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Amber Pate

 
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Blake Kappler

 

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I first got into triathlon at about 14 years of age. I had been swimming at Marion Swimming Club for a few years and also had a keen interest in Cross Country running through my school. I was introduced to the thrill of competing through my membership with Glenelg Surf Life Saving Club, so it was a natural progression to tie my different sports in with my love for competing and give triathlon a go. It was a bit tricky trading a surf lifesaving board in for a bike, but I can certainly say I fell in love with cycling pretty quickly.  I really like triathlon because it’s never boring, the different training for the 3 disciplines keeps it interesting all the time.  My favourite leg of the triathlon is definitely the run, but I also really enjoy the bike leg now too. Yes, my least favourite leg is the swim, no surprises there! But swimming is probably the leg I’ve improved in the most in the last 6 months.

I relocated to Queensland in December 2018, and I must say I feel like I am living the dream! I’m training all year round in the perfect climate in a high-performance daily training environment and thanks to QAS I have all the support I need to assist me. I really love a warm climate as in my spare time I like going to the beach with friends, so Queensland is perfect for that. I also received a scholarship with Griffith University on the GC so I look forward to starting a Business degree in 2020.

I’ve had some great highlights in this sport so far, I’ve loved the people I have met, the life lessons I have learnt and the travel and opportunities it has given me.

Highlights of my career so far include:
2015/16 Australian Youth Champion & Australian Mixed Team Champion
2016/17 Australian Youth Champion & Australian Mixed Team Champion
2017/18 Australian Junior Champion
2018/19 Australian Junior Champion
2018 Australian Team Member – World Championships
2018 Australian Team Member – Youth Olympics
2018 Became a Categorised Athlete with Triathlon Australia Elite Athlete Program
2018 Offered a full scholarship with QAS and The TA Gold Coast High Performance Squad
2019 Australian Team Member – World Championships

There are plenty of people and sponsors who have helped on my journey so far, particular thanks go to Titan Performance Group, Zone 3 wetsuits, Engine, Scody, Queensland Academy of Sports (QAS), Triathlon Australia, my coach Dan Atkins and my family and friends.

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Claire Davis

 
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My triathlon story began in 2013, participating in my first Ironman 70.3 to raise money for Breast Cancer Care. The borrowed road bike with aero bars was soon replaced with my very first time trial bike, which I later rode at the 2017 World Championships in Hawaii, achieving overall female age group victory.  In 2018, after five years in triathlon, I made the decision to take out my professional license.

I am a physiotherapist by trade, working in a private musculoskeletal practice. The second eldest of five children; from a very young age my parents instilled in us an inherent drive and ambition, a strong work ethic and a commitment to do our very best in all that we chose to pursue. 

I love the non rational but profoundly life affirming nature of sport. I love that Ironman is showing me the world and I love that every single day this sport challenges me to move outside of my comfort zone and search beneath all my doubts to discover my true potential.

grace-thek-website-200.jpgGrace Thek

Formally a runner, I transitioned into triathlons after a long history of injuries which led to plenty of swimming and cycling as cross-training. I quickly loved the challenge and variation of swim/bike/run training and was lured into the world of triathlon! I have been doing triathlons for about five years now, but 2018 was my first-year racing both professionally and over the 70.3 distance.

Highlights from 2018 include winning Ironman 70.3 Japan, making the podium on three other occasions, and being able to travel to new countries and meet some amazing people. 2018 was a great year of racing and learning for me, and it has fueled my hunger for bigger and better things in 2019!

Aside from triathlons, I work part-time as a private practice physiotherapist, enjoy cooking in my spare time and hanging out with my family (including my two fur-babies).

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I started triathlon in 2013 after transferring from a swimming and surf lifesaving background. I competed in the National ITU junior series from my first junior year. My first highlight of racing was winning the state Aquathon as a 16 year old amongst a strong field of both surf lifesavers and triathletes.

My first big breakthrough was winning the National Schools Triathlon Championship in 2014. Following this, I had the awesome opportunity to travel to Europe with my coach Jan Rehlua (bronze medallist at the 2000 Olympics) and place top 10 in an ITU Junior European Cup.

The next junior season I placed 5th in the Australian ITU Junior Championships. From here I suffered a range of injuries restricting my running for almost 6 months. This is when I decided to give long course racing a chance. After much work re-developing my running, I was able to race at Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championships in Western Sydney in 2017. I managed to win my age group and get fastest age grouper overall. I was awarded my pro-license as one of the youngest long course professionals in Australia. My first Professional race was at Geelong 70.3 in 2018 and obtained a career best of 5th place.

From the middle of 2018 until early 2019, I once again suffered a range of injuries. I managed to obtain two stress fractures from running in my fibula and sacrum along with a bike crash  that required 20 stitches. After a long time working back into form, I am once ready to race for another season. I am hoping to qualify for the 70.3 World Championships in 2020.

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Jarrod Harvey

Jarrod is a Professional Triathlete primarily based in Brisbane, Australia. Jarrod is a qualified Teacher and possess a masters of sports coaching degree which he utilises daily in the running of his coaching business - TriEdge Coaching. Jarrod's journey into the sport is different to a lot of other professional athletes in that he only started taking the sport seriously after progressing through the age group ranks. Jarrod's biggest passion and his reason for the doing the sport is to find the boundaries of his athletic potential. Jarrod along with his wife Bree's favourite race destination to date would be Taupo, New Zealand, closely followed by the magic of the World Championships in Kona. 

The highlight of Jarrod's racing career to date would be his 2nd placing at Ironman Taiwan last October in his first year as a professional. A normal week for Jarrod entails about 20-25 hours of training, 2-3 days of teaching work and then a good day or so worth of coaching. Outside of the Triathlon world, Jarrod enjoys hanging out drinking coffee with his wife Bree or spraying a drive into the bushes on a new golf course.

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Luke Bell

Sport has always been a part of my life from a young age growing up in Portland Victoria with my main passions being Basketball and Australia Rules Football among to many other activities to list. Through injuries I fell into the sport of Triathlon and post university studies obtaining my Bch.App.Science - Physical Education degree, I completed my first Australian Ironman finishing 6th in 8hrs 40min. From there as they say is history having close to a 20yr career as a Professional triathlete competing in the Ironman Hawaii World Championships 13 times (5th, 7th) and also the 70.3 World Championships (7th, 9th) along with traveling the globe accumulating 50+ podiums world wide including winning the Australian and North American Ironman titles.

From a small child to a career in Triathlon there has always been one true passion.... "Life long activity". Spot and physical activity is a part of who I am. It will be with me and apart of my family forever.

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Nathan Groch

 

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I started Triathlon in 2015 after a bad injury playing Aussie Rules Football. Swimming and cycling was rehabilitation and I enjoyed it so much that i quit football and took up triathlon. I had no swimming or cycling experience but thanks to my junior running background I knew how to train hard, smart and indulge in pain. Fast forward a few years and triathlon has taken over my life being awarded South Australian Triathlete of the year in my first three seasons, competing in both ITU short course and long course racing as a Professional.

Despite being busier than I would like at times training 20-30hours a week whilst finishing my Law/Marketing degree and working the phones for a nursing agency after hours it is still very important to me to keep some sort of life balance (or attempt to!).

This means switching my triathlon brain off when i can for family, friends, my partner, my old footy club and being a normal person here and there. I have been so fortunate to have family, friends and sponsors see potential and get behind me, making every achievement possible so far. A big step in the right direction has been joining the Titan Performance Group in 2019, these are the good guys and I can't wait to keep growing and setting new goals with Titan by my side."

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James Davey

I first started triathlon when I was 17 years old when I was living in Wagga. I competed in both swimming and cross-country from a young age but did not feel fully settled in either sport. Triathlon seemed like a good avenue to explore as it includes more than 1 discipline and gave me the variety that I was looking for. I was given a bike by a friend and I started riding with a local group of triathletes. I enjoyed riding from the beginning and my first race was in my hometown of Wagga. Thirteen years on, I still love the sport and over time I have changed from the Sprint and Standard distances to now Half Ironman distance.

I have been lucky to race in a few countries around the world including the UK, New Zealand and New Caledonia but my favourite race location would have to be Reunion Island, which is a French Island near Mauritius. I’ve also competed in a lot of races in Australia and my favourite location here would be Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast. I love the beach and warm sunny weather so triathlon allows me to visit many great places.

My race highlight for Triathlon was finishing third at Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney in 2016. This was my first podium finish at an Ironman event.

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