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From the CEO- Where your membership money has gone

 

From the CEO

 

From the CEO – Where your membership money has gone

Is it June already?!

COVID-19 seems well and truly in the rear vision mirror and events across the state have come thick and fast all season. Restrictions and event postponement are a thing of the past and the weather has been nothing short of spectacular.

And once again, within the next few weeks, each of you will be making the decision if you choose to re-join our association and your local club for season 2023/2024.

Given that our membership is the reason our association exists, renewal time is the perfect time to provide you an update on where your hard-earned dollars and cents have been invested for the betterment of the sport we all love.

You are probably aware that a portion of your membership fees goes back to cover the cost of the national insurance scheme. But the remaining amount is used by Triathlon NSW to hire staff and conduct operations that support clubs and their members. It’s a simple ecosystem that makes membership critical revenue.

We are very proud of what we are able to achieve with our small but dedicated staff.

With a current head count of 3.5 FTE, we provide club and commercial event sanctioning, club support and services, marketing and comm’s (both for commercial Race Directors and Clubs), run a quality Technical Official program and the country’s leading Development Program, ensuring that quality Youth, Junior and U23 athletes achieve their potential, supported by their Daily Training Environment.

Another wonderful season by our departing Operations Manager, Chris Cunningham, who has worked with our clubs at the grass roots.  His relationship with the clubs allows him to understand their individual strengths, weaknesses and goals. He exists to make the lives of volunteers as easy as possible allowing them to focus on what matters to them most – Swim, Bike and Run.

We also work hand in glove with our Commercial Race Director partners, irrespective of whether they are large or small. They are all critical parts of the triathlon system.  If they are strong, the sport of triathlon is strong, as are our clubs.

Strong membership means strong events. Strong events means strong membership.

The Forager Interclub Leagues (ICL) continued this season, after a tough couple of seasons. Now completing it’s fifth year, the competition has been well received by members, with clubs chasing points (performance and participation) across the state. It allows us to reward and recognise our members at events, better than ever before. Like any program or initiative, the ICL sees a significant investment of time and effort from of our Operations Manager Chris Cunningham and we thank him for his efforts and the TNSW community for their continued support. Chris has since resigned and is due to finish up, he will be sadly missed, but we wish him all the luck and good will in the world as he continues his journey!

Robyn Low-Hart had another superb season delivering the Development Program. Her role allows us to conduct the Rest of State Talent Academy (ROSTA) and ensure alignment and partnerships with Regional Academy of Sports, Triathlon Australia and the ACT.  Membership revenue, contributed by you, allows us to support these programs and give more opportunities to more juniors.

The Billigence Pathway Series has continued to set the standard for what Triathlon Australia is seeking for the rest of the country. We extend a huge thanks to Jana and Michael Kapr (Billigence) and Phillip Hoare (Palladium Property) for their continued confidence and investment into Development Pathway – which we hope will see us set up for success in future major games and international events.

Our Marketing and Comms staff member resigned during the season and was replaced with Nathan Breen. Nathan has provided us his knowledge and insight on how we can promote to new members, retain current members and grow the sport. The ‘What’s on this weekend’ social media post has ensured that club delivered events are featured front and centre and regularly promoted. But he does so much more, promoting events, sponsors, individual stories and clubs.

A continuation of the ‘Finish Lines…Not Finish Times’ program occurred. Another 1000 new females trying the sport. This program, delivered by our affiliated clubs ensured we are able to deliver low cost events, reduce barriers to participation and promote inclusive sport experiences.  It also ensured that our clubs were the shop front for new people coming into the sport and resulted in more interest amongst female athletes and continues to have strong conversation into annual membership.

Our sanctioning officer, Dave Williams, continues to work with our Club networks and commercial Race Directors to provide sanctioning to over 450 races across the state. This remains a free service to our clubs, and we are happy to provide guidance to ensure races are run fairly and safely. For the majority of our members, this service remains the biggest benefit of their membership, although for most, this is often the least understood. Sue Horsburgh manages the TNSW Technical Program, which ensures that every Commercial run and sanctioned event in NSW has a technical presence. Technical Officials are a critical feature of Triathlon SNW, ensuring events are fair and safe!

I could write forever, but I’m not convinced busy individuals who make up our community want to read for ever! Wouldn’t you rather get out and go for a swim, cycle or run, comfortable in the knowledge that you’ve got the National Insurance Scheme just in case you are involved in an accident?

As we always say, how much do you pay for your helmet, and that protects your head. The membership provides protection for the entire body!

In essence, membership money allows us to hire staff, which allows us to develop the sport across the state, support our clubs and achieve our constitutionally mandated outcomes. 

We look forward to seeing all our wonderful members returning for a hugely successful 2023/2024 season full of friendship and great times!

Kind Regards,

Adam Wicks

Chief Executive Officer- Triathlon NSW

 

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