: Voting at the Annual General Meeting will be as per 20.4 of the Constitution of Triathlon Western Australia Incorporated dated September 2019: At any meeting a resolution put to the vote of the meeting will be decided on a show of hands unless a poll is (before or on the declaration of the result of the show of hands) demanded:
(1)    by the Chair; or
(2)    by a simple majority of Individual Members. 

BOARD ELECTION: 
An election for the four vacant Board positions will be in accordance with Rule 25.2(5) of the Constitution of Triathlon Western Australia Incorporated dated September 2019. 

TWA IS COMMITTED TO GENDER DIVERSITY WITHIN ALL LEVELS OF THE SPORT IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA, INCLUDING A BALANCED REPRESENTATION OF GENDER WITHIN ITS LEADERSHIP. 

National Integrity Framework Implementation

Triathlon WA has recently adopted the National Integrity Framework. This is an important and great step forward for our sport to help us ensure Triathlon is a safe, fair environment for everyone who participates. The National Integrity Framework is a suite of new integrity policies around issues like child safety, member protection, illicit drugs, competition manipulation and others. Today, all members of Triathlon will be bound by the policies.

In addition to the new policies, we have also adopted a new independent complaint handling process, run by Sport Integrity Australia. This means that all members can raise any integrity concerns directly to Sport Integrity Australia, who will review each complaint, and make any disciplinary decisions, independent of Triathlon. 

The suite of policies within the Framework can be found on Integrity In Triathlon sports integrity page on the Triathlon Australia website and include:

  • National Integrity Framework
  • Member Protection Policy
  • Child Safeguarding Policy
  • Competition Manipulation and Sport Wagering Policy
  • Improper Use of Drugs and Medicine Policy
  • Complaints, Disputes and Discipline Policy

What do you need to know?

All participants should familiarise themselves with the National Integrity Framework and in particular the Prohibited Conduct contained within each policy.

From 22 August 2022 if you have a concern or a complaint about an integrity matter related to the above policies, you can submit your concern directly to Sport Integrity Australia using their webform or by phoning 13 000 27232.

Triathlon WA will continue to manage other complaints unrelated to these policies, such as Selection Policy disputes.

Click here to view a flyer with some e-learning resources. Triathlon WA will continue to provide education and support in relation to the NIF to our clubs going forward.

For more information on the National Integrity Framework and what Sport Integrity Australia will manage, visit https://www.triathlon.org.au/Assets/Triathlon+Australia+Digital+Assets/National+Integrity+Framework+Summary+Booklet.pdf

For more information:

Triathlon Australia
https://www.sportintegrity.gov.au

National Integrity Manager is Adam Kyle – adam.kyle@triathlon.org.au
National Complaint Manager is Adam Kyle – adam.kyle@triathlon.org.au

New Participant Privacy Measures in Place for TWA Events

Triathlon WA (TWA) is committed to providing a safer and more inclusive environment for our community. As an organisation we are always looking for ways to improve our practices for the benefit of our members and participants. As such, TWA is committed to making the following changes in relation to Triathlon WA owned events (the SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon, the Rockingham Foreshore Triathlon and the newly acquired Every Woman Triathlon).


Public Release of Start Lists

TWA acknowledges that publicly listing participant information can be undesirable for some individuals, and it may discourage them from registering for an event altogether. Consequently, TWA will now provide an option on our registration forms asking every participant IF they would like their name removed from pre/post event promotion.

Public Release of Results

Similarly, participants will be given the opportunity to have their name and any other personal details removed from public race results. We will work with timing companies to ensure a non-identifiable feature (e.g. just a race number) will be in place for those who have chosen this option. The participant’s finish position and race time will remain in the system.

Event Photography

TWA appreciates that not every participant is comfortable with photos of themselves being used for promotional purposes. This season we are offering all registrants of our owned events the option to add a ‘No Photo Please’ sticker to their race bib, and use the ‘No Photo Please’ action. These measures will help photographers and staff quickly identify participants who prefer not to have their image shared online.

  • No Photo Please Action: If a participant prefers not to have their image taken, we ask that a ‘No Photo Please’ action is used as a signal to photographers. The participant should cross their arms in front of their body (as seen in the image below) when it is safe and possible to do so when in view of a photographer.
  • No Photo Please Sticker: Participants can request a ‘No Photo Please’ sticker that can be added to their race numbers. These will be available at athlete pack collection.

Due to the volume and scale of media being created at events, there will be a margin of error but we will do our best to respect participant preferences. Participant images may still be used where a race number, sticker or hand gesture can not be seen (e.g. during the swim, or in crowd shots). Participants may still appear in the event livestreams or in the professionally produced event videos due to the static nature of the cameras.

We will be working with event photographers to ensure they are:

  • Well recognised by high-vis vests and/or media accreditation
  • Registered with Triathlon WA prior to the event so they can be provided with a briefing on our policies, procedures, and etiquette.

Triathlon events take place in public, open spaces, so we cannot control all photos that are taken at the event. However, we hope that through our educational processes and working with our contracted/known event photographers the above measures will be followed.

Taking and sharing photos and videos is a great way for our participants to interact, document successes and celebrate good news stories, but we do appreciate that this may not be welcomed by all. If you would like to have a photo of yourself removed from our social platform, please reach out to us via admin@wa.triathlon.org.au. All enquires are treated confidentially.

TWA wants to ensure that everyone who is involved in this great sport feels safe and well respected. We will work with our clubs, race directors and contractors to uphold these guidelines and we hope to see this being embraced across all events in the coming seasons.

TWA Welcomes New Executive Director

Triathlon WA welcomed Glenn Te Raki to the team last week. Glenn joins TWA for a contracted period until 30 June 2023 and brings with him an extensive track record in commercial operations, strategic planning and governance of sporting associations.

Te Raki said “After a swift but detailed handover, it has been a good start for me, getting an educated understanding of Triathlon WA. What has become clear from the outset is the dedication, drive and experience we have in the team here in the TWA office at SportHQ. 

It is also exciting to be so close to the opening for the SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon registrations and next year’s 2023 event is already shaping up to be another popular weekend on the racing calendar. 

I look forward to getting out to as many events as I can over the Summer and welcome any feedback either in person or via email to the office to make sure myself and my team are delivering the required outcomes to provide a successful and sustainable season ahead.”

Call for Elected Board Members

Triathlon Western Australia is seeking nominations from interested and suitably qualified individuals to fill four (4) Board Positions commencing in October 2022 (following the TWA AGM on Saturday, 22 October).

TWA is committed to gender diversity within all levels of the sport in Western Australia, including a balanced representation of gender within its leadership.  Females interested in a unique opportunity to contribute at a strategic level to TWA are strongly encouraged to nominate for the vacant Board positions.

Nomination Form

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

  • In writing, on the attached nomination form and
  • Delivered (in person or electronically) to Executive Director of Triathlon WA at the address below, before 5:00pm Friday, 30 September 2022.

By email to:
Executive Director
Email: executive@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 For more information, please contact Glenn Te Raki, Executive Director, TWA on 08 9443 9778 or executive@wa.triathlon.org.au

CANDIDATE SKILL REQUIREMENTS

Skill Set A: Business and Commercial Management

Experience or skills include but not limited to;

  • Legal Acumen
  • Negotiating/Contract Management
  • Dispute resolution/mediation
  • Financial Acumen – financial processes, Not-for-Profit financial management, interpreting reports
  • Change Management                                                                                                

Skill Set B: Brand/Marketing and Sponsorship

Experience or skills include but not limited to;

  • Marketing and Brand Strategy
  • Digital Media Experience
  • Sponsorship Acquisition                                                                                                                          

Skill Set C: Stakeholder/Media Engagement

  • Political Relations
  • Government Relationship/Engagement
  • Member/Customer Engagement
  • Media Connections

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. Additional skills listed above are highly desirable.  

Introducing the Triathlon WA Member Wellness Package

Triathlon Western Australia is pleased to announce a new series of wellness benefits for our members focused around both mental and physical health.

STAR PHYSIO WA

Star Physio’s physiotherapists, exercise physiologists and rehabilitation gurus are well trained in their respective fields to help patients recover from injuries and gain optimum health.

Find your local Star Physio location in Mosman Park, West Perth or Perth CBD.

TWA Member exclusive offer/s:

  • Star Physio is offering TWA Members 10% off the full price of all services

FLOAT AND RESTORE

Float and Restore offer floatation therapy, massage therapy (remedial, relaxation, hot stone), and sauna experiences.

Floatation therapy is scientifically proven to quiet the mind and create a heightened state of relaxation. Float and Restore’s dream pods are soundproof and filled with a combination of water and 700kg of magnesium, so your body floats effortlessly and your brain and body can reset.

Float and Restore support all major health providers in WA for their professional remedial massage services.

Find your local store at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping Centre or Westfield Carousel.

TWA Member exclusive offer/s:

  • 1 x 45 minute float for $45, or
  • 1 x 3 float package for just $150 per member

COASTAL ORTHOPAEDICS

Coastal Orthopaedics are a group of nine world class Orthopaedic Surgeons who provide treatments relating to the shoulder, hip, knee, foot, ankle, hand and wrist. They also provide specialised care for pediatric patients, patients with sporting injuries, and patients who have experienced trauma.

The Coastal Orthopaedic Group are based in the Perth Metropolitan area, but also provide consultation in Mandurah, the Wheatbelt, Esperance and the Goldfields.

TWA Member exclusive offer/s:

  • Coastal Orthopaedics is minimising out of pocket expenses for TWA Members, including a special discounted rate for consultations and facilitation of bulk billed imaging in many cases

DIAMOND FITNESS

Diamond Fitness provides world-class strength and conditioning for athletes of all ages and levels.

TWA Member exclusive offer/s:

  • Discounted gym membership at both Diamond Fitness locations, which includes a triathlon-specific strength and conditioning program and support from personal trainers

OUTSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM

OTLR focuses on providing critical education for mental health and other social issues, while also providing education for communities to become leaders and inclusive for everyone. OTLR provides education to sporting clubs, schools and workplaces across Australia, looking to show that sport is more than just a game, that in schools the stigma stops here and provide workplaces the space to connect their community through conversation.

TWA Member exclusive offer/s:

  • Free club-based program which includes one workshop per club on a topic of their choice

Triathlon WA Coach Education Scholarships

Thanks to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC), Triathlon WA is excited to release our first round of coach development scholarships. We will be offering ten (10) positions on the “Supporting the Female Athlete” short courses through La Trobe University, free of charge to selected coaches.

Successful applicants MUST be available to complete the entire course.

To apply for the scholarship please complete the application via the following link. Closing date of the applications is: 5:00pm Friday 12 August 2022. No late applications will be accepted.

TWA will notify successful applicants by Tuesday 16 August 2022.

You must fulfill the following criteria;

  • Be a current Triathlon Australia Accredited Coach
  • Be a current Triathlon Australia/TWA member with appropriate Coaching Membership
  • Be in good standing with Triathlon Australia/TWA

The State government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is a major supporter of Triathlon WA and our Coach Education Scholarship Program in Western Australia. Sport and recreation creates vibrant, inclusive and connected WA communities.

Course Information: Supporting the Female Athlete

With the increased awareness and focus on the unique physiology and requirements of females in sport, this short course is designed to advance your knowledge and skills in the areas of training, nutrition and injury prevention for female athletes. Designed to benefit coaches and support staff at all levels of sport, particularly within the development pathway, participants will also gain an understanding of how to create healthy sporting cultures that support optimal performance for female athletes.

This online short course is delivered in four self-paced modules that include informative seminars by leading practitioners in female health and performance, as well as Q&A sessions with athletes and coaches. The modules will be followed by a four-week applied learning block which will involve group discussions with other participants in the course, as well as an opportunity to apply some of your learnings directly within your sporting environment. A certificate of recognition will be sent upon successful completion of the course.

The course takes an estimated total of 5 hours to complete, followed by a four-week applied learning block where participants can put their knowledge into practice. This phase does not rely on participants having direct access to athletes during this period and will also involve peer-to-peer discussions within the online learning cohort. Students will have access to the course for up to six months.

Includes presentations from:

  • Professor Sophia Nimphius, Edith Cowan University, specialist in the enhancement of athletic performance and reduction of injury risk.
  • Professor Holly Thorpe, founding member of the High Performance Sport New Zealand WHISPA (Healthy Women in Sport: A Performance Advantage) multi-disciplinary working group.
  • Alicia Edge, CEO of Compeat Nutrition and Performance Dietitian for Football Australia.
  • Ros Cooke, Lead Physiotherapist for England Netball and Team GB Women’s Football.

Click here for more information on the program.

Please contact TWA Programs and Pathways manager Mike Gee directly for enquiries:
E: programs@wa.triathlon.org.au P: 08 9443 9778