Annemarie Munk– Founder (Vice President; ex-Committee)
Since being introduced to triathlon in 1997, I have seen this sport swell, and I never would have imagined our little club to be as successful as it is today. I started coaching triathletes in my SouthSide Masters program in 2004 with just 8 folks in the pool, once a week. That grew and developed into the IHP Tri Program and in 2009, I formed Tritons with my dear friends Fen and Mike. It has been very rewarding to see the club thrive, to see all levels of triathlete taking part together and encouraging each other along the way. I am very proud of what the Club hs become and look forward to seeing it continue to provide our members the opportunity to enjoy training, racing and partying for many years to come.
Mira Christanto - Committee Member (Camps)
I learnt what a triathlon was during the Tritons Try-a-Tri program. What I lacked in skills, I made up in enthusiasm… so before I understood the training involved, I enlisted for all the year’s camps and races. I’m looking forward to giving back to the club that has introduced me to an amazing bunch of friends, party animals and die-hard athletes.
Fenella Ng - Founder and Committee Member (Newsletter; President)
Sports has always played an integral role in my life, most notably my pursuits in swimming and rowing. However a little know fact is that I prematurely dipped my toes into the world of multisport events way back in my teens to compete in some early aquathlons. Back then the thought of biking never crossed my mind (riding in HK scared me then, as it does now), but then I never dreamt of being a rower either until the day I sat in the boat...so I guess you will never know until you give it a try. Like most athletes, when it comes to triathlons, there is the good, the bad and the ugly. Naturally the swimming comes easy to me, I’m still relatively new to cycling but enjoy the weekly rides out in Tung Chung, and the run...well this can best be described as “whatever it takes” (run, jog, walk or crawl) to get me over the finish line. I still enjoy racing, even if it’s very much just for fun and fitness these days, and of course the camaraderie amongst the Tritons fraternity.
Nadine Bubner – Committee Member (Monthly Training Events)
Cycling in Berlin 6 years ago (in competition with traffic lights and minus degrees only!) is actually the only activity which still connects to the things I'm doing nowadays. Participating in the fantastic Try a Tri program in 2011 helped a lot in making a transition from a yoga loving person and yoga instructor into someone who enjoys running, swimming and cycling the same way. Training outdoors and traveling to races with like minded people is very rewarding too! With triathlons and yoga on the schedule it doesn't leave much space for anything else but still trying to squeeze in scuba diving, river climbing, trail running etc.
Georgia Brown – Committee Member (Kit & Sponsorship)
One of the first members of the Tritons and still going with my white stick and zimmer frame in the veteran age group! Happy to coordinate the sponsorship and have enjoyed particularly revamping the team gear to look professional and uniform. Love love love swimming - hate cycling and am a crap runner - but we all do what we can ! see you out there - stay safe ! (Wish we could have Pucci team gear....?)
Rupert Griffiths – Committee Member (Website and Media)
Compared to my 'profession' of Falconry and all things feathered, my triathlon activities are pretty main stream! An original 'Hong Kong Brat' I have always been a cyclist and used to ride a BMX around Pokfulam before moving on at the grand age of 16 to a road bike and full-day tours of the New Territories. I got into Triathlon in 2001 after being convinced that I could swim 1500m, and have entered 2 or 3 Tri's every year ever since! I prefer to take a pretty relaxed approach about it all but do a fair bit of training on the bike as I just love being out pedaling at every opportunity.
Graeme Torre – Committee Member (Camps)
I was asked a short while ago what it was about triathlon that I liked. I paused for a moment¹s thought; was it the ridiculously early starts, or maybe the opportunity to wear lycra in public without ridicule.Mmm, not sure, probably a bit more than that. Maybe it was the satisfaction of knowing that triathlon is a sport where even if I put on a couple of kilos around my waistline I can immediately make amends by spending more money on my bike. On reflection, I think it¹s a combination of all of these things that add to the allure of the triathlon world for me. Plus of course, the reassurance that triathlon creates a community where men and women can feel comfortable swapping tips on depilatory products.
Steve Adams – Committee Member (Treasurer)
Ex fat kid and ageing footballer I needed a outlet where I wasn’t chasing younger faster guys around a pitch…Triathlon seemed perfect until I started to swim, AM’s first comment on seeing me in the pool was “at least your not a sinker!” Since then its been a love hate balance with work and Tri. I spent 2 years as the Chairman of the club and loved every minute..but its back to racing now…
Karen King – Committee Member (Secretary)
Always been slightly sport mad, most off it has involved a stick/racket and ball but decided to try something different and did the Try a Tri program in March 2011. I am now almost a year into this madness of triathlon’s having typically started off with a couple of sprints and then a few Olympic distances, then finished the year off with Phuket managing to survive the dreaded bike course. Its hard work, often painful but it’s a lot of fun and I have no idea why but it seems to be very addictive…….! Here’s to hoping my times get faster and my moaning about the bike gets a little less in 2012!
The Triton's Committee is made up of volunteers who have to squeeze in extra organisational work in their spare time. The Club is always looking out for more people who can help, whether it is to arrange social events, organise training events or help out with general admin and decision making.
Michael Tse – Founder and Committee Member (Coaching & Education; Vice President)
Since formation of the IHP Tri Program in 2007 and later the Tritons Club in 2009 together with two other experienced coaches, Fen and AM, I have been amazed not only at the growth of this sport in general, but what our Club has been able to offer to our membership in terms of technical support, training, racing camaraderie, and most of all the fabulous social aspect of this unique sport. It is a pleasure for me to share with members my 20 years of experience in high performance coaching of elite athletes of all ages, but as someone relatively new to triathlon, learning and training together with more experienced members is invaluable to me.