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Happy Birthday North Coast!

Written by Zena Coffey on . Posted in News

Well done to all who competed in the Oceanic Olympic Distance race this Sunday, the conditions made it a tough fight by all accounts. Big thanks to the volunteers at the Sausage Sizzle on Saturday, thank you for giving up your time at such short notice. Big thank you to Kim for organising.

This week we celebrate 25 years of existence as a Club. It all became official around a table at Craigie Leisure Centre 25 years ago this Saturday. We’ve seen some amazing people pass through the Club over the years, some terrific athletes, dedicated volunteers and generations of families. As we commemorate this milestone we look forward to continuing the family friendly, inclusive atmosphere that has contributed to the Club’s success. To those who are fairly new to the Club, we encourage you to get involved, get active and be part of this great community!

Sooooo on that note! We have a few throw-back twists to this week’s schedule…..

25th Anniversary Aquathlon Round 7


Venue: Sorrento Surf Lifesaving Club
Time: 5.30pm for a 5.45pm start

For those who missed out on Round 6 it was fun and a bit different to the usual format, this Friday will follow suit, some similar mix-ups to follow the original course from way back when! Lots of fun, so come on down.

25th Anniversary Special Ride – Saturday

The Club Cycle on Saturday morning is going to be a North Coast ‘original’, the route was/is called the “Pinjar Road” Route.

Venue: Meet at Dome Kingsley
Time: 6.30am

The route is approximately 53km and will head North and loop to finish back at the coffee shop. Drag out some old or new Club kit to mark the occasion. For more details on the course map click here.

25th Anniversary Party – Saturday Night 6.30pm AQWA

Yikes! It’s finally here!! Lots of fun to be had, if you left it to the last minute to buy your tickets there are some still available. It’s going to be a great evening and we look forward to seeing you there. Buy tickets here.

Swim Training Sessions

Monday New Swim Session!

Craigie 50m pool 7pm – 8pm. We had a group of 10 for the first session last week, good mix of ability and great tempo set from Sue Scott. Hope to see more down there this Monday, utilising this new time slot. (Note: This session replaces the indoor Wednesday night session).

Wednesday Night.

Craigie 50m pool 6.30pm – 7.30pm. Outdoor swim with Janine Kaye will be continuing as a tempo session, focused on pace awareness and building speed and endurance. Tempo trainers (beepers) are utilised but are optional!
All pool swim sessions are $10 or less with a Training Card plus pool entry.

Friday Morning

Sorrento Surf Club OWS 5.40 – 6.45. Meet 5:40am for welcome and briefing at grass area in front of the Surf Life Saving Club for 5:45am start in the water. The session will consist of a structured workout for all abilities with emphasis on safety first.

Please note NCTC coached OWS sessions are for members only. No training card or cash required on the day.

Run Training Sessions

Tuesday Run; Tempo Session

Venue: Flinders Reserve, Broadbeach Boulevard, Hillarys.
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $5 or less with a Training Card purchased through Register Now or Direct Deposit.  See below for details.
Details:  Tempo runs help you develop your anaerobic or lactate threshold (LT), which is critical for running faster. Tuesday Tempo will be longer paced efforts and the perfect complement to the Thursday night interval sessions.

This session is suitable for all levels.

Thursday Run; Interval Training

Venue: Flinders Reserve, Broadbeach Boulevard, Hillarys.
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $5 or less with a Training Card purchased through Register Now or Direct Deposit, see below for details.
Details: This session is suitable for all levels. For details see the Run Training section.

Sunday Run; Coastal Long Run

Venue: Meet at Sorrento Surf Club
Time: 6:30am
Details: This is a Time-on-Legs run.  If your long run is planned for a Sunday this is the run for you.  Details regarding distances will be provided on the day.  Check out our Facebook page during the week for more information.

Cycling Training Sessions

Tuesday Ride; Iluka Loops

Venue: Meet at Celebrations Whitfords
Time: 5:45am – 7:00am
Details: This is the regular Tuesday morning club ride. There are three ride plans catering for all speeds of riders: Group 1 – plus 32km/hr, Group 2 – plus 28km/hr, Group 3 less 28km/hr.  This is a high-intensity training session with a mix of fast, flat sections plus 3-7 hills and dedicated recovery points.  The ride is suitable for all levels, see WEBSITE for more information.

Thursday Ride; Joondalup Loop

Venue: Meet at Celebrations Whitfords
Time: 5:45am– 7:00am

This is one of the regular Thursday morning club rides departing Celebrations Bottle-shop at Whitfords Shopping Centre. As with most rides we use regular regrouping points to ensure riders stick together. The Joondalup Loop rides are classified as recovery rides and are conducted at an easy to moderate pace. For course details click here note the starting time will be 5.45am NOT 6am.

Saturday Ride; Novice and Junior

Venue: Meet at Sorrento Surf Club, North side.
Time: 6.30am

North Coast Tri Club are offering a new ride for this Saturday. If you are new to road cycling or you have a young gun ready to step it up, this could be of interest. Your ride leader is Kevin Chua, a qualified cycling and triathlon coach. Meet for 6.30am at the Northern side of the Sorrento Surf Club for a 30km spin, average pace set at 25kph.

Saturday Ride; Club Ride

See above for details.

North Coast Tri Club News – January 2019

Written by Zena Coffey on . Posted in News

Welcome back from what we hope was a nice little holiday break! It’s full steam ahead with events popping up every weekend. Congrats to all our members who competed in the Exceed Super Sprint Series, special mention to Dianna Broadhurst who achieved a first place clean sweep, winning all three events in her category. Also we had a fantastic turn out for the Coastal Quest Sprint race, lots of red on our home turf and great Club support.

We have a crazy amount of activity coming up so please stay tuned, we endeavour to reach as many of you as possible, for regular updates log on to our Facebook page and member’s Group. We also have an active Instagram account @northcoasttriclub that gives you a snap of what members are up to or what training sessions are going on.

Bill Whalley’s OWS sessions on Friday have been hugely popular, catering for all levels of ability…don’t be shy in coming down and joining in. There have been a few queries about whether non-members are welcome, this is an exclusive session we are offering for members only (one of the perks of being part of our great club!).

Training is back!

All sessions are back on from this Monday 7 January! Let’s get rid of those pudding bellies! January at a glance…


7 January – Pool Swim Training Sessions

Exciting New Swim Session starting Monday!

Craigie 50m pool 7pm – 8pm. The focus is technique with the ability to still get some distance for those who want it. Great for a recovery swim and we strongly encourage all members to make the most of the session as it will cater for all abilities. Pippa Davis is the coach and will be taking this session from the 21st with Sue Scott filling in on the 7th and 14th. Start your week with a technique focus to see how your swim can improve!
(Note: This session replaces the indoor Wednesday night session).

Wednesday Night

Craigie 50m pool 6.30pm – 7.30pm. Outdoor swim with Janine Kaye will be continuing as a tempo session, focussed on pace awareness and building speed and endurance. Tempo trainers (beepers) are utilised but are optional!
All swim sessions are $10 or less with a Training Card plus pool entry.

12 January – Whitfords Bunnings BBQ Fundraiser

The Club is looking for volunteers to help with a Whitfords Bunnings “Sausage Sizzle” on the 12th of January. Please contact Kim Whitlock Chandler at this is a general fundraiser for the Club with some of the money raised going towards 25th Anniversary celebrations, any all help would be much appreciated, a roster will be posted on the Facebook Group Page or contact Kim directly.

We also have a jar at Grill’d Hillarys for the month of January, so if you are down there having a burger make sure you drop your bottle tops in the jar! AND of course encourage family and friends to do so too.

19 January – 25th Anniversary Cocktail Party

This is a last call-out for people to purchase tickets to the Anniversary Party on the 19th of January. So what do you get for $80?

  • Complimentary Drinks for the first hour
  • A pass into AQWA to enjoy the exhibits and come face to face with the sharks and stingers we all fear (valued at $30)
  • Grazing tables and hot platters served during the night (we’ve requested more than less because we are triathletes and ALWAYS carb loading) Cash bar available
  • A little delving into the past, a brief history of the Club, triathlon in WA and early Ironman experiences
  • Spectacular sunset from the deck
  • DJ and dance floor  till 11.30pm
  • Door prizes

Seriously good value! And best of all we get to dress up and have some fun outside the training/event circus. To buy your tickets click here

1 February Club Event Series Aquathlon


Calling for volunteers! NCTC will be hosting the Interclub Aquathlon on 1st February and we need volunteers to help with event set-up, registration, marshalling, scoring/timing and BBQ. Please contact James Knipe via Facebook or by email to if you can help out. We need as many volunteers as possible to make this event a success.

IMWA Busselton Race Review – Lisa Hitchcock

Written by Lisa Hitchcock

I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would not only win my age group but also qualify for Kona.  It has been a very surreal experience and it is still really sinking in that next October I will be standing on the start line of the holy grail of triathlon.   Kona was never really on my radar, until I came 3rd at Ironman New Zealand back in March where I missed out by one position, as there were only 2 x slots for Kona.  With that result being so close and yet so far, it certainly put the fire in the belly and gave me a bit of belief that maybe I might be capable of qualifying. 

The “Road to Kona” little did I know it then, really started two years ago when I changed coaches and starting training with our own NCTC endurance coach Brad Hosking and the awesome T6D squad aka the Turtles!.  The structured programme, support and experience Brad provides has really been beneficial to me and his methods have produced results I never thought capable of achieving.


T6D squad on our last long ride at Deep water point

Onto the race day and it is a long day for everything to go right and fortunately for me I had one of those good days, where it did. I felt well prepared, was injury free and in the right head space to have a good event.  I was so nervous at the swim start, my hands were shaking and I could hardly put my goggles on.  Once we started swimming I got into a nice rhythm and this resulted in a 4 min PB swim for me.  I was fifth out of the water in AG at this stage


As tempting as it was to “smash the bike”, I stuck to my pacing strategy and kept to my power numbers to ensure I had good running legs off the bike.  I was also lucky not to get a puncture as I seemed to hit every pothole on the bike course and nearly crashed into a barrier at one stage.  I finished the 180 km with a 3 min PB and was now in 1st position in AG by 15 mins.  

I started the run feeling good and the legs did not feel trashed from the bike.  The adrenaline and excitement of being in front with a good buffer at the start of run really kept me going.  I knew I just had to keep it steady and try and hold my targeted running pace for as long as possible and see what happens to the chasers behind me.   At the 28 km mark the inevitable fatigue started to set in and my pace was dropping, so I decided to then start walking the aid stations and hit the coke for the last lap.  Thankfully the Ladies chasing me were slowing too and the gap never really changed from 15 mins.


Running down the red carpet was up there with one of the best days of my life, being able to slow down and really enjoy and soak in the moment with lots of hugs and high fives! 

11 hr 05 mins ended up being a 30 min PB from Taupo IM and a huge 50 min PB on this course from two years ago.

Huge shout out to Fiona Longden and the “Wallys” for best on ground support by any triathlon club.  You guys rocked!!  You kept our spirits high with all your cheers on the day.


Special mention and thank you to Mike Bosch for being a fantastic mentor, running coach and getting me into the right headspace for this event.  Boschies running interval sessions on Thursday night are not to be missed!

Last but not least I can’t thank Brad enough for coaching me and I give credit to him for my successful day,  achieving a lifetime goal and making a dream become reality  in qualifying for Kona. 

 Bring it On!


25 Year Anniversary Party

Written by Zena Coffey on . Posted in News

Hi Folks!

Happy New Year!!

We are quickly approaching our BIG event of the season the 25 Year Anniversary Cocktail Party! We are looking to finalise numbers by the 7th January. If you are planning to come and haven’t already bought tickets please do so ASAP! This cocktail event is $80 per head and includes drinks on arrival from 6.30-7.30, access to the AQWA exhibits, delicious food throughout the evening and a DJ to keep the night rolling. We have also lined up a list of special guests to help us reminisce and celebrate the Club’s past years. Click here to purchase your ticket. Hope to see you there!

25 Years Event Ad


Quick News Update!

Written by Zena Coffey on . Posted in News

Well done to the 40 North Coasters that raced yesterday at the Coastal Quest. Once again winning hands down the cheering competition. BIG thank you to our amazing volunteers for putting up the tent and packing it away again and our aid station helpers Nick Thomas, Peter Bayndrian, Debra Kirkham, Anna Woodhouse, Emma Conway and Fiona Longden…and anyone else who lent a hand. Much appreciated.

It’s great to see so much member support for the club at such a busy time of year. Next weekend is the last of the Exceed Super Sprint Series, wrapping up a great set of races at Champion Lakes. To find out more click here

Christmas Aquathlon This Friday

But before we get ahead of ourselves! This Friday is our Annual Christmas Aquathlon. We have a guest Race Director and with that some “Christmas Cheer” injected into the proceedings. Expect a few race surprises that will make you go “crackers”….hint hint.


Yes! And did we mention FREE Pizza??? Bring the family and let’s get the festive party started. Looks like perfect conditions too.

Christmas Aquathlon

25 Year Anniversary Party

On the 19th of January, the Club is putting on a party at AQWA to celebrate our big 25th year. We really need members to get behind us and get the word out to past members and people that might be interested in attending. The more the merrier and the more to celebrate. We are encouraging everyone to purchase tickets before 12PM on Friday the 21st of December by offering a free entry to the “Snorkel with the Sharks” raffle drawn at the Christmas Aquathlon (this Friday). This prize was kindly donated by AQWA. So another reason to head down to the Aquathlon of Friday right??

Tickets are $80 per person, click here to purchase!

25 Years Event Ad2

Boxing Day Ride

As is the tradition, there will be a group of North Coasters heading out for a Boxing Day ride from the Sorrento Surf Club at 8am. Traditionally this is an opportunity to grab your bike relics from the shed and leave the lightweights behind. A cruisey spin down the coast and everyone is invited to join. We will follow up with a BBQ, details to come!

Training over the festive week

Formal training sessions will be grinding to halt at the end of the week. Please self-organise until the week starting 7th of January. Stay safe out there and enjoy.


25th Anniversary Party

Written by Zena Coffey on . Posted in News

25 Years Event Ad2

If you haven’t already purchased tickets to the 25th Anniversary Party at AQWA, here’s something to get you in the mood! Purchase before 12pm, 21st December and receive a free entry to the “Snorkel with the Sharks” raffle drawn at the Christmas Aquathlon (this Friday). This prize was kindly donated by AQWA.

We’ve planned an entertaining night with complimentary drinks on arrival, food throughout the evening, entry to all the exhibits, a few guest speakers and blasts from the past and a DJ is booked to finish the night on the dance floor.

$80 per person. Tickets are limited so please don’t delay! To purchase a ticket for the party click here

Mandurah Interclubs 2018

Written by Zena Coffey on . Posted in Race report

Words by Bill Lakic

Mandurah Interclubs, what a fun race! The vibe as soon as I turned up was one of friendly welcome, a relaxed occasion where the different clubs could meet and celebrate our sport. So many friends, so many people I knew, all of whom responded to the word ‘mate’. Names really are so overrated.

The race briefing was excellent, the head honcho from the Mandurah Tri Club gave a warm welcome and a race overview and I did my level best to appear that I was listening. Then a chap from overseas, possibly on exchange from a Bulgarian triathlon club, started speaking and addressing the crowd in his own language. Most of us politely nodded, feigned genuine interest and even laughed when indicated with only a couple seconds of delay. I’ve always believed that taking sincere interest in other people works best when you fake it.

Anyways, so now I’m standing in the water, making minor adjustments to the local thermal profile of the Indian Ocean, and I look at all the people who are lining up in the first wave and realise how precious, dedicated and good hearted they are, and I pray for them, I give my strongest wishes, that when the gun goes that as they sprint out, at least one person will splatter face first and hopefully take down a dozen people with them so that when this happens to me, I won’t look like such a twit.


An inspirational race briefing

But unfortunately, it didn’t happen to any of them, and my dainty entrance saved it from happening to me. Soon, however, in the swim I realised that something was wrong, very wrong. No one was bashing me, grabbing me, drowning me or locking me in a rear naked choke. In fact, everyone seemed polite and considerate, which for a triathlon swim made me contemplate whether I had been beamed into a parallel universe or something. I vaguely recall the Bulgarian chap mumbling something about turning at various coloured buoys, but my motto of ‘when in doubt follow the crowd and if you stuff up blame someone else’ worked perfectly.

The bike route was a two lap affair, and luckily a plethora of turns saved everyone from settling into a rhythm and getting bored. I of course was just getting over an illness so mainly cruised along rather than raced, and devoted quite some mental energy working out how long I could use that excuse for. The twisty windy stuff was actually good fun, and armed with a sack full of excuses that cushioned me from the fact that I was being repeatedly passed, I was really enjoying zooming around the Mandurah foreshore. Then some bloke on a road bike, who was young and obnoxiously fit and filming with a GoPro in one hand, zoomed past, wished me well and shot off to the horizon. Mmm, gotta work on that fitness stuff!


Unlike Bill, this North Coaster goes fast

The run course was delish! Except for the oxygen debt, stitches and lungs hanging out of my mouth, it was lovely. The course vibe was sweet. Although everyone seemed intent, focused and in the zone, the general feeling was one of mateship, friendliness and a unity in sharing an experience. So many from so many clubs said hi or go North Coaster, stuff like that. Due to my aerobic shortcomings, I chose an economical response, a thumb raised about one centimetre in reply, it was all I could manage and seemed to do the job. Finish line! Party starts, so does the yackety yack. However, the tummy beckons to a more desirable place. The barby! This is the real reason why I do this race. So I walked up to the members only section of the North Coast barby, grab a roll and was assailed by a question that stunned me. ‘Would you like bacon and egg or vegetarian?’ The universe seemed to stop, my reeling mind processed, my reply shot out. ‘Do I look like a Goddamn Communist? Get me them bacon and egg, and I’ll only take that vegetarian stuff if it has meat inside!’  The boys postured back, crossed their arms and gave me that sly look with the slow head nod, I knew I’d gotten their respect. Ok, they then started laughing hysterically at me, but for that brief moment I knew I was the man! Nice burger too.


Look everyone, I caught a Ninja!

The main feeling I took away from that race was how fun it was, how friendly all the clubs were and a renewed feeling of why I love this sport. I, and I dare say everyone who was there, congratulate the Mandurah Triathlon Club for organising and hosting a great event. See you there next year.

Peace! ✌️

All photos courtesy of Focused Ninja Photography

North Coast Tri Club News Update

Written by Zena Coffey on . Posted in News

What a weekend down in Busselton! Amazing performances, tough physical and mental battles, glorious victories, and unfortunately also some disappointments. Ironman Western Australia had it all again. And not only our athletes made this an unforgettable day, but also all you fantastic NCTC supporters in the Wally alley and all over the rest of the course! The tri community definitely saw North Coast at its best this weekend. So a massive thank you to all the athletes, supporters, and volunteers for bringing the NCTC vibe down south!

While it’s impossible to highlight everyone’s performance over the weekend, we’d like to give a quick mention to two special finishers. Lisa Hitchcock for winning her age-group and seeing a Kona dream become reality. And Blake Kappler for coming 7th in a stacked pro field in his home race. We look forward hearing everyone’s race report over a swim, run, bbq, and a drink this Friday at the aquathlon!

Sundowner Aquathlon Round 4

Friday 7 December we will be holding Round 4 of the Aquathlon Series. We have Dylan Yarwood taking the reigns as race director while David Martin is away. Registration starts at 5.30pm at Sorrento Surf Lifesaving Club, Council works are taking place at the beach, but this won’t effect the event. It would be great to see some of our Ironman members come down and catch up, relive the weekends highlights, we also have some spot prizes to give away. Grab yourself a burger and watch the sun go down.

8th December SUNSMART Kids Triathlon

The SunSmart Kids Triathlon Series is a club event series aimed just at kids who love Triathlon or who are trying it for the first time! The NORTH COAST TRI CLUB Sunsmart Junior Triathlon is taking place on Saturday 8th December  at 3pm, at Craigie Leisure centre. The event is held in the pool and the closed service roads behind the centre.

The event will be fun and informal, and each participant receives a medal, swim cap, and special TWA gift just for participating.

Individual Event
There are different distances for each age group and they are as follows:
6-9 years. 50m swim. 3km cycle. 500m run
10-11 years. 100m swim. 3km cycle. 1km run
12-15 years. 200m swim. 6km cycle. 2km run

Registration for the individual event can be found here :

Team Event – you can sign up for this on the day
Get your mates, brothers or sisters together for a Fun Team Event. It can be two or three people of any age between 6-15, all girls, all boys or mixed. You can do both the individual, and then join in the teams event. Please make sure that you are capable of doing the distance in the leg you chose.

It is a set distance of: 100m Swim 4km Cycle 1km Run

On The Day
Registration commences at 2.30pm. You will need to apply sunscreen before you start and make sure you have a bottle with cold water. For the swim you will need bathers, swim cap, goggles, and towel for drying off. For the bike you will need your bike, a helmet, running shoes / socks and a t-shirt or singlet. For the run, a hat/cap.

Christmas Training Sessions

Junior swimming will continue up to and including the 10th December and then break for the school holidays. Expected start date next year is 11th Feb (tbc).

The week of the 17th- 21st is the final week of coached swim & run sessions for NCTC for the year with coached sessions to return starting the week of the 7th January 2019.

We have some changes to the swimming training times and venues, this will be commencing in the new year. Information shortly.

25 Years Celebration Party!

The North Coast Tri Club cordially invite you to our 25th Anniversary Party. The event will be held at AQWA, 91 Southside Drive, Hillarys on the 19th of January. The event begins at 6.30pm with complimentary drinks under the sea. Formal proceedings will begin from 7.30pm. This is a cocktail party with grazing tables and platters provided throughout the evening and a cash bar for additional drinks. There will be a DJ later in the evening concluding at 11.30pm. The cost per person for the evening is $80. This is an 18+ event and there are limited tickets available, so please don’t delay in purchasing your ticket. We look forward to seeing you there.

To purchase tickets register here

Special Offer!

NCTC Aquathlon sponsor Blu_smooth has a special member discount of AUD 100 off all wetsuits, and 20% off accessories until 1 December 2018.

Blu_smooth offers three different wetsuits all containing the best available neoprene Yamamoto, Super Composite Skin and their low cut friction free neck. The top of the range MK2.Zero– Open Water Wetsuit($699.00) contains Yamamoto #41, the MK2 – Open Water Wetsuit ($499.00) is made of Yamamoto #39, and the MK1 – Open Water Wetsuit ($399.00) Yamamoto #38.

For more information on the wetsuits and sizing, or to have a look at the accessories please have a look at the Blu_smooth website: For any questions or to place an order using this discount please contact or Vincent on  0417 92 55 77.

Soko & Co
NCTC Aquathlon Sponsor “Soko & Co” are offering a special 10% discount for members. Go in and say hello at Whitfords (opposite Telstra) or Karrinyup (opposite DJs).

Trying something different….

We have compiled all the training and up-coming events into a calendar for December. We will be running the next newsletter in January so stay tuned! If we don’t see you around the club before Christmas, the North Coast Tri Club Board would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a fun filled New Year!