Kingston SE Triathlon Club in action

About Us

Committee

Our current committee comprises people from a variety of backgrounds but does not have any triathletes on it. Occasionally when we have enough committee members, some may enter our own event but rarely any other events around the state. We are a small band of people who wish to promote triathlons in South Australia and to enable visitors to sample some of the wonderful things that Kingston has to offer. These include natural and constructed attractions, but one of our greatest assets, as with many rural communities, is the people themselves.

The Kingston SE Triathlon club is formed of dedicated volunteers who meet year-long to organise the event. The 2016-2017 Committee consists of the following individuals:

Executive Members

President

Alison Stillwell

Secretary

Lesley Rankin

Treasurer

Phil Quinn

Race Director

Patrick Doyle

General Members

Suzie Quinn

Joan Shreeves

Michael Peterson

Grant Thorpe

Honorary Memberships

Honorary memberships to the Kingston SE Triathlon Club are awarded to individuals who have contributed greatly to the Club in past years – the year of induction and the type of membership follows their name:

Roger Harrington

2010 Honorary Life Member

Phil Brown

2010 Honorary Member

Heather Lehmann

2011 Honorary Member

Bruce Stillwell

2012 Honorary Member

General Volunteers

As an indication of the friendliness and community mindedness of the local inhabitants, over one hundred locals volunteer their time and effort on the day to help run a safe, friendly, professional event largely for the benefit of visiting triathletes. Many more come to watch and support the competitors. Why do they do it? Because we believe our town has some special qualities and want others to experience what it has to offer.

History

Beginning as a single-race event by a small, but keen group in 1988, the Kingston SE Triathlon has developed into an event which engages the whole Kingston community.

Its progress to the level of hosting an ITU World Olympic Distance Age Groups qualifying race, through Triathlon Australia, and continuous hosting of the SA Olympic Distance Championship from 2007 to 2014, is testament to the quality of the event.

The committee are, and have been since inception, all volunteers, and community volunteers enjoy attending and ensuring the event goes well. Competitors constantly comment on the wonderful atmosphere, and many residents along the cycle route plan annual get-togethers to watch the action.

The vast majority of Kingston residents would have some connection with the annual triathlon, with many competing in the various courses, and their commitment ensures its enormous success.

 

    1988: Short Course race only (500m/16k/5k)
    1991: 3rd event – 150 competitors – a Triathlon SA State Series race
    1992: Expanded to include Olympic Course (1.5k/40k/10k); continued to be a State Series race; attracted former Olympian, Donna Gould, to compete; 200 competitors
    1993: Olympic Course – 38 males + 8 females; a State Series race
    1994: 223 competitors in O/C, S/C, Teams events; a State Series race
    2000: 215 competitors; introduced Come ‘n’ Tri event; a State Series race
    2004: 210 competitors; a State Series race
    2005: O/C was the Triathlon SA Clubs Championship; a State Series race
    2007: O/C became the Triathlon SA Olympic Distance Championship. “Best Triathlon Event in SA” joint winner; a State Series race
    2008: State O/C Championship; a State Series race
    2009: State O/C Championship; introduced Harrington 7-11 year olds event; a State Series race
    2010: State O/C Championship; O/C was a qualifying race for selection in the ITU World Olympic Distance Age Groups Triathlon competition to be held in Budapest; A State Series race
    2011: State O/C Championship; introduced electronic chip timing; a State Series race
    2012: State O/C Championship; introduced a Fun Run/Walk (6k/4k); a State Series race
    2013: State O/C Championship; 450 competitors; a State Series race
    2014: State O/C Championship; 450 competitors – record number of O/C entries: 185; a State Series race.
    2015: State Series race; moved RUN leg to be wholly on a sealed surface rather than partly on sand; School Teams competition greatly expanded; O/C SWIM course adjusted to a 2-lap course.
    2016: O/C, a State Series race; 60 Superkidz entries.
    2017: O/C, a State Series race; Superkidz event now has 2 wave starts. Royal Australian Band (SA) plays live adjacent to the RUN track.

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