As featured on 60 Minutes, John Maclean, who became a paraplegic whilst training for the Nepean Triathlon 26 years ago, is responding to treatment that is enabling him to take steps and walk again. John’s next challenge is to complete the Atmosphere 2014 Nepean triathlon, as a individual competitor.
Competitors and supporters of John and the John Maclean Foundation (JMF) can now race beside John as we are are hosting a JMF wave which will start after the last age group wave of the current program.
The aim of this wave is for competitors to participate together with John. Swim, ride and run/walk, encouraging John to the finish line. If you would like to race with John just select JMF Wave when entering online.
Competitors in this wave will not be eligible for age group awards and as a result of road closure restrictions must be able to swim 1km and ride 30km in 2hrs or less.
You can assist young Aussies in Wheelchairs by starting your own fund raising page or donate at www.jmf.com.au
The Chifley Hotel located in Penrith Panthers are offering a special rate for triathletes for Saturday night 25 October of $135 per room. This is also where many of the top name triathletes will be staying whilst they are in town.
To take advantage of the offer call 02 4721 7700 and ask for hotel reservations then mention the Nepean Triathlon.
The Atmosphere Health and Fitness Club Nepean Triathlon is proud to announce it has partnered with the John Maclean an Foundation (JMF) as our official race charity for 2014.
The JMF exists to change the lives of young Australians who use wheelchairs by inspiring, motivating and enabling these great kids to chase their dreams. If you would like to donate to this most worthy cause – just click on the JMF logo below or visit http://www.jmf.com.au
We are pleased to welcome Atmosphere Health & Fitness Club who has come on board as naming sponsor for the 2014 Nepean Triathlon. We are also glad to welcome back major sponsors Gulf Western Oil and Cellarbrations.
Nepean Triathlon will again be offering up to $72,000 in prize money and expects to attract some of the best in the sport to compete once again.
Some more on Atmosphere Health & Fitness (opening November)
Atmosphere Health & Fitness Club is the largest health and fitness club in Sydney encompassing an area of 5,000 square metres.
It has been designed and built to a high architectural standard along with the best equipment available in the world today – Technogynm ARTIS
Triathletes have been given special consideration as the following facilities are available in the club:
Indoor 50m training pool with regular squad sessions for all abilities
Strength and Conditioning studio for athletes
Indoor Cycling studio with computrainers where athletes can bring in their bikes and ride courses from all over the world and have real live data displayed such as power output, speed, gradient and real live video footage of the course as you ride and race against your friends.
Indoor running studio with a variety of run specific programs designed to get you running faster
Personalized coaching for athletes across all disciplines and distances
A few final items to wrap up the 2013 Nepean Triathlon…
Congratulations to Tony Syme who is the lucky winner of the TDF Travel Tour de France holiday package. With the tour itinerary just announced Tony can look forward to spending his time in either the Pyrenees or Alps during the 2014 tour.
Our oldest finisher in the Enticer Triathlon was 70 year old Valerie Ardill. The oldest finisher in the Gulf Western Nepean Triathlon was 72 year old John Jagoe, who took the $200 for the oldest finisher by 16 days from Pete Smith (one of our 4 legends that completed his 32nd Nepean Triathlon). Our oldest woman was 64 year old Annie Simmons.
Speaking of our 4 legends, we are happy to say they all completed the 32nd edition and look set to return in 2014.
And as follow up to our 2013 Champions Emma Moffat and Aaron Royle, both continued their Nepean form and went on to take out the Noosa Triathlon the following weekend.
With the recent devastating fires in the Blue Mountains, The Gulf Western Oil Nepean triathlon decided to make the Rural Fire Service the race charity for 2013.
The race itself donated $7,623, the race winner, Olympian Emma Moffatt generously donated $2,000 from her prize money and Panther Cycles owner, David Richardson organised a raffle with prizes from the race sponsors that raised a further $4,377 making a total donation of $14,000 to the RFS from the race.
Thank you to all who supported the RFS over the weekend.
Pictured are (from left): Mel Leyshon, President Panthers Triathlon Club; Gordon Bell, Nepean Triathlon Co-Race Director; Ralph Jenner, Captain Cumberland Zone RFS; Richard Petch, Superintendent RFS; David Richardson, Panther Cycles; Warwick Brennan, Nepean Triathlon Co-Race Director; Alan Bentley, Nepean Aquatic Centre and Ron Freeman, Senior Deputy Captain, RFS.