All Brisbane Triathlon Club training sessions are facilitated by ‘session facilitators’. These groovers are club members who are provided by the club to assist other session attendees.
Prior to any hint of triathlon, Brad’s only endurance activities were carving up unsuspecting dance floors in Glasgow and the odd game of gaelic football. He previously thought (and probably still does) that any sport that didn’t involve a ball was really only played by people that were either ‘soft’ and/or uncoordinated.
However, after returning from living overseas and seeing the torture of his dad’s recovery from a double knee replacement, Brad put an end to any plans to return to AFL and decided to take up swimming and cycling to maintain some level of fitness.
Prior to this, Brad had no background whatsoever in swimming, cycling or running – and no idea. From extremely humble beginnings, and a lot of fun along the way, he has come to be one of the most successful ‘age group’ short-course triathletes around, including being a four-time Queensland Triathlon Series Age-Group Winner and four-time QTS Age Group Series Winner.
Brad is the club coach, an accredited Triathlon Australia coach, and has now been involved in triathlon (as a competitor and coach) for over 10 years – and still rates himself as one of the greatest dancers of ALL time.
Growing up on the Sunshine Coast, Brielle’s love for the outdoors never involved fitness, spending her adolescent years avoiding exercise at all costs. With no background in sport, and having never run further than 5km, on a whim she decided to enter an enticer distance triathlon at Bribie in 2013 (much to the surprise and amusement of many friends and family) and have been hooked ever since.
Since then, she has developed a passion for health, wellbeing and the sport of triathlon, competing in numerous sprint distance races, her first Olympic distance race at Mooloolaba in 2013 and Half-Ironman Distance at the Tweed Coast earlier this year. Brielle has now set her sights on Sunshine Coast 70.3 in September, Noosa Triathlon in November and a season full of Gatorade series races.
Brielle’s other loves include learning, science, sunrises, and trying to encourage others to fall in love with either swimming, cycling or running.
From humble beginnings, Matt has made himself a fixture in the Brisbane triathlon scene - without having EVER competed in a triathlon.
His prowess on the run and the bike is a true sight to behold. Like most triathletes, swimming isn't his strongest suit. However, that doesn't stop 'The Lion' from giving it a go.
A gentleman and consummate professional on and off the course, his cheeky attitude and perfect hairstyle are only but a few of the great qualities Matt brings to the club. Typically the facilitator of our Friday rides, Matt can be found at most club sessions and is always up for a chat and a macchiato!
Lisa’s first tri was a BRW in 2009. Back then, she couldn’t swim more than 50m at a time and was slow - so so so slow. She tells us she couldn’t run to save her life. As far as cycling went, she was ok on an MTB, but not a road bike and clip in shoes where never an option.
She competed in the Gatorade Series in 2010/11, then decided to give Olympic distance and long course a try – albeit as part of a team. Her first OD team event was Noosa 2010 (as a cyclist) and her first long course was HOTW 2010 (as a cyclist). Then in 2011, Lisa travelled to Challenge Wanaka where the winds on the bike were that ferocious she cried in fear for most of her ride. Strangely enough, after that race, she decided she wanted more – and did the Noosa Olympic Distance as an individual in 2011. She never had the desire to do a Half IM and now she has done three, with her last being the 2015 Honu Half in Hawaii. Her goal is now to do her first ironman in 2018,
Lisa loves her triathlon life (and says that it is a way of life) because it keeps her active and its social. She tells us that the triathlon community is one big family and Lisa loves being a part of that. She also loves being encouraged by others and loves knowing that she inspires others to get up and give anything a ‘tri’.
Margo was a state athletics representative and touch football player, who made the switch to triathlon in 2009, wanting a new challenge. Despite having little to no swimming or cycling experience, Margo quickly progressed in the sport, becoming one of the top age groupers in the country.
Some of Margo's notable results over recent years include Age group wins at World, National & State Sprint Championships, Noosa, Geelong and Sydney (O.D), as well as a 12 minute victory in her only 70.3 race to date (at Cairns in 2012). Further to her Age group success, Margo has achieved some Open Division success with wins at Victor Harbour and Kingscliff (O.D), a top 5 at Noosa and podiums at Gatorade races.
Margo is always happy to help others achieve success in their sport and find as much enjoyment through training as she does.
Mark is relatively new to the Sport of Triathlon, entering only his third full season. A competitive junior swimmer, Mark gave up swimming to take up running and, after 35 marathons and ultra-marathons when his “body could no longer take it”, decided that triathlons were the next logical step. Mark counts his swim and run as his favourite legs with a best time of 19m and 23m for the swim legs in an Olympic Distance and Half Ironman respectively. Mark's Personal Best for the Half Ironman is 4h33m with a 12th place in the Asia-Pacific Championships in 2015.
Triathlon was once Matthew’s main focus in life. So when “Matthew Triathlete1.0” got injured, it was devastating to him (and probably those around him too). Eventually he learnt that triathlon is only part of him. In its place he took up alternative sports like white water canoeing, ultimate disc, dragon boating and even learnt to ice skate. There was also his work, travel, attempts to learn Japanese, working the Sydney Olympics and an enjoyable period of consumption of Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Dickens, Victor Hugo, Oscar Wilde, Dumas and pretty much all of Jane Austin.
As “Matthew Triathlete 2.0”, enjoyment, hanging out with cool people, sharing experiences and helping others is his goal.
In terms of qualifications, lurking in the background is a Bachelor of Human Movement Studies degree. As Triathlete1.0 his personal best time was a 2hr 1min with a 10km off the bike in 35minutes. As “2.0” he has still manages to run sub-40minutes off the bike but hopes to get a bit faster if he can.
As well as the appreciation of 18-19th century literature, and a dedication to maximising and promoting the benefits and joys of Oxford comma usage, Matthew will attempt to contribute by helping people improve their running through a regular track session. In exchange for track sessions, he would be delighted if someone could explain why most authors can be known by their surname but some, like Oscar in Wilde and Jane in Austin, require more.
Ricardo hails all the way from ‘Portugal and is an Intensive Care nurse. But, behind his Latino Love Train good lucks and shy and caring demeanour façade is a fierce competitor – with an enviable track record across various multisport pursuits – including on and off-road triathlon racing and from short course to ironman triathlons.
He has over 20 years experience in endurance sports. As a kid, he didn't do anything apart from playing soccer, where he thought would be his future if he followed a sports career. But, obviously there are millions of kids thinking that way. So, Ricardo started with mountain biking at 18, which he did for a few years, and later mixing up with road racing. Running was his off-season sport – just to avoid gaining more than 5kgs. Back then, triathlon was quite a new thing in his home country of Portugal (at least for him).
Ricardo’s first race was a duathlon, and he was then addicted – and subsequently did his first ironman in just his second year of racing – because it was the first in Portugal, and Ricardo thought it looked cool to be part of the limited field of 40. Not long after that, he started travelling and only ran after he arrived in Australia. For the last seven years, he has been doing triathlons.
Ricardo has had many age-group victories (including a few podiums at major races like Mooloolaba), and now largely focusses on mountain-bike riding and off-road triathlons.
Heralding from the “wild west” (Western Australia), Piotr grew up with sun, surf and sand at his feet and a healthy appetite for all outdoor activities. He first entered into the realm of triathlon around ten years ago in Melbourne. In search of warmer waters, warmer mornings and generally warmer everything, he moved to Brisbane in 2009.
Piotr has competed in numerous events across many disciplines ranging from the Pier to Portsea ocean swim (in the freezing waters of Port Phillip bay!), numerous City to Surf’s in Sydney, many a quintessential Noosa Triathlons, the Mooloolaba 70.3 and most recently the Peaks Challenge in Falls Creek.
Despite his love for keeping fit and wearing lycra, Piotr does lead a more balanced life compared to some of our “eat, sleep, train” members, he is currently doing his MBA at UQ and works in the energy sector …something needs to pay for his penchant for all things carbon.