Tri Community news
23/24 season dates
SUN 19th November 2023 Race 1 : Lake Esmond
SUN 3rd December 2023 Race 2: Lake Esmond
SUN 4th February 2024 Race 3 : Lake Esmond
SUN 18th February 2024 Race 4: Lake Esmond
SUN 17th March 2024 Race 5: Lake Esmond
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 ballarattriclub.com.
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to all of our 2023 award winners
Female Club champion: Louise Wood
Male Club Champion: onas Gonzalez Martin
Junior champion: Oscar Wootton
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.