Changes for the 2017/18 season

As you all know, PHTC prides itself on being a club run for and by its members.  We always have and, at least for as long as I am leading, always will strive to be as accessible as we possibly can.  Our goal is to remove as many barriers as we can to participating and enjoying triathlon and other multi-sports whether they be cultural, social, emotional or financial.  Looking around at the variety of people we get at our sessions I hope you’ll agree that so far we seem to be doing a good job.

One of the ways that we have achieved this is by trying to operate exclusively using volunteers.  We believe that this works for us in a number of ways:  firstly and most obviously it keeps our costs down which means not only lower fees for our members but also that we don’t need to constantly worry about fundraising; secondly it instils a real community feel in the club, it encourages everyone to help out and be an active participant rather than a passive receiver; lastly but certainly not least it means that the people who choose to be involved do it because they love it and I think we all can agree that one of the keys to success at anything is passion.

So by now I guess you are asking yourself “where is he going with this?”  Well following this ethos all of our coaches work on a volunteer basis.  There is not a single hour of session coaching that this club has paid for since December 2015 and it’s our intention to continue this.  This is great for our members but our coaches have costs involved in volunteering their time which I think you would agree is not ideal.  It’s one thing to give up your time but to be expected to pay for the privilege is perhaps a bit much.

So starting the first of July we will be doing our best to ensure that all coaches who regularly contribute to the club are compensated for these costs that they incur, primarily things like the cost of their ongoing coaching accreditation with Triathlon Australia.  To encourage more people to become coaches we also want to offset the financial cost of their training so that it isn’t a burden that negatively influences their decision.

For coaches that are already accredited with TA the club will reimburse their membership and accreditation after they have volunteered 20 hours of coaching time to the club.  For coaches that have taken the more expensive option of a professional license that allows the club to host non-members the club will pay not only the initial payment after 20 hours but also an additional payment covering their professional license when they have volunteered a further 30 hours of coaching.  Newly trained coaches will get 50% of their course cost reimbursed on gaining their accreditation and the remainder after an extra 15 hours.  There is no “per session” payment to coaches, only these staged reimbursements.

Of course to do this and remain sustainable the club must find a way to pay for these costs and rather than raise the membership price we favour a user pays model.  To this end every session (except weekend rides) will increase in cost by $2 for members.  Social or non-members will pay $5 for run or turbo sessions and $10 for swim sessions in recognition of the fact that we must pay for professional coaches to accommodate them within our insurance.

Our club membership fees will remain as they are (there is a slight increase in the Triathlon Australia portion) and we will still have the lowest cost training in town.  The new fee structure for the 2017/18 season is set out in the tables below, we hope you understand the need for these changes and as always appreciate any feedback (positive or negative) that you have for us.  You can do so directly to the coach at training, by email to contact@perthhillstri.org.au or through the anonymous form on the bottom of our committee page.

We’re looking forward to building on the success of the last twelve months with you all in the new season.

Travis Bentley

President

 

 

Kit Orders Now Open

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Taking kit orders now!

Perth Hills Tri Club are very pleased to announce that we are now accepting orders for our racing, training and casual kit.

Watch for new announcements on our website and facebook page as we add other new kit items as they are developed by our friends at 17 Hours.

How to order

To do so please download this PDF file, make your selection and email your order to orders@perthhillstri.org.au.  We will then be in touch to confirm your requirements and organise payment (cash or credit card both welcome.)

Sizing charts and instructions based on body measurements are in the PDF file but if you have any questions please contact us. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND TRYING ON THE KIT FIRST TO ENSURE SIZING IS CORRECT. Orders will close on the 31st July subject to minimum orders being reached.

Please note that you will need to be a member to take advantage of members prices. Non members are also invited to buy kit but they will be charged a non-member premium.. Another great excuse to sign up as a member now!

Sports Nutrition Seminar – 10th of November 7pm

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Perth Hills Triathlon Club is very proud to be bringing one of Western Australia’s premier sports nutrition experts David Bryant to the hills region to help you maximise your racing and training performance through his tried-and-tested dietary advice.  This session will be specifically targeting the needs of triathletes but will also be suitable for those single-sport athletes wanting to improve their knowledge.

David is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Sports Dietitian with Catalyst Dietitian.  He is currently working with WAIS world class athletes to improve their dietetic skills and has helped hundreds of his clients achieve their sport-specific, weight loss and dietary goals without resorting to extremes.  You can find out more about what David has to offer by clicking his logo above but this is what some of our current members have to say about him:

“When I went to David I weighed around 94 kilograms which isn’t huge for someone as tall as me but there was a fair amount of useless fat in that.  I had been to other dietitians before with some short term success but regaining the weight when I lost motivation to continue their prescribed regime.  David worked around my goals, lifestyle, likes and dislikes to provide me with the tools that I needed to lose 10kg and keep it off in the two years since.  He also helped me develop a race nutrition plan that has worked to help me set new personal best times at all distances up to Ironman.  I would highly recommend David’s for anyone looking to make positive changes to their sport through diet.”  –  Travis Bentley

“David was able to individualise my pre-race & race nutrition in order to satisfy my sensitive stomach and ensure that I was in top condition & running as quickly at the end of the race as I was swimming at the beginning! Diet & nutrition should never be the reason that you don’t do well in a race and since I have been working with David I’ve never had to worry! ”  –  Peta Woodland

“When I started out with triathlon I had no idea about endurance based nutrition especially in regard to daily nutrition required to sustain daily training.  All my previous experience had been with high protein low carb nutrition required to sustain 3-4 strength workouts a week.  After a couple of months triathlon training I hit the wall.  David showed me how to balance my nutrition for endurance training and to maintain race weight using everyday seasonal fresh food.  His knowledge and understanding of triathlon training and it’s impact on the body is excellent.  I highly recommend him.”  –  Mike Burns

Topics covered in the hour long seminar will include:

  • Body composition
  • Daily nutrition to support training and recovery
  • Nutrient density and diet quality
  • Race preparation and taper
  • Fuelling on race day

The nutrition session will be held at Hillside Farm Education Centre at Lot 41 Hayward, Martin (Gosnells.)  Follow the signs on arrival.

Entry is $10 including provision of healthy snacks, however as part of our members benefit program all Perth Hills members secure FREE ENTRY if they RSVP by email before the 6th of November.  All others please pay cash at the door.

RSVP by email to seminars@perthhillstri.org.au

Show Us Your Kit

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Ever wished you could be a model with people throwing cash and gifts your way for doing nothing but looking amazing?  Well now you can!

Triathlon WA has just launched its Show Us Your Kit competition and it’s your opportunity to demonstrate the undeniable fact that Perth Hills Tri Club has the best looking kit in WA, if not the world.  As well as winning a Fly6 rear light and camera if your photo is chosen as the winning image you will also get $200 cash and the club a further $300.  How good is that!!!

To enter all you have to do is:

  • Follow Triathlon WA on Instagram (@triathlonwa)
  • Share a photo to Instagram showing off your club kit
  • Include the hashtag #showusyourkit2016 and tag Triathlon WA using @triathlonwa

Terms and conditions

  1. The Show Us Your Kit competition is being run by Triathlon Western Australia (TWA).
  2. Entries for the Show Us Your Kit competition open on the 20th October and close at 5pm on the 17th The winning individual and winning club will be announced on the 21st November.
  3. The competition is open to all current TWA members and triathlon clubs affiliated with TWA.
  4. To enter the Show Us Your Kit competition individuals need to follow Triathlon WA on Instagram (@triathlonwa), share a photo to Instagram that shows off their club kit, include the hashtag #showusyourkit2016 and tag Triathlon WA using @triathlonwa.
  5. Chance plays no part in determining the winner. An independent panel will assess all competition entries on creativity and originality.
  6. The individual who submitted the winning entry will be awarded a Fly6 rear LED light with built in HD camera, RRP $199, and $200 cash (total value $399). The affiliated club that the winner belongs to will also be awarded a prize of $300 cash.  The total value of the prize pool is $699.
  7. The Show Us Your Kit competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Instagram.

Training Changes

Spring has really sprung, though somebody seems to have neglected to tell whoever controls the temperature gauge!  In spite of the cool weather the return of daylight to hours that we might have forgotten existed over winter has brought athletes out in droves.  It has also brought with it an influx of new members with enthusiasm and varying levels of ability.

We would like to congratulate Peta Woodland on becoming the first registered Development Coach (TA Level 1) at Perth Hills Tri Club.  This allows her to provide her coaching services not only in a club environment but also in a personal capacity and offers our club a great deal more flexibility in the delivery of coached sessions.  It is our aim to develop more coaches within the club in the near future.

Perth Hills Tri Club has always been about helping to grow the sport in the hills, foothills and associated regions and for that reason people new to the sport or wanting to “try before you buy” have always been welcomed at training sessions as if they were regulars.  That will not change.  However with limited resources (and particularly coaches) this has sometimes meant that our full fee paying training and racing members have been subsidising others or not receiving their fair share of resources.  It would be unfair of the club to let this continue so changes have to be made.

From this Saturday, the first of October, the committee has decided that anyone attending training who is not a registered training and racing member of Perth Hills Tri Club will pay a flat rate $5 fee for all sessions.  Attendees who are members of other tri clubs and PHTC social members will also be subject to this fee.  This money will go towards running costs, the purchase of equipment and other member benefits.  All coaching is still provided on a volunteer basis.

If you wish to avoid these fees and save some money in the long-run simply go to the club membership page and sign up as an adult or junior member (NB: non-member session fees still apply for social members.)  If you are already a training/competing member of another club you will only be charged for the PHTC club fee, currently $45 for adults and less for juniors as set out on the membership page.  As you can see, this is fantastic value.  Alternately you can get a one-off trial membership that will exempt you for 14 days only through TWA here.

Finally when you look below at our October training calendar you will see some big changes.  There are some new sessions and some moved in terms of location and/or time.  There are now three opportunities to swim with the club every week.  Open water swims, trail runs and brick sessions all return to the calendar also.  As always we welcome feedback from our members with respect to the training calendar, individual sessions and all other aspects of the club.

 

The training calendar can be found here.

Announcing the new Club Champion award

We are pleased to announce that we will be presenting a club champion trophy this year (amongst other awards) and we’d like to let you know how it will work.

Firstly you need to be a full racing/training member of Perth Hills Tri Club.  Each MULTISPORT official race during the financial year will have points up for grabs! These points will be based on the position that you finish and the number of starters in your category. We will be promoting the races run by other tri clubs to help keep these viable and these races will also contribute to Perth Hills Tri club points in the TWA Club Challenge so you will receive bonus points for any of the club run races listed below.  If you send us a photo from the race wearing club kit you will also receive bonus points.

The point system will be calculated as follows:

Points = Category size – Position + 1

Club race bonus = + 10

Club kit = + 2

e.g. come 5th in a club run race with 40 in your category but not wearing club kit = (40-5)+1+10+0 = 46 points

 

We should be able to keep track of the main races in the calendar but we may need some help to make sure we get it all right.  We have an excel document that does all the calculations for us but it isn’t going to be able to do it’s magic if it doesn’t know that you raced and as volunteers we won’t be able to check every results list.  You will need to notify us of a race and send us a link to the results if possible within a month of the race to get those points added to the tally.  Of course, much of the time we will already be aware of those results but best you check and then we know we have it right!  At the end of the season there will be no adjustments made if you have missed points because we weren’t notified.

Send your results to clubchamp@perthhills.tri.org.au

Happy Racing and good luck!!

 

Club run races eligible for bonus points are:

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Club Swim Sessions starting June 12th

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Announcement

Due to popular request Perth Hills Tri Club is very pleased to announce that we will be commencing club run swim sessions this Sunday the 12th of June.  These Sunday sessions will be held at Belmont Oasis starting at 3pm with two 50m lanes for our exclusive use and guided by one of our senior members.  All levels of ability are encouraged to come and join in.  The centre’s cafe has already been trialed and found to be satisfactory for post-swim coffee and conversation.

Starting on the 22nd of June PHTC will be adding a Wednesday 7:00pm session at Swan Park Recreation Centre for those unable to make the Sunday and those who would like a second swim session.

Session Fee

The aim of Perth Hills Tri Club is to encourage participation and bring the benefits of endurance sport to a wider audience, therefore we will always keep costs to our members to a minimum.  To assist in recovering our lane hire costs there will be a fee of $3 for each participant paid to the club representative, pool entry is payable as usual.

Support Your Club

These sessions have been created at your request and are being put on for your benefit by our volunteers.  If they are not adequately supported they will not continue in the longer term so please stand by the people working hard to make this a fantastic club to be involved with.

Perth Hills Tri Girls tackle Busselton 70.3 for MDWA

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On Sunday 1 May 2016, our team from Perth Hills Triathlon Club, the Perth Hills Tri Girls – Sharnie Gater, Piera Otness and Renee McMahon – will take part in the SunSmart Ironman 70.3 Busselton and combine TRI FOR SOMEONE WHO CAN’T.

Their goal is simple. To raise as much money and awareness for Muscular Dystrophy WA as possible, while doing what we love most….. IM70.3 Busselton. They will take on the 1.9km ocean swim, 90.1km bike ride and 21.1km run which is a huge challenge for these inspirational women but nothing compared to the challenge faced every day by those with muscular dystrophy; their muscles waste away, they are confined to wheelchairs and put simply, are NOT ABLE to enjoy the luxury of completing a TRIATHLON.

Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular, genetic disorder which results in the progressive deterioration of muscle strength and function. There are in excess of 70 types of MD affecting more than 20,000 Australians. Currently, there is no treatment or cure for muscular dystrophy.

We urge you to take a moment out of your day to reflect on what so many of us take for granted… physical independence, choice, the ability to make our own seemingly mundane decisions every minute of the day. For those living with muscular dystrophy this choice is often lost and with it comes a reliance on other people, or equipment to undertake those daily tasks that most of us do on autopilot.

Please click the button below and give generously then share with your friends and family. Your assistance will help Muscular Dystrophy WA provide help for today and tomorrow.

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Perth Hills Tri Club is Fundraising with Entertainment

This year PHTC will be fundraising though the sale of Entertainment books.  For every book or digital membership sold the club will retain $13 to help support the club and its members, while the purchaser gets access to fantastic discounts at hundreds of locations throughout WA.

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Order an Entertainment™ Membership and support our fundraising

 

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We’re very excited to be fundraising with Entertainment™ this year. Order your NEW 2016 | 2017 Entertainment™ Books and Entertainment™ Digital Memberships from us today, and 20% of the proceeds contribute towards our fundraising!

 

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Order your new Entertainment™ Book or Entertainment™ Digital Membership before 4 May 2016 and you will receive up to $230 worth of additional offers that you can use right away!

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Entertainment™ Memberships are packed with thousands of up to 50% OFF and 2-for-1 offers for the best local restaurants, café, attractions, hotel accommodation, travel, and much more!

 

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NEW this year, when you purchase a Perth Entertainment™ Membership, you will now have access to more than 30 of the best restaurants, attractions and accommodation that Bali has to offer!

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Available as a traditional Entertainment Book – or – Digital Membership on your smartphone, your Membership gives you over $20,000 worth of valuable offers valid through to 1 June 2017!

 

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Peta Woodland

Perth Hills Triathlon Club
0412194943

petaw@perthhillstri.org.au

Thank you for your support!

 

 

 

Busselton 70.3 MDWA Team Challenge

MDWA Teams Challenge

Looking to do your first Ironman 70.3? Not quite ready to do it solo? Would like to enter as part of the team but may not be able to afford the entry fee??

Here is an opportunity to aid Muscular Dystrophy WA and be part of  our club team in the MDWA Teams Challenge at SunSmart IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton 2016!

What is the MDWA Teams Challenge?

In 2016 TWA are continuing the MDWA Teams Challenge in support of their official charity partner, Muscular Dystrophy WA.  Currently, there is no treatment or cure for muscular dystrophy.  Those with muscular dystrophy face daily challenges; their muscles waste away, they are often confined to wheelchairs and put simply are not able to enjoy the luxury of completing a triathlon.

How will the MDWA Teams Challenge work?

Triathlon WA will allocate one FREE entry to every affiliated TWA Club to compete at the SunSmart Ironman 70.3 Busselton teams event held on Sunday 1st of May 2016.

Please note these entries CAN NOT BE SOLD OR TRANSFERRED and are only available for TWA CLUB MEMBERS to enter.  The entry cannot be used to refund a team that is already entered in the event.  It needs to consist of people who have not entered.
The MDWA Teams Challenge participants will compete in a separate category for TWA affiliated clubs, with the fastest team being awarded the TWA Fastest Club Trophy.  In addition to this the team that raises the most amount of money will also receive a trophy and fantastic prize pack for their club.

So I have to fund-raise?

A minimum of $500 must be raised to be eligible for the MDWA Teams Challenge, this is barely the cost of a normal team entry.  TWA and MDWA will assist clubs in setting up a fundraising webpage via everyday hero.  TWA will also be provide Perth Hills with a fundraising guide with ideas on how to get our fundraising started.  You might be racing as a team of three but the fund-raising team consists of the whole club.  You won’t be doing this alone.

What do we need from you, our members?

Please nominate your interest to us ASAP but by Monday 7th March (latest) at petaw@perthhillstri.org.au  Also let us know which leg you are interested in doing (with a backup plan should someone already have put in dibs on your preferred leg).  First come, first served so if there are a few of you that are keen to do it together then please get on board quickly!

The sooner the team can be put together, the better so that TWA can assist us in setting up our webpage and getting started on fundraising.