29 NOVEMBER 1978 – 22 JULY 2011

John Cornish was an outstanding coach, mentor, role model and friend to the Tri Alliance Team. He was caring, inspiring and motivating with a fun loving soul. In everything he did, it was all or nothing. He was hard working and dedicated, lived life with a passion and influenced everyone he touched.

Sadly he was taken way from the Tri-Alliance family and his own family far too soon in a tragic cycling accident on Beach Roa, Melbourne on Friday 22 July 2011. His passing left the Tri-Alliance family and the wider triathlon and cycling community in deep shock. However, his life will never be forgotten and his memories will forever live on with us.


John introduced an annual scholarship in April 2011 – the first of it’s kind for Tri-Alliance. The Scholarship was originally named the Tri-Alliance Annual Scholarship and it has now been renamed to the John Cornish Memorial Scholarship.

This prestigious award is nominated each year by the Tri-Alliance Coaching Team and awarded to an athlete to help achieve their goals in the upcoming season. The scholarship is awarded to an athlete who has displayed the following characteristics;

  • Dedication
  • Consistency
  • Personal bests and
  • Exceeding expectation.

Scholarship holders receive FREE Tri-Alliance coaching for the season, and FREE attendance to 2x Tri-Alliance Training Camps.


As a professional Triathlete and Cyclist, John was passionate about his look. Everything must match – Red shoes? Red Sunnies! White shoes? White Sunnies! He was also fanatical about the length of the cycling sock – “It’s all about the sock height”!

So in his memory, we are designing a Cycling sock for athletes, friends and family to purchase in his honour. True JC style, they will be 6″ in height and will honour him with a black band with ‘in memory of JC – ride on”.

All funds raised on the sale of these socks will be donated to the Amy Gillett Foundation.

CLICK HERE to read more and purchase your pair of socks


Feel free to view footage, articles, pictures and memories of John.

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