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
2nd 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.

Mark Dew
1st Vice President
Nick name:
Dewie

Day job:
High School Teacher

Passions:
Family, education and learning, staying fit and active.

When / Why triathlons:
I started in triathlons in 2004 with the tri squad at All Aerobics. Previously I had competed in a variety of sports, playing football for ten years, and had stints in rowing, sailing, kayaking, volleyball and gridiron. With Gridiron, I was the founder of the Glenorchy Raiders of the original Tasmania Gridiron League, and played 50 matches.

I turned to triathlon as my fitness (and my weight) was struggling and I wanted a sport that was challenging. Triathlon has built in variety and a big plus was that nobody was out to hit you unlike gridiron (I later discovered that this was not the case in the swim leg!!!). Triathlon also has age groups, which makes it a lifelong sport. The 2004-2005 season was just prior to the formation of Trisouth and I had to travel to Devonport to get my first race. I still think it’s great that this is no longer the case.

Highlights, was my one Ironman Race at Port Macquarie in 2009 (11:11), and representing Australia in cross triathlon in 2015-16 in Sardinia and Snowy Mountains in 2016-17.

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.

Michael Anderson
Secretary
Nickname:
Ando, Mr 1%

Day Job:
Cemetery administration

Passions:
Have always enjoyed playing sport. Started playing Hockey in grade 3 and track running in grade 8. Did my 1st triathlon in 1989 at the Clarence pool and have been a regular since then. I enjoy the challenge, and active lifestyle. I have 2 teenage children and an understanding and equally active wife.

When/Why Tri South:
It is the local club and a way to participate in the sport around the world. Our club is based on member support and being on the committee is a way for me to give back and also help grow our sport.

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.

Sheila Barrett
General Committee
Nickname: Muuuuuuumm!

Day Job: Part-time Radiographer.

Likes: Family activities, tailwinds, calm water, finishing my training ready for morning tea.
Dislikies: Paperwork, head winds, big waves, over training, races that go over morning tea.

Passions: General fitness, mind and body, eating well, the outdoors, not overcomplicating things, time for morning tea.

About me: Emigrated from the UK in 2000. Live on the Eastern Shore with my husband and 2 boys.

Sport and Tri South:

Never been that keen on team sports, however, I have always been able to swim, ride bikes and run, so when Peter introduced me to triathlon it was an easy transition, especially when his first Christmas present to me was a road bike!

I’ve been taking part in triathlons for over 10 years now. Currently I use it as a means of keeping fit and giving a structure to my overall fitness goals.

After having the boys there was what seemed like a bit of a road to get back some fitness, 2-3yrs, however, it was a small amount of time in the scheme of things and I’m glad I didn’t (or was it couldn’t) do too much too soon. “Mum’s, give yourself a break, your body needs time to heal and fitness is there to enhance, not to add pressure”.

I don’t travel interstate for triathlon events so it is great to have well run local races which Tri South provide, thanks to volunteers, good organisers and passionate individuals. Being part of the club means there is always a friendly face at state-wide races and during any race, it is nice to get a cheer and give a cheer to fellow competitors.

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.

Chris White
Chris White
Committee Member
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.

Valeria Barons
Valeria Barons
Committee Member
Nick name:

Val

Day Job:

Community Service Worker

Passions:

A few. My family. Friends. Gardening. Exercising. Food and healthy living (not always of course). Lowering my carbon footprint. Compassion and respect for all – striving to anyway.

Why/When:
I’m not sure! I guess I like to pitch in. I’ve always appreciated the warm welcome I get at the races. When my kids were in primary school I joined their soccer club committee, it was fun but there was time and hard work to give. I work full-time so hadn’t jumped into helping Tri South’s Committee, but now I have!