Newsletter 14 September 2016



We had our first committee and the most important point at the meeting was to announce our very important sponsorship with Raine and Horne. The next most important item of business was to confirm some of our committee positions: Club President – Rod Harrod. Vice President – Ross Beatty. Treasurer – Brendan Egan. Secretary – Anna Welfare. Novice Coordinator – Jeff Martin & Tony McCormack. Trystars Program Coordinator – Beth Bowen. Equipment coordinators – Kristen Asher and Chris Dean. Coaching Coordinator – Emma Parker. Social Coordinator – Maggie Welfare & Megan McIntyre. Website – Shona Hutchinson. Uniform coordinator – Luke Lowes. Newsletter/Email coordinators – Karen Daniels & DJ Scanlon.  General Committee – Adrian Jovanovic, John McGoverne and Megan McIntyre. TACT Liaison – Steve Hough.


A message from Rod who has been checking our list of financial members. Good news is that over 100 are fully paid up for another season. Rod notes that quite a number have yet to make that commitment. For those who may be undecided, there are three good reasons to encourage you:
1. Membership secures the friendship, support, camaraderie, and family that are the core values of our Club.
2. Membership gives you Triathlon Australia’s insurance cover while training and racing.
3. Membership gives you entry to every race of the season without paying for daily insurance.
On line membership through Triathlon Australia or Triathlon ACT is the way to go. To join click on the following link:


We are the only club in the ACT with a program for our young triathletes and it’s a vital component of the “family” side of our Club. Beth Bowen and Dale McCormack have been instrumental in this program but they simply cannot do it all on their own. So we are looking for some people who would be prepared to assist.

Megan McIntyre & Shona Hutchinson have already offered to help so that’s superb, but some more are needed. One very important note: any volunteers must have Working With Vulnerable People approval before you can assist. This can be achieved by applying on line through the Access Canberra website.

CONTACT BETH @  if your child (one or many) is interested in taking part.

The program will generally follow the pattern of run, bike and transition practice on Friday evenings at the Mt Stromlo Forest Park and swimming practice on Sunday afternoons at the Lakeside Leisure Centre in Tuggeranong (YMCA). It is likely that we also hold a few sessions at locations around Lake Burley Griffin (usually Black Mountain Peninsular) to practice race day conditions.


By Tony McCormack Mobile 0429 010 543

It’s almost that time again and we are preparing to kick off our 2016/17  Novice Program, and I’m are sure this year’s program will be just as inspiring and exciting as our previous programs.

We have some top class coaches lined up to help our newbies.

Our first information night was held on 6th September at 7.30pm, in the Kevin Hamilton Room, Tuggeranong Town Centre Viking Club, and we had a great turnout.

We are looking at a second information night.  This year we intend to have a welcome to the club function for our new novice members. Sunday 18 September 6pm Vikings Club Erindale. The aim is to welcome the new novices and introduce them to the coaches and other club members in a casual social setting. Any members who would like to come along and say hi would be more than welcome. Once the training gets under way Monday 19 September,  I will be calling for people to help at these sessions. We do have qualified coaches however as we know the more Vikings we can get along to help and lend support to the novices, the more fun and successful the session will be.

  • Sunday 18 September 6 pm – Meet and greet Vikings club Erindale
  • Monday 19 September 7.00 – 8.00 pm – first swimming session, Tuesday 20 September 6.00 am – first running training session
  • Tuggeranong Pool
  • Saturday 24 September 8:00 – 9:00 – first bike session
  • Sunday 25 September 8.00 – 9.00 am – first running session.

Well, that’s about it for this update. More information will follow, and I am looking forward to seeing as many Viking participate help our Novices become triathletes.



Wow, it’s been a nice break for us, and we’ve been out and about training, socialising and holidaying!  We’ve see heaps of Vikings at marathons, half marathons, City 2 Surf, fun runs, Sri Chimnoy races and overseas triathlon events.

For those coming out of hibernation about time too!  Make sure you steer clear of the maggies and enjoy the ‘warmer’ weather!

See you out there.

Karen and DJ