The club currently is proud of over 140 athletes having competed in the last 12 months boosting membership across all age barriers with members in their 60’s still competing regularly right down to under 10’s. The clubs knows that without the valued support of local sponsors that this growth would not have been possible.
The club high lights has been over the last 20 years “Seeing athletes of all abilities grow over the years, some to elite level while others have had great longevity and are the motivators behind introducing new members to club level and beyond”.
David Meade the current club president is well know in Triathlon circles across the world and has placed top ten several occasions at the elite level of Australian Ironman not to mention numerous state titles (Shepparton 5 times which state championship long course title). There has been 9 athletes compete in the world Ironman championships in Hawaii and over 50 members have competed at Ironman level across the globe. The club won the state CLUB duathlon series in 2005 and Leon Griffin who grew up competing in the club won the World Duathlon titles in 2006. Success is measured in many ways, “we have stalwart athletes such as Gavin Feidler who has competed since the very first race and still going as strong as ever, he is a back bone to our club and one of the most successful members.”
If you are considering taking up competing at Triathlons the clubs summarises their events as being “safe, fun and exciting”. “We aim to provide support to our members through coaching, advice, training sessions and club days.” The club believes that you don’t have to be an elite athlete, they are about participation. Families are an integral part of this club and celebrating achievements of others. Social interaction is a corner stone of the clubs continued growth with breakfast at events and quality time after where there is time to review and build confidence in the club members.
The club has built a solid foundation over the past 20 years, and see this being attributed to having a united committee focused on providing quality events for its members from the junior ranks through to senior. The Bendigo Triathlon Club survives through the hard work and input of all of its members, whether that is from the office bearers or the seasonal racer. Members are always there to support each other as they compete for their own individual goals.