The Committee

BOARD

Peter Barrett
President
Nickname:
Been called a lot of things over the years…. When I was a young fella it was “Bazza”.

Day Job:
Construction, Registered Plumber by trade.

Passions:
Keeping fit, I enjoy the challenge of setting a race goal and achieving it. Getting away with family whether it’s camping, on a plane or a drive up to gods country: Bridport.

Why triathlon:
I was introduced to Triathlon 28 years ago as a 16 year old by my bother-in-law. I quickly transitioned from a team sport of footy to the individual sport of triathlon, and enjoyed the challenge: of “getting out” what you “put in”. I raced as a junior, and was mostly serious about it. Trained with Clive Roper’s squad and often got bagged out about the empty Pizza boxes and beer cans in the boot of my car.

I have always had a strong work ethic and believe I provide well for my family, but must admit that sport does sneak too far up the importance scale when family and work is put in the equation. I enjoy the place where I live with my beautiful family, and firmly believe we do live in the lucky country….. and the best state, Tasmania.

When thinking of Tri South the following comes to mind: Friendly faces, great races, hard working committee and volunteers, organised, helpful, and inclusive.

    Mark Blake
    Senior Vice President
    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.

      Chris White
      Chris White
      Junior Vice President
      Nickname:

      Just Chris!

      Day Job:

      Professional Development Manager

      Passions:

      Spending time with my family and then, in no particular order, brewing beer, mountain bike riding, cooking, reading philosophy, breathing fresh air, coaching, home renovation and pushing myself. If I do all of these in one weekend then I am a happy man.

      Why/When triathlons:

      After participating in endurance events for many years, my body asked for some respite. After a third knee operation and dire warnings from my surgeon, I decided to take up triathlons as part of my recovery. I wish I had taken up the sport a lot earlier – immensely enjoyable as well as challenging.

        Lewis Mitchemore
        Treasurer
        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!)

        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.

          James O'Brien
          Secretary
          Coming soon…

            GENERAL COMMITTEE

            Stephen Fenton
            Stephen Fenton
            Commitee Member
            Nick name:

            Fents

            Day Job:

            Communications Technician

            Passions:

            As a sucker for bike technology I love building & maintaining bikes. I umpired my first footy match at 44 years of age & have been hooked ever since. Training & racing is a big part of my life & I feel blessed to still be able to do it.

            Why/When:

            Had competed in Biathlons (as they were called then) and decided to try a tri in the late 80’s because it was a huge challenge for someone who had never swam. I could run sub 35 minutes for 10k’s but couldn’t swim 25 metres without resting. My first tri was based at Clarence Pool and I managed to beat 1 person out of the water. Triathlon is a great community and I have met some awesome local, interstate & international competitors along the way.

              Jacqui Mailing
              General Committee
              Coming soon…
                Stephen Morahan
                Stephen Morahan
                Committee Member
                Nick name:

                When I was younger, Mozza

                Day Job:

                GM of the Tasman Hotel

                Committee role:

                Wherever I can help in supporting at events, and developing the club.

                Passions:

                I love travelling to new places to do races, and virtually any sport that gets me outside. And great food and wine.

                Why/When:

                I began participating in Triathlon about 5 years ago while living in Northern Thailand due to a combination of being very unhealthy due to drinking too much beer, eating a lot of unhealthy Thai food, working a lot, not moving very much and my wife moving to Singapore for work. With my weight increasing, health deteriorating, and no one to play with, I signed up to do the Phuket Triathlon, having never done one before . With that goal set, I began my internet inspired “Beginners Triathlon” training program, not having any background in swimming, riding or running. In preparation for my Phuket Triathlon challenge I thought I would do a race or two to determine if I enjoyed my new found sporting challenge. After 2 DNF’s (due to not meeting the cut off time), I finally finished a race and was hooked. From that point on I have not been able to, or want to, stop.

                Becoming a Tri South committee member provides an opportunity for me to contribute to the development of a wonderful club (and sport), that has had a very positive impact on my life. Of all the sports I have participated in, the Triathlon community, in particular the people involved in Triathlon South, are the most welcoming, inclusive and supportive I have had the pleasure of experiencing, and I would like to be a part of that.

                  Craig Shepherd
                  Committee Member
                  Coming soon…
                    Larissa Oates
                    Committee Member
                    Coming soon…
                      Grace Tamba
                      General Committee
                      Coming soon…