Triathlon Australia Annual Report 2021/2022

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Triathlon Australia ANNUAL REPORT 2021/2022

Triathlon Australia Limited
President's Message 4 Chief Executive Report 8 About 10 Finance 14 Integrity 16 A Sport for Everyone 18 Winning When it Matters 30 Working in Harmony 38 Honour Roll 42 Concise Financial Statements 44 State & Territory Associations 48
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President's Message

The financial year of 2021/2022 was one of unparalleled collaboration and transformation for our sport that we can be immensely proud of.

Still bearing the full brunt of a pandemic that showed no signs of abating, our teams pulled together like never before to ensure we kept the ability for our sport to be ready to rebound at the front of every decision we made.

The prior year, we had been solidly focused on our reform agenda during the early days of the pandemic, and in the past financial year, that provided the platform for the transformation to come.

Our activities were clearly aligned to our values, vision and strategic plan, every day. Having those pillars reinforced the stamina needed to manage through the trying times as we held strong agreement on our purpose. It is without doubt thanks to the many, many people involved in our sport from our stakeholder partners, to our race directors, to our volunteers to our staff, that we were able to achieve so much in 12 months of continuing uncertainty.

Leading that work was our CEO Miles Stewart. Miles was appointed at another transformative time in the organisation and he was the leader we needed through that phase. His legacy is one of passion for the true reason for our being, the people that make our sport what it is, we are grateful for the immense contribution that he made, and are delighted he remains connected to our sport through his role on the World Triathlon Board. I am sure we will see him around races in the future.

His planned departure triggered one of the most important tasks that a board is responsible for, the recruitment and selection of the CEO. We were delighted with the response to our global recruitment campaign but even more delighted that our internal talent identification and succession planning provided a clear, outstanding candidate in Tim Harradine.

We welcome Tim to the role and are confident in the plans for our future.

That same board welcomed two new directors in Brian McGovern and Nickie Scriven, bringing yet more experience and perspective to our robust team. On that note I thank outgoing directors Natalie Edwards and Nicole Donegan for their significant contributions over many years as they moved on to new challenges.

The board continued its focus on maintaining our extraordinary level of best practice application to governance through three significant projects: the analysis and subsequent approval to endorse the implementation of Sport Integrity Australia’s National Integrity Framework; a full and comprehensive Refresh Review on our High Performance program with the Australian Sports Commission, the AIS and other key stakeholders; and a refresh of some key committees.

Never before have our relationships with our key partners been as strong. At all levels, our ability to connect, contribute and be supported by the Australian Sports Commission, the Australian Institute of Sport, the Australian Olympic Committee, Paralympics Australia, Commonwealth Games Australia, the State Institutes of Sport, World Triathlon, Oceania Triathlon, our current and previous Federal Ministers for Sport, Sport Integrity Australia, race directors across the country and many others have evolved thanks to the countless hours contributed by our directors, staff and volunteers to ensure we are top of mind for them, as they are for us. Their leadership, foresight and support has given us confidence to stay the course and emerge from the other side even more fit for purpose than before.

The first pillar of our strategic plan, “A Sport for Everyone”, took a huge leap forward as the inaugural Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group made great strides towards a position statement on many important areas in this space.

Our commitment to this pillar is steadfast and a reflection of living our values. We set the groundwork for the launch of triathlon into the Oceania Asia Virtus Games held in Brisbane in late 2022, another milestone for inclusion with our intellectually impaired athletes showcasing their incredible talent (and speed) to ensure triathlon is highly considered in future iterations of the Games. We continue to push World Triathlon to deliver a full pathway for these athletes through to world championships.

Our second pillar activity around “Winning when it matters” came back into focus this year with the delayed Olympic and Paralympic Games finally taking place in Tokyo.

Our athletes were restricted from international racing almost until Tokyo took place and we are very proud of the way they handled those challenges. Whilst the results weren’t what we wanted across the board, there were stand out achievements of course, in particular with our silver medal from the unstoppable Lauren Parker in a very tight sprint finish. Those moments were beamed around the globe and on news desks like never before and really shone a light on how dynamic our sport is. Thank you to all the athletes, coaches, support teams who gave us such incredible moments and reminders of the limits we can push to achieve our goals.

The lessons identified through our thorough performance review previously mentioned, allowed a realignment of our approach to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, supported by a restructure to ensure the roles within the organisation support the strategies agreed with our key funding partners. I thank the AIS team lead by Alex Newton for the rigour and thoroughness of the review that received overwhelming public feedback for consideration and confirmation of our longer-term plans.

All our work must be underpinned by a robust organisational model and the past year marked the most significant change in our history. As a steering group oversaw the next stage of the new operational model, our focus was two-fold: our people and our services. Ensuring we enhanced our delivery to the sport as a result of the changes we were seeking was paramount and in April we commenced the implementation of the new organisational structure ready for official launch on 1 July 2022.

This third pillar of our strategic plan was only achievable thanks to the continued courageous leadership of our State and Territory Boards. Across the country, countless

meetings, negotiations, ideas and suggestions were circulated to ensure agreement for those impacted by the changes was well considered. The new operational structure will continue to evolve over time however staff are already reporting notable enhancements to their experiences, improved outcomes and faster decision making, well ahead of our expectations. We re-committed to ensuring that this did not shift our focus from a whole of sport approach that ensures all STTAs are involved in our key planning and decision-making at board and organisation levels.

The year included significant moments including a new government, the announcement of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the 2026 Commonwealth Games in Victoria and more. There has never been a brighter future of opportunity for sport in Australia and for triathlon more specifically. Our ambitions continue to grow, to ensure triathlon sees its share of the funding, spotlight and opportunities that comes along with these.

Thank you for your continued belief and enthusiasm for our sport. It continues to be my greatest pleasure to lead triathlon during these transformative years and I look forward to what the future holds.

Michelle Cooper
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All our work must be underpinned by a robust organisational model and the past year marked the most significant change in our history.

A message

Chair of the Australian Sports Commission – Josephine Sukkar AM

Sport has a place for everyone and delivers results that make Australia proud.

This is the Australian Sports Commission’s (ASC) vision as we embark on a defining era in Australian sport over the next decade and beyond.

We are setting out to lead, support and provide opportunities for all communities to be involved in sport, while growing elite success and representation, inspiring future generations.

Our role, as the Australian Government agency responsible for supporting and investing in sport at all levels, is to increase involvement in sport and enable continued international sporting success.

We do this through leadership and development of a cohesive and effective sports sector, targeted financial support and the operation of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).

We play a unique role in the sport ecosystem and tackle the big challenges and opportunities with and for the sector.

We’re proud to do so and through our vision, we aim to bring out the best in everyone involved in sport as we establish Australia as the world’s best sporting nation.

The 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games provided a perfect launch pad for our athletes to shine.

To finish on top of the medal table with 67 gold and cement our status as the most successful nation in the event’s history sets us up brilliantly as we look to host the next Games in Victoria 2026.

These Games, uniquely hosted in regional areas, will be another opportunity to inspire Australians to get involved in sport, and to champion the role sport can play in engaging every Australian.

This is a defining era for Australian sport. We have begun the Green and Gold decade to Brisbane 2032, and we are focused on building sustainable success for decades to come.

The sporting strategies, programs and facilities we deliver now have the capacity to shape Australia’s long-term prosperity, well beyond sporting boundaries. A thriving Australian sport system is enormously influential to a thriving Australia.

We will advocate for sport and its positive influence on Australia, promote and support inclusive and diverse sporting environments and drive thought leadership and innovation to inspire world’s best practices.

We will build the capability of sport and the people involved through projects like our Sport Volunteer Coalition Action Plan which outlines a new approach to foster positive, safe and fulfilling experiences for sport volunteers, and our Women Leaders in Sport programs which champion equal representation in sport.

It has been great to see the AIS site buzzing with activity again after a challenging few years due to COVID-19. We continue to welcome sports and athletes back to the campus, who are all keen to use our facilities to prepare for major sporting events.

Our aim is for sport in Australia to be world’s best so we will optimise our facilities to advance sport and use them to showcase sport at its best.

This is an incredible opportunity to unite and inspire Australia through sport as we capitalise on the calendar of major sporting events on the road to a home Olympic and Paralympic Games.

On behalf of the ASC, thank you to everyone who contributes to Australian sport with the aim of making it better for all.

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Chief Executive Report

I’m pleased to present my first report as Chief Executive Officer.

As long as I’ve worked for triathlon, we’ve been a values driven organisation and the examples of our values - unity, accountability, courage, enjoyment, and inclusivity - have been ever present in these past twelve months.

I would first like to thank the Board of Triathlon Australia for their continued guidance and leadership. I would especially like to thank Michelle Cooper for her dedication to the responsibilities of serving as the Chair.

We are entering an exciting period, and there is no better time to be part of this great sport. In ten years time, we will experience another home Olympic and our first home Paralympic games in 2032 but before that Victoria 2026 is set to deliver an amazing Commonwealth Games showcase.

Throughout this financial year, we have implemented the National Integrity Framework. This significant work, prepared for the business by Alex Fehon, has seen triathlon leap to the front in the integrity space. We were fortunate to receive support through Sport Integrity Australia allowing us to employ a National Integrity Manager, Adam Kyle. Education continues to roll out across all levels of triathlon, and the policies have certainly provided an exceptional foundation for dealing with important matters as they arise, and certainly peace of mind for members in the instance they deal with an unwelcome circumstance.

After a careful review of the Board sub-committees, we have refreshed some and have restructured others to align with the delivery of the strategic plan. We stood up the equity, diversity, and inclusion advisory group. This group has begun work on important steps to ensure Triathlon Australia contributes to reconciliation, that we consider ways in which to improve equity in our sport at

all levels, and to grow the work we do in the inclusion space. After seeing the inception of the Australian Championships for athletes with an intellectual impairment, we have further work to embed this into the para-pathway. We also look forward to working closely with Sport Australia to ensure an inclusive environment for gender diverse and transgender people.

It is amazing to think that less than a year ago we were still facing the impacts of the pandemic in some states. The lingering effect of COVID-19 has also impacted the international race scene. We have been off the global calendar and are working to ensure Australia is relevant on the global calendar in the near future. Natural catastrophes have also impacted the event industry and some of our clubs over the last twelve months. One thing for sure is that the triathlon community is there to support one another. The resilience of those impacted to pick up and keep going has been a true story of triathlon values.

The triathlon race directors have continued to deliver amazing race experiences for existing and future members. I can’t thank them enough for the attention to safety and fairness, working with our technical teams, being attentive to the needs of our clubs, and bringing the enjoyment value of triathlon to life.

Tokyo was an Olympic and Paralympic Games like no other. I congratulate all of our Tokyo athlete representtaives, and the High Performance team on getting the team prepared for Tokyo, and for representing Australia as true ambassadors of the sport. A special congratulations to Lauren Parker for her silver medal in a thriller finish in the PTWC. This year has also seen the return of our elite team to international racing. No doubt a considerable undertaking to begin to move the team around the world under new travel conditions and to rebuild performance culminating in the final countdown to the Commonwealth Games. Congratulations to our athletes announced in the Australian Commonwealth Games team, who will do us proud Birmingham.

It was a delight to see first hand our Age Group and Junior athletes back on the world stage in Montreal and to have confirmed Townsville Multisport Championships at home for 2024. A special mention to Age Group World Champion, Campbell Dawson and Toby Powers for his debut Junior worlds silver in Montreal.

There have been some special athletes retire this year, Australian representatives Katie Kelly OAM and Gillian Backhouse and I would like to thank them for their contribution to the sport and for their continual pursuit of excellence over their careers.

This year has seen one of the largest organisational transformations in the organisation’s history. In April of 2022, five states and Triathlon Australia transitioned to a new operating model. This model is built on the tenets of one strategy, one finance, and one people. The model has allowed for significant strides in operational alignment, financial security, risk mitigation, organisational pace, and upward mobility. While NSW, WA, and the ACT chose not to adopt the model this time, this in no way changes the working relationships with these states. Our value of unity is paramount as we continue to focus on improving the business for the future. Triathlon has always had strong national working behaviours across membership, finance, brand, and general planning. The working behaviours continue, and the new operating model allows an enhanced working relationship.

A new look leadership team was established to assist in the operational delivery of the business units and some further refinement with the establishment of a new Sport Services business unit and a new look High Performance structure.

This year you will see we are reporting a loss for the year. We agreed as a whole of sport to work closely through the pandemic and to look to stabilise the business as we exit from the larger associated impacts. The next financial year will see another deficit budget planned, with an effort to significantly close the gap sport

wide and return to a surplus position as we focus on the delivery of the strategic plan.

Moving through change at this level is not always comfortable. The team have certainly stepped forward to ensure the success of the new ways of working. I would like to thank the team for their immense effort and patience through the change program. The new operating model has welcomed some new faces and we also farewelled some of the team who have made an excellent contribution to triathlon in Australia. On this note, I personally thank Miles Stewart for his guidance of the organisation throughout his tenure as CEO.

The future of sport brings many challenges across social, political, environmental, technological, legal, and economic environments but Triathlon Australia is steadfast in looking forward and will provide the leadership necessary to step towards the most exciting time in triathlon history.

Tim Harradine
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We are entering an exciting period, and there is no better time to be part of this great sport.

Board of Directors & Patron

Triathlon Australia

The official National Sporting Organisation responsible for the management and delivery of the sports of triathlon, paratriathlon and multisport within Australia.


Triathlon is a multidisciplinary sport, consisting of three different activities in the following sequence: swim, bike, run.

There are many distances offered for participants of all ages and abilities, and there are opportunities to take part as an individual or part of a team event. The official world championship distances are the standard (1.5km, 40km, 10km) and sprint (750m, 20km, 5km) races. Longer distance events are also popular known as half-Iron (1.9km, 90km, 21.1km) or Iron distance (3.8km, 180km, 42.2km).


The World Triathlon Paratriathlon event was conducted at the world championships and was included in the Paralympic Games from 2016. There are currently five sport classes for athletes with an impairment to compete in over the sprint paratriathlon distance of 750m swim, 20km bike (hand bike/tandem), and 5km run (racing wheelchair). Providing quality opportunities for people with disability at all levels in the sport is of utmost importance to Triathlon Australia (TA) and our State and Territory Triathlon Associations (STTAs).

Mixed Team Relay

The mixed relay format has brought a new dynamic to triathlon and elevated the thrill factor for athletes and spectators. Four athletes must complete a super-sprint triathlon300m swim, 7km bike, and 1.5km run - before tagging a teammate to complete the next leg. Athletes always race in the same order; malefemale-male-female. The entertaining mixed relay format has been added to major Games programs including the Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games, and made its Olympic debut at Tokyo in 2021.



A duathlon consists of running and cycling, and can be completed on almost any terrain. The World Triathlon Duathlon World Championships are held on an annual basis and consist of a 10km run, 40km cycle, and 5km run; however, other events will offer varied distances to cater to experienced and novice participants alike. Although many athletes specialise in duathlon, the sport is also often used during the triathlon off-season by age-groupers and elite athletes to improve their run speed and bike power.


One of the simplest and most accessible forms of multisport, the aquathlon, consists of three legs (run, swim, run). It is an excellent option for those new to multisport. The official distances for the World Triathlon Aquathlon World Championships are a 2.5km run, 1km swim, and 2.5km run.

Cross Triathlon

Cross triathlon is an off-road triathlon discipline that typically takes place over a 1km swim, 20-30km mountain bike, and 6-10km trail run.


The aquabike is another option in our multisport offering for participants to choose from which consists of a swim and a cycle leg. If you are not a confident runner, or if you are looking for an event with reduced impact on your body, this is the event for you. It is also another chance to represent Australia on the world stage, with distances ranging from a 1.5km – 3km swim and a 40km – 130km bike leg.


Principal Partner

Sport Partners

Sponsors & Suppliers

Michelle Cooper, President Phil Coles AM, Patron of Triathlon Australia Stuart Corbishley, Vice-President Natalie Edwards, Elected Director (Retired Nov 2021) Nicole Donegan, Elected Director (Retired Nov 2021) Alex Gosman, Elected Director David Tucker, Elected Director Marlene Elliott, Appointed Director Brian McGovern, Elected Director (Elected Nov 2021)
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Nickie Scriven, Elected Director (Elected Nov 2021)


Executive, representatives & committee members

Executive Staff STTA Representatives

Chief Executive Officer

• Miles Stewart OAM OLY (May 2022)

• Tim Harradine

Executive Team

• Tim Harradine - National Operations Manager (May 2022)

• Stuart Hoopmann - National Manager, Corporate Services

• Ellen Kingston - National Commercial & Marketing Manager

• Justin Drew - National Performance Director

• Lukas Matys - Head of Events & Technical

• Tracy Doherty - National Manager, Participation

• Alexandra Fehon - National Manager, Age Group

Triathlon QLD

Tim Harradine (until May 2022) - Executive Director Mathew Sundstrom - QLD State Services

Triathlon NSW Adam Wicks - Executive Director

Triathlon ACT Geoff Bartlett - Executive Director

Triathlon VIC Grant Cosgriff (until Feb 2022) - Executive Director Murray Newham - State Lead Victoria

Triathlon TAS Shellie Wakefield - Executive Officer

Triathlon SA Jesse Mortensen - Executive Director

Triathlon WA Ashleigh Apps - Executive Director

Triathlon NT Lucy Berk - Executive Officer

International Representives

World Triathlon Executive Board Member

Miles Stewart OAM OLY (elected until 2024)

Oceania Triathlon Union President Michelle Cooper (elected until 2024)

World Triathlon Legal and Constitution Committee Stuart Corbishley

World Triathlon Tribunal Barry Lipp, Deputy Chair

World Triathlon Multisport Committee Brian Hinton, Chair

World Triathlon Technical Committee Lyndell Murray

World Triathlon Athletes Committee Jonathan Goerlach

Sub Committees of the Board

Finance, Audit & Financial Risk Committee

Simon Byrne (Chair) Natalie Edwards (Triathlon Australia Board Member) Sean Southwood Brian McGovern (Triathlon Australia Board Member) Stuart Hoopmann (Executive Support)

Nominations Committee

Marlene Elliott – Triathlon Australia Director Paul Stevens - Former Triathlon Victoria President (Chair) Cara Turnley - Triathlon Queensland President

Presidents Committee

Michelle Cooper (TA) Cara Turnley (QLD) Melissa Hughes (TAS) Deborah Friedlander (VIC) Sally Hamilton (ACT) Glenn Schwarzel (NSW) Andrew Robertson (SA) Natasha Freeman (NT) Steve Lyon (WA) Stuart Hoopmann (Executive Support) Lori Organ (Executive Support)

Awards Committee

Brian Hinton (Chair) Maureen Cummings Craig Alexander Jane Hunt Amanda Lulham

Elite Athlete’s Committee

Jonathan Goerlach (Chair) Gerrard Gosens (Secretary) Gillian Backhouse Emma Jeffcoat Nic Beveridge Daniel Mangano (Executive Support)

Elite Selection Committee

Miles Stewart OAM OLY (Chair) Melissa Ashton-Gerard Emma Frodeno nee Snowsill Justin Drew Keith Flory Daniel Mangano (Executive Support)

Ethics and Integrity Committee

Stuart Corbishley (Chair) Michelle Cooper Miles Stewart OAM OLY (until May 22) Alexandra Fehon (Executive Support)

Equity Diversity and Inclusion

Advisory Group

Shelley Casey Juliet Cooper Justin Ghosh Liz Gosper Päivi Hänninen Nat Heath Deepali Kaur James Parr Fraser Rubens Nestor Alejandro Ochoa Rivera Sally Teiniker

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Abridged 2021/22 Financial Statements are available in this annual report and the full set of Financial Statements are available at

Revenue was significantly impacted in 2021/22 due to the pandemic and severe lockdowns in Victoria, NSW and ACT for almost six months. The biggest loss of revenue related to the number of race starts and One Day Licence revenue from nonmembers, while income from annual membership remained relatively strong (but reduced) and for that we are very grateful for the support of members to clubs and Triathlon Australia.

Significant direct government financial support throughout the first two years of the pandemic did not continue into 2021/22 but the reserves built during that period enabled us to support the recovery of the sport and run a deficit of $456,295 for 2021/22 without impacting the ongoing, underlying level of reserves which remain well above pre-pandemic levels.

Staff once again worked diligently to deal with the constantly changing pandemic environment and incurred expenditure responsibly in light of the temporary financial impacts.

Triathlon Australia also focussed on the design and implementation of the Future Operating Model which addresses the structure of the sport and is expected to result in cost efficiencies by eliminating unnecessary duplication and costs. There was a substantial upfront project investment into the implementation of this model in 2021/22 which will however result in efficiencies into the future.

Triathlon Australia’s reserves as at 30 June 2022 were $1.4m which are at approximately 67% of best practice (the level required to meet the governance standards of

Sport Australia). Healthy reserves are important to underpin the organisation's financial viability and provide capacity to address financial setbacks (such as COVID-19), emerging issues and the ability to capitalise on opportunities.

The Finance, Audit and Financial Risk committee continued to meet throughout the year. The committee is a sub-committee of the board and assists the board to fulfil its duties and responsibilities.

The financial results over the past five years are summarised in the following table:

The full set of Financial Statements contain a segment report (Note 20) showing a further breakdown of

and expenditure into the four key areas of Support & Administration, Participation, High Performance and Events.

Triathlon's financial future remains strong

Collectively and individually all nine associations are financially secure with combined reserves of $3.9m. This equates to 87% of one year of core ongoing operating costs and less than our collective target of 100%.

As foreshadowed in last year’s annual report, the large surplus’ generated collectively over the last two years have been used to fund the deficit in 2021/22 and into 2022/23 as the sport recovers from the pandemic.

Triathlon Australia reserves as at 30 June.

The whole of sport financial summary for 2021-22 is as follows:

Triathlon's whole of sport reserves as at 30 June.

FINANCE $'000 Actual 2017-18 Actual 2018-19 Actual 2019-20 Actual 2020-21 Actual 2021-22 Income 5,154 7,127 6,481 5,478 6,116 Expenditure -5,061 -7,098 -5,958 -5,301 -6,572 Surplus/ Deficit 93 29 523 177 -456 Reserves 1,119 1,147 1,670 1,847 1,390 Cash 3,068 2,943 2,841 5,743 4,127
1.4M $'000 QLD NSW ACT VIC TAS SA WA NT Total STTA's TA WoS Income 833 684 148 489 62 327 1,243 256 4,042 6,116 10,158 Expenditure -948 -700 -165 -556 -64 -349 -1,194 -286 -4,262 -6,572 -10,834 Surplus/ Deficit -115 -16 -17 -67 -2 -22 49 -30 -220 -456 -676 Reserves 263 557 183 228 40 99 913 268 2,551 1,390 3,941 Cash 333 671 211 495 46 84 947 282 3,069 4,127 7,196
Supporting the
of the sport
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Maintaining the integrity of the sport of triathlon in Australia

Maintaining the integrity of the sport of triathlon in Australia is of utmost importance to Triathlon Australia and to our State and Territory Triathlon Associations. Triathlon Australia is committed to protecting Triathlon from integrity threats and safeguarding our participants.

Adopting the SIA National Integrity Framework

Following the establishment of Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) in July 2020, and the consequent declaration of their commitment to working in partnership with Triathlon Australia and all National Sporting Organisations to protect the integrity of Australian sport, the Triathlon Australia Board resolved to adopt the National Integrity Framework in March 2022.

The National Integrity Framework commenced in May 2022 and takes a proactive approach to mitigate integrity threats to sports and provide a safe, fair and healthy environment for participants at all levels of sport.

The Framework is designed to reduce the administrative burden on sports and provide better outcomes for sports and their members when disputes arise.

The National Integrity Framework Policy outlines the elements that apply to all policies within the Framework, such as definitions, jurisdiction and the responsibility of National Sporting Organisations in relation to managing the framework.

A National Sporting Organisation is required to put in place practices to enable it to manage the application and implementation of the National Integrity Framework.

The National Integrity Framework includes:

1. National Integrity Framework

2. Child Safeguarding Policy

3. Competition Manipulation and Sport Wagering Policy

4. Improper Use of Drugs and Medicine Policy

5. Member Protection Policy

6. Complaints, Disputes and Discipline Policy

The Australian National Anti-Doping Policy sits alongside the National Integrity Framework.

Triathlon Australia Anti-Doping

Triathlon Australia aims to enable our elite athletes, age group athletes and all race participants to compete in a sport which is free of performance enhancing substances and methods.

Education is key to preventing doping and protecting the integrity of triathlon. Triathlon Australia works closely in partnership with Sport Integrity Australia to deliver high quality, targeted anti-doping education programs. A strong partnership between Sport Integrity Australia and Triathlon Australia enhances the quality of anti-doping education by ensuring it is targeted to the unique requirements of the sport and is fresh and engaging. Triathlon Australia and Sport Integrity Australia work closely together to deliver education interventions which are driven by intelligence specific to triathlon.

Each year Triathlon Australia completes several in competition and out of competition performance enhancing substances tests on elite and age group triathletes in collaboration with our partner Sport Integrity Australia.

Triathlon Australia on an annual basis contracts Sport Integrity Australia in a user pays tests contract (Triathlon Australia pays Sport Integrity Australia to complete in competition performance enhancing substance tests) to complete in competition performance enhancing substance tests.

In the 2021/22 season testing was completed at the following Domestic races:

• 2022 Oceania Triathlon Elite & U23 Sprint Cup, Oceania Triathlon Junior Sprint Cup, Oceania Triathlon Para Cup

Venue: Devonport, Tasmania Date: 26 February, 2022

Athletes Involved: Elite, U23, Juniors and Paratriathletes (Male and Female)

• 2022 Oceania Triathlon Para Championships

Venue: Stockton, New South Wales

Date: 13 March, 2022

Athletes Involved: Paratriathletes (Male and Female)

• 2022 Oceania Triathlon Elite Standard Cup

Venue: Mooloolaba, Queensland Date: 13 March, 2022

Athletes Involved: Elite (Male and Female)

• 2022 Oceania Triathlon Elite Sprint Cup

Venues: Gold Coast, Queensland Date: 3rd April, 2022

Athletes Involved: Elite (Male and Female)

• 2022 Oceania Triathlon Junior Sprint Cup

Venue: Werribee, Victoria Date: 30 April, 2022

Athletes Involved: Junior (Male and Female)

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A Sport for Everyone COACHING

Driving positive participation experiences and guiding improvement

Accredited coaches at all levels have an enormous impact on the triathlon community by developing, sustaining, and increasing participation in sport. Through driving positive participation experiences, as well as guiding improvement in technical, tactical, physical and safety skills in aspiring participants and athletes, coaches play a pivotal role in the growth of triathlon in Australia.

Triathlon Australia’s Coach Education Framework remains nationally recognised through Sport Australia and forms part of World Triathlon’s Accredited Coach Education Program (ACEP). During the year, 599 coaches satisfied the integrity requirements of our national coach accreditation system. The 2021/22 season had many highlights despite the COVID-19 pandemic heavily affecting our ability to conduct in-person development workshops. Led by Triathlon Australia’s National Coach Education Manager and supported by our National Coach Education Steering committee, our unit supported the ongoing education and training of new coaches across four levels of coach accreditation as below:

• Foundation Coach

• Development Coach

• Performance Coach

• High Performance Coach

Coaching Innovations and Highlights

Triathlon Australia worked closely with industry partner Belgravia Leisure to trial an online delivery program designed to up-skill registered fitness professionals to teach our popular TriActive indoor triathlon program sessions and deliver the TriX3 Indoor Triathlon Events.

Another key piece of work centred around our review and relaunch of the foundation coach course and associated scope of practice for this level of coach. After extensive feedback from our coaches and state associations our new foundation course provides coaches with qualifications to coach unsupervised in their club or squad. This is a significant boost in capacity for our current and future coach workforce and enables regional clubs to build a coach network. We also worked closely with Sport Australia to communicate and educate our coach network on the Triathlon Australia National Integrity Framework.

Triathlon Australia performance coaches Teresa Theaker and Janine Kaye were also chosen to be part of the AIS Elevate Women Coach program.

Coaches held Triathlon Australia accreditation.

• 208 Foundation Coaches

• 257 Development Coaches

• 125 Performance Coaches

• 8 High Performance Coaches

Distribution of our coach network around the country:

• Queensland: 183

• New South Wales: 131

• Western Australia: 107

• Victoria: 98

• Australian Capital Territory: 30

• South Australia: 18

• Tasmania: 17

• Northern Territory: 15

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Strategic Priority #1


With a strategic vision to create a happier, healthier and more connected nation through triathlon and multisport experiences, the beginning of the 2021/2022 season created many significant challenges for Triathlon Australia to be able to achieve this as we continued to live through lockdowns and border closures across the country. However, we continued to see a desire to be connected through training and racing via various platforms and formats-ultimately leading to significant membership growth from November 2021 to June 2022.

The pandemic continued to force innovation in the way we delivered triathlon and multisport experiences and this saw the continued growth of Triathlon Australia’s Zwift Run & Ride Series, the indoor TRIX3 series in partnership with Belgravia Leisure and growth of the physical literacy program MOV3 in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Victoria.

New Triathlon Australia Membership Structure and Platform

Most significantly for the 2021/2022 season was the launch of the new membership platform in partnership with JustGo. After a significant review of the previous platform, membership

product suite and pricing structure, the new platform provides a level of functionality not seen by triathlon members and clubs before.

The launch was supported by a call-team to increase the customer service to our members and clubs and ensure follow up was made to members who had not renewed in the system change. Although there were concerns around member attrition due to the change in platform, pleasingly we closed out the 2021/2022 season at 88.5% (14,064 members) of total members from 2020/2021, which is a huge achievement after we navigated through the second year of event pandemic cancellations and restrictions.

The new membership product suite has been designed with options to suit the many ways we participate in triathlon and multisport. New packages brought new benefits for members including priority access for premium members, and access to international travel insurance as borders began to open. 219 clubs were affiliated in the 2021/2022 season and were key to ensuring our triathlon community stayed connected and motivated ready for a return to racing. 759 people utilised our Tri Before You Buy 14 Day or 8 Week club trial

allowing clubs to connect with new triathletes and lower the barrier of entry. The launch of flexible pricing, in January 2022, saw participants join local clubs and connect with Triathlon Australia at the half way point of the season.

Participation Through Pandemic Peaks and Troughs

The COVID-19 pandemic continued to change the way we thought about participation programs and saw some further innovation on programs that were developed in 2020/2021.

The Triathlon Australia Ride & Run virtual training series powered by Zwift continued to be popular with over 5,000 participants across the year. This culminated in the inaugural TransTasman Challenge Virtual Race Series, held in conjunction with Triathlon NZ.

Working with Belgravia Leisure, a reinvigoration of TRIX3 Indoor Triathlon saw events held in leisure centres across multiple states. These events were held with much success in a year where more traditional entry level events were unavailable, the non-intimidating format including a pool swim, stationary bike cycle and treadmill run, allowed new triathletes to experience the sport. We also focussed on the enhancement of the

Sport Australia endorsed physical literacy program MOV3, across more states as a junior participation program with 221 participants across programs in QLD and 658 in Northern Territory. This program focusses on developing the fundamental movement skills of children including balance and agility through the three disciplines of swim, bike and run.

The adult participation program TriActive, continued in Victoria and Western Australia around COVID lockdowns with almost 50 sessions taking place across the two states.

As we emerged from the pandemic, Sporting Schools programs saw a comeback in 2022 with our TryStars program delivered to 750 students in the first two terms of 2022. We also continued with schools activations with almost 7000 children involved in these introductions to triathlon and multisport.

More Participants on Triathlon and Multisport Starting Lines

Race starts grew slightly in 2021/2022 with just under 115,000 participants taking part in events across the country. Sprint distance events continued to be the favoured distance making up 26% of total race starts. With major events coming back to life

and domestic and international travel returning, we are seeing the pent-up demand for racing and our iconic events and that is reflected in the 12% increase in race starts this season compared to last year-even though much of our country (particularly in our large states of Victoria and NSW) suffered through lockdowns.


Participants on starting lines.


Affiliated triathlon clubs and squads.

Triathlon Australia 2021/2022 Members. Members #s by State:

A happier, healthier, and more connected nation through triathlon and multisport experiences
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Race Directors across the country collectively delivered 677 triathlon and multisport events over the 2021/2022 season. Despite disruption caused by the pandemic and severe weather events, Australia's network of Race Directors showed true resilience to produce high quality triathlon and multisport events and experiences for participants and athletes across the nation.

Starting lines in Australia

There was positive improvement in event participation, as restrictions began to lift, and high demand for events as Australians made an enthusiastic return to start lines.

Major events made a triumphant return after pandemic cancellations in prior years – Noosa Triathlon, IRONMAN and IRONMAN Port Macquarie included.

The season wasn’t without pandemic disruption presenting challenges for Race Directors, the travel industry, and participants. COVID-19 regulations, border closures, and lockdowns in New South Wales and Victoria, continued to impact events causing postponements and cancellations, as well as impacting on local participation and event volunteer, staffing.

World Qualifying Events

Age Group athletes continued to pursue qualification across Triathlon Australia’s 2022 World Qualifier Events (WQE) Calendar, whereby Triathlon Australia members earn qualifying points toward selection in Australian Age Group Teams.

Triathlon Australia's World Qualifying Event (WQE) calendar moved back to more normalcy in 2021/22, after a highly impacted season the year prior, with local events providing racing opportunities for members and automatic qualification at National Championships.

The 2023 World Championship Qualifying Calendar was released in December 2021, ahead of the 2022 World Triathlon World Championships Triathlon and Multisport Qualifying Period opening early in 2022.

Townsville Multisport World Championships

World Triathlon announced Townsville, Australia as the host for the Multisport World Championships in 2024.

The Multisport World Championships are expected to be the biggest sporting event held in Townsville, comprising seven World Championship titles –aquathlon, cross-triathlon, sprint and

standard duathlon, aquabike and longdistance and cross-duathlon.

The 10-day event will be held in partnership with World Triathlon, IRONMAN Oceania, Tourism & Events Queensland and City of Townsville, with thousands of athletes from around the world expected to take part, including an Australian Age Group team of up to 2,500 members. The festival format will mean athletes can race across multiple disciplines on multiple days.

The announcement of the rescheduled home multisport championships was an enormous boost for members, after being postponed from 2021 and 2022.

Oceania Cups and Championships

Australia hosted two Oceania Championships and five Oceania Cups as part of the 2022 Domestic Performance Season, with racing in Devonport TAS, Stockton NSW, Mooloolaba QLD, Gold Coast QLD and Werribee VIC.

Some of Australia’s iconic domestic events hosted our top athletes on the road to World Championships and the Commonwealth Games, with automatic selection up for grabs in Mooloolaba for the 2022 Australian

U23 World Championships Team, in Werribee for the 2022 Junior World Championship team, and on the Gold Coast for 2022 Commonwealth Games hopefuls - where athletes raced on the same Southport Broadwater Parklands triathlon venue which hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Oceania Championships and Oceania Cups also provided Australian athletes valuable opportunities to accrue World Triathlon ranking points ahead of the international season. While limitations on trans-tasman travel prevented Oceania Championships in New Zealand as planned, a number of New Zealand’s Juniors joined racing in Victoria, providing great competition for Australia’s athletes ahead of the 2022 Junior World Championships.

Australian Championships

The 2021/2022 Australian Championships were held for Age Group, Junior & Youth, Elite & U23 and Paratriathlon & II athletes across various triathlon and multisport disciplines – Super Sprint Distance, Sprint Distance, Standard Distance, Long Distance, Cross Triathlon, Aquabike, Duathlon and Mixed Relay.

Our Age Group Australian Championships kick-started an actionpacked season of domestic racing.

Spread across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, four out of five age group championships took place between January and March, with the Canberra-based Age Group Standard Duathlon Championships hosted in June to complete the series.

Townsville Triathlon and Multisport Festival was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19 cases in Queensland and the closing of borders - Townsville was to host the Cross Triathlon, Aquathlon, and Sprint Duathlon Australian Champs, and while Cross Triathlon moved to Snowy Mountains, there was no suitable replacement host event for the Aquathlon and Sprint Duathlon.

Australia’s next generation of triathlon talent ventured to three states across the season, visiting Tasmania, Queensland and Victoria. Junior and Youth athletes were once again hosted at Devonport Triathlon for the Australian Sprint Championships, before returning to the Gold Coast for Super Sprint action, after a two-year hiatus from national competition at Runaway Bay due to border closures. Finally, the inaugural Werribee South Beach Triathlon for the Mixed Relay Championships, in what was a welcomed return to pathways racing in Victoria, even though a contingency

plan was activated to proceed with a duathlon format, after heavy rain affected water quality.

After the inaugural Intellectual Impairment Championships in 2021, Australian Champions were crowned once again at the Australian Paratriathlon and Intellectual Impairment Championships on the Gold Coast in April 2022. Cameron Marshall and Georgia Powning successfully defended their titles as back-to-back champions, alongside ten Paratriathlon Australian Champions across the PTVI Men & Women, PTWC Men & Women, PTS2 Men, PTS3 Men & Women, PTS4 Men, PTS5 Men and TWD Women categories.

Sanctioned events across Australia.

High quality triathlon and multisport events and experiences for athletes across the nation.
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Triathlon Australia thanks race directors for their ongoing support in the delivery of santionced and status events across the Triathlon Australia and Oceania Triathlon calendar in Australia.

Australian Age Group Championships

Australian Age Group Sprint Triathlon Championships

Hosted by 2XU Triathlon Series - St Kilda, VIC on 16 January 2022

Australian Age Group Cross Triathlon Championships

Hosted by TreX Snowy Mountains, NSW on 20 February 2022

Australian Age Group Long Distance Triathlon & Aquabike Championships

Hosted by Shimano Husky Triathlon Festival, NSW on 27 February 2022

Australian Age Group Standard Distance Triathlon Championships

Hosted by Mooloolaba Triathlon, QLD on 13 March 2022

Australian Age Group Standard Duathlon Championships

Hosted by Canberra Duathlon, ACT on 11 June 2022

Australian Youth & Junior Championships

Australian Junior Sprint Championships

Hosted by Devonport Triathlon, TAS on 26 February 2022

Australian Junior & Youth Super Sprint Championships

Hosted by Triathlon Australia at Gold Coast Performance Centre, QLD on 11-13 April 2022

Australian Junior & Youth Mixed Relay Championships

Hosted by Werribee South Beach Triathlon, VIC on 30-1 May 2022

Australian Elite, U23 & Paratriathlon Championships

Australian Elite & U23 Sprint Championships

Hosted by Devonport Triathlon, TAS on 26 February 2022

Australian Elite Mixed Relay Championships

Hosted by Devonport Triathlon, TAS on 27 February 2022

Australian Paratriathlon & II Championships

Hosted at Gold Coast Performance Centre, QLD on 24 April 2022

Oceania Triathlon Events in Australia

2022 Oceania Triathlon Cup Devonport (Sprint), TAS on 26 February 2022

2022 Oceania Triathlon Junior Cup Devonport, TAS on 26 February 2022

2022 Oceania Triathlon Para Cup Devonport, TAS on 26 February 2022

2022 Oceania Triathlon Para Championships Stockton, NSW on 13 March

2022 Oceania Triathlon Cup Mooloolaba (Standard), QLD on 13 March

2022 Oceania Triathlon Cup Gold Coast (Sprint), QLD on 3 April 2022

2022 Oceania Triathlon Junior Championships Werribee (Sprint & Mixed Relay), VIC on 30 May

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Supporting safe, fun and fair triathlon events in Australia.

The Triathlon Australia Technical program plays an integral part in supporting safe, fun and fair triathlon events in Australia.

330 Technical Officials were part of the program across the country over the the 2021/2022 season.

• 240 Accredited Local Technical Officials (LTO)

• 58 Accredited Regional Technical Officials (RTO)

• 21 Accredited Australian Technical Officials (ATO)

48 officials attained Level 1 Technical Official accreditation and were welcomed to the program in 2021/2022.

Technical Advisory Group

A Technical Advisory Group was established, the group will focus on technical aspects of triathlon in Australia including race competition rules, Technical Official programs, equipment, and also keep a finger on the pulse of events trends, particularly triathlon and multisport on the international scene and consider opportunities for implementation in Australia. The group will also guide and mentor senior technical officials. The group of four officials were selected, based on their collective diversity of skills and experience and knowledge.

Technical Advisory Group

• Frank Stapleton (WA)

• Dave Williams (NSW)

• Christina Thorne (NSW)

• Michael Thompson (QLD)

• TA Head of Events & Technical (Chair)

• TA Events & Technical Coordinator (Executive Support)

Tokyo and Birmingham


Australia had two officials travel to Tokyo in 2021 - Frank Stapleton (WA) officiated at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and Lyndell Murray (QLD) officiated at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. Three of our Aussie Technical Officials were also selected for the Commonwealth Games: Cathy Hoare (WA), Michael Thompson (QLD), and Christina Thorne (NSW).

Technical Delegates and Race Referees at Events of National Significance

Event Technical Delegate Race Referee

IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast, QLD Micheal Wise Riaz Jannif

Noosa Triathlon, QLD Riaz Jannif Lyndell Murray

IRONMAN Western Australia, WA Sue Scott

2XU Triathlon Series St Kilda, VIC (AC-Sprint) Brian Hinton Andrew McGuire

TreX Snowy Mountains (AC-Cross) Tarita Clark Sue Horsburgh

IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong, VIC Andy McGuire

Devonport Triathlon (Oceania Cup Elite, JNR, Para); AC Elite, U23, Jnr

Husky Triathlon Festival (AC Long/Aquabike), NSW Sarah Maguire

Oceania Paratriathlon Championships Stockton, NSW

Oceania Junior Triathlon Championships & Mixed Relay Aus Champs (Jnr




Christina Thorne Lyndell Murray


Canberra Duathlon (AC Standard Duathlon), ACT Gai Webster Mary Sietsma


AC = Australian Championship

Damien D'Antoine John Janssen Jenny Dennison Michael Thompson Lyndell Murray Sue Horsburgh Margaret George & Youth), VIC Gai Webster Peter Aldridge Triathlon (AC Standard / Oceania Cup) James Braga - Age Group Jacqui Kenny - Oceania Micheal Wise 70.3 Melbourne, VIC Dave Williams David Schutz Cup Gold Coast (Sprint), QLD Sue Horsburgh Peter Aldridge Australian Paratriathlon & II Championships, QLD Sue Horsburgh John Macgregor Skinner Busselton, WA John Janssen David Schutz & IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie, NSW Grant Holman Christina Thorne John MacgregorSkinner Peter Aldridge Dave Williams Steve Arnold
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Age Group athletes back

in green and gold on the international stage

After the cancellation of 2021 World Triathlon Age Group Triathlon and Multisport World Championships, Triathlon Australia was proud to see age group athletes back representing Australia on the international stage.

147 individual Australian age group athletes were selected to the 2022 Australian Age Group team, to travel to events in Romania, Canada, Slovakia, Switzerland and United Arab Emirates.


Eight Australian Age Group Multisport Team members competed at the 2022 World Triathlon Age Group Cross Triathlon and Duathlon World Championships in Targu Mures, Romania from the 6th of June to the 12th of June 2022.

Julie Kael claimed a bronze medal in the 50-54 Female Cross Triathlon World Championships. Dawn Courage claimed a silver medal in the 60-64 Female Sprint Distance Duathlon World Championships.

16 Australian Age Group Multisport Team members were selected for the 2022 World Triathlon Age Group Aquathlon, Aquabike and Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in Samorin, Slovakia to be held in August 2022.

Seven Australian Age Group Multisport Team members were selected for the 2022 World Triathlon Age Group Long Distance Duathlon World Championships in Zofingen, Switzerland to be held in September 2022.


44 Australian Age Group Triathlon Team members competed at the 2022 World Triathlon Age Group Sprint Distance Triathlon (Draft Legal) and Mixed Relay Team (Draft Legal) World Championships in Montreal, Canada from the 22nd of June to the 26th of June 2022. Campbell Dawson claimed the Male 60-64 World Championship crown in the Sprint Distance Triathlon (Draft Legal) event.

Peter Smith claimed a silver medal in the 80-84 Male Sprint Distance Triathlon (Draft Legal) World Championships. Lachlan Lewis claimed a bronze medal in the 85-89 Male Sprint Distance Triathlon (Draft Legal) World Championships. Three Australian Age Group Mixed Relay Teams (30-39, 50-59 and 60-69 age group categories) competed at the inaugural 2022 World Triathlon Age Group Mixed Relay Team (Draft Legal) World Championships.

72 Australian Age Group Triathlon Team members will compete at the 2022 World Triathlon Age Group Standard Distance Triathlon, Standard Distance Aquabike and Super Sprint Triathlon World Championships in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in November 2022. 19 Australian Age Group Team Members will compete at the inaugural Age Group

Standard Distance Aquabike World Championships. 27 Australian Age Group Team Members will compete at the inaugural Age Group Super Sprint Triathlon World Championships.

2022 Medallists

Congratulations to Australian Team medallists Julie Kael Bronze (F50-54) Cross Triathlon, Dawn Courage Silver (F60-64) Sprint Distance Duathlon, Campbell Dawson Gold (M60-64) Sprint Distance Triathlon (Draft Legal), Peter Smith Silver (M80-84) Sprint Distance Triathlon (Draft Legal), Lachlan Lewis Bronze (M85-89) Sprint Distance Triathlon (Draft Legal).

147Australian age group athletes selected to represent Australia in 2022.

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Winning when it matters

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Strategic Priority #2


Refreshed strategy sets the stage for future success

A refreshed high performance strategy to Brisbane 2032 and a new program structure sets the stage for future program success, with the continued support of the Australian Institue of Sport (AIS) and National Institute Network (NiN) partners providing significant investment in triathlon.

The 2021/2022 season delivered another unprecedented year for high performance sport, starting with the postponed Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, followed by the return to international racing, and a condensed countdown to the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. The pandemic continued to impact on program delivery, particularly triathlon's Tokyo 2020 campaign, with limited access to international events to drive competition readiness and achieve our potential. Despite navigating these challenges, all due credit is given to our athletes, coaches and support staff who continued to demonstrate their adaptability, resilience and courage.

Through undertaking a strategic AIS Refresh Review, key learning points were taken from these experiences and integrated into a renewed strategy to take us to Paris and beyond.

Significant system wide investment

will continue to strengthen program delivery with partners supporting the High Performance Strategy 2024+.

New and renewed state institute partnerships were secured, allowing our athletes to have the best opportunity to create foundations for long-term success, and our high performance team to make the greatest performance impact.

Changes, adaptations, and investments have created the conditions to implement a sustainable systematic approach to athlete development and preparation to enable our athletes to perform at their best at future opportunities.

Domestic race opportunities brought exciting competition with athletes vying for spots on teams headed to Birmingham, Montreal and Abu Dhabi and categorised elites and para triathletes were supported in returning to the World Triathlon circuit. We were bouyed to see our Australian Juniors make an enthusiastic return to the World Championships in 2022, for the first time since the pandemic began.

Renewed high performance and pathways strategy

Triathlon Australia take confidence in to Paris 2024 with confirmed AIS

triathlon investment and endorsement of our high performance and performance pathways direction and strategy, following a strategic review of triathlon’s Olympic and Paralympic programs with the AIS. Under the renewed strategy, we have focussed on establishing world-class Olympic and Paralympic training environments for athletes through the Podium Centre, pathways focused Performance Centres and campsbased Paratriathlon Hub.

The implementation of our performance pathway strategy has commenced with the recruitment of all key personnel, allowing our team to begin a new journey to operationalise our new structure and move to align policies and processes.

Refreshed structure and performance pillars

In 2022, the high performance workforce transitioned to a new operating structure, with five key performance functions: Paralympic Performance; Olympic Performance; Performance Pathway & Athlete Development; Wellbeing & Engagement; and Performance Support. The structure will enable an increased focus and prioritisation of Paralympic performance, coaching technical leadership across the

Olympic program and also elevating Wellbeing & Engagement as a Senior Leadership function.

Key roles in the new structure include Olympic Program Head Coach, Paralympic Program Manager, with Megan Hall appointed as Paratriathlon Hub & Talent Coach and Sarah Roder as Wellbeing & Engagement Manager who will provide ongoing education and support to athletes, build culture through leadership and lead the development of the Wellbeing and Engagement Priority Action Plan.

System partnerships provide platform for future success

The re-vitalisation of state institute partnerships has seen new, and increased investments with the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS), New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS), Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) and Paralympics Australia (PA).

These partnerships are key in creating opportunities for athletes to train in world-class environments, led by world-class coaches and performance support teams, with state institutes providing the highest level of sport science and medical support. Partnership investment includes a significant increase in support for athletes through triathlon

embedded NiN Performance Support staff including Sports Physiotherapy, Strength and Conditioning, Nutrition, Performance and Sports Psychology, Physiology and Motor Skill Acquisition.

In addition, three Gen32 coaches for triathlon were accepted into the AIS and QAS Gen32 Coaching programs – James Greathead in New South Wales, Dan Mctainsh and Aileen Reid in Queensland, representing significant investment into coaching to strengthen our team into Brisbane 2032.

High performance training environments

High performance environments were a major focus area across 2021 and 2022, as a key pillar in our performance strategy.

The Podium Centre, led by Joel Filliol as Olympic Program Head Coach and the QLD Performance Centre, led by Dan Atkins as Head Coach have been established at Somerset College, providing a central training venue including pool, track and gym facilities to support categorised athletes on the Gold Coast.

Significant progress was made to establish the NSW Performance Centre based out of the Sydney Academy of Sport in Narrabeen, in

partnership with NSWIS under Head Coach Liam O’Neill. Narrabeen's training and athlete facilities (pool, cyclo-cross loop, track, grass run loop and strength and conditioning centre, physio room, athlete lounge) will support athletes with potential to achieve future medal success.

In partnership with VIS and Paralympics Australia, Triathlon Australia also commenced the establishment of a camps-based Para Hub and national Talent Transfer Centre in Melbourne, Victoria. After an extensive recruitment process, Jarrod Evans was appointed Triathlon Talent Transfer Head Coach to oversee a national targeted talent transfer initiative to identify, develop, support and progress talented single discipline athletes in triathlon.

Triathlon Australia thanks our performance partners AIS, Australian Olympic Committee and Paralympics Australia, Commonwealth Games Australia, and NIN partners

QAS, NSWIS, VIS and WAIS and Commonwealth Games Australia, who through the Green2Gold2Great initiative, supported the program to deliver domestic and international training camps in the countdown to Birmingham 2022.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Games

World Triathlon World Championships

World Triathlon Championship Series

World Triathlon Paratriathlon Series

2021/2022 Season

Results and Performance Highlights

Lauren Parker - Silver Tokyo Paralympics in debut of PTWC Women's event and defending World Champion in 2021 at Abu Dhabi.

Matt Hauser - Bronze at the 2021 U23 World Chamionships and Kira Hedgeland finished 4th in the U23 World Championships.

Toby Powers sterling Silver at the 2022 Junior World Championships on debut.

Nic Beveridge (PTWC) and Justin Godfrey (PTS3) win Gold in Yokohama at the first World Para Series race of 2022.

Tokyo Olympic Games, Japan 26-31 Aug 21

Elite Men: J. Birtwhistle (16), M. Hauser (24), A. Royle (26)

Elite Women: E. Jeffcoat (33), A. Gentle, J. Hedgeland

Mixed Relay: Australia (9)

Tokyo Paralympic Games, Japan 29 Aug 21

Para Men: N. Beveridge PTWC (7), D. Bryant PTS5 (7), J. Goerlach & Guide D. Mainwaring PTVI (8)

Para Women: Lauren Parker PTWC (Silver), Emily Tap PTWC, K. Kelly & Guide B. Silk PTVI (6)

2021 World Triathlon Championship Finals Edmonton (U23), 21 Aug 21

U23 Men: Matt Hauser (Bronze), L. Schofield (30)

U23 Women: K. Hedgeland (4)

2021 World Triathlon Para Championships Abu Dhabi

Para Women: Lauren Parker PTWC (Gold)

2022 World Triathlon Sprint & Relay Championships Montreal, 24-26 Jun

Elite Men: B. Copeland (11) J. Birtwhistle (21), C. McClusky (DSQ)

Elite Women: N. Van Coevorden (11), E. Jackson (17), J. Hedgeland (15), M. Offord (17), K. Hedgeland (23), S. Linn (29), E. Jackson (50)

Mixed Relay: Australia (10)

Junior Men: Toby Powers (Silver), Peyton Craig (8), Liam Dixon (DNF), Bradley Course (DNF)

Junior Women: Paige Cranage (26), Chloe Bateup (32)

Mixed Relay Junior/U23: Australia (7)

Groupe Copley 2021 World Triathlon Championship Series Montreal, 15 Aug 21

Elite Men: J. Birtwhistle (7), A. Royle (16), M. Hauser (18), B. Copeland (19)

Elite Women: E. Jackson (17), N. Van Coevorden (21), K. Hedgeland (25), J. Hedgeland (30) / Mixed Mixed Relay: Australia (6)

2021 World Triathlon Championship Series Abu Dhabi, 5 Nov 21

Elite Men: B. Copeland (28), M. Walkington (33), A. Royle (37), M. Hauser (42)

Elite Women: N. Van Coevorden (20), C. McShane (27), K. Hedgeland (DNF), E. Jackson (DNF)

2022 World Triathlon Para Series Yokohama, 14 May 22

Para Men: N. Beveridge PTWC (Gold), J. Godfrey PTS3 (Gold), J. Peacock PTS4 (4), L. Twomey PTS4 (6), D. Bryant (4), J. Goerlach & Guide D. Mainwaring PTVI (6)

2021 World Triathlon Championship Finals Edmonton, 21 Aug 21

Elite Men: B. Copeland (13), A. Royle (15), J. Birtwshistle (23)

Elite Women: N. Van Coevorden (12), K. Perkins (19), J. Hedgeland (28), E. Jackson (29), C. McShane (DNF)

2022 World Triathlon Championship Series Yokohama, 14-15 May 22

Elite Men: M. Hauser (4), J. Birtwhistle (14), L. Willian (26), L. Bate (32), B. Copeland (35)

Elite Women: C. McShane (17), N. Van Coevorden (18), K. Hedgeland (23), E. Jeffcoat (26), J. Hedgeland (28)

HAMBURG WASSER 2021 World Triathlon Championship Series Hamburg, 18-19 Sep 21

Elite Men: M. Walkington (11), B. Copeland (14)

Elite Women: N. Van Coevorden (15), K. Hedgeland (28), E. Jackson (29), C. McShane (32)

Mixed Relay: Australia (7)

2022 World Triathlon Championship Series Leeds 1112 Jun 2022

Elite Men: J. Birtwhistle (21), M. Hauser (26), B. Copeland (32), A. Royle (34), L. Willian (46)

Elite Women: N. Van Coevorden (11), K. Hedgeland (24), J. Hedgeland (28) E. Jackson (35), S. Linn (40)

Mixed Relay: Australia (6)

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A games cycle like no other for Team Australia

Australia’s Olympic and Paralympic representatives lined up in Odaiba Marine Park for the sport’s sixth Olympic Games on 26-31 Jul, 2021 and and second Paralympic Games on 24 Aug-5 Sep 2021 in Japan.

Australia was represented by a team of 14 in Tokyo: Olympians Jake Birtwhistle, Ashleigh Gentle, Matthew Hauser, Jaz Hedgeland, Emma Jeffcoat and Aaron Royle and Paralympians Nic Beveridge (PTWC), David Bryant (PTS5), Jonathan Goerlach (PTVI) and David Mainwaring (Guide), Katie Kelly (PTVI), and Briarna Silk (Guide), Lauren Parker (PTWC), and Emily Tapp (PTWC).

Mixed Relay makes thrilling Olympic debut

When it came to the dynamic and demanding mixed relay event, Australia's team left nothing in the tank as the event made its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020. The Aussie team of Jeffcoat, Hauser, Gentle and Birtwhistle finished ninth in a time of 1 hour, 26.27 minutes. Australia embraced the fast, tactical and action-packed racing over a 300m swim, transitioning into a 6.8km bike leg and finishing with a 2km run with Birtwhistle bringing the team home with the third best final leg and the quickest run of the day.

Inspiring performances from Australia's paralympians

Paratriathlon made its return to the Paralympic Games at Tokyo 2020 after its debut event at Rio 2016. Tokyo saw an additional two medal events held for Paratriathlon, taking the total number of races to eight - evenly split between men and women. The Paratriathlon events located at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo Bay consisted of a 750m swim, 20km bike (non-drafting) and 5km run. Lauren Parker captured the hearts of the nation in Tokyo as she claimed Silver in a dramatic sprint finish to the games like no other, less than a second the difference between gold and silver in the Paralympic debut for the Women’s PTWC class. Jonathan Goerlach achieved a goal a decade in the making, and we celebrated a legend, as Katie Kelly OAM made her second Games a gutsy finale.

Race to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

In quick succession, focus turned to Birmingham - the one year countdown starting on day seven of competition in Tokyo. Commonwealth Games hopefuls kick-started their season with racing in Devonport, Stockton, Mooloolaba and on the Gold Coast. Matt Hauser and Sophie Linn secured automatic nominations and were announced by Commonwealth Games Australia in the Australian team joined by Jake Birtwhistle, Brandon Copeland, Natalie Van Coevorden, and Charlotte McShane. Paratriathlon Vison Impaired athletes continued to build toward their Commonwealth Games debut with new talent Sam Harding with guide Luke Harvey and Paralympian Jonathan Goerlach with guide David Mainwaring, Gerrard Gosens OAM and guide Hayden Armstrong, and Erica Burleigh and guide Felicity Cradick also named among the 14-strong team.

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Working in Harmony


Triathlon Australia & States united to enhance sport delivery

Triathlon Australia and five State and Territory Triathlon Associations (STTAs) - Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory formalised and adopted a new operating model.

Over the course of 2021, State and Territory Associations endorsed the proposal for a Future Operating Model encompassing three key components; a whole of sport strategy, underpinned by an aligned workforce and financial management. Over the financial year, five STTAs provided letters of intent to proceed to implementation of triathlon’s future operating model, a significant milestone.

With the support of Sport Australia, an Implementation Steering Committee was put in place with representatives from Triathlon Australia, Triathlon Queensland, Triathlon Victoria, Triathlon South Australia, Triathlon Tasmania and Triathlon Northern Territory to oversee implementation. In March 2022, TA and five STTAs signed Service Level Agreements, to transition staff from April 1, 2022 and formally commence operating under the new model from July 1, 2022.

This evolution of our operating model presents a significant opportunity to address the barriers impacting

triathlon’s ability to support the achievement of strategic goals and has been designed to strengthen and enhance the organisation's ability to deliver Triathlon's Strategic Plan 2021-2025

Through bringing the Triathlon Australia and STTA workforces together, triathlon resources are connected to ensure services, programs and initiatives are efficient, aligned nationally and delivered locally for members, clubs and community.

United to ensure triathlon and multisport thrive:

• Aligns strategy, people and finance to improve efficiency and effectiveness

• Enhances state servicing with support for State Managers to focus on local delivery

• State Boards provide oversight and influence the success of triathlon in Australia

• Triathlon is more connected, through bringing national and state workforces together

• Services, programs and initiatives are aligned nationally, delivered locally

• Supports growth, innovation, collaboration and leadership with a customer focus

Implementation Steering Oversight Committee

Michelle Cooper (Triathlon Australia)

Cara Turnley (Triathlon Queensland)

Melissa Hughes (Triathlon Tasmania)

Deborah Friedlander (Triathlon Victoria)

Andrew Robertson (Triathlon South Australia)

Natasha Freeman (Triathlon Northern Territory)

Miles Stewart (Triathlon Australia CEO)

Stuart Hoopmann (Triathlon Australia - National Manager Corporate Services)

Damien Jennings (Sport Australia)

Grant Cosgriff (Project Manager)

Strategic Priority #3
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Bringing the Triathlon Australia, QLD, VIC, TAS, SA and NT workforces together.


Connecting Australia's triathlon and multisport community

Green and gold dominated our news feeds and our triathlon community connected with our athletes through tests and triumphs over the course of the 2021/2022 season.

From Tokyo to Birmingham, our marketing and communications approach was centred around Team Australia, amplifying a big year across the Olympic and Paralympic Games, short runway to the Commonwealth Games and everything in between, including an action-packed return to World Championships and World Triathlon Series racing after two years of pandemic disruption.

We saw success through this strategy and with an increased content focus on Team Australia across our social and digital channels Triathlon Australia’s Facebook and Instragram page reached 2.5 million accounts. Our members and community were more engaged and connected through our TRI Life newsletter. We featured calendar launches and Tokyo and Birmingham Takeovers, including athlete profiles and guides for fans in the build up to the games, driving our open rate up 6% to an average of 31%.

Communications played a key role in sharing major announcements with stakeholders and members in what was a year of challenge, change and evolution for triathlon; as Tokyo put our sport under the spotlight, we progressed to a new way of operating, farewelled and welcomed new leadership and announced the Townsville World Championships for 2024 and more.

As borders began to open in 2022, we encouraged members to get back in the saddle and from Snowy Mountains to Mooloolaba, our Australian Age Group Championships and series of World Qualifying Events lured participants back to start lines for the chance to represent Australia in 2022 and 2023.

Triathlon made headlines across national and local media, with major Games a key interest point for the Australian media as we counted down the clock to Birmingham across the domestic and international season; including Oceania Cups and Championships, World Triathlon Championships Series, World Para Series, and World Championships and Major Games, and we announced seven Australian teams.

Importantly, we lay the foundations for a review of our brand, and digital platforms with plans in place to undergo a website redevelopment, as a key deliverable in the upcoming financial year.

We’re thankful to our commercial partners for their continued support and our sport partners who we worked closely with across Games campaigns - Australian Olympic Committee, Paralympics Australia and Commonwealth Games Australia. We continued to have the best in the business behind the lens; thanks also to our official photographer Delly Carr, Con Chronis, Chris Huang and Bec Ohlwein who captured our biggest moments.

Tokyo Together

Share the love

Triathlon Australia's community shared the love for Triathlon and Paratriathlon at the Tokyo games far and wide, with a post featuring Jonathan Goerlach and guide David Mainwaring reaching over 360,000 people on Facebook alone.

Online community continued to grow Over 2.5 million accounts organically reached by Triathlon Australia's Olympic and Paralympic campaign across Facebook and Instagram.

Best of Social

Records made to be broked Ash Gentle reigned supreme as Queen of Noosa with record eighth title and seventh title in a row.

Future is bright

Toby Powers followed in the footsteps of some of Australia’s biggest names at the Junior World Championships with his sterling Silver medal.

World Champs back in Aus News of the Townsville 2024 Multisport World Championships got the triathlon community talking.

Powerhouse Parker

509k 42k

Birmingham Bound

Locals get front row seats

Triathlon Australia TRI Life Subscribers.

Queensland locals witnessed the elation of Matt Hauser and Sophie Linn at Gold Coast Triathlon claiming the first available automatic nomination spots on Commonwealth Games Australia's triathlon team heading to Birmingham.

Traffic to

Lauren Parker was unstoppable, from Tokyo to Utah, Cozumel to Abu Dhabi.

Social reach across Facebook & Instagram page.

2.5 M
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Triathlon Australia Life


Peter Hedge

Bill Walker

Brian Hinton

Ken Bonham

Dr Jim Hazel

Hall of Fame

2020 Emma Moffatt

2019 Joanne King

2018 Peter Robertson

2017 Emma Snowsill

2016 John Maclean

2015 Nicole Hackett

2014 Stephen Foster 2014 Louise Bonham 2013 Brad Beven 2012 Jackie Gallagher 2012 Loretta Harrop 2012 Emma Carney 2009 Michellie Jones 2009 Greg Welch 2009 Miles Stewart

Legend of the Sport –Age Group

2020 Jane Mountford 2020 Ken Murley

2020 Craig Redman

2018 Maureen Cummings

2017 Michael Maroney

2017 Ken Uren

2016 Ched Towns

2016 Fred Knudsen

2015 Kevin Fergusson

2015 Greg Reddan

2014 Brian Barr (posthumous)

2014 Bob Telfer

Legend of the Sport –Elite

2020 Jenny Alcorn 2020 Chris Hill 2020 Annabel Luxford 2019 Troy Fidler 2019 Bianca Van Woesik 2018 Nick Croft 2018 Liz Hepple 2017 Mark Pringle 2017 Carol Pickard 2016 Craig Walton 2016 Rohan Phillips 2015 Jan Wanklyn 2014 Greg Stewart 2014 Rina Hill

Service to the Sport

2020 John Holt 2020 Aileen Southwell (posthumous) 2020 Barry Voevodin & Julie Voevodin 2019 Bill Davoren 2019 Warwick Brennan 2019 John Hickey 2019 Lisa Pringle 2018 Nick Munting 2017 Graeme Hannan 2017 Geoff Frost 2016 Amanda Lulham 2016 Delly Carr 2015 Ken Baggs 2014 Phil Coles 2014 Col Stewart 2013 Garth Prowd

Sport Australia Hall of Fame

2016 Emma Carney 2014 Michellie Jones 2011 Greg Welch

Rob George Award

In honour of Rob George, who was a valued long-term member of the Triathlon Australia technical program since 2004.

2020 Margaret George (NSW) 2020 Peter Adams (TAS)

2018 Tony Ruddick (VIC)

2018 John Macgregor-Skinner (QLD) 2017 Sue Scott (WA)

2017 David Williams (NSW)

2016 Kelly Bennett-Allan (QLD)

2016 Shane Burnett (WA) 2016 Andrew McGuire (VIC)

2015 Cathy Hoare (WA)

2015 Jenny Hosking (VIC)

2015 Mike Allan (QLD) 2014 Sarah McGuire (NSW) 2014 Brian Hinton (VIC) 2014 David Wilkinson (SA)

2013 Suzie Bower (TAS)

2013 Sally Ham (VIC)

John Ison Award

The John Ison Award was first presented in 2007, in recognition of John Ison’s immense contribution to the technical side of triathlon in Australia and internationally.

2017 Melinda Farr (VIC)

2016 Lyndell Murray (QLD)

2015 Gai Webster (ACT)

2014 Debbie Hooper-Lees (QLD)

2013 Jonathan Treloar (VIC)

2012 Jacqui Kenny (QLD)

2009 Jacqui Kenny (QLD)

2008 Frank Stapleton (WA)

2008 David Wilkinson (SA)

2007 Murray Hilder (NSW)

Coach of the Year – Elite

2018 Jamie Turner (NSW)

2017 Dan Atkins (QLD)

2016 Jamie Turner (NSW)

2015 Jamie Turner (NSW)

2014 Stephen Moss (QLD)

2013 Jamie Turner (NSW)

Coach of the Year – Age Group

2020 Steve Davis (VIC)

2018 Megan Hall (ACT)

2017 Fabrizio Andreoni (VIC)

2016 Corey Bacon (ACT)

2016 Liz Grosper (VIC)

2015 Corey Bacon (ACT)

2015 Ross Pedlow (WA)

2014 Mike Gee (WA)

2013 Jarrod Evans (VIC)

2012 Matthew Diamond (NSW)

Years of Service – Technical Officials

Years Name State Years of Service

1988 - 2018 Michael Sanderson QLD 30

1986 - 2016 Peter Marconi QLD 30

1995 - 2020 Simon Andreou NSW 25

1991 - 2016 Greg Lebeter QLD 25

1998 - 2018 Frank Stapleton WA 20

1998 - 2018 Michael Wise WA 20

1998 - 2018 Robyn Scott WA 20

1997 - 2017 David Wilkinson SA 20

1996 - 2016 John Smith NSW 20

1995 - 2015 Ian Daniel QLD 20 1995 - 2015 Warren Milward WA 20

1994 - 2014 Jacqui Kenny QLD 20 1994 - 2014 Warrick Brennan NSW 20 1993 - 2013 Michael Sanderson QLD 20 1993 - 2013 Melinda Farr VIC 20

1991 - 2011 Grahame Kruger QLD 20

1999 - 2014 Eddy Girvan WA 15

1999 - 2014 Murray Hilder NSW 15

1999 - 2014 Frank Stapleton WA 15

1999 - 2014 Robyn Scott WA 15

1998 - 2013 Micheal Wise QLD 15

1997 - 2012 David Wilkinson SA 15

1997 - 2012 Julie Tedde VIC 15

1997 - 2010 Robert Cronk QLD 15

1995 - 2010 Mike Blatchford WA 15 1995 - 2010 Ann Blatchford WA 15

Honour Roll
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Triathlon Australia Ltd.

For the year ended 30 June 2022

The following information is based on the audited financial statements of Triathlon Australia and should be read in conjunction with those financial statements, a copy of which can be found at

Statement of Comprehensive Income


Triathlon Australia Ltd.

For the year ended 30 June 2022

Statement of Financial Position

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Triathlon Australia Ltd.

For the year ended 30 June 2022


Triathlon Australia Ltd.

For the year ended 30 June 2022

Statement of Changes in Equity Statement of Cash Flows

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State & Territory Triathlon Associations


This season began with much enthusiasm from the Queensland triathlon community with a feeling of progress seeing events slowly return across the state. Although in Queensland we didn’t experience the lockdowns like our family in other parts of Australia, closing of the borders and the cancellation of Townsville World Championships was not the start we had hoped for. Despite this, the launch of the new Queensland Duathlon which saw 400+ competitors on course and enjoying the backdrop of Wellcamp Airport in Toowoomba was a fitting start to the season where we had the opportunity to crown the first State Champions for 2021-22.

A highlight was witnessing the efforts of our clubs, staff, officials, stakeholders, event operators, and of course Triathlon Queensland members who showed grit and resilience and navigated their way forwards.

While still adapting to the ‘new normal’ was yet another challenge due to the uncertainty that remained around events and club training, we started to see our events and clubs in-person training return, although not to prepandemic levels. By the time September arrived our clubs were all set for the 2021 Club Championship event which saw close to 1,000 competitors representing their clubs in full force under covid safe racing protocols.

For the first time in two years the Queensland State Series was back, showcasing local events across Queensland from Cairns to the Gold Coast. We crowned Champions at six State Championships across all our age group categories with just the Queensland Aquabike Championships cancelled due to the devastating flooding events.

Although there was a delay, our North Queensland clubs united at Airlie Beach for the 2021 Scody North Queensland

Club Championships, yet another highlight of the year and a special moment for our North Queensland clubs and their members.

Queensland was fortunate to still be able to deliver five coaching courses across the year in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Cairns regions. With the assistance of the QLD Government, we launched a new junior participation program designed to help get more kids active, introducing three programs across Southeast Queensland.

Our junior pathways program continued to grow and flourish, with some new initiatives such as masterclasses, camps and health and educations series providing the guidance to our future Olympians and World Champions.

Our board remains strong and focused on delivering for our members and clubs and extends thanks to Triathlon Australia for continued leadership and a collaborative working environment. At the 2021 Annual General Meeting Triathlon Queensland welcomed a new life member in Greg Lebeter.

Although continually faced with change throughout the pandemic, Triathlon Queensland has worked to ensure the security of the sport through this period and into the future.

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Year in review for member associations


State report

TRIATHLON ACT State report

Season 2021/2022 was Triathlon NSW’s greatest challenge. Severe floods and covid limited the season resulting in event cancellations, clubs struggling to deliver seasons and the outcome being membership decline.

Despite the membership decline and reduction in club and commercial events delivered in NSW, it would be remiss not to focus on some positives which will form the basis of our goal to rebound strong and grow beyond the pandemic.

We continue to be incredibly proud of the role our association and staff play in supporting whole of sport initiatives and compliment the work done by our Operations Manager Chris Cunningham on supporting the ongoing roll out of a new national database.

Our clubs and their members are the reason we exist as an organisation and despite the challenges faced by all during the season, they continued to deliver quality local events for their members, training sessions and social opportunities that makes membership less about the sport and more about community and connectivity.

Despite the challenges, the organisation again focussed on the successful delivery of the Triathlon NSW Forager Interclub Leagues. The cream of NSW Clubs and age group athletes once again rose to the top and we thank the clubs who once again bought into the concept of friendly interclub rivalry and competition.

The start of the Development Program was delayed, but that did not stop another superb Billigence Pathway Championships Series occurring. Utilising local clubs, the series once again allowed lots of tight technical draft legal racing experience that will stand athletes in good stead as they progress.

Again, Triathlon NSW was the lucky recipient of NSW Office of Sport ‘Her Sport Her Way’ Grant program. This allowed a continuation of the ‘Finish Lines...Not Finish Times’ program and the addition of the newly created ‘Inspire 2 Tri’ female coach education and empowerment program. Both programs allowed us to support and work towards our eventual goal of gender parity in the sport of triathlon in NSW.

Lastly, the annual pilgrimage to the TNSW Club Champs in Forster occurred welcoming over 800 NSW members to the largest ‘Member Only’ event in Australia. The weather was shocking with constant rain. But this could not dampen the spirt of Triathlon in NSW and our clubs. Thanks to Elite Energy for delivering this event.

Lastly, thanks to every volunteer who makes our clubs happen and dedicate their time and efforts!

In 2021/2022, the triathlon racing season in the Australian capital saw a resurgence of members fresh from the last covid lockdowns, passionately ready to work in harmony to see local clubs and events thrive.

The ACT affiliated clubs saw a constant stream of events, with race directors capable of providing professional fun events, from a popular women’s only event targeted at bringing novice women into our sport, strong age-group racing, and some of the best Australian junior talent on display.

Thank you to all our race directors, for providing such a wonderful experience to all participants by making it inclusive and accessible, and truly a sport for everyone.

Triathlon ACT also hosted the inaugural SportsCare Oz Day Aqua Fest in partnership with Water Polo ACT and the Canberra Aqua Park.

Celebrating and recognising the achievements of the Capital triathlon community, both clubs and members came together for the Annual Awards with Callum McClusky being awarded the Rachel Baker Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Triathlon. Thank you to all the clubs for supporting the inaugural year of the Forager ACT Interclub Triathlon League with JT Multisport taking out first place.

The other big result this year was from the ACT’s pathway program. Four athletes from the ACT competed at the Junior Oceania Triathlon Cup and Australian Championships and the Elite/U23 Oceania Triathlon Cup and Australian Championships in Devonport in February, with Chloe Bateup winning the junior female title.

The ACT were once again privileged to have a micro-climate of highly dedicated technical officials to support local races to ensure safe and fair competition but to maintain the high quality events available to the community.

Thank you to each one of our community who participated and volunteered at any ACT event throughout the season, without their support many of these events would not be possible.

After bushfires and two COVID-19 lockdowns, the finances of Triathlon ACT over the past 12 months have come out unscathed with thanks to the great support by the ACT Government and to our loyal ACT members.

Triathlon ACT strategic alignment on developing local athletes, supporting local clubs and participating in local races is within the national strategic plan and looks to the future for an even greater 2022/2023 triathlon season in the nation’s Capital.

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State report


State report

Off the back of disrupted seasons due to the pandemic, Victoria bounced back with close to a full calendar of events going ahead in 2021/22.

The return of IRONMAN 70.3 Melbourne and record participation numbers at St Kilda’s 2XU Triathlon Series race highlighted the state’s appetite for racing post-lockdowns.

A total of 40 Victorian clubs and squads, and 1,789 members were affiliated in the 2021/22 season. Our pool of 67 active coaches spread across various levels, shared and fostered their passion for triathlon to athletes of all abilities.

Triathlon Victoria sanctioned 65 races in the 2021/22, seeing 18,498 race starts across open and club events. Our team of 40 active technical officials worked tirelessly to service events, support participants and promote safety in the sport.

A nine-race Victorian State Series saw athletes from affiliated clubs accumulating points throughout a diverse range of events. This season’s series was tightly contested with many of the top athletes in many age groups separated by just a few points come seasons end, as well as a tie for the title in some cases.

The 8th Annual Triathlon Victoria Awards breakfast took place at the Sandringham Yacht Club on Sunday 22nd May, where we recognised the outstanding achievements and contributions our club volunteers, coaches, technical officials, athletes, and members make to triathlon and multisport.

Junior athletes continued to seek progression in their triathlon journey through the Triathlon Victoria Development Program, with many representing Victoria in state, national and international competition. Cameron Marshall

and Georgia Powning took home gold at the Australian Intellectual Impairment Championships in Runaway Bay, while Harry Mezger finished second. Harvey Lanigan and Skye Wallace were named junior 2XU Triathlon Series winners. Grace Gaafsma secured silver in the Rookie Girls category at the Australian Youth & Junior Super Sprint Championships and Ty Davis finished with a bronze medal at the Australian Junior Triathlon Championships in Devonport.

The brightest up-and coming triathletes headed to Werribee South Beach in April 2022 for the Oceania Junior and Australian Youth and Junior Championships in an exciting display of the talent in Australia’s pathways. Victoria’s Jackson Wright and Natasha Gurtler claiming a sweet home victory in the Australian Youth Mixed Relay Championship

The announcement of the 2026 Commonwealth Games in Victoria will provide a boost to the sport in the state and for the visibility of the triathlon course location, Geelong.

With a full triathlon and multisport race calendar next season, featuring a variety of racing, across multiple disciplines, distances and locations across the state, we are extremely excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. We look forward to continuing to work in harmony, achieving success when it matters and providing participation opportunities in triathlon and multisport for all.

A successful 2021/22 year saw Tasmania hit membership targets for the year with 264 members signing up for the season. An increase in the percentage of female membership (40%, an increase from 34% last year) and youth/junior membership (30%, an increase from 20% last year), reflects the commitment of our volunteers at a grassroots level.

Our three clubs, Cradle Coast Triathlon and Multisport, Launceston Triathlon Club and Triathlon South are the backbone of triathlon in Tasmania. All are involved in providing racing opportunities, membership benefits, engagement of volunteers and adding to the supportive culture in the state.

Triathlon Tasmania sanctioned 21 events during the season. The Bridport Triathlon, Coles Bay Triathlon, Seven Mile Beach Triathlon and Devonport Triathlon made up a four race State Series, providing athletes with the opportunity to compete across four of the largest events in the state.

Our 18 registered coaches and 20 technical officials were actively involved in enabling members to achieve their goals throughout 2021/22.

A number of foundation coaching programs took place across the season, designed as an introduction to coaching for those interested in delivering skill-based, participation focused group training sessions.

Tasmanian Jake Birtwistle made his Olympic debut at the 2020 Tokyo Games and headlined several local athletes competing on the national and international stage. Jack

Woodberry, Jack Lathan, and Oliver Thiessen raced at the 2022 Australian Junior and Youth Super Sprint Championships at Runaway Bay, with Woodberry winning the Youth Championship for Tasmania. Latham also raced at the Oceania Triathlon Junior Championships at Werribee.

The 2022 Triathlon Tasmania Annual Awards dinner was held in April and was a wonderful celebration to end a highly successful season. We welcomed our members, friends and families who joined us to recognise those who have made significant contributions and have achieved outstanding results in the past season.

We look forward to seeing all our clubs, members, and athletes on the starting line in season 2022/2023.

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State report

Like most states and territories, South Australia’s 2021/22 triathlon season was heavily impacted by the pandemic. Extended lockdowns devastated membership numbers in those areas most affected.

Through the passion and hard work of our community, clubs, and their committees 644 members affiliated in South Australia for the 2021/22 season, along with 14 clubs and squads.

The Moana Triathlon, which drew a field of over 550 athletes, highlighted a total of 31 events that were sanctioned in South Australia. Event participation continued to be strong, with four events selling out and all other events attracting large numbers.

Our technical team, led by Darrin Rigby, worked hard across a bumper year of sell-out events, and welcomed five new Technical Officials towards the end of the season.

Congratulations to the South Australian Age Group State Champions who were crowned across five triathlon and multisport disciplines including Olympic Distance, Sprint, Long Course, Duathlon and Aquathlon.

South Australians impressed on the national and international stage with Chloe Lane finishing in 4th place at Challenge Roth, Steven McKenna securing silver at IRONMAN 70.3 Western Australia, Paige Cranage earning silver at the Oceania Junior Championships and selected to represent Australia at the Junior World Championships, Anu Francis being crowned Australian PTS3 Para Tri Champion, and Skye Campbell and Marlize Bekker triumphing at the Australian Aquabike & Long Course Championships.

Thank you to our clubs, members, officials, coaches, sponsors and volunteers for their commitment across the year. We also thank our board who provide their time, expertise, and passion in supporting our sport in South Australia.


State report

2021/2022 was a year of considerable change and opportunity for Triathlon Westen Australia. With the dissolution of the IRONMAN contract for our marquee event, we were able to rebrand the SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon and launch the SunSmart Busselton 100. The support of the WA triathlon community, who embraced this change, was integral to the success of this inaugural event.

Triathlon WA’s operational focus has centred on efficiency, communication and achieving our strategic goals. Building club resources, reducing administration processes and ensuring our 22 affiliated clubs are supported with critical services was (and will continue to be) the core focus. Triathlon WA continued to provide valuable experiences for our members, and high quality race opportunities to engage the wider public.

Triathlon WA club administrators, coaches, race directors and volunteers have faced many unforeseen challenges over the last few years. However, they have worked tirelessly to continue to provide programs and other opportunities to triathletes of all ages and levels in our State.

Triathlon WA sanctioned 122 during the 2021/22 season which saw 13,481 race starts. It was pleasing to see participation numbers increase by 7% across racing starts in WA, and we will be working with race directors and clubs to continue this trend into future years.

Thanks to our school program, Triathlon WA was able to increase individual exposures to the sport (number of school visits multiplied by the number of students in each session/ class) by 72%. Out of the 22 schools we visited during the 2021/22 season, 15 were located in regional WA. Once again, Triathlon WA facilitated the SunSmart Kids Triathlon Series which saw over 600 juniors participating in 11 events across the State.

The focus areas of the Triathlon WA Athlete Pathway Program in 2021/22 were draft legal races and skills sessions for the athletes in the program. The aim was to give WA juniors the best opportunity to develop in race situations. We had 33 junior athletes register for the program this year.

We thank our community of clubs, coaches, officials, committees, staff, sponsors and volunteers for their excellent work. Thank you to the volunteers on the Triathlon WA Board, led by President Steve Lyon, who provide their time, expertise and support to drive the strategy and longterm direction for the sport. We also thank our committees and working groups who support the Triathlon WA Board throughout the year.

We are again looking forward with optimism and we wish our community all the best for a successful and prosperous 2022/23 season.

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State report


A total of 403 members and 16 coaches were affiliated in season 2021/22. Our three affiliated clubs, the Darwin Triathlon Club, Katherine Multi Sport Club and Alice Springs Tri Club, continued to contribute to the success of the sport in the territory’s major cities.

Despite a decrease in adult membership, an increase in the growth of junior membership over the past three years highlights the work of our coaches in Darwin and Alice Springs.

The Northern Territory Government’s commitment to triathlon in the territory continued with a five-year funding agreement allowing for the employment of a full-time staff member. The Pathway Manager position in Darwin enabled seven weekly training sessions for families to swim, bike and run for free, further contributing to the growth of the sport.

Three Athlete Development camps, including a comprehensive academy program for youth and coach development, were delivered in partnership with the Northern Territory Institue of Sport.

The MOV3 and Academy program, designed and implemented by Tim Ellison, continues to grow reaching over 700 young people in the year. The program not only teaches physical literacy but also provides a supportive learning environment for developing coaches. The season saw the delivery of 115 MOV3 sessions, 240 Academy sessions, as well as the delivery of three physical literacy programs to schools.

Triathlon Northern Territory held three volunteer arranged races for its members, which is another testament to the dedication of the volunteers within our clubs who make triathlon available and accessible by keeping costs to a minimum.

Darwin Tri Club held an astounding 18 events during the 2021/22 season. Over 300 participants competed in Katherine Multi Sport Club’s Ultra Challenge – the biggest field in the events history.

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