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Blake Kappler

Age: 32

Hometown: Perth, Western Australia.

Two words to describe yourself: ALL IN!

Is there anything you class 'lucky' you have to wear race day - certain sock, bracelet etc? There a lot of race rituals I have for big races. New socks, fresh hair cut and bright green Mohawk, freshly waxed down, new tires, fresh running shoes, fully detailed and serviced bike so it looks like it's from the show room floor, squeaky clean chain fresh googles there's probably more. But you need to look good to go good!

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? Quitting is not an option.

What is your favourite motivational quote? Sebastian Keanly Ironman World Champion, 
"If it's hurting me, it's killing them".

If you could participate in any sporting event in the world, what would it be? And, why? Ironman World Championship, Kona. It's the most sort after endurance event in the world and its where you race the best of the best.

What is your most embarrassing moment in a race? Crashed in a roundabout like a Hubert. Never should have crashed there. Loads of people watching! hahaha

I’m at my best when... I'm locked down in the hurt locker.

Do you have a weird food fetish? If so, what is it? I do t think it's weird but I can't resist a acai bowl!

Are you a Woolies or Coles shopper? Woolies.

What would you spend your last $50 on? A big breakfast and strong coffee.

Why do you choose to be aligned with TITAN? The support and family environment that TITAN create is unlike anything I've seen in an individual sport. I love being a peer of the team with a great bunch. The TITAN tours are off the hook. Racing is important but so is enjoying what we do.

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Dimity Lee Duke

Age: 32

Hometown: Roelands, Western Australia, although currently based in Phuket, Thailand.

Two words to best describe yourself? Honest. Trustworthy.

Favourite race destination? Ironman Western Australia.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? Live life to the fullest!

What is your favourite motivational quote? Never Give Up!

My go to pre-race meal is... rice and eggs

If you could participate in any sporting event in the world, what would it be? And, why? Dakar Rally (Motorcycle) - One of the hardest endurance races in the world.

What is your most embarrassing moment in a race? Can't think of one!

I’m at my best when... I am happy.

I will keep doing triathlon until... I don't enjoy it anymore.

What is the most played item on your iPod? Bliss and Eso "I am Somebody".

Favourite sports team? Fremantle Dockers.

The page I google the most is... Facebook.

Three people you would want to be stuck on an island with... My Dad (Jack of all trades..good builder and would survive), Mum (calm Dad and I down when the going gets tough!), Bear Grylls (he knows how to survive!).

Why do you choose to be aligned with TITAN? Great team who cares about their athletes and only wants them in the best products!

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Tim Rea

Age: 27

Hometown: Sydney, NSW.

Two words to describe yourself: Really competitive (although Robbo/Foxy would probably suggest 'Bundaberg Rum').

Is there anything you class 'lucky' you have to wear race day - certain sock, bracelet etc? I use the finisher towel from my first ever race in transition to lay my gear out on.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? You get out 100% of what you put in!

What is your favourite motivational quote? "If its hurting me, it must be killing them" Sebastien Kienle.

If you could participate in any sporting event in the world, what would it be? And, why? Superbowl, Quarterback of the New England Patriots. I love NFL and Tom Brady is a massive hero of mine...and yes, I do own a Brady #12 Patriots Jersey.

What is your most embarrassing moment in a race? Crashing 100m into the bike leg at Challenge Shepparton 2014.

I’m at my best when… Im focused, happy and training/racing well.

Do you have a weird food fetish? If so, what is it? Pre race rice bubbles. Dont ask me why, but it works!

Are you a Woolies or Coles shopper? Woolies 100%!

What would you spend your last $50 on? 2 Espresso Martinis!

Why do you choose to be aligned with TITAN? TITAN for me is family. Since first meeting the TITAN team I have been nothing short of impressed with their product knowledge, attitude, professionalism as well the interest they have shown in my development. They have stood by me 100%, helped me whenever possible and having worked together with them in several areas its good to know we have many more years working together ahead!

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Andrea Forrest

Age: 30

Hometown: The Blue Mountains and Penrith, NSW.

Two words to best describe yourself? Perfectionist and Relentless.

Favourite race destination? Sunshine Coast, QLD. It has great weather, a great vibe and atmosphere, and a nice course to race on as well. I have plenty of good memories from there too.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? Focus on the process and the results will take care of themselves.

What is your favourite motivational quote? You will pass out before you die; so keep running.

My go to pre-race meal is... a banana and an energy bar.

If you could participate in any sporting event in the world, what would it be? And, why? The Olympics, because it brings together so many outstanding athletes who are each at the pinnacle of their sport. It would be amazing to live in the Athlete Village and to march into the Opening Ceremony alongside all the other athletes.

What is your most embarrassing moment in a race? I try not to be embarrassed by things that happen in races because I figure everyone is so focused on what they are doing that they probably didn't notice anyway. I do hate looking at race photos of myself and seeing the terrible faces I seem to pull when I am racing hard. Hopefully I don't look as bad on the day!

I’m at my best when… I feel I have prepared well for the race and can stand on the start line feeling confident and knowing I will be able to give 100% effort to the race.

I will keep doing triathlon until... it's time to start a family.

What is the most played song on your iPod? My ipod stays on shuffle mode but Chariots of Fire is a constant on there.

Favourite sports team? I don't follow any team sports. I love watching lower profile sports such as Gymnastics, Aerial Ski-ing and Mountain Biking.

The page I google the most is... The Bureau of Meteorology...always checking the weather so as to be prepared for the next day's training.

Three people you would want to be stuck on an island with? Why is it so much easier to answer: 3 people I wouldn't want to be stuck on an island with!

Why do you choose to be aligned with TITAN? I love the community that has developed and I love being part of the TITAN family. Triathlon is such an individual sport but TITAN provides the 'team' atmosphere that is missing in an individual sport. TITAN also provides great assistance to me as a Professional Athlete because they have access to so many different brand and products.

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NATHAN SHEARER

Age: 27

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

Two words to best describe yourself? Questionable, Haircut.

Favourite race destination? Taupo, New Zealand

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? Focus on the process, not the prize

What is your favourite motivational quote? When an archer is shooting for nothing,
He has all his skill.
If he shoots for a brass buckle,
He is already nervous.
If he shoots for a prize of gold,
He goes blind, or sees two targets—He is out of his mind!
His skill has not changed,
But the prize divides him. He cares.
He thinks more of winning, than of shooting—
And the need to win drains him of his power and skill.
- Chuang Tzu

My go to pre-race meal is... Weet-Bix, 'cause you know, Aussie kids....

If you could participate in any sporting event in the world, what would it be? And, why? I wanted so badly to say something else but in all honesty it's Kona.  Performing on the world stage, in the pinnacle of our sport is why I'm in the sport in the first place.  A cliche´ answer but 100% the truth.

What is your most embarrassing moment in a race? Running off course in Kona this year.

I’m at my best when… I focus on the process

I will keep doing triathlon until... Australian Cricket gives me the call up

What is the most played item on your ipod? Blockbuster Night PT. 1, Run the Jewels

Favourite sports team? Collingwood FC

The page I google the most is...  Saucony/Nike/Adidas (sneakerhead) 

Three people you would want to be stuck on an island with? Trump, Channel 9's commentary team, Bruce McAvaney (Planet Earth, you're welcome.)

Why do you choose to be aligned with TITAN?  They're wonderful people.  Totally committed and invested in me as an athlete but infinitely more importantly, in me as a person.  For me it's about aligning myself with like-minded and passionate people, and people that without triathlon, I would still have in my life.  TITAN fill a hole that team sports left and they do it in a way that team sports (particularly cricket) never could.  For that I am immensely grateful.

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CLAIRE DAVIS

Age: 30

Hometown: Originally Perth, Currently Barwon Heads, Victoria.

Two words to best describe yourself? Passionate, Relentless.

Favourite race destination? Phuket.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? Trust the process!

What is your favourite motivational quote? “Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before” Jacob A. Riis

My go to pre-race meal is... oats for breakfast and then a Red Bull exactly 15 minutes before the gun.

If you could participate in any sporting event in the world, what would it be? And, why?  I would love to race a Super League Triathlon event. I’m prefer long distance but I love the concept!

What is your most embarrassing moment in a race? None yet - but I'm sure there is one around the corner soon..

I’m at my best when... I am relaxed and confident.

I will keep doing Triathlon until... I hope to be in the sport forever. Obviously at varying levels of competitiveness but I would be stoked if I’m shuffling across an Ironman line just under that 17hr mark in 40 years’ time.

What is the most played item on your iPod? Spotify’s 90’s Workout Hits playlist has been getting a solid hit out on the trainer.

Favourite sports team? Fremantle Dockers – although I am an accountant the Geelong Cats so maybe I should say them just in case my boss reads this!

The page I google the most is... Weather websites. Don’t even bother looking outside. I can tell you the temperature, the “real feel”, the wind direction and when it is likely to rain at any point in time.

Three people you would want to be stuck on an island with... My fiancee Luke, the dude from the River Cottage Australia show so we could learn to be self-sufficient and David Attenborough to narrate it.

Why do you choose to be aligned with TITAN? Because they are a great group of people and they care about their athletes. They have put together a great stable of athletes to go with their great stable of brands.

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Todd Skipworth

Age: 31

Hometown: Perth, WA

Two words to best describe yourself? Passionate, Fun.

Favourite race destination? France

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? Find something you are passionate about and it will never seem like work.

What is your favourite motivational quote? Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard.

My go to pre-race meal is... Eggs and avocado.

If you could participate in any sporting event in the world, what would it be? And, why? The Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational. Because you have to be of a certain surfing ability (that I will never be of) just to get an invite and the event has stayed true to its roots and only runs if the conditions dictate that it should; one of the last events that hasn’t necessarily changed because of marketing and other influence.

What is your most embarrassing moment in a race? Probably falling off the side of a mountain on TV in France,

I’m at my best when… I’m relaxed but motivated.

I will keep doing triathlon until… I don’t enjoy racing, training, travelling and meeting everyone involved in it.

What is the most played item on your iPod? Pretty much whatever is coming through Spotify playlists now.

Favourite sports team? Too many to name.

The page I google the most is… www.thestudiohq.com.au

Three people you would want to be stuck on an island with? Emily, Bear Grylls, Tom Hanks.

Why do you choose to be aligned with TITAN? A truly great team who are passionate and really supportive all of the time. They stand behind their products and have the best gear in Triathlon. They also know how to have a tonne of fun wherever they are.

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Levi Maxwell (XTERRA Wetsuits)

Age: 26

Hometown: Cranbourne, currently living in Geelong, Victoria.

Two words to best describe yourself? Tunnel vision or direct and determined.

Favourite race destination? I have so many more places to see but at this stage Geelong. How could it not be!

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? The mind can be your greatest tool or your biggest inhibitor. Triathlon specific would be to use chamois cream!

What is your favourite motivational quote? Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

My go to pre-race meal is... Oats with honey, cinnamon and a COFFEE!

If you could participate in any sporting event in the world, what would it be? And, why? My goal is to make it back to Hawaii and be competitive as a professional. It would be a dream come true if Ironman Distance Triathlon became an Olympic sport and I got to represent Australia but, I think that will remain a dream…but you never know!

What is your most embarrassing moment in a race? Nothing to bad (touch wood) but I have fallen over dismounting and running on the slippery carpet which is never a good feeling.

I’m at my best when… I need to be and things go smoothly as they can when your training for an Ironman. Oh, and bout 30 minutes after my morning coffee (don’t even bother before this), and when I am training (I am a grumpy person when I haven’t done my planned sessions!).

I will keep doing triathlon until... My body stops me or the fire in my belly goes out.

What is the most played item on your ipod? I actually don’t listen to it much and when I do its on shuffle but I do enjoy Foo Fighters or Gym Class Hero’s or the like.

Favourite sports team? I don’t really have one but enjoy watching any team or individual succeed or achieve their goals.

The page I google the most is...  I Google random stuff. If I think of something that I don’t know the answer to ill Google it. I don’t know how accurate the answers are though…

Three people you would want to be stuck on an island with? LOL. If I wanted to survive Bear Grylls, otherwise my girlfriend. I would love to meet Crowie or Sir Richard Branson. It's difficult to choose as there are so many great people in this world!

Why do you choose to be aligned with XTERRA Wetsuits? When I align myself with any brand I look at two key elements. 1: Is the product the best on the market? 2: Is the relationship with the people behind the brand going to be a good relationship? If they tick these boxes and are willing to develop a relationship with myself then I am in!

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Taylor Charlton

Age: 24

Hometown: Brisbane, QLD.

Two words to best describe yourself? Short & Motivated.

Favourite race destination? Anywhere in Asia for the Food.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? Consistency and hard work with trump anything else.

What is your favourite motivational quote? Don't die wondering!

My go to pre-race meal is... Pizza would be hard to beat.

If you could participate in any sporting event in the world, what would it be? And, why? The Olympic 100m final. Because it's over in 9seconds.

What is your most embarrassing moment in a race? My first Noosa Triathlon I was racing in the open field and lost bit of time in the swim and came with the leader of the female race and as we mounted our bikes I took her out and had a massive crash in front of everyone. Was not my finest moment.

I’m at my best when...  I have ticked all the boxes leading into a race. Confidence in knowing I have done the work.

I will keep doing triathlon until... I have always said I'll stop when I stop improving in some way. Or my body says no more.

What is the most played item on your iPod? Nigga's in Paris, Kayne West & Jay Z

Favourite sports team? Geelong Cats is probably the only team I follow passionately.

The page I google the most is...  www.bom.gov.au.

Three people you would want to be stuck on an island with... I wouldn't want to be stuck on a island. Maybe Kevin Hart, and Bear Grllys. And of course my girlfriend.

Why do you choose to be aligned with TITAN? Titan is leading the way in the Triathlon Market in Australia. The company is innovative, productive and most of all it is a family for its athletes, staff and supporters. I was fortunately introduced to the Titan Family by another athlete and the way he spoke about Titan and what it stands for blew me away. Now I can call my self part of this great family.

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Michael Fox

Age: 27

Hometown: Cronulla, NSW

Two words to best describe yourself? Stubborn and Determined.

Favourite race destination? This one's tough, so many good ones....... Maybe Wanaka, NZ. It has an incredible Lake with the Mountains and a laid back NZ South Island lifestyle.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? Don't try to shoot the lights out in any one session. They are all as important as the next.

What is your favourite motivational quote? Nothing worth having comes easy.

My go to pre-race meal is... Spaghetti Bolognese.

If you could participate in any sporting event in the world, what would it be? And, why? Pipe Masters. I've always enjoyed going for a surf when I get time and how good would it be to have Pipeline with only a few blokes out.

What is your most embarrassing moment in a race? Probably crashing in the bike at our local race at Kurnell. It was early in the race and I saw the cones in a bad spot mid corner but was I slow to react and fit them and the pavement. Haha.

I’m at my best when… I have a healthy balance in my commitments, between work and training. I've found working part-time to be about the best balance between performance and financial stability at this point in time.

I will keep doing triathlon until... my body says no more!

What is the most played item on your iPod? Kanye West or Jay-Z.

Favourite sports team? Cronulla Sharks in the NRL.

The Page I google the most is... TrainingPeaks, followed by the Dept of Ed. (I had to check that too. Really should have them in Favourites)

Three people you would want to be stuck on an island with... I'd be pretty content with some solitude actually. Maybe... my Girlfriend, so we can have a holiday. Bear Grills for the survival tips and a surf board shaper for boards.

Why do you choose to be aligned with TITAN? They have quality products and have been easy to work with. Two of my favourites are XTERRA  Wetsuits and Nimblewear Custom Apparel.

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Brad Wauer

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