The Burns Challenge Ball
Saturday October 23rd from 7pm to 1am
The Bellevue Ballroom
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
An evening with a difference
Pre dinner drinks warmly welcome you to the event and provide you with the chance to meet other guests. Guests such as Luc Longley, Justin Langer, Darren Glass, Scott Staniforth , Greg Mickle and Kylie Wheeler, that will later provide classic and original entertainment for the night by spurring on their teams of athletes racing… Whose team will your table be on
For more information on the format of the night please click here or visit www.mccomb.org.au
Australian Duathlon Series - RACE # 2, QLD, 1st August. Race Report by Raf Baugh – 1st overall.
Yesterday marked the first road event in the new Australian Duathlon Series, with the second annual Gatton Grunt in central Queensland. The town of Gatton in the Lockyer Valley is best known for top notch fruit and vegetables it produces but like most country towns in Australia, a love of sport is also engrained in the fabric of the town. Triathlon Queensland have picked a great venue and the substantial purse of $6000 which shows the support from the local community is significant and to be commended.
Personally, I was keen to check out the event and try to do some of the races in the series to help support the growth of Duathlon in Australia. The run-bike-run primarily suffers from a lack of familiarity locally and I think the more people who are exposed to the challenging combination, the more we will see growth in participation and standard of competition. Rather than from triathletes, I see the most significant growth potential in accessing greater quantities of runners who may focus exclusively on Duathlon, or use it as a stepping stone to Triathlon competitions.
The race itself was a mixed terrain 4 lap 10k run and then 2 lap flat and fast non drafting 40k bike followed by a 2 lap 5k run. The location allowed the crowd to keep tabs on the run course and allowed the athletes to access some of the collective energy every lap as they shot through transition.
I was very happy to take out the event on the men’s side and Commonwealth Games medallist and multiple Australian track champion Mellissa Rollison won the woman’s side for the second consecutive year.
Special thanks to Peter, Jo and everyone at Triathlon Queensland, Lockyer Valley Council and town of Gatton, plus Luke from Voice Photography for making the event such a success. Looking forward to 2011 already!
Results and Details for Gatton Grunt are available at www.gattongrunt.com.au and www.triathlonqld.com.au and further info on the Australian Duathlon Series can be found at www.australianduathlonseries.com – next on the agenda is the Australian Championships in the beautiful Barossa valley on August 15th.
The Board and staff of TWA would like to congratulate Sam Prince on being inducted as a Life Member of Triathlon Western Australia. See below for a long list of Sam’s achievements with Triathlon over the past 30 years. Congratulations Sam!
TWA LIFE MEMBERSHIP
SAM PRINCE – Inducted Saturday 7th August 2010
Service to Triathlon WA well above what is normally expected: Sam has on many occasions provided support to clubs within the South West & Goldfields region – Sam assisted Busselton Tri Club & Kalgoorlie Tri Club in regeneration when these clubs were at a point of folding. Sam regularly attends club meetings to provide support services as required. Sam gives much of his time to assist the sport whether at club level, officiating level or at a board level.
Significant leadership within Triathlon WA: Sam has been an active Board member for TWA for the past couple of years and in addition has been a Level 2 Technical Official. Sam has also been a club committee member of Busselton Tri Club. Sam was an inaugural founding member for the sport and assisted in a voluntary capacity in triathlon as far back as 1988.
Outstanding innovation in Triathlon WA activities: Sam received the TWA president’s award in 1993-1994, a clear indication that at this time, Sam was respected and appreciated by all in the triathlon community.
Strong support for Triathlon WA activities: Sam regularly attends triathlon events within the South West Region and is always offering to assist clubs to grow the sport and help them improve their events – Sam has assisted as a technical official and assisted as logistics and operations person on the with the South West Regional Kids Triathlon, Boddington Triathlon, Busselton Half Ironman and Ironman events, Karri Valley Triathlon, Bunbury Women’s Only triathlon etc.
Enhancement of the standing of Triathlon WA in the community: Sam assisted with the Ironman events when Ironman Australia was in Forster and even when participating as a competitor in these events, he gave his time to assist with setting up the event venue. Sam has done many radio and televisions interviews in the South West region to promote and advocate for Triathlon. Sam was an integral member of the IMWA organising body in setting up IMWA in Western Australia.
Long association with the activities of Triathlon WA: In the past Sam was an active participant at triathlon events with his first event being in Werribee in 1980. Also, he is involved in all the clubs and events as highlighted above.
Nominee should have a minimum of ten (10) years membership of Triathlon WA, unless exceptional circumstances can be cited: Sam has been participating in the sport since 1980 and over time have been a competitor, technical official, Board member, race director, operations and logistics manager.
UWA triathlon club require a swim coach for Monday, Wednesday & Friday mornings; 5:30 – 7am at Challenge Stadium.
The position commences in November. For more information please contact:
Grant Landers – UWA Triathlon Club Head Coach
Congratulations to all the TWA athletes that have been selected in the Australian Team for the Age Group World Championships – Sprint Distance, Olympic Distance, Long Distance and Duathlon [WA Competitors].
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