AMBASSADORS

PROMOTING THE
SPORT OF TRIATHLON

Supported by some of the best triathlon mentors and club coaches in Australia, our ambassadors are here to help you on your triathlon journey.
Learn more about the people who support The Starting Line initiative:

Belinda Norton
Belinda Norton

Age: 40

 

Favourite meal to have the night before a race when you were an athlete?  Chicken and rice salad

 

Favourite treat meal after a race?  ICE CREAM – every time and still to this day it is a must have.

 

How did you get into triathlon?  I was selected at school after doing well in QLD Cycling team and already had good results in all school sports swimming and running.

 

What have you been doing since you finished competing? I did mountain biking for a while to get off the roads after having babies but found I needed a big shake up of my training and added weight and speed HITT routines.

 

What is your favourite – swim/bike/run?  Ohhhh that’s a hard one.. I love swim! but I also enjoy bike … hmmm but the run. Can I say all?

 

What is one tip you wish you were given when you started triathlon?  It’s not just about the swim bike run – the whole body training is imperative – add speed circuit session and often.  Oh and your food must be on point before and after training.

 

Favourite quote? If it was easy everyone would do it! But you don’t ever take it easy do you?

 

What is your favourite tri memory?  Half Ironman – Forster Tuncurry – Being in the race of my career; out of the water first, the bike seemed easy and breaking my wheel down hill – I know this was not a great end to the day walking and my race ending but the race taught me more about myself then any other win.  Losing is sometimes the greatest personal victory.

 

What is your favourite tri event destination?  Noosa! Of course.

Contact Belinda Norton

Charlie Jurd
Charlie Jurd

Age: 14

 

Club/School: Team T-Rex / Trinity Lutheran College, Gold Coast

 

Coach: Teresa Theaker – Team T Rex Triathlon

 

Favourite meal to have the night before a race? Lasagne or Spaghetti Bolognaise

 

Favourite cheat meal after a race? McDonalds

 

How did you get into triathlon? My friend ask me to go to a T-Rex training session with him one afternoon and I was hooked immediately.

 

What is your favourite – swim/bike/run? Run.

 

What is one tip you wish you were given when you started triathlon?To make sure you look over the maps and to know the course.

 

What is your favourite tri memory? My very first Runaway Bay  Super Sprint Weekend.

 

What is your favourite event destination? Adelaide.

Contact Charlie Jurd

Toby Coote
Toby Coote

Age: 42

 

Club: Sunshine Coast Tri Academy

 

Favourite meal to have the night before a race when you were an athlete?  Chinese – Special Fried Rice

 

Favourite cheat meal after a race?  Apple Turnover with cream

 

How did you get into triathlon?  My PE Teacher Mark Holstein from High School. I was heavily involved in Surf Life Saving at that time.

 

How did you switch to coaching? By accident. I was working at a resort post Triathlon and my good mate at the bike shop told me to get todays paper. They advertised for a Triathlon Coach at a Sunshine Coast School. I applied, the school decided to continue without a Coach. The President of the School Tri Club asked if I was interested in coaching his daughter. The rest is history.

 

What is your favourite – swim/bike/run?  Hard one! To Coach – Swimming. It seems to be the one leg most people struggle with so from a coaching point of view. You can make a lot of changes and progression with the swim. To Participate – the Cycle. You can see so many amazing places just by heading out and riding opposed to the other legs. Going downhill. Gets the adrenalin rush going

 

What is one tip you wish you were given when you started triathlon?  Core Strength – It is so important for the stabilisation and strength for all athletes. For longevity and body management. The things we know now, I wish I knew when I was a junior athlete coming through.

 

Favourite quote? Enjoy the journey.

 

What is your favourite tri memory? Being named in the Australia Junior Squad for the 1995 World Championships. Nothing like racing for your country.

 

What is your favourite tri event destination? For History and what the sport is about – Noosa Triathlon. For the destination and toughness of the course – Devonport.

Contact Toby Coote

The Starting Line Ambassadors will guide you through your triathlon journey. Join the Facebook Group to contact them directly.