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 

Participant Story: Amie Thompson

Dual Olympian Amie Thompson will be taking on the SunSmart Busselton 100 Triathlon in 2023!

Amie Thompson announced her retirement Artistic Swimming in August 2021 after an incredible career spanning more than 10 years. Amie represented Australia at both the Rio (team) and Tokyo 2020 (duet, team and team co-captain) Olympic Games.

After stepping away from international competition, Amie needed a new challenge that would satisy her athletic and competitive nature and test her limits. She had always been interested in and inspired by triathlon because of the nature of having multiple disciplines.

“I’m a decent swimmer and runner already, so I bought a very basic bike and just decided to give it a go,” said Amie.

In her first month of training she had a few crashes and injuries, although this did not stop her determination to improve. Amie upgraded her bike and got back in the saddle.

Seeking coached support, she joined Stadium Triathlon Club and was welcomed with supportive and open arms. She began competing in smaller local events and took on her first Triathlon WA State Series race in October 2022.

“It’s been such an interesting and fun transition from Artistic Swimming to Triathlon, learning the science behind endurance sport and periodising my training,” she said.

Tackling the sport head on, Amie’s first big race will be the IM 70.3 in December and she’ll be rounding out season 2022/23 with the SunSmart Busselton 100!

“I’m most looking forward to seeing how I improve throughout the season to see how well I can push myself in the Busselton Festival of Triathlon. It’s a sport where you have to play it smart to push your limits and I love that! I’m looking forward to seeing where this sport can take me,” said Amie.

Inspired to register too? Head HERE!

Introducing our 2023 Bike Leg Partner Scody Australia

We are thrilled to welcome Scody on board as our Bike Leg Partner for the 2023 event.

Scody is an Australian made globally recognized custom sports wear brand, offering exceptional quality and service. Scody has established itself as a market leader in performance apparel with a key focus in Triathlon and Cycling.

Scody clothing is engineered and constructed specifically to achieve the balance between comfort, function and high performance. They design and manufacture their quality triathlon garments in-house, and offer tailored and customised options to suit all athletes.

In addition to supporting our event, Scody is offering custom SunSmart Busselton 100 tri kits, jerseys, socks and race bibs. Purchase yours now here: https://www.scody.com/407-triathlon-western-australia-busselton-100

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LEARN MORE

https://www.westernaustralia.com/au/pages/western-australia-walking-on-a-dream

Our Team Visits the Ludlow Tuart Forest Restoration Group

On Friday 28 October 2022, our team travelled to Busselton Western Australia to visit the volunteers of Ludlow Tuart Restoration Group and learn more about what they do. Holger Topp, former President of the group, was our guide and graciously shared his knowledge with us.

It’s difficult to explain the sheer scale of their conservation efforts unless you see them in person. Acres and acres of replanted forest, community involvement, recording of stories, and the loving restoration of an entire historic settlement.

FOREST RESTORATION

Their work to restore the forest includes growing and planting Tuart seedlings, arum lily and weed eradication, creating habitats for wildlife like birds and possums, and getting local schools and volunteers involved in planting and conservation. Their newly restored office establishes a place for people to learn and meet, and a new greenhouse provides a great place to cultivate seedlings.

What do they plan to do in the future?

  • Within the next 45 years they plans to restore the tall tuart forest canopy allow ecosystem dependent biodiversity to return.
  • Manage threats, Human, animal, plant, insect and pathogen.
  • Forest protection and conservation
  • Provide facilities to support, protect, breed and reintroduce dependent biodiversity, jobs and growth.
    Develop multifaceted tourism with links to estuary and RAMSAR listed wetlands bird sanctuary.

LUDLOW HISTORIC SETTLEMENT AND MILL

Many who have visited Busselton might not even know about the Ludlow Forestry Mill and Settlement, originally established in 1918. It was once a vibrant little town nestled among the trees. The Ludlow Tuart Forest Restoration Group are working hard to reclaim items stolen from the site over the years, and undo the damage from vandalism with the hopes of creating a place the community can be proud of.

What do they plan to do in the future?

The Heritage Council listed mill and settlement buildings will undergo significant conservation restoration. The masterplan includes a tuart forest education centre, cafe, nature playground and nature trails, Indigenous tree arboretum and native plant nursery. The surrounding remnant forest will be rehabilitated with understory vegetation previously found on the site, restoring the biodiversity and providing fauna habitat.

The former school building will be repurposed as a community hall and the main workshop, a function centre for major events. The settlement cottages and gardens will be restored back to their authentic era of construction, providing tourist accommodation, together with new single quarters and a nature based campground.

LEARN MORE

Want to learn more? Please visit their website or Facebook page.

Three Year Partnership Confirmed with Tourism WA

Triathlon Western Australia (TWA) is excited to announce a new three year partnership with Tourism WA.

“The Festival, now in it’s 21st year, has become a feature of the South West Region and an important part of the triathlon racing season in WA. I am positive both the local community and athletes from all over the Australia will share my delight with the recent announcement from the McGowan Government” said Ashleigh Apps, Executive Director, TWA.

The 2022-24 events are expected to attract more than 1,000 competitors each year and thousands of out-of-region visitors, generating more than $2.3 million for the local economy annually.

The festival attracts some of the world’s toughest athletes to Western Australia to compete in the main attraction of the festival, the newly renamed ‘Busselton 100’ event.

The ‘Busselton 100’ event takes athletes on a challenging course which showcases some of the South West’s most picturesque locations, including a 2 kilometre swim starting alongside the longest timber piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere, the Busselton Jetty, an 80km bike ride through the Tuart Forest and an 18km run along the stunning foreshore.

It also features a kids’ triathlon, a fun run, a sprint and beginner triathlon and a health and lifestyle expo.

The Busselton Festival of Triathlon will run from April 29 to May 1, 2022.

Mrs Apps stated “The Festival is rich in triathlon history, but encompasses community focused events to ensure the next generation of triathletes have an opportunity to achieve their goals. We are looking forward to delivering another action packed weekend of multi-sport events with special thanks to the support of the WA Government through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program, which is supported by Royalties for Regions”.

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To read the WA Government Media Statement, please click here

Star Physio and Podiatry – Preparation=Performance Workshop

Countdown to Busso!  How to maximise your chance of a great race through smart training, the right equipment and setup and management of niggles!!!

WHEN: Thursday 10th March, 6.00pm

WHERE: Star Physio West Perth, 3rd Floor, 31 Outram St West Perth 
Free street parking and secure bike parking available upstairs

TWA in conjunction with its physiotherapy partner Star Physio, presents an evening lecture and Q&A with three of Western Australia’s most highly regarded triathlon physiotherapists, James Lewin and Dan Davis who are also sports scientists and Julie Pham, who has the dual qualification of podiatrist! Check out here for more info on your presenters!

The Star Physio Team will share their expertise and thoughts in what to do and what not to do in the lead up to the Busselton 100, in particular, what to do if you get pain or an injury. You might be surprised how often it is safe to train through or around an injury to still achieve your goals – but only once assessed and diagnosed by an expert.

While we encourage all to attend for the full experience, we will also stream the content online for those unable to join us in person or if we exceed our COVID limited capacity. Be sure to book early!

Other key topics

-Training volume, intensity, recovery, and injury risk

-Running shoes and technique – what is the evidence

-Bikefit in triathlon – sustainability v’s power v’s aero – how to balance it

-Tapering principles

As we remind triathletes, “Not all physiotherapists are the same”!

The presentation will be followed by a Q & A session where triathletes are welcome to ask specific questions of these experts with our aim to be all done in just over 1 hour so that everyone can get their valuable recovery sleep!

REGISTRATION

We have two options available for this workshop, attend in person, places will be strictly limited so get in early! Or register to attend online and further information and links will be sent prior to the event.

James Lewin is a former professional triathlete and TWA Long Course State Champion at Busselton. He is an APA Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist who also holds an exercise science degree. He has published and presented research into injury management through bikefit and is an experienced triathlon coach. James’ experience as an elite athlete, coach, physio and bikefit professional gives him a unique skillset working with triathletes of all levels.

Dan Davis is an elite runner and triathlete with a passion for injury prevention and management. He is passionate about being at the leading edge of care for athletes through with dual qualifications of physio and exercise physiology and is rapidly earning a reputation as one of the go-to triathlon physios in Western Australia. His expertise using the Gebiomized pressure analysis and management system for saddle, foot and arm support is unrivalled in Australia.

Julie Pham is a Physiotherapist and Sports Podiatrist, a unique blend of skills in particular when dealing with lower limb, foot and ankle pain and injuries. Julie works closely with leading footwear manufacturers and shops in WA to assist athletes with correct footwear prescription for comfort and performance. Julie is also an elite triathlete, and in 2022 will be heading to Kona for the Ironman World Championships.

James, Dan, and Julie work as part of the amazing team of experts at Star Physio who continue to be involved in education and cutting-edge research into injury prevention, management, and performance. 

For a taste of what to expect, have a look at some videos taken from a previous year’s lecture here-

Gym work v’s big gear work on the bike with Merv

Acute muscle injuries with James Debenham

Which bikefit option to choose with Damian

Or visit Star Physio’s website for more information and lectures.

The Stars Align For TWA & Star Physio

Triathlon WA and the SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon are over the moon to announce that Star Physio has come on board as the events Official Physio, Bike Fit & Massage Partner for 2022.

Star Physio’s physiotherapists, exercise physiologists and rehabilitation gurus are well trained in their respective fields to help patients recover from injuries and gain optimum health, and will be delivering post event massages for all Busselton 100 participants.

In addition to physiotherapy, massage, Pilates and rehabilitation, Star Physio offers “Bikefit”. This involves professionally fitting a bicycle to its rider using the assessment and intervention skills of a physiotherapist with specific expertise in cycling and its biomechanics. Make sure you head down to get yours aligned ready to race!

Star Physio has three convenient clinic locations – Hay Street Mall in Perth CBD, Mosman Park and West Perth.

Star Physio will be delivering expert physio and injury management content for all TWA members, a coaches conference and a club-based support program. More information is coming soon so watch this space!

Healthway turns 30!

Healthway celebrates 30 years of promoting healthy lifestyles
Thursday, 2 December 2021

Healthway is the State Government’s only health promotion agency
Since 1991, it has funded more than 5,600 organisations with $455 million in grants
Healthway celebrates its 30-year anniversary today, reflecting on its work promoting and facilitating good health and encouraging healthy lifestyles in the Western Australian community.

Since opening its doors in 1991, Healthway has supported more than 5,600 organisations with $455 million in grants and we’ve been lucky enough to be one of them!

Established by the WA Government as part of the Tobacco Control Act (1990), Healthway was initially set up to provide alternative funds for sports and arts events that were supported by manufacturers and wholesalers of tobacco products.

It was also tasked with promoting good health by supporting research, sporting, arts, community and youth programs that promoted healthy lifestyles.

Healthway’s grants programs have now expanded to target additional priority health issues such as increasing healthy eating and physical activity, reducing harm from alcohol, and improving mental health.

Other major achievements Healthway has contributed to include major policy change in public health such as smoke-free areas, reducing the promotion of unhealthy brands in sport, creating community events and activities that promote positive health, and internationally recognised health and research projects that impact on policy and practice.

Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:

“In its 30-year history, Healthway has found innovative and effective ways to address the major health challenges of our times, from smoking in the 1990s, through to mental health.

“Healthway’s model of working with organisations it funds empowers people to take control of their health by ensuring the environments they live, work, learn and play in all support good health.

“I’d like to congratulate all the Healthway-funded organisations, staff, board and committees who have been involved in creating a healthy WA.

“I look forward to continuing this work with you.”

Minister’s office – 6552 6500

FinisherPIX are back as the Official Photographers of the Busselton 100!

FinisherPix, the Official Photographers of the Busselton 100, is giving you the chance to order your photos & save!

We’ve teamed up with FinisherPix again to make sure you get snapped at that finish line! Don’t forget to smile 😀 When registering for the Busselton 100, Busselton Foreshore & Kids Triathlon, there will be an option to add on a discounted finisher pic. You’ll be sent an email after the event to download your photos! You can add merchandise or opt ins to your existing registration at any time, so if you’ve already registered – don’t stress! You can still access this offer.

For ONLY AUD$35.00 for the Busselton 100 & $25.00 for the Foreshore & Kids Tri, you can receive the FinisherPix Photo Pack in Digital Format! The FinisherPix Photo Pack includes ALL photos we identify of you in all digital formats (Basic digital image, Digital images with Finish Time, Digital images in certificate format.)

For more information and to review the terms and conditions of this service please visit our website at www.finisherpix.com

State long course SunSmart Busselton 100 Triathlon