September 12, 2012

NEWSLETTER – Sept 2012

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It’s been a while between newsletters, but we’ve started the year with a bang with Mitchell Brown and Elisha Bell taking line honours in last weekend’s Husky Half Marathon.
Remember to keep us posted on where you’re racing, results, and any news or pix you’d like to share! Either post on the Club’s new Facebook page or email

pic1Brilliant effort by Mitch and Elisha to give the Club top honours in the Husky Half! So much for the argument that triathletes can’t run! Mitchell finished in 1:17:15 to win the event, while Elisha took the female crown in 1:29:43 and finished 18th overall! Not a bad effort for a new mum – and it was great to see 1-yo Miller on the sidelines with Marty to cheer Elisha home. That’s Miller in pink in the background.

pic2Congratulations too to Chris Stubbs, who teamed up with Mark Betts to take out the men’s team category, to Jay and Paula Luke who placed second in the mixed teams, and to Kylie Stewart who teamed up with Holly Bond to place third in the female teams category.
It was great to see Jeremy Sutton out doing some serious Ironman training, and the big smiles on the faces of the ladies in pink – Colleen Stahlhut and Clare Eastmont.
Congratulations to everyone who finished and to our fun runners who completed the 5km or 2km races. Full results at end of newsletter.

pic4Congratulations too to Matt Lewis who stepped up to long distance racing with a slick effort in last month’s Yeppoon 70.3. Matt finished 6th in his age group in 4:50:30.

pic5While the rest of us were enjoying the off-season, five club members make the trek north to compete in the Cairns Ironman and Half Ironman events. Congratulations to Tibor Slezak and Paula and Jay Luke who all completed the Ironman in hot and steamy conditions. Tony Lim and Tony McGowan joined Renae Watkins in the half and Tony Lim picked himself up a bronze medal for his efforts – finishing 3rd in the 60-64 age group in 6:04:51.
I can’t resist mentioning that Paula and Renae posted the fastest JB times in both events. (See results section) Renae obviously likes long distance- she’s now training for Ironman!

Best of luck to the JB athletes heading to Auckland next month for the Sprint and Olympic age group world championships on October 22! Also to Louise Heywood who will be competing in the world Ironman championships in Kona on October 13. Go hard and have fun all of you!

It was a tough day at the office for our roving triathlete in South Korea, Kerry Hale, who was forced to withdraw from the Shinan International Ironman with heatstroke last month. Kerry’s fascinating report on what it feels like to have a full meltdown is on the website at

Membership fees for 2012/13 are now due – $25 for individuals and $50 for families. Juniors pay the full adult rate but can come to as many Club training sessions at Iluka as they like for free. That’s a saving of $5 per event. Renew online at

Rocket Science has been signed up as our new uniform supplier so if you’re looking for some new racing kit, Tony McGowan has samples so you can check fabric and sizing.

pic7We have to choose a design – so far the voting is in favour of the top picture, but let Tony know your preference. Full pix of male and female models at or on the Facebook page. Tony is looking for a minimum order of 12 for delivery before Husky I.

Don’t forget the next training session will be THIS Sunday, September 16, at Iluka. Cost $5 for members, $10 for non-members. We’re offering a choice of duathlon or triathlon after requests from some Auckland-bound members for a chance to warm up their wetsuits. Dates for the rest of the year are:
October 21.
November 18.
December 16.
February 10.
March 17.
May 5.
June 16.

Thanks to everyone who turned up at the winter sessions. Numbers might have been down but there was still plenty of fun to be had  and new TT bikes to try out Ashley?
Check out the Club’s web page for more pix.
AGM. The Club’s Annual General Meeting was held last month and the following office bearers elected:
President: Tony Lim
Vice president: Marcus Vowels
Secretary: Ken Price
Treasurer: Sally Pateman
Web master: Jeff Cockrem
Equipment Officer/Race director: Bill Stahlhut
Minutes sec: Annette Sampson
Catering: David Edwards
Equipment assistant: Jeremy Sutton
Development officers: Joanne Warren, Catherine Head and Chris Stubbs
Publicity officers: Annette Sampson and Chris Stubbs
Fund raising officer: Jeremy Sutton
Uniforms officer: Tony McGowan
Full minutes at

The next general meeting is on Thursday, 18 October at 7pm at St Georges Basin Country Club. All welcome.

TA membership. A reminder that TriNSW’s insurance only applies to financial members of Triathlon Australia.  JB Tri Club members receive discounted TA membership. TA has improved its membership offer this year with discounts and other benefits. Check it out at

Facebook. Thank you to Tony Lim for setting up the Club’s new Facebook page. It’s certainly proving popular! There’s also the Club’s website,

Email list. Know someone who isn’t getting their Club emails? Contact


Saturday bike ride. Leaves from Vincentia Service Station at 6.30 am for the National Park. It’s still the famous  ‘banana ride’ – peel off when you need to.
Anyone else got a training session they’d like to start or share? Email

FEEDBACK. Have we missed any of your achievements? Send any ideas, news, photos etc to Or just post on the Club’s Facebook page.

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1 1 Mitchell BROWN 01:17:15 15-19 Male 1
97 12 Brendon KELLY 01:48:31 20-29 Male 72
132 32 Jeremy SUTTON 01:54:01 30-39 Male 91
229 15 Christopher VINCE 02:16:28 50-59 Male 117



18 1 Elisha BELL 01:29:43 30-39 Female 1
143 16 Nicole RATTENBURY 01:55:50 40-49 Female 49
155 12 Katie WINKWORTH 01:58:18 20-29 Female 56
240 36 Colleen STAHLHUT 02:20:51 40-49 Female 118
268 43 Nina SANTANGELO 02:43:04 40-49 Female 141
269 15 Julie MCGOWAN 02:43:04 50-59 Female 142



2 2 PAULA LUKE & JASON LUKE 01:37:18 Team Mixed 2
6 1 MARK BETTS & CHRIS STUBBS 01:48:02 Team Male 1
9 5 ANNE SLEZAK & T 01:51:52 Team Mixed 5
11 3 KYLIE STEWART & HOLLY BOND 01:54:14 Team Female 3



72 4 Geoff LEWIS 00:27:33 50-59 Male 48
104 4 Kathy LEWIS 00:29:22 50-59 Female 49
126 17 Vanessa EDWARDS 00:30:54 30-39 Female 67



138 6 Matt LEWIS 04:50:30 18-24 Male 128 00:31:34 02:37:39 01:38:28




499 27 Renae WATKINS 05:56:00 35-39 Female 121 00:40:51 02:54:39 02:11:19
556 3 Tony LIM 06:04:51 60-64 Male 415 00:40:04 02:52:54 02:20:12
776 9 Tony MCGOWAN 07:08:16 55-59 Male 532 00:42:52 03:19:52 02:54:06



461 13 Paula LUKE 12:35:43 35-39 Female 63 01:29:38 06:24:55 04:24:26
470 36 Tibor SLEZAK 12:38:49 50-54 Male 405 01:25:00 06:08:33 04:48:57
556 105 Jason LUKE 13:14:55 40-44 Male 470 01:34:12 06:08:19 05:15:01



88 5 Renae WATKINS 02:41:08 35-44 years Female 20 00:32:28 01:12:54 00:55:45