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.

ARF Review

Congratulations to all who participated in the Australian Running Festival last weekend. FIT was represented in four out of the five events: 5km, 10km, half-marathon and marathon.

This was the culmination of many weeks of training to get to the start line. A number of FIT women competed in their chosen distance for the first time, others came back for another round, and for others still it was just another training run en route to a bigger goal. For all of the FIT women involved, it was a great achievement and we congratulate all of you. 

The Rookie Runners this year competed in the 5km as their ‘graduation’ event. All did well, with Sarah coming home in a fantastic time of 28mins.

Thanks also to the wonderful coaches who got everyone across the line:

  • Beth, Donna, Kim and Angela for their support of this year’s rookie program.
  • Di Evans for once again working tirelessly with the full and half marathon programs.

Special mention to the large number of supporters out on the course on foot and on bikes all weekend. The runners really appreciated seeing you there.

The final event of the weekend was the celebration at The Mawson Club on Sunday afternoon, a chance to celebrate the achievements of all participants, their coaches and supporters.

FITFlash Shout outs – March

This month, we have two related shout outs.

The first goes to Simone Annis in recognition of her journey back to training.

Simone , triathlete and coach had to achieve the biggest thing in life so fair… kicking cancer.
She has made weekly posts on Facebook about her feelings and progress and her truth and resilience have been inspirational.  After a three-month hiatus, Simone recently returned to traning, going for a 40min run walk.
She also featured in the FIT-managed Relay for Life team.
Simone has shown great FIT spirit through determination, keeping active, and allowing the sisterhood to care for her and her family when needed.
We love you Simone. Return when you are ready because indeed you never left us.

The second is from Simone herself who would like to thank everyone for their support during her treatment.

I think Simone said it best herself, so I defer to her own words.

I could think of a whole bunch of people I could nominate for this, but for a start: A big thankyou to all those who offered and gave their support to my family and I during the difficult time I had recently getting treatment for cancer in Sydney. A big shout out to the absolutely fantastic Jill Wisbey who organised a task roster and to all of the lovely FIT ladies who cooked and delivered dinners to my family while I was away.

A big shout out also to all those who sent me copious messages of support on Facebook, by phone and in person. I really, really appreciated it and the collective kindness of the FIT community made all the difference to the experience for me. Without a doubt I felt loved and supported. I am incredibly grateful for the practical help and the ongoing support and encouragement. Many FIT members have also experienced the shadow of cancer and the generosity and honesty in sharing their experiences, or that of their loved ones, was also appreciated.

I look forward to seeing everyone at FIT sessions on my journey back to fitness and good health. And, if you have personal doubt about getting up in the morning and turning up to FIT sessions, just keep coming.  I am convinced that my body’s ability to cope with treatment, my general resilience and my fast recovery was due in part to my level of fitness before I went into treatment (another thing I can have extreme gratitude to FIT and our coaches for). So my advice is to keep coming, keep volunteering and feel gratitude for the fact that you can and are running, cycling, swimming or doing what you do because you never know what will happen in the future.

Relay for Life 2019 – Round-up

Relay for Life – Clubs of Canberra Tri and Conquer – Wrap Up


FIT Relay for Lifers


Relay for Life was an amazing experience where all of the participants embraced the team spirit. Like cancer, the battle could not be faced alone. A support crew of runners, walkers, tent minders, roster jugglers, aid station attendants, campsite setter-uppers and downers, and a reliable, timely media crew.

This is what Relay for Life is about.

The Stats:

We went into the day with a tight, but full roster, and by the end of the weekend had 13 ‘baton’ carriers, who ensured we were on the track through the entire 24hours.

The ‘baton’ completed 487 laps or 194.8km. Support teams and friends travelling with the baton runner also racked up the mileage. For our first time at the event, not knowing what to expect this is a great achievement.

We raised $2619 through our website, cash donations, and on the day competitions.


• 3-legged race was won by the young whippets Caitlin and Justine in a smashing time of 2:00, witnessed by team captain Chel. (Ladies come and collect your prize, courteous of FIT and the Runner’s shop.)
• Fastest Backwards Lap was won by Krishni at 08:55 on day 2 in the pouring rain, in a time of 3:05. Krishni had already run 19k’s by then. (Krishni, your prize, a flipbelt, courteous of FIT and the Runner’s shop.)
• Fastest Lap as a crab walk was won by pure team spirit on day 2, in the wet, by the very experienced Trail Ladies, Mary, Petra and Suzie. (Ladies, enjoy your prize courteous of FIT and New Balance.)
• Number of Lollies in the Jar was won by Wendy Edwards. Actually was 895 and Wendy guessed 894. And yes, I did actually spend the afternoon counting gumballs. (Wendy, come and collect your prize, courteous of FIT and Kmart.)

Shoutouts and thankyous:

The list could be absolutely endless… everyone worked amazingly hard to keep spirits and energy up, and to keep Team Captain Chel sane and safe enough to drive home. A few special mentions:
• Setup crew: coming down 3hours before the event started, sacrificing sleep-ins to make our camp site, HQ, liveable and awesome.
• Jason: partner of a FIT runner, who dragged himself out of bed and did 30mins on the track to cover us when we were short. Thankyou for bringing brave enough to join an otherwise all female team.
• Finally to those who are recovering. We had multiple people in our relay team who have suffered illness and injury of late and stepped up to proof they are resilient women, who will a little support can do great things.

So who’s joining in next year? We’ve set a benchmark, let’s build on this and make next year even better

FIT Coaching Coordinator