WTTP Scholarship Testimonials

The Women’s Triathlon Training Program (WTTP) is the flagship novice training program for Females in Training (FIT). It encourages women to try triathlon for the first time; and to return to triathlon after a period away from the sport. The WTTP is an exciting opportunity for women to enjoy the sport of triathlon in a supportive, female-only environment.

WTTP Scholarship 2018

In 2018, for the first time, FIT offered two scholarships to extend this opportunity to women who otherwise would not have been able to participate. In addition, two partial scholarships, covering the 12 months of FIT membership fees, were also awarded. We asked three of last year’s recipients, Kate, Caitlin and Taisa, what the scholarship meant to them, and how they have benefitted from the program.

What did they say about the program and the scholarship?

A common factor in joining WTTP was the desire to do a triathlon, while lacking the confidence and know-how to go about it. For Taisa, another key reason for joining the WTTP was that she had only recently moved to Canberra from Brazil, so found it a great way to get out and meet new people; while the routine of regular group exercise has been integral to Kate’s recovery from postnatal depression. This camaraderie and community are key to FIT and to the WTTP, with experienced coaches and helpers on hand for each discipline every step of the way. Kate summed it up, saying, “We are so lucky to have these wonderful women help motivate and teach us”; while Caitlin was struck by how “supportive and welcoming” everyone was.

For everyone who completes the WTTP, the benefits will be as varied as their reasons for signing up. For this year’s scholarship recipients, those benefits were wide-ranging. While all three said that their physical fitness improved, they also gained valuable knowledge and skills that they weren’t expecting. Caitlin gained a range of fitness and general skills, from learning to swim, to how to change a bike tyre!

Sounds great – what next?

Triathlon is a challenging but rewarding sport and the Women’s Triathlon Training Program aims to introduce women to the sport in a supportive and friendly environment, providing them with the skills to compete at a range of levels. If you’d like to ‘tri it out’ but think the cost of the program could be prohibitive, why not apply for the FIT WTTP Scholarship 2019 and see what benefits you can get from the program.


FIT ‘Come & Tri’ Day

Come & Tri with Canberra’s only women’s triathlon group –  Females in Training (FIT)

If you have ever thought about doing a triathlon and then the next thought started with ‘but…’ then the FIT is right for you. Our mission is to give you the confidence to complete your first triathlon and have a great time doing it.

Our 2019 Women’s Triathlon Training Program (WTTP) will start in early October.  The program offers training sessions in each of the three triathlon disciplines (swimming, cycling and running) in a friendly and encouraging environment. The WTTP is open to all women over the age of 18.

Interested?   FIT invites you to find out more and meet our friendly team at our weekly Saturday run and breakfast session.

Date:  Saturday 21 September

Time:  7.30am – please arrive early as we head off at 7.30.

Venue:  Meet at Acton Ferry Terminal, Barrie Drive, Acton.

We cater for all levels of fitness from walkers to speedy runners.

Breakfast: Morning Glory, 2/15 Edinburgh Avenue, New Acton

More info: enquiries@fitact.org.au



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
NFSA http://shop.nfsa.gov.au/the-big-bike-film-night-2019
Wednesday 7th August, 7pm NFSA http://shop.nfsa.gov.au/the-big-bike-film-night-2019

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