2024 Colouring Competition

Print and colour in our 2024 Busselton Festival of Triathlon colouring page, then return it to us on race weekend for your chance to win 1 of 3 great prizes.

This year, the colouring comp image features our 2023 Busselton 100 Female Open winner, Rachael Smyth!

How to enter:

1. Download and print OR grab a colouring sheet at the event and colour in.
2. Fill in your contact details on the back of the sheet
3. Take your masterpiece to the Ludlow Tuart Forest Restoration tent in the expo area on Saturday or Sunday and pop your entry in the box. That’s it!

We’ll have some art supplies and printed colouring sheets available across event weekend in the expo area so you can colour in on event day, or you can print the sheet at home and bring your artwork to teh festival already completed.

All kids aged under 14 are eligible to participate in this competition with parent/guardian permission. Each entry must include the entrants name, age (as at 31/12/2023), and a contact (email/phone number) so that our team can contact the winners.

There will be three (3) fun prize packs up for grabs. 1 prize pack will be given to kids under 7 years, and two prize packs will be given to kids over 7 years. Prize packs include the following

PRIZE PACK – Under 7 years
– 2 x Adult and 2 x Child Busselton Jetty Train voucher
– 1 x Wanda’s Ultimate Gift Pack (Unleished Art picture book and sticker pack)
– Busselton Festival Hat
– Colouring in pencils

PRIZE PACK – Over 7 years
– 1 x Free entry to the 2025 Kids Triathlon
– 1 x Wanda’s Ultimate Gift Pack (Unleished Art picture book and sticker pack)
– Busselton Festival Hat
– Colouring in pencils

How winners are chosen:
The Triathlon WA team will select three winners from the entries received based on creativity, colouring-in skills, and the age of the entrant. Winners will be notified via the contact method provided on the colouring sheet (phone or email) by 1 June 2024.

THANK YOU!
Thank you to our colouring competition partners: the Busselton Jetty Association, Unleished Art and Triathlon WA.

Busselton Festival of Triathlon Wins at Sport Awards

Triathlon WA are so excited and humbled to share that the 2023 SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon won the inaugural Community Sporting Event of the Year award at the WA Sport Awards hosted by SportWest on Thursday 29 February 2024!

The Community Sporting Event of the Year award recognises an outstanding sporting festival, event or exhibition that has been delivered successfully in WA, with benefits to the athletes, the sport, and the local community.

It was a really brilliant selection of nominees in our category, so we are stoked to have won. Congratulations to our fellow finalists Bike it to Ballidu Gravel (Cycling), and the Harmony Cup Nines (Rugby League).

We’d like to thank all athletes, volunteers, officials, staff members, supporters, expo retailers, food vendors, charity partners, and everyone else who contributed to the success of the SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon last season.

Thank you to our major partners, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries,Healthway and SunSmart, Tourism Western Australia and City of Busselton. We also sincerely thank our 2023 event partners EventMatrix, KC Australia, Blue Chip Timing, Koda Nutrition, Hit FM, KDK Family Law, Keep on Running, SCODY, The Margaret River Region, Woolworths Busselton, Ludlow Tuart Forest Restoration Group, Cancer Council Western Australia, MiTIME, Clip Media, Outside the Locker Room , FinisherPix, and World Triathlon.

It was so wonderful to celebrate the achievements of the WA sporting community.

Other Award Nominees from our Triathlon WA community included:

  • Steve Gleeson: Coach of the Year Nominee
  • Gaye McKean: Official of the Year Nominee
  • David Budge: Service to Sport Nominee
  • Nick Thompson: Sports Star Nominee
  • Sally Pilbeam: Sports Star Nominee

Thank you to SportWest (and HBF Stadium / VenuesWest) for hosting such a wonderful event, and congratulations to all winners!

Busselton Festival of Triathlon Secures Naming Rights Partner

  • Triathlon Western Australia (TWA) is thrilled to announce a new partner for the Busselton Festival of Triathlon 
  • Global Advanced Metals, one of the world’s leading suppliers of tantalum, is supporting the event, now in its 23rd year at this iconic location 
  • In 2024, the event will be known as the Busselton Festival of Triathlon, presented by Global Advanced Metals 

The Busselton Festival of Triathlon presented by Global Advanced Metals, will run from 4-5 May 2024. 

Global Advanced Metals’ (GAM) core values of Integrity, Respect, Innovation and Responsibility are the pillars of their commitment to sustainable business operations that supports quality of life for current and future generations. 

High environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards are in keeping with Triathlon WA’s current and future plans. GAM’s environmental priorities cover items like air quality, water stewardship, waste management and biodiversity and land. 

Comments attributed to Triathlon WA Executive Director Olivia Birkett 

“The Busselton Festival of Triathlon has become a feature of the South West Region over the past 22 years, and is an important part of the triathlon racing season in WA. It features events for kids, novices, and more experienced triathletes.  

The 2024 event is expected to attract 2,000+ competitors and thousands of out-of-region visitors, generating more than $2.3 million for the local economy. 

Triathlon WA is thrilled to have GAM on board as presentation partner for the 2024 event.  Their strong commitment to the health and safety of the local community aligns well with our objectives for the Busselton Festival of Triathlon.” 

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For further information, contact: 

Mel Farley 
Commercial Operations Manager – Triathlon WA 
events@wa.triathlon.org.au – 08 9443 9778 

Busselton Festival of Triathlon Confirmed Dates

Triathlon Western Australia would like to advise all members and competitors that the date for 2024 Busselton 100 will now be Sunday 5 May 2024, with the Busselton Foreshore Triathlon and Kids Triathlon moving to Saturday 4 May 2024. The Fun Run will not be taking place in 2024.

Participant safety is our main priority. The decision to change the date was not made lightly and was based on the safety concerns raised by the community, athletes, event staff, and the City of Busselton. Confirming this new date will improve the participant experience, improve road safety, and help our event be more cohesive with the local Busselton community.

In our post-event participant survey, many athletes commented on the number of cars on the road during the bike leg. The City of Busselton has grown its population in recent years which means increased local traffic, and more residents and businesses impacted by our event road closures. Additionally, more families moving to Busselton means the winter sports season is busier than ever, with parents driving kids to and from their Saturday morning sports around the time most bikes would hit the course.

Having the Foreshore and Kids events on the Saturday instead of the Busselton 100 will allow us to better manage the increased traffic and improve safety, as these events are much shorter (distance and timewise) and contained to the main event area. This is as opposed to the Busselton 100 bike leg, which is 80km, heads out into the Ludlow Tuart Forest, and has hundreds of athletes on course for several hours.
Families competing in the Kids Triathlon and Foreshore Triathlon may be more likely to stay on for Sunday and spectate during the Busselton 100, which in turn will improve the event atmosphere and make for a better finish line experience for our long course athletes.

Additionally, the Busselton 100 being on Sunday means that athletes will now check their bikes in on Saturday afternoon after the Foreshore and Kids events have ended. Busselton 100 and AquaBike athletes will no longer have to come straight from work on Friday afternoon or take unnecessary time off from work before the event. We hope this will make for a more relaxed and enjoyable race.

With more than 9 months to go until event weekend, any athletes who have already made accommodation arrangements based on the previously announced date should be able to alter them now with no penalty.

Thank you for your support of the event, and we hope to see you down in beautiful South-West WA for another amazing Busselton Festival of Triathlon. Event registrations are set to open September 2023.

Statement on the Passing of a Race Participant at SunSmart Busselton 100 Triathlon

We are deeply saddened to confirm the passing of an athlete who participated in the SunSmart Busselton 100 held on Saturday 29 April 2023.

We extend our sincere sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of the athlete, and we ask that their privacy be respected during this difficult time.

Thank you to the athletes, event medical team and emergency services who provided immediate medical support on the bike leg of the course prior to the athlete being transferred to hospital.

The safety and well-being of our Triathlon community is of the utmost importance to us, and we are grateful for the swift and effective response of nearby athletes, safety and medical personnel, and emergency services.

Support is being made available to all members of the Triathlon community impacted. Please feel free to contact Triathlon Western Australia if you would like any further assistance through this difficult time.

For more information on the support available, please contact Triathlon Western Australia via email: executive@wa.triathlon.org.au

Oceania Triathlon Cup Attracts Local and International Elite Competitors to Busselton

More than 40 of the Oceania region’s top elite, U23 and Junior athletes will travel to Busselton, Western Australia this month to compete in the Oceania Triathlon Cup Busselton; a Super Sprint Eliminator race for ranking points ahead of the 2023 international season.

The 2023 Oceania Triathlon Cup Busselton will take place between 10am and 1pm AWST on Friday 28 April 2023 as part of the SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon. Presentations will be held at 1.30pm AWST.

In the elite male field, local athletes Luke Bate, Zeke Tinley, Kurt Wesley, Nick Thompson and Reece Harris will have the home ground advantage against their interstate and international competition. 

The WA representation in the elite female field will be just as fierce, with Aleisha Wesley, Sian Munks, and Herlene Yu (racing for SGP) set to light up the course.

They’ll have their work cut out for them though, with Olympian Emma Jeffcoat and Commonwealth Games representatives Charlotte McShane and Luke Willian also taking on the Cup.

It’s a massive opportunity for our local U23 and Junior athletes to experience this level of racing, with Rhianna Hepburn, Madison Toovey, Joshua Neervoort, James Kjellgren-Lewis, Joshua Fletcher, Tommaso Puccini, Ivan Nagel and Indie Arbuckle set to take on the challenge.

Dylan Holland (SA), Henry McMecking (NZL), Oliver Larcombe (NZL), Jack Crome (QLD), Liam Dixon (NSW), Luke Schofield (NSW), Monty Dixon (NSW), Yoann Colin (ACT), Jayden Schofield (NSW), Tzu I Pan (TPE), Kye Wylde (QLD), Lleyton Wall (NSW), Rory Thornhill (ACT), and Lachlan Jones (QLD) round out the Men’s field.

Erika Tanno (JPN), Natasha Bowyer (NZL), Briana Mow (QLD), Chloe Bateup (ACT), Ellie Hoitink (QLD), Maddison Yarrow (QLD), Jessica Ewart-McTigue (QLD), Victoria Gillies (QLD), Angharad Llewellyn (NZL) and Emma Olsen Keating (NSW) round out the Women’s field.

OCEANIA PARA CUP BUSSELTON

For the first time in history, the SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon will also play host to the 2023 Oceania Para Cup Busselton.

This event will take place between 7.30am and 9.30am AWST on Sunday 30 April 2023. Presentations will be held at 10.30am AWST. As a World Triathlon Continental Cup, this race will provide a crucial ranking points opportunity for Australia’s top para triathletes ahead of the Paralympic qualification period starting 1 July.

WA athletes Nige Young (PTWC), Brant Garvey (PTS2), Paralympian David Bryant (PTS5) and two time World Triathlon Cup winnerSally Pilbeam (PTS4) will get a chance to race in their home state.

Other para triathletes racing include Kurt Peterson (PTS4), Liam Twomey (PTS4), Commonwealth Games medallist Sam Harding (PTVI), Sara Tait (PTWC), Hannah MacDougall (PTS4), Maggie Sandles (PTVI) and Caroline Baird (PTVI).

Athletes Sam Harding (PTVI), David Bryant (PTS5) and Liam Twomey (PTS4) all won last year’s Oceania Cups and will be looking to retain their titles in Busselton. It’s set to be an exciting morning out on course!

For more information about the event, please see the links below or visit www.busseltonfestivaloftriathlon.com.au.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Full Oceania Cup Start List: https://triathlon.org/events/event/2023_oceania_triathlon_cup_busselton

Full Para Cup Start List: https://triathlon.org/events/event/2023_oceania_triathlon_para_cup_busselton

Event Schedule: https://www.busseltonfestivaloftriathlon.com.au/oceania-triathlon-cup-event-schedule/

Course Maps: https://www.busseltonfestivaloftriathlon.com.au/oceania-triathlon-cup-busselton-course-maps/

Oceania Triathlon Cup and Oceania Para Cup to be held as part of the 2023 SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon

Triathlon Western Australia is pleased to announce a new addition to the 2023 SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon lineup! For the first time in the festival’s history, Barnard Park will play host to the 2023 Oceania Cup Busselton and the 2023 Oceania Triathlon Para Cup Busselton.

The 2023 Oceania Triathlon Cup will take place from 10am AWST on Friday 28 April 2023. Australia’s top elite and U23 athletes will compete over the Super Sprint Eliminator race in the race for ranking points ahead of the 2023 international season.

The 2023 Oceania Para Cup will take place from 7.30am AWST on Sunday 30 April 2023. WA legends including David Bryant and Sally Pilbeam will get a chance to race in their home state. As a World Triathlon Continental Cup, the race will also provide a crucial ranking points opportunity for Australia’s top para triathletes ahead of the Paralympic qualification period starting 1 July.

Triathlon Australia and Triathlon New Zealand are looking to further improve representation across the region. These events pose an excellent opportunity for Australian athletes to earn points towards a world ranking, and continue to develop and test their skills, which is important as we look to Paris and beyond.

Triathlon Western Australia Executive Director Glenn Te Raki says the entire TWA team are excited to have the level of Elite competition that both the Continental Cup events will bring to the Busselton Festival of Triathlon.

“To have a number of elite athletes from the Oceania region attending this weekend festival will showcase the sport of Triathlon in Western Australia and add to the excitement of the Busselton 100 and the associated events being held over the weekend,” said Te Raki.

“We welcome everyone along to experience this first-time opportunity in Busselton to watch the very best athletes compete in these events and thank our sponsors and partners for assisting us to bring this showcase to the Busselton Festival of Triathlon.”

Triathlon Western Australia President Brenden Koh said the addition of Oceania Triathlon racing brings a new level of excitement and opportunity.

“Triathlon Western Australia is thrilled to welcome the inclusion of these events at the SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon,” said Koh.

The Busselton Festival of Triathlon has a rich history and tradition of providing a platform for athletes to showcase their skills, and we are confident that the addition of Oceania Triathlon racing will continue to raise the bar for this iconic event. We look forward to seeing the best of the best compete in Busselton and inspiring the next generation of triathletes,” he said.

For more information about the event, please see the links below or visit www.busseltonfestivaloftriathlon.com.au.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Event Schedule: https://www.busseltonfestivaloftriathlon.com.au/oceania-triathlon-cup-event-schedule/

Course Maps: https://www.busseltonfestivaloftriathlon.com.au/oceania-triathlon-cup-busselton-course-maps/

SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon Colouring Competition 2023

Print and colour in our SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon colouring page, then send it back to us for your chance to win a great prize!

There will be three (3) prize packs up for grabs:

 2 x Ages 7-15 years Prize Pack:

  • 1 x Free entry to the 2024 SunSmart Kids Triathlon Busselton
  • 1 x Busselton Festival Pack

1 x Under 7’s Prize Pack:

  • 1 x Free entry to the 2024 Busselton Fun Run
  • 1 x Busselton Festival Pack

All artwork must be posted to Triathlon WA at PO BOX 2561 MOUNT CLAREMONT WA 6010, handed in at the TWA Office, or dropped into the designated collection box at the 2023 SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon during the event weekend. Entries must be received by TWA before Monday 15 May 2023.

All kids aged under 15 are eligible to participate in this competition with parent/guardian permission. Each entry must include the entrants name, age and a contact (email/phone number) so that our team can contact the winners.

FULL ENTRY TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Participant Story – Diana Barnett

Diana Barnett (née Chirila) will be one of the brave athletes taking on the SunSmart Busselton 100 in 2023!

Diana came to Australia as a refugee in 1983, aged just 7 years old. Her family sought political asylum in Australia, after fleeing the Romanian Ceausescu communist regime. It was a difficult journey, with her family spending a year in Libya and Austria before becoming Australian Citizens and settling into Perth life.

Diana’s parents were Chemical Engineers, and spoke English well. Unfortunately their qualifications were not recognised in Australia, and so they worked washing beakers in science laboratories and other unskilled work while proving themselves gradually. They worked 60+ hour weeks and were eventually able to own their first Australian home; settling in the developing suburb of Hillarys.

After many years of hard work, my mother became part of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute & my father became a Professor of Ophthalmology,” said Diana.

Diana was really interested in Gymnastics and her parents made sure she was able to follow her passion.

“I grew up living and breathing gymnastics with up to 20hrs a week training at the peak, and still managed to get good results in school. Coming from hardship, I had what people now call ‘tiger’ parents, where everything is about achieving so you can have a better life than they did. I grew up knowing nothing but pushing and striving to be the best always,” said Diana.

At age 15 Diana retired from Gymnastics to focus on her schooling after realising the Olympic dream was out of reach. Throughout her twenties, Diana enjoyed cycling and commuted each day by bike from Hillarys to UWA (30km each way).

She met and married her husband Jye and had three children. Sport and exercise fell to the wayside as she focused on parenting.

“[Being a mum] sometimes made me feel like I had forgotten some parts of what made me who I am. After having my third child I was in a sort of depression, realising I had stopped doing the things that gave me joy,” said Diana.

“I loved watching my children thrive, hit milestones, & explore the world with new eyes. That is indescribable pleasure for a new parent to experience. But having a goal, my own life, something to strive for, was missing.

“There is always a moment in a person’s life that is a turning point and mine was when I saw my husband having a very active life away from the kids while still being an amazing dad. I was doing the mum part well, but I was fading with no outlet for myself,” she said.

In 2016, a friend invited Diana to participate in a bootcamp fitness program at their local beach, and she jumped on the offer. She started training three times a week, doing open water swimming and beach runs, and each time she felt fitter and more invigorated to keep training. Eventually she decided to try competing again, and entered her first Triathlon aged 40.

Triathlon combined Diana’s love of cycling with her newfound skills in swimming and running. She took racing head on starting with a team entry (with husband Jye as her team mate) at the X-Adventure Dunsborough (XAD). She had gone in unprepared with no understanding of how to look after her nutrition or pace, and vowed to learn all she could about the sport. She asked Jye to teach her how to mountain bike and swim freestyle, and in 2017 she took on her first Individual event aged 41.

“It was a win in my mind even without a podium finish like I used to get in my gymnastics days. I wanted to do more. I was in awe of the athletes doing Long Course distances and I wanted to know that feeling too. I decided to embark on a journey to complete the long course the next year,” said Diana.

“Training hard with the local Dunsborough run club & researching online, I made it to the start line for the Long XAD in 2018. My goal was just to finish & as before, not vomit in front of my kids. I achieved both & came away with a surprising 3rd place podium finish in my age category,” she said.

After that Diana began to chase every race that interested her, and even competed in marathons, ultra-marathons, road cycling races and long distance open water swims.

In 2020, she purchased her first road bike from Fat Duck Cycles in Busselton and signed up for the May IRONMAN 70.3.

“I will forever remember it clearly and reverently; the atmosphere and the comradery on course. It is easy to understand why triathlon is so addictive. The crowd and athletes are in the race together, with competitors out there giving their all, while supporters are willing them to finish – a team effort,” she said.

In December 2022, she completed her first full IM distance.

In 2023 Diana will be competing in her first SunSmart Busselton 100 event, having deferred due to injury last year. Her daughter Joey, and youngest son, Banjo, raced the inaugural Busselton 100 as part of the SunSmart Kids Triathlon.

“I love training towards achieving a set target. The sense of achievement especially when I’m out there actually racing is true happiness,” said Diana.

“I love the pain I feel in the process towards conquering a big goal, and learning about my body and what it is capable of- it is truly astounding. I don’t love getting injuries, but I do love overcoming them and feeling strong again. Most of all I love the feeling of being out there racing with like-minded humans where we all have the same objective including the supporters, volunteers etc. Finishing is the icing on the cake,” she said.

“I am so excited to do the Busselton 100 because it will be my first time in the new format. This race holds a very special place in my heart. It is what started me on the ‘on-road’ triathlon journey. To top it all off it is a local race in my own backyard, what could be better!”

Feeling inspired? Get your own spot on the start line or sign up today!

Participant Story: Robyn Richmond

Long-time triathlete challenges herself to take on the Busselton AquaBike in 2023!

Robyn Richmond competed in her first Busselton Triathlon in 2004, having discovered her passion for the sport accidentally.

“I started swimming in the mornings to improve my health, and I got chatting to some ladies who asked me to join their squad,” said Robyn.

“That group was the precursor for EFS Triathlon and Multisport Club, so after swimming with them for a while I grabbed my brothers bike out of storage and started cycling and running too!”

After supporting her friends as a spectator at the 2003 Busselton event, Robyn decided to try her own hand at racing and has been a semi-regular competitor ever since. Over the nearly 20 years she has been involved in triathlon, Robyn has completed team triathlons, individual triathlons and continues to support her mates as a spectator when not racing.

During the pandemic, when racing opportunities were few and far between, Robyn and her squad mates decided to do a virtual Busselton Triathlon. Over the span of a week, teams and individuals completed the equivalent of all three legs. Robyn says it was a great way to stay motivated and maintain connect with her club.

After taking a few years off from the Busselton event, Robyn will be competing in the Busselton AquaBike in 2023.

“I did think my long distance Triathlon days were behind me but I went along to the 2022 event to support a cycling friend who was doing the Busselton 100. The atmosphere was contagious and when I heard there was a new event [AquaBike] I decided to sign up!” said Robyn.

“What I love about triathlon is that even though it’s an individual sport, everyone I have ever met is so encouraging and supportive. I’ve made some great, long lasting friendships through the sport,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to being part of the weekend, encouraging other friends who are doing it; and sharing the experience. I think of myself as a participant rather than a competitor; I’m not likely to win but I love being part of it and having a goal to work towards.”

Feeling inspired? Entries to the SunSmart Busselton 100 and AquaBike are open. Challenge yourself today.

State long course SunSmart Busselton 100 Triathlon