What an amazing and emotional Tri Alliance End of Season Presentation Night in the beautiful and picturesque venue at The Baths Middle Brighton to celebrate the achievements of our athletes during the 2013/2014 Triathlon Season.
What is touted as ‘the biggest social event of the year’, the 2013/2014 Tri Alliance End of Season Presentation Night definitely lived up to its reputation.
120 athletes, friends and family dressed up in their finest, let their hair down, celebrated athletes achievements and danced the night away into the early hours of the morning.
Our MC for the night Andrew ‘Chappo’ Chapman took charge of proceedings from the beginning and managed to keep even the rowdiest tables entertained throughout the night. So a big thank you to Chappo.
A big thanks also goes to ‘DJ Dave’ for keeping the music flowing through the night, judging by some moves on the dancefloor, one could say he did a superb job!
Due to some technical issues on the night we were unable to play some amazing video and picture montages that our longest standing athlete Ian ‘Roofi’ Renouf spent time putting together, we thank Roofi for his time and you can check out these 5 videos now here:
General Tri Alliance Montage
Short Course Athlete Montage
Long Course Athlete Montage
The Night focuses on celebrating the achievements of athletes who have had great seasons, dedicating their time and energy to their training and racing and supporting and promoting the ‘TA Way’. Some big awards awarded, plenty of raffle prizes won, plus not to mention our coveted Zoolander Award – a highlight of the evening as always!
John Cornish Memorial Scholarship:
The formal part of the evening finished with the most prestigious award of the night – the John Cornish (JC) Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was formed by JC in 2011, originally named the Tri Alliance Scholarship award. However after the sudden passing of Coach JC on 22 July 2011 in a tragic bike accident, it was only fitting that with JC’s family’s blessing, we renamed the award and dedicate this Memorial Scholarship in his memory. The recipient of this award receives full support from Tri Alliance including coaching, consultations, training camps plus more. To receive this award is a huge honour amongst Tri Alliance athletes.
Every year it is tough for our Coaches to choose an athlete for this award, but in the end we we knew this athlete was just right in being awarded the Scholarship for this Season – so congratulations again Andy Wood-rich.
“Thank you to Ollie, Sarah, and the rest of the Tri Alliance leadership group for this unbelievable opportunity, to my wife and family for allowing me the freedom to chase my goals and the support to achieve them. Finally, thank you John Cornish. It was a privilege to have known you and I feel proud and humbled to have been given the honour of carrying on your legacy this year.”
Those there on the night could see and feel how much this award means to Andy, and you can read Andy’s Blog here on what this award truly means to him.
ATHLETE AWARD WINNERS:
John Cornish Memorial Scholarship Award: Andy Wood-Rich
Receives Free Tri Alliance Training and Camps for the upcoming season
Male Short Course Athlete of the Year: William Pullin
Female Short Course athlete of the Year: Belinda Griffiths
Receive 2 x Pairs of Mizuno Runners Each (valued at $400)
Male Long Course Athlete of the Year: Jody Biddle
Female Long Course Athlete of the Year: Catherine Allison
(Receive Rocket Science Elite Backpack & Shotz Sports Nutrition pack (Valued at $400)
Most Improved Athlete of the Year: Daniel Kelly
Receives Fusion Health and Australian Vitamins Bundle (valued at $200)
Best Newcomer of the Year: Barry Gilbertson
Receives Giant Bicycles Bundle Pack (Valued at $200)
Team Player of the Year: Suzie Latta
Receives Tri Alliance Bundle (Valued at $200)
Coach ‘Zoolander’ Award: Narelle Crooks
Receives a beautiful makeup bag with everything a ‘Zoolander’ would need!
A big thank you goes out to our partners for supporting the night including:
GIANT BICYCLES AUSTRALIA, MIZUNO, SHOTZ SPORTS NUTRITION, LAKESIDE SPORTS MEDICINE CENTRE, ROCKET SCIENCE SPORTS, AUSTRALIAN VITAMINS FUSION HEALTH.
And a huge thankyou to each and every one of our athletes, their friends and families. Without such an amazing group of people Tri Alliance wouldn’t be the team that it is. So thank you to everyone for making it such a special and memorable night! We look forward with anticipation to the 2014/2015 Season!
Team Tri Alliance