The Committee

BOARD

Mike Lavender
President
Nickname:
Mick, Mike and a few other variations

Day job:
A long time employee of Telstra

Committee role:
A whole host of stuff, like:

  • Communications (e.g. facebook, email)
  • Pre- and post-race admin, inc medals, start lists, timing, posting results
  • Liaison with Triathlon Australia for national events
  • Sponsorship management, including race day prizes
  • Volunteer coordination
  • Race day manager (as needed)
  • Events and awards organisation
  • Drafting grant applications
  • Member of the Triathlon Tasmania board
  • Purchasing club merchandise and equipment

Passions:
Wife and son, renovating and traveling and triathlon of course!

When/Why Tri South:
In around 2010 I started in the sport struggling to swim 300m, and taking in equal quantities of air and water. I joined the committee to make events possible, aiming to make them sustainable and to promote the sport. Never having trained properly I’ve struggled through 4 full distance Ironman events. Since joining the committee I’ve been on the wrong side of the start line too often, but I hope to get the chance to race soon. My motto is “If you are in your comfort zone you aren’t growing.”

Carl Hoddy
Co-Vice President
Nickname:
Carlos

Day Job:
Dreaming of being a Professional Triathlete, but also a Public Servant

Committee Role:
Race planning

Passions:
Love traveling for races and have raced in every state of Australia & 8 countries (so far). Fortunate to have represented Australia at 9 World Championships (Sprint Tri, Standard Tri, Aquathlon, Duathlon & Cross-Tri) and worn the green & gold 16 times. Most recently represently Australia in Mexico at the Tri Worlds and in the Snowy Mtns in the Cross-Tri Worlds.

When/Why Tri South?:
Since 2006. Addicted to this sport and realised that events wouldn’t take place in southern Tas unless someone organised them.

Jo Cook
Co-Vice President
Nickname:
Penelope

Day Job:
Like Carl, a public servant but unlike Carl, dreaming of retirement.

Committee Role:
Jack of all trades, master of none! Anything computer-based (e.g. online entry system, website, facebook) and also rego desk organisation and general supplies, race booklets, whatever else needs doing and required to be done yesterday.

Passions:
I come last nearly every race, but I love being part of our triathlon community and challenging myself. I reckon when I’m about 80 I might get to see the podium! 🙂

Bizarrely, I came to triathlon from a martial arts background. A friend suggested I join a tri squad to get fit in prep for my black belt exam. I ran and swam (after learning to swim) but unfortunately the tae kwon do club folded before I got my 1st dan, so it seemed natural to do a triathlon (or not?). I bought my first road bike at 43 and while I still struggle to feel comfortable on it, going bush on a mountain bike has really helped!

When/Why Tri South?
I joined the Committee after my first year and have been a fixture ever since in some capacity. I firmly believe it’s important that women are represented at Committee level as we can have a different and valuable perspective on many issues and we need to make that contribution. My general philosophy is that if you’re not part of the solution then you’re part of the problem, so be a good and active member of your club.

John Breen
John Breen
Treasurer
Nickname:
Breeny

Day Job:
Chief Financial Officer, Kingborough Council

Committe Role:
Treasurer

Passions:
Love to keep fit and exercise. Like to compete and to see if I can improve.  Have managed to finish a couple of 70.3’s which despite being incredibly tough, there is a great sense of achievement when finished. Maybe an IM in the future, depends whether the ageing body holds out.

Enjoy living by the sea and getting out for a paddle when I can.

When Why tri south?
Was involved in Triathlon in the late 90’s with the Oceana Tri Club and got a taste for competition. Went and did some bike racing in the early part of the 2000’s, but got back into Tri’s around 2010 and decided that I could contribute to the club by taking on the Treasurer role and supporting the hard working committee members.

Jason Clark
Secretary
Nickname:
Jase

Day Job:
Facility Manager, Hobart Airport (The place I eat and recover)

Committee Role:
Secretary, Technical Official

Passions:
Like all of the board I love Triathlon and have a passion for the Endurance format. I was in the Navy for 12 years which limited my sporting options but when I found Triathlon in 2015 (can’t believe it has only been two years) I knew this is what I wanted to do.  I’ve since completed 4 x Full Ironman events and currently training for the Ultraman in Noosa (May 17).

When/Why Tri South?:
I realised at one event that there was a group of individuals going to a heck of a lot of trouble for us to enjoy triathlon locally and felt that I needed to be a part of this team to add what little value I could. I can’t believe the effort that this team puts in and it is a privilege to help out in a small way.

GENERAL COMMITTEE

Mark Blake
Committee Member
Grew up on Bruny Island, only went to school to eat my lunch & got out as soon as I could. Mostly worked in the motor trade all my life, opening my own business in 1995 & still operating today.

Till mid 40’s was very unfit until Lynne (wife) bought a gym membership for my birthday… In 2008, after doing the Kakoda Trail with some mates, got this crazy idea I’d like to do a half Ironman triathlon. Joined a tri squad & started training, first having to learn how to swim! Competed in Busso half, loved it, and now I’m addicted!
Do all distances – whatever is going – and have competed in a couple of full Ironmans now and will be doing Cairns again in 2017. Can’t wait!

The thing that is a stand out for me is the people involved in triathlon are happy & lots of fun. When you get to a race everyone digs in & helps set up, with lots of chatter of course.

With our club it is all about participation, so it doesn’t matter if your first or last everybody is treated equally, if you are new & a bit nervous just let someone know & you will be looked after.

One of the volunteer medics once said to me that we were the hardiest sporting group he had ever come across & if there were to be a tsunami we would just alter the course to go around it.

Being on the Trisouth board is a real eye opener, the ideas for improving the events & the way we do things just keeps getting better.

Wayne Pretty
Wayne Pretty
Committee Member
Nickname:
Wayno, Wayney Baby, the BBQ King

Day Job:
Self employed sales rep.

Committe Role:
Long term committee member

Passions:
Meat Pies, cream buns, and watching funny goat videos.

When Why tri south:
I’ve been on the committee for longer than I can remember. While I haven’t competed in the last few years, I enjoy the chance to support the sport of triathlon and all the club members and volunteers that keep the sport going. If I can make it you will find me supporting the club, often looking after the traffic management outside Wyndham Resort on or near the mount/dismount line.

Katrina Carr
Katrina Carr
Committee Member
Nick name:
Kat

Day Job:
Mum of 2, Registered Nurse

Committee Role:
Uniforms

Passions:
Family & travel. My family live in the US so it’s fortunate I can cover both! Post children, the time for tri training is hard to find, so I have recently reignited my love of running. Not to say my bikes are neglected, always up for a coffee ride! I am also an avid skier and will get to the cold whenever we can! IM would be the ultimate goal.. maybe the next big birthday!

Why/When:
Moving from Melbourne I saw it a great way to meet people in Hobart, and tri families are always so welcoming!

Andrew Zielinski
Committee Member
Nickname:
A Zed

Day Job:
Professional photographer and tuckshop lady.

Committee Role:
Alternate opinion and a bit of this and that.
Technical Official and race photographer.

My short story:
First triathlon in Cremorne circa 1995, and quite a few since, BOP specialist.
Best triathlon memory,  going to the  Devonport Half Ironman 2006 alone and crossing the finish line dead last a few minutes before cut off, and the following 12 months finding the Triathlon South club and then going back the next year (to go a little faster) but with the support of the Triathlon South community.

Goals:
get back to 70.3 distance with a PB and see Tri South grow to its potential.

Lewis Mitchelmore
Committee Member
Nickname:
I don’t actually have one!

Day Job:
Self employed Antenna Technician (What’s that? TV antennas, internet and NBN connections, home theatre, just about anything attached to a TV or computer!)

Committe Role:
General Committee Member

About me:
Likes: Chocolate and beer, not necessarily in that order.  Hobbies: being a mamil (which would be a middle aged man in Lycra doing his triathlon training); making beer. Other skills: helping Mum’s taxi occasionally with kids’ activities. Wants: more aero (plus some skills to use it!).

When/Why tri south:
I’m quite new to the committee but like others I could see that there is a lot more to TriSouth than what appears on race days. I’ve decided that if I can help out even a little with tasks then it will ease a load from other hardworking members. I like the technical side of the race set up and have been introduced to different versions of race timing this season.

My wife Sian and I have four children who have all been enjoying the Schools triathlons (along with many other sports and activities), the three oldest have competed in club events and statewide events in their respective age groups. This really can be a great family outing which has already had us travel around Australia, one of the great aspects of the sport. Having three children as members also sees me attending a lot of junior development groups and training squads.

There is a great camaraderie and inclusiveness in triathlon and while I can recall being a quiet newcomer to TriSouth a few years ago, the help, advice and role models here have helped myself, family and others along the way to enjoying many races.

Darryl White
Committee Member
Nickname:
Daz

Day Job:
People, Culture and Safety Manager

Committee Role:
Whatever I can do to help. Providing assistance to set up at events or volunteering at events.  Looking to help the committee to enhance its safety documentation/strategies.  The not so glamorous stuff but really important stuff to get right.

Passions:
Keeping fit – doing some form of physical activity is part of my life and an important part of maintaining my health and wellbeing. I do enjoy a good coffee and I also enjoy travelling.

When/Why Tri South:
I decided to give triathlon a go in the 2015/2016 season after being a fairly avid runner.  I was looking for a new challenge.  I have always been a strong swimmer but I had not been on a bike since my teenage years.  Riding a road bike and clipping in (cleats) was a new challenge for me and there were a few interesting experiences.

My first introduction to Tri South and first race was a Duathlon at the DEC.  It was freezing but I enjoyed it and came back for more.

I joined the Committee after my first year as I believe that everyone should pitch in and do their bit.  A lot of work goes into organising and running events.