FITFlash Shout Outs – July

This month’s shout out goes to our outgoing Coaching Co-ordinator, Chel Haynes.


Congratulations on your promotion at work Chel! We wish you all the best.   Sadly for FIT this means Chel no longer has the time and energy required to continue as FIT’s Coaching Co-ordinator.

On behalf of the FIT Committee and members we extend a big thank you.  The FIT Coaching Co-ordinator role is a challenging one and a lot of the work Chel has done, and the systems she has implemented and updated are not always visible. Fortunately for FIT, the spreadsheets and systems are in place on Basecamp and will prove to be invaluable tools for our next Coaching Co-ordinator.

A special thank you, Chel, for the fabulous work you have done as Volunteer Co-ordinator (this is an additional role Chel took on). We now have our green volunteer vests, a changing room and floor on the FIT tent. In addition, for big events, Chel developed a pacing guide and allocated volunteers on the course as per calculations, ensuring the FIT cheer squad covered all the key points on the course.

We are delighted Chel is staying on as a FIT run coach and of course you will see her cheering at events.


Big Bike Film Night

The Big Bike Film Night, a short film fest style event that celebrates cycling in all its glorious shapes and forms, is coming to Canberra in August.

Pretty excited to say we are returning to Canberra to kickstart the Australian 2019 tour off on Tuesday 6th August (Australian Premiere screening in fact!).

The uplifting 2019 collection has an absolutely breath-taking range of short bike films – from mountain bike, to road, commuters, travel to personal journeys and triumphs.

The programme offers a wide and dynamic variety of appealing storylines, projects and thrills not only for bike fans, but also all movie goers. At the heart of this collection is showing real people on ordinary bikes being part of some pretty extra-ordinary stories. In the lineup is the riveting Australian documentary Lowest to Highest which follows five friends with disabilities attempting a world first human powered ride from Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre 2150km to Mount Kosciuszko. This is a MUST SEE!!

Date Canberra Ticket Booking Link
Tuesday 6th August, 7pm
Adults $25.50
Under 16 years old $16.50
Wednesday 7th August, 7pm NFSA

Runs for 2 1/4 hours along with a 15 minute old school interval.

TACT Awards Success

2019 TACT Award winners

Congratulations to all nominees and award winners for their success at the Triathlon ACT Awards held on Friday 28 June.


FIT was well-represented with nominees in almost all available categories and age groups. FIT2Sprint participants in particular shone with many of these women placing in the top three of their age groups for the novice categories.

Special award categories also featured a number of FIT members.

  • Club Coach of the Year was jointly won by FIT2Sprint and JT Multisport.
  • Novice of the Year was won by Sally Hamilton.
  • Volunteer of the Year was won by Heather Gow-Carey.
  • Novice Series Overall Female included Sally Hamilton (3rd) and Jennifer Cameron (2nd).

    FIT2Sprint coaches with joint winners from JT Multisport

Special Awards nominees included:

  • Rachel Baker Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Triathlon: Robyn McClelland.
  • Volunteer of the Year: Pauline Unterberger

FITFlash Shout Outs – April

Another big month for FIT members and some worthy nominations for shout-outs.

• To all the women who competed in the Australian Running Festival, whether as a first-timer or a seasoned runner, whatever distance you chose to run, well done!

• To all the volunteers who coached the ARF team, thank you for your time and dedication. Thank you also to the volunteers who supported the runners over the weekend – there’s nothing quite like the sight of FIT supporters out on the course.

• To the organisers of the ANZAC Day ride, thank you very much for the company, cycle, BBQ & clothing pool! It was fantastic & as usual the FIT organisers and volunteers were amazing.

• To Andrea McDonald who has been a quiet achiever for FIT for 10 years or more. Andrea has volunteered for and run the WAG-Tri (women’s and girl’s triathlon) when FIT was running this event. Andrea has been on the FIT Committee for a number of years and is the current Membership Officer for the second year, and has done an amazing job in this role. She also managed the FIT OutFit role for several years. Andrea supports FIT members at nearly every event FIT members participate in, from helping coach Rookie Runners to flying to Paris to support FIT members who were running the Paris marathon.
In 2015 Andrea ran her first marathon in her 70th year – an amazing feat!
Andrea can often be seen staying back with new runners, walkers or cyclists to support them and also is one of the first coach/helpers to put up their hand to assist with the WTTP (women’s triathlon training program), with the running and cycling programs. Andrea was one of the first water running coaches for FIT, and continues to support the current water running coaches.
Andrea supports Lindy Hou (our vision impaired FIT members) by driving her to FIT running and other events that Lindy needs to get to. All in all, Andrea is an outstanding FIT volunteer who is deserving of recognition acknowledgement.

• To Polly Templeton for her courage, determination and positive attitude in successfully returning to and completing a standard distance triathlon some two years after a serious cycling accident.
On 14 April, Polly completed the Standard Distance Triathlon in Wollongong in 3 hours 10 minutes. This achievement followed a long recovery from her cycling accident in January 2017 whilst on a FIT cycling ride. After the accident which put her in hospital and required an extended recovery, Polly needed to regain her fitness and strength and her neck muscle strength in particular. Initially, even getting on a bike was not possible, so any triathlon training was a significant achievement.
During the past two years, Polly returned to work, continued as Treasurer of Triathlon ACT and was a frequent triathlon volunteer, supporter and eventual competitor. This included travel to the ITU World Championships at the Gold Coast in September 2018, where Polly enthusiastically cheered the FIT participants on.

2019 Triathlon ACT Young Women Leadership Program

The 2019 Triathlon ACT Young Women Leadership Program has been developed to enhance gender diversity across all leadership roles within the Triathlon Community.

The initial workshop will be held in July, with additional seminars between August and December 2019.

Date: 13th July 2019

Time: 8am – 4pm

Venue: QUT Business School 2 King Street, Deakin, ACT, 2600

Cost: FREE

Applications now open for female Triathlon ACT members aged 16-39 years of age

Applications close: Sunday 5th May, 2019 at 11:45pm.

Application form: To apply, please complete this form. You should allow 15-20mins to complete the application.

The aim of this program is to provide participants with a thorough knowledge of how to communicate effectively in a contemporary triathlon event, club and organisation environment. This will include developing both an informed awareness of key elements such as purpose, persuasion, language, framing, listening, feedback and conversation; as well as the practical skills to apply these elements and model them as leaders.

The Triathlon ACT Young Women Leadership Program supports increasing organisational capacity and capability by providing the necessary leadership opportunities, education and confidence for women to take on key leadership roles and ensure that by 2023 they occupy 50% of the club and Triathlon ACT leadership roles. The program directly supports assisting triathlon clubs to build their capacity through governance training, organisational planning and education of administrators. It also directly relates to developing the skills of female volunteers, officials and administrators so that they can contribute further leadership capacity in triathlon.

More information about this initiative is available on the TACT website.