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About John Holt, Triathlon NSW's 9th Life Member

Triathlon NSW is excited to announce the addition of a 9th Life Member of the Triathlon NSW Association, the very deserving John Holt of Cronulla Triathlon Club.

John Holt has played both a distinguished and prestigious role in the introduction and development of triathlon in NSW and Australia.

John was originally a surf champion who started his career as a 16-year-old swimmer and went on to be regarded as one of Australia’s greatest ironmen. Between 1967 and 1979 he contested 123 ironman races for a remarkable 95 wins, 11 second places and eight thirds.

In 1985 Holt was the foundation President Of Cronulla Triathlon Club, a club that later produced World Champions like Greg Welch, Michellie Jones, Chris McCormack, Craig Alexander, Peter Robinson and Michael Maroney plus many age group world champions like Bob Telfer, Belinda Soszyn, Michael Prince, Jason Metters and Nathan Breen.

John raced the early days of triathlon from 1983 – 1987 and won many Australian Age-Group Triathlon and Aquathon Championships, including being the fastest over 35 year old (by over two and a half minutes) at first World Olympic Distance Triathlon Championships in Perth in 1986. 

John was the Secretary of Triathlon NSW from 1987- 1991 where he helped growth and develop the brand-new sport of triathlon - developing safety procedures and standards for the safe conduct of triathlons, negotiating Public Liability Insurance for Race Directors and athletes.

In 1991 he established Endurance Sports Promotions and was Founder and Race Director of the Kurnell Triathlon Series, conducting and managing over 60 Triathlon events.

“I am very proud of my input to the safe conducting of triathlon events,” said Holt in an interview when he was named in the 2014 Australia Day Honours list for Service to Sport in Surf Lifesaving, Triathlon competition, administration and media.

“Likewise, I am very proud of the legacy of my vision in developing and conducting for many years the Kurnell Triathlon Series, still a TriNSW major event,” John added.

Following on from his role as Race Director, John became a Triathlon Coach for many years.
Recognition of his achievements have accumulated over time beginning with his inclusion into the University of NSW Sports Hall of Fame. In 2004 John was inducted into the Surf Life Saving Australia Hall of Fame. He was inducted as a Life Member of Cronulla Triathlon Club in 2011. Then in 2019 John was inducted into the NSW Hall of Champions located in Sydney Olympic Park, which celebrates the state's greatest athletes. 


In summary, John has excelled in many sports but in Triathlon he has delivered in many different ways. He is regarded as an award-winning champion, a pioneer in racing, triathlon administration and events and has added so much to the development of the sport. We are proud to honour and thank John for his commitment to the sport by making him a Life Member of the TNSW Association.

 Reflections Billigence


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