My 2012/13 season with WTC...
Warringah Triathlon Club and the people within it have had a huge influence to my own personal development in the sport since my first triathlon in 2005 (Forster Half Ironman) followed by my first Ironman 2006 (Ironman Australia). Its for this reason, I am so passionate towards giving back where I can as an expression of thanks and to help others grow, develop and realise their own personal potential in the sport - and have fun doing it! Projects I have thoroughly enjoyed working on include:
- Revamp of the Warringah Triathlon Club Website. One of my key objectives was to give recognition to members of all levels and abilities and to recognise the huge amount of volunteer work done within our club. I'd like to express a very special thanks to Chris Harmer and Ryan Lonsdale who assisted me throughout this process.
- Driving the 'club motto' competition and wrapped to see our club motto 'Dare to Tri' on the new club uniform (which looks pretty damn awesome!). Well done to Rory O'Donoghue on the winning entry! The WTC Committee, Linda Smith and Ryan Lonsdale have done an amazing job with the roll out of the new club uniform and club logos!
- Setting up and administrating the Evening Information Nights as an education platform for members to develop knowledge and skills within all aspects of the sport, as well as providing a social outlet for new and existing members to get together and talk all things triathlon! A very special thanks to our guest speakers throughout the season and the WTC Social Committee who have been of invaluable assistance with these events.
- Obtaining my Level 1 Coaching Certificate. I have really loved the experience of coaching and this has been a huge learning curve for me personally. Nothing is more rewarding to a coach, than see growth and development in an athlete you work closely with. I'm really proud of the guys I had the opportunity to assist and work with, towards their personal goals.
A note of thanks...
To the 2012/13 Committee:- Travis Bottomley (steering the ship as President), Chris Harmer, Matt Tonkin, Andy Kean, Mick Smith, Bev and Geoff Thorsen, Symon Astley & Rob Howitt. A massive round of applause to you guys for your tireless volunteer work and contribution to the club over the 2012/13 season. The club has grown in leaps and bounds over the past 12 months through your huge efforts from club races, newsletters to open days! To juggle multiple personal commitments with volunteer work towards WTC is a huge challenge and I'm super proud of what you have achieved as a team. The club is extremely lucky to have such a strong back bone of dedicated people with great motivation and positive energy - ensuring the club meets the growing needs of members throughout the year.
To the WTC Social Committee - Michelle Jones, Claire Keeling, Caroline Corish and Alison Lukas, these guys have been in every corner of every club event! Bev Thorsen and her passion for volunteer work, has also made a big contribution towards the co-ordination and social aspect of events. Outstanding job on all fronts girls! Your efforts have had a huge positive impact towards creating a welcoming and fun environment for members to get-together and enjoy all things social associated with our sport.
To the Warringah Coaching Alliance - The coaching opportunities have grown massively over the past 12 months. Special mention to the weekly commitments by Symon Astley, Andy Kean and Dan Howitt who have been instrumental to facilitating routine and regular coached sessions for our members. Trav and Mick Smith (Coach Caption!) have been the key drivers in setting up WTC with Sydney Academy of Sport, Narrabeen (SAS). I'm wrapped to see so many future opportunities being developed with SAS through the utilisation of their facilities. And then there's the development of future club camps, the fun never stops :-) There's opportunities to 'get amongst it' for all levels and abilities - from Sprint to Ironman!
To all the members (and family of members!) who have volunteered and helped in some shape or form throughout the year - A massive thank you!!! This club wouldn't happen without all your support.
The club currently has over 500 members, of which 212 new members signed up during the 2012/13 period. This is a reflection of the club's spirit behind volunteer efforts towards the development of various triathlon club programs and events. Its this positive energy, combined with the support and comradery among our members which attracts more people to 'Dare to Tri' this awesome sport and be part of our growing club :-)
Yearly Awards - Congratulations to...
In summary, Chrissie's key points:
1. Don't let fear stop you from achieving your potential.
2. Mistakes are essential. Races with mistakes are the ones which you often learn most from and make you stronger.
3. The perfect race is the race where you overcome imperfections...perfectly. You'll go into a race and not everything will go according to plan, but if you overcome these problems in the best possible way then that is a measure of success...not the time on the clock.
4. Live a life without limits...You are capable of so much more than you think you are.
The best things about triathlon:
1. The friendships and comradery, support networks and opportunities from volunteer work to being a competitor. There is a place and opportunity for everyone in the sport.
2. The huge opportunities to travel and see places through race and training events
3. The Challenge! It doesn't get any better than triathlon ;-) You always walk away learning something from every experience.
4. Triathlon forces you to grow in both body and mind. Regardless of level or ability, the best athletes are not just physically strong but mentally prepared.
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