Newsletter 1 2011


Athlete news
Club champs
Club events
Club update
Tips and benefits
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For those of you who haven’t been in touch for a while, the Club has elected a new committee and we’re working to make JB Tri Club THE tri club to belong to in the state. To keep everyone involved we’ll be sending out these regular updates. So let us know what you think and keep us posted on what you’re up to in your tri events and training.


Ironmen. A big congratulations to our double-digit ironman, Tibor Szelak, who notched up his 11th Ironman at Port Macquarie last weekend. He looked fit and well when spotten in Husky on Wednesday morning and reported it had been “a nice long day”, if a bit windy on the bike. Tibor finished in 12:19:17 with a 1:12:05 swim (3.8kms), 6:25:52 bike (180kms), and 4:31:11 run (42.2kms).

It seems the Ironman bug is catching with Tony Lim, Kate Manderson, Chris Vince and Andrew Sutton registered for Busselton in December, Bill Stahlhut planning for Port Macquarie in 2012, and Mark Stewart declaring he was on for Busselton 2012 after watching last weekend’s efforts. Best of luck with your training!

Tri tragic.No luck was needed by Tim O’Connell who conveniently planned a holiday in Byron Bay that just happened to coincide with this weekend’s Byron Bay Tri. It was Tim’s first Olympic distance and what a place to do it!

Ironman 2. When Mitchell Brown posted on Facebook that he’d just done a 49x100m swim session, we assumed he was joking. Apparently not. What’s up Mitch – couldn’t find the energy for another 100?

Pic pick.

In this month’s pic Mekaylah Burdield shows how to manage a fast transition.

Got a pic you’d like to share? Email it to Annette at or Marcus at and we’ll include it in a future newsletter.

New age grouper. Special birthday wishes to Bill Stahlhut who turned 50 this weekend and is thrilled to be moving to a new age group. Only problem is the guys who keep beating him are getting older too!


A big thank you to Louise Heywood, Bill Stahlhut, Jeremy Sutton, Katie Winkworth and the Stewart clan who are off to Forster next weekend to represent JB at the NSW Club Championships. We know they’ll do us proud.

New Club secretary, Ken Price, is keen to organise a bigger contingent to compete in next year’s event. It’s a great way to end the season and last time JB competed we took out second place in the regional club rankings. Not bad for our first time out!

We’ll provide more details closer to the event but keep a spot in your calenders for 2012 – it will be a great weekend.


May event cancelled. For those who haven’t heard we’ve had to cancel the duathlon event planned for next weekend while we sort out permits and other details. Club events will restart in June with a renewed emphasis on training so we’re all fit and ready to race next season.

So if there’s some aspect of triathlon that you want to learn to do better, here’s your chance. All input and ideas welcomed.

Membership and fees. We also need to get more serious about ensuring everyone is up to date with their membership and pays the $5 fee when they attend Club events. Membership fees for the 2011/12 financial year (that’s the year starting on June 30) have been kept at $25 a head and a new $50 fee has been set for family memberships. We’ve deliberately kept prices low so that we can all afford to be members of a great little club that’s only going to get better.

Insurance.Research with TriNSW has revealed that members are only covered by its insurance if they are also members of Triathlon Australia. Membership of TA provides benefits such as discounted entry to many races and the ability to earn points for your Club at Club Championships. If you’ve got a nagging ambition to wear the green and gold, TA membership is also required to qualify for the Australian team for the ITU World Championships.

Non-TA members will still be able to participate at Club events but will do so at their own risk.


New committee. A bigger committee was elected to run the Club at the AGM in March. The committee now includes Adam Coulton (pres), Marcus Vowels (vp), Ken Price (sec), Sally Pateman (treas), Bill Stahlhut, Cathy Head, Chris Stubbs, Jo Warren, Tony Lim, Katie Winkworth, Shane Cousins, and Annette Sampson. Any thoughts on what you’d like the Club to offer members welcomed.

General meeting. A reminder that the next GM of all members will be held at 7pm at St Georges Basin Country Club on May 19. Come along and have your say and if there’s anything you’d like included in the agenda send it to Ken Price at

Trailer.Race director Bill Stahlhut has ordered a new trailer for the Club which will make setting up Club events, and travel to events like Club Championships, easier to organise. Thanks to our sponsors – St Georges Basin Physiotherapy, Worrigee Street Medical Centre, Raine & Horne, Building Revolutions, Bikes at the Basin, EGR Trailers and Bombaderry Bowling Club for funding the purchase.

Web site. Tony Lim has been revamping the Club’s website at – latest results, photos, club news will all be posted. He has also set up a group at so members can stay in touch with one another.


Training sessions.Finding it hard to get motivated to keep up the training with the race season over and the weather getting cooler? Why not come along to one of the regular training sessions organised by Club members.

Saturday bike ride. Leaves from Vincentia Service Station at 6.30am for the National Park. It’s a “banana ride””– people peel off when they need to. Options range from Murrays Beach return to Summercloud Bay and Caves beach, or join the Ironmen and cycle on.

Vincentia hill repeats. Leaves from Plantation Pt boat ramp at 6pm on Wednesdays. Run up to the Golf Club, and again, and again. Don’t forget to bring relective clothing and/or lights.

Turtles Saturday morning swim – while the weather allows! Meet at the northern car park a Huskisson beach at 8am.

Interested in a swim session on Tuesday or Thursday night? Tony McGowan is looking for starters to organise a regular group. Contact him through the google group.

Sunday afternoon ride – meets at 3pm at St Georges Basin service station. Contact Cathy Head for info.

Nutrition.As an endurance sport, one of the big challenges of triathlon is making sure you have enough fuel in the tank on race day. Whether you’re racing shorter distances or in for the long haul you need the right form of energy to maximise your performance. The Australian Institute of Sport has a good fact sheet on nutrition for triathletes at

Sponsors.The Committee will be talking to sponsors and local businesses about discounts and benefits for club members. If your business would like to be involved let us know.


Ideas, news items, photos and other contributions are warmly welcomed. Send them to:

Annette at or Marcus at