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Ballarat young guns selected in state triathlon development squad

2023/2024 Ballarat Traithlon Club Lake Esmond Event

24/25 season dates

TBC Race 1 : Lake Esmond  

TBC Race 2: Lake Esmond  

TBC Race 3 : Lake Esmond  

TBC Race 4: Lake Esmond  

TBC Race 5: Lake Esmond

Louise Wood Ballarat Triathlon Club

The courier article 19th December 2023

The call is out to find and help more triathletes in Ballarat.

While the competition season is underway, Ballarat Triathlon Club is keen to introduce people to the sport and its varying disciplines.

Ballarat Triathlon Club might be small compared to rivals, but has been performing strong at major meets such a string of podium finishes in the Victorian 2XU series events in Elwood and Brighton. These efforts have Ballarat ranked 11th in 50 clubs from the first two meets.

Members have also gone on this season to train up and compete in Ironman 70.3 (half Ironman) events in Melbourne and Canberra in November. Half Ironman distances are a 1.9-kilometre swim, 90km bike ride and 21.1km run (half-marathon).

Ballarat Triathlon Club president Louise Williams said three was lots of experience about the club for those wanting to try the multi-disciplined sport, especially in a smaller and inclusive club environment.

"Even in our club events, we encourage participation and can modify events and training," Ms Williams said.

"We don't do disqualifications but like to teach you things you need to know, like tips and tricks for transitions, and it's about being supportive."

Ballarat Triathlon Club hosts five club events at Lake Esmond each season, with three coming up in February and March.

The club offers two distances but Ms Williams said these can be adapted, for example if someone wanted to do an extra run lap or to complete a partial event.

Its Sovereign event is one swim lap (375 metres), three bike laps of the precinct (7km) and two run laps (1.5km). The Eureka distance is double a Sovereign.

All junior competitors must have evidence of swimming capability and be assessed cycling on open roads before competing. The club also has kayaks out on the lake for added water safety.

Anyone interested in joining or learning triathlons can contact the club via

Andrew Wood traithlete water safety

Play it safe by the water

BTC member, Andrew Wood making great use of the tow-floats

-       Be aware and prepared for conditions.

-       Read safety signs to understand dangers.

-       Swim between the red and yellow flags wherever possible.

-       Never swim alone.

-       Postpone alcohol until after your aquatic activity.

-       Alcohol affects your swimming ability and judgement of dangerous situations.

-       Always wear a lifejacket when boating or rock fishing, it buys you time to survive.

-       Ensure you have the appropriate skills for your activity before going out on the water.

Race 3 runner

BTC offers 8 week training schedule

Kickstart the season by meeting up with club volunteer for a fun catch up training session. Please note these are not run by coaches. Participants must be over 16 and must be AusTraithlon members or register for 8 week trial.

Oscar Wootton selected for Commonwealth Games

Oscar Wootton selected to represent Australia

Oscar Wootton was selected to represent Australian at 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games in Trinbago.

Ballarat Triathlon Club Awards

2023 Life Members: Grant Gilbert and Andrew Wood

Louise Williams was delighted to announce that two of the clubs longest serving members were awarded Life Membership of the Ballarat Triathlon club. Both have been prolific winners of trophies over the years – Men’s summer season, Men’s Winter Duathlon and King of the Mountain. In addition to club level awards both have been successful at Gatorade/2XU events, at interstate level and triathlons overseas. They are what I would determine as “stalwarts” of club – loyal, reliable and hard-working supporters of the club. Both have served on the committee for many years and are always willing to help out newcomers and do anything around the club. Congratulations to Andrew Wood and Grant Gilbert on being bestowed this honour.

Jonas Ballarat Triathlete award winner
Oscar Wootton Ballarat Triathlete
Louise Wood Ballarat Traithlon Champion

Congratulations to all of our 2023 award winners

Female Club champion: Louise Wood

Male Club Champion: onas Gonzalez Martin

Junior champion: Oscar Wootton

Louise Wood traithlon success

Conquest and Wood triumph at Barwon Heads

​Photo by CR Photography

Congratulations to Louise Wood who took out the Female Open title at the Barwon Heads Triathlon

Riley Ballarat traithlon news

Sandringham Tri Race

Congratulations to Riley who competed at Sandringham Fun Triathlon, finishing 22nd of 57 in the under 13 boys. 

Darcy Williams Ballarat Triathlon

Club members win state series

Congratulations to Louise Wood and Darcy Williams, both age group winners of the Victorian State Series. 

Congratulations to Darcy who was also Triathlon Victoria's Male Junior Athlete of the year.

Oscar Wootton and Darcy Williams Ballarat triathletes represent Victoria

Ballarat young guns selected in state triathlon development squad

Congratulations to Darcy Williams and Oscar Wootton for being selected for Victorian Triathlon development squad

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