Backing up on a very successful level 1 technical course in Fiji Oceania Sport development continues this month with a Community level Technical and Officials seminar to be facilitated by Jacqui Kenny (Australia) in tandem with a coaching course being run by Peter Clifford (Australia) in PNG.

These courses are key events and preparation as PNG look forward to hosting the 2015 South Pacific Games triathlon event.

This month I also head up to Samoa to officiate at an event along with further work in progressing the establishment of an ITU affiliated national triathlon federation in Samoa.

Oceania Sport Development Coaching:

It is a pleasure for me to introduce to you Peter Clifford of Australia. Peter will be known by many within the Oceania triathlon community however for those that have not met him Peter has agreed to be an advisor to the Oceania Triathlon Union in respect of “Coaching” and sport development.

Oceania Triathlon Union recognises that since Libby Burrell left ITU last year we have not provided any clear direction in regard to coaching programs, pathways and advise, hence the appointment of Peter at this time is important.

Peter will soon be engaging with all Oceania federations to discuss all things coaching with you.

Following is a short bio of Peter plus web site links:

Peter Clifford is a Level 2 “Performance Coach” based in Sydney, Australia and coaches a group of athletes that compete around the world in ITU and Draft-Free events. He is co-founder of High Performance Tri, a triathlon program that develops athletes from Junior to Professional.

As a Coach Educator, he is an accredited ITU Level 1 Coaching Course Facilitator, and has presented courses for the ITU in Cook Islands, Fiji, Solomon Islands and Thailand. In Australia, he is responsible for all triathlon coach education in New South Wales and is also a consultant to Triathlon Australia for their National Coach Education program.

Peter has a strong belief in holistic long term athlete development and creating sustainable success via training in a balanced, process focussed training environment.

More can be found on his websites


The Oceania calendar:

The calendar is still (at this time) work in progress, yet we are very close to finalising this work. I want to thank all federations that have applied to host Oceania events for your continued commitment to working with us through this significant process.

Oceania Medals:

Via our administrator Marlene we are presently looking at securing new Oceania medals for all Oceania events. For the first time in 2014 the Oceania Triathlon Union will be presenting medals to all age group and Elite place getters across all OTU events.

Technical Advisory group:

The Oceania council recently advertised for a three person panel to act as an advisory group for the OTU council in regards to all things technical. This panel is to rotate with one panel replacement being made each year.

The makeup of this group is to be one Australian, one Island representative plus one from New Zealand. The Oceania council will advise the successful candidates next week. 

London ITU World Championships 2013:

I note that several OTU federations are preparing to travel to London so it would be a good time for those in London to have an informal meeting. At this time if you could please advise Marlene if you are heading to London we will coordinate a meeting of all Oceania federations’ pre congress.



Youth Olympic Games selection race:

The Youth Olympic Games selection race is now confirmed for the weekend of the 11th/12th January 2014 Penrith (NSW). Please note that this is a change of date to what has been earlier mentioned.


Oceania Para triathlon Championships:

The Oceania Para triathlon Championships are also to be hosted by Triathlon Australia and held on the same weekend at the same location.





Terry Sheldrake

Oceania Triathlon Union President