The Triathlon ACT Awards Night held on Saturday, June 24th, at the Southern Cross Club was a memorable celebration of extraordinary achievements within the triathlon community. Among the evening's highlights were the recognition of exceptional individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport.
Jack Young of Canberra Juniors and Libby Werner-Gibbings of FIT were honoured as the recipients of the Overall Series MVP (Tennant Hoefer Hurman Medal). Their dedication and outstanding performances have made them true inspirations to the triathlon community.
JT Multisport Club claimed the title of the 2022-23 Triathlon ACT League Champions, showcasing their exceptional skills and commitment throughout the season for a second year in a row.
Jacob Flanagan of JTM was named the ACT Male Triathlete of the Year, while Grace Hoitnik, also from JTM, received the well-deserved recognition as the ACT Female Triathlete of the Year. Their remarkable performances have exemplified excellence in their respective categories.
Penny Slater was presented with the prestigious Rachel Baker Memorial Award for her outstanding achievement in triathlon. Penny's remarkable podium finish at the Ironman African Championship and her impressive world ranking highlight her incredible talent and dedication to the sport.
Georgie Hicks and David Baussmann were recognised as the Age Group Athletes of the Year for their exceptional athletic achievements at various levels and distances in triathlon. Their consistency and notable performances have set them apart as exceptional athletes.
Ben Hall received the esteemed Darren Luskey Award for Ironman Achievement, acknowledging his impressive transition into triathlon and remarkable results, including setting a new course bike record at the Port Macquarie Ironman.
Sam Harding was awarded the Paratriathlete of the Year for his outstanding performances and achievements in the sport, including winning the PTVI Australian and Oceania Championships.
Jack Young was also presented with the Simon Thompson Award for Most Outstanding Performance by a Junior, recognising his remarkable achievements and potential as a rising star in the triathlon community.
Leeanne Tennant was honoured with the Rad Leovic Award for her contributions to the sport of triathlon, serving as an inspiration to younger athletes and actively volunteering her time and skills.
Connor Barbe, an exceptional participant in the Novice Program, was named the Novice of the Year for his remarkable progress and motivation, overcoming personal challenges and making a positive impact on his peers.
Peter Simpfendorfer was recognised as the Technical Official of the Year, showcasing his dedication and commitment to ensuring the safety and success of triathlon events in the ACT.
Bill and Chell Noble were named the Volunteer of the Year, acknowledging their invaluable contributions as traffic management and bike course marshals at every ACT event, ensuring the smooth running of competitions.
Susan Daniell was honoured as the Club Coach of the Year for her instrumental role in developing triathlon skills and fostering a supportive club environment.
James Thorp received the Special Achievement in Coaching award for his outstanding contributions to the athletic performance of his athletes, propelling them to success at both age-group and elite level triathlons.
Additionally, the evening recognised the age group winners who demonstrated exceptional performances and dedication throughout the season, showcasing their commitment to the sport.
The Triathlon ACT Awards Night was a true celebration of excellence, highlighting the incredible achievements of athletes, coaches, volunteers, and contributors who continue to inspire and uplift the triathlon community. Congratulations to all the winners for their remarkable accomplishments and for their valuable contributions to the sport of triathlon in the ACT.