The Dubbo Triathlon Club celebrated its annual Presentations along with a BBQ for members, family and friends at the Macquarie Club on Sunday, 19th April 2015.
With Club President Ian Crafter away in WA, Rob Duffy acted as MC and delivered Ian’s President’s Report:
This has been a very busy year for the Dubbo Triathlon Club . Maybe one of the busiest years ever. We commenced with a Duathlon series on Sunday afternoons and within a couple of weeks of that finishing we commenced our Sprint Triathlon season with the Michael Martin Charity Relay followed by the EMS Tri for Charity extravaganza – both with a relay format.
At just these two events alone we had over 200 different competitors participate.
Following that we had a race in Dubbo every 3-4 weeks until the last event on March 29th combined with three Junior events at the pool coordinated by Craig May.
In total well over 300 different competitors participated in the Sprint Races, Tri Stars and InterClub events held throughout the season.
This year all races had different sanctioning requirements from previous years and between Suse Madden and Greg Heath initial permission was granted by relevant authorities. From there on Suse spent many hours before and after each race complying with the different levels of administrative duties.
With more races throughout the season, it has required a lot more volunteer hours to conduct each race safely and successfully. We have had a great band pitch in and help at each race all knowing what to do without direction. It can be dangerous to single out people who always GIVE. However, these people need a special mention.
We can always do with more help, but that hard core group included Dave Little with the trailer and juniors, Greg Heath in his fifth year as treasurer, registration, and juniors, Ed Druitt as timer and for the use of his computer and pointing everybody in the correct direction and saying how easy it it all is, Craig May with the Juniors and expanding the events, Tom and Amber Cavanagh as a major sponsor with EMS and for the high profile EMS Tri for Charity and doing the super fresh fruit salad each event plus a ton of other work, St George Bank as our other major sponsor for their support over the last two years, and the quiet achiever who pulled it all together behind the scenes, Suse Madden who revamped much of the administrative side of the club from a standing start coming in to her Secretary’s role after the retirement of Pete Christie.
Two indicators that the Club is pushing ahead is that we had 65 full financial members of Triathlon Australia which may well be the largest ever for Dubbo and certainly over a 50% increase on last season which had about 41 members. Having over 300 different participants throughout the season would have also been the largest ever.
We are planning our AGM in mid May, which we will combine with a strategic planning brainstorm to develop a clear vision to help our Club to move towards. We are in for exciting times with the four sets of steps about to be installed with the river level dropping to a level for us to build.
We DO require assistance in the form of working bees to complete this project which will allow juniors and newcomers to enter and exit the river with safety and confidence. We want to continue to expand the junior events at the river in conjunction to the short and sprint course triathlon events. This will bring our Club in line with our neighbouring clubs of Orange, Bathurst, Cowra and Mudgee where all the families compete at the one venue and date.
We thank each and every person who has participated and contributed to our Club throughout this past season.
NOW TO THE PRESENTATIONS…
This year we had a number of handicap races some conducted off one minute intervals and other on five minute intervals for variety and the aggregate winner is:
Most Improved Female:
Goes to somebody who attended almost all the races but only competed a few times yet consistently improved every time and nailed it with a Personal Best on the last race. The most improved female is: Susan Madden
Most Improved Male:
A new comer to our club who competed at many of our races through the season and had personal bests at almost all races with a best of 1:02 and just about to break the one hour threshold. The most improved male is: Daniel Roberts
Junior Female Champion:
Awarded to triathletes under 20 years, this person has won before and continues her consistent form again this season. All the way from Dunedoo our Junior Female is:
Junior Male Champion:
Awarded to triathletes under 20 years, this person has stormed into the club as another strong swimmer who is always improving on the bike and has a strong run and a bright future. Our Junior Male is: Lachlan Sinclair
Family of the Year:
This family have really put their shoulder to the wheel this year and have barely missed any events all season and also formed a family team at the EMS Tri for Charity. We estimate this family drove well in excess of 2,000 km for five of them to participate throughout the season. Family of the Year: The Marks Family from Warren
Club Person of the Year:
He personified a quiet achiever behind the scenes who could also walk the talk on the course. A family person with three children who with his partner attended almost all events whether it was races, runners club during the winter, aquathon during the summer, or the EMS Tri for Charity. This person also attended InterClub and Long Course Events flying the Club flag where ever they went.
When triathlon is sometimes seen as a selfish sport by some, this person raced within the spirit of our sport, was volunteering regularly behind the scenes and was a great support to the Club Executive the entire season.
The Club Person of the Year is: Ed Druitt
Female Club Champion:
Only in her second year, this person has also been a great improver. From swimming kilometres and kilometres in the pool and an occasional runner this member started riding a bike so she could occasionally speak to her cyclist husband. Once on the bike she continually improved for it to become her strength. This member traveled to InterClub and has been super consistent. The Female Champion is:
Outright Club Champion:
One of the most experienced members of the Club who this year has had a stellar season winning many club races plus the local InterClub race. The member travelled to Mudgee for InterClub, plus did many longer course races such as Challenge Forster, Hell of the West, Huskisson and his crowning moment finishing 16th in his age group at Ironman Asia Pacific Melbourne qualifying him for selection to race at Kona in Hawaii on October 10th. The Outright Club Champion is:
Following the presentation to award winners we had a very special presentation to one of our Club’s legends, awarding him with the prestigious LIFE MEMBER recognition.
On behalf of the existing Life Members, Peter Christie welcomed Rob Duffy to the fold.
A more than 10 time Ironman, Rob is a passionate triathlete and a long term contributor and mentor to the Dubbo Triathlon Club – a very deserved recipient.
Congratulations to Rob and all our prize winners!
We’re already looking forward to next season!