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Sub 10hrs at IM Port Mac… Nathan Hill’s Race Report.

Ironman Australia 2017 race report through the eyes of Nathan Hill. Sub 10 and Kona qualification on the famous Port Mac course!

Read on to take the ride with him!

Race day:

I was up at 4:30, after having an okay sleep – I got around five hours and was fast asleep when the alarm sounded.

I was really excited, but very relaxed pre-race.  I was trying to take it all in.  I got right in amongst the crowd and tried to feel the energy.  I did my normal stretching routine and felt loose and ready to go.


The rolling start was great!  The swim was fairly uneventful.  I went out pretty easy and really just cruised through it.  I didn’t feel the need to push and sat on a comfortable pace the whole way.

Upon exiting the water, I felt great.  I didn’t know my swim time (as I don’t start my watch until the beginning of the run) and wasn’t made aware of it ’til after the race.  In hindsight, I probably swum a bit too easy as the time was a bit slower than I thought it would be and slower than it felt.  Perhaps having not been in the water since Wednesday morning took a bit of the feel out of me.  Anyway, not a lot of energy expended.

Swim time = 57.02 (8th in cat. / 80th overall)


I had a great T1.  I moved through quickly and smoothly.

T1 time: 2.34


I took it easy through the hills heading out, but not too easy.  I made sure I kept some guys within sight and slowly reeled them in, around 15km.  I spent the next 75km getting my nutrition in and admiring the scenery.  The first 90km felt like the easiest 90km I’d ever ridden.

I hadn’t ‘fired a shot’ at that point of the race and was confident of getting away from all the guys I was with in the second 90km.  My plan was to lift the wattage slightly after the hills, which coincides with passing the golf course.

For reasons not important here, that didn’t happen.

From there, the next 80km was a real slog.  This part of the race felt extremely tough and I just thought I was tiring, but didn’t think I should be.  I just wanted to get to the end of the bike and get running and hopefully I could reel some of the guys in on the run.

I kept hydrating and trying to stay cool.

I finished the bike feeling okay and still excited to be racing Ironman Australia.  I had no idea what the marathon was going to be like, but my legs weren’t as bad as I anticipated heading into T2.

Bike time: 5:18.44 (5th in cat. / 55th overall)


As per T1, I just got in there and got straight out again, without mucking around.  I had no mistakes and everything seemed to flow pretty well.

T2 time: 2.00

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As per the plan, I started out easy and just naturally let things roll.  I wasn’t concerned about pace, I simply focussed on my breathing and staying ‘in the box’ (in the moment).  It was getting pretty hot, but I was really diligent with staying cool with water and ice.

I was determined to keep running for as long as I could and only walk at an aid station if I absolutely had to.  I was also determined to ensure I ran up the hill every time (there is only one hill on the run course, which you run four times), rather than walk.  I saw a few people walking up and I knew I could pick them up, going up there.

I knew pretty early-on that this wasn’t going to be a quick run.  Only a few freaks were running fast, the rest of the field looked to be struggling, probably from the heat and the hills on the bike.

The first two laps were very uneventful.  I stayed at a really consistent pace and just let things roll.  I knew I could get to half-way without too many issues, but was prepared for things to get tough from there.  I decided to walk the aid station around 30km.  This was more a tactic than necessity, as I was going okay, but just wanted to settle everything down, by walking for 30-40 meters.  This worked perfectly, as I was able to get running again immediately and didn’t walk again for the whole race.

The final turn-a-round means there is 4km to go.  The first part is a false flat (back from Settlement Point) and once we went around the bend, it was into a really strong headwind.  I just put the head down and went for home.  I was hurting but at no stage did I feel like I was going to fall-apart.  I did have to pull-back a couple of times, but mostly kept the intensity up all-the-way to the line.

During the final 1km, I was pretty euphoric.  I hit the line pretty hard and was stoked about the race.

Run time: 3:27.22 (4th in cat. / 38th overall)

Overall time: 9:47.43 (4th in cat. / 38th overall)

I was delighted with the race.  I would have loved to have been on the podium, but it wasn’t to be.  On the upside, I finally fulfilled a dream that I have had for a very long time – qualifying for Kona.

I’m already looking forward to Ironman #10.  It’s a shame it won’t be on the big island**.

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**Note: Nathan could not claim his spot due to unforseen work circumstances. Next time! Well done mate.

Ironman Australia 2017

What an epic weekend of racing at Ironman Australia from the ETPA Racing crew.

We had four athletes on course, check out the results!

Chris Chatham – First timer – 11.33
Nathan Hill – 4th in AG, qualified for Kona* – 9.47
Kelly Miller – 3rd in AG, 28min PB – 10.58
Gary Nicholls – 2nd in AG – 11.42

Special mention to Gary… A spectator walked in front of him during the bike leg, which resulted in a collision and Gary came off his bike. In a show of true grit and character Gaz dusted himself off and rode the remaining 90km and ran the marathon… With a broken arm! What a fantastic effort – well done Gary!

gaz.. legend

*Note: Nathan didn’t take his spot
At world run Chris and Sarah smashed it and lots of fun along the way.

Chris Scammell – 36km
Sarah Holmes – 17km
And in the US, the crew had another awesome weekend of racing

San Dimas XTERRA

Chris van Luen 2:17:58
Raeleigh Harris 2:11:55 2nd in AG, 7th female

San Diego Sprint Du

Jerry Brown 1:03:07 1st AG

National Schools Champs and More!

Awesome set of results to keep you warm on a cool winter evening…

Well done to all those who raced. Special mention once again to Oscar Dart for some more impressive racing to close out his season. Two medals at the National Schools Champs.

Aussie Champs

Half Moon Bay Sprint

Sharon Barclay 1:20:09 5th in AG
KJ Kroetch 1:18.21 1st in AG
Erica Pan 1:21:26 6th in AG

Half Moon Bay OD

Chavon Rosenthal 2:35.57 3rd Overall
Christina King 2:52.26 4th in AG
Lily Huang 3:01.58 5th in AG
Darcy McCarty 2:55.47 (17 min T1 spent changing a flat :D )
Lucy Bustos 4:13:58
Michael Rouse 2:54:23
Stephen Banbury 2:46:02
Batemans Bay OD

Warwick Schmitz, 2.40 – 5th M35-39

Batemans Bay Enticer

Xander Schmitz, 34.29 – 3rd M12-13

SSA National Champs

Oscar Dart, 46.42 – 2nd Intermediate Male
Stefan Kot, 58.35 – 13th Senior Male
Corey Webster, 1.06
Hugh Pentland, 55.16
Ben McShanag – DQ (mechanical/lapped)
Ella Walsgott, 49.13
Ashley Tonelli, 44.49
Georgina Clarke, 1.14

team vic

Mat Tippett’s Year In Review 2016/17

What an amazing year for ETPA racing. The breadth of our program is now industry leading and it excites me to see where we have come from and where we are going.

We have firmly cemented ourselves into the US market with Raeleigh Harris and the US crew.  Athletes and coaches alike are now benefiting from the ETPA racing service platform and the aggregated benefits of dual headquarters. 

In the US, we have launched the Otters Swim Squad. As if the US head coach, Rae, isn’t busy enough, she has also won a cheeky world title! Mitchell Reiss has also stepped up a gear on the racing and coaching front. Mitchell is a key driver for the US group and supports Rae with solid scientific and coaching experience.

 rae tt

Our Junior program is in a rapid growth phase and producing solid performances across the board. Our feeder school program, at Williamstown High School, and internal junior development program are yielding consistent talent into our full program. We have now coached our first Elite Junior Australian champion and multiple national series athletes.


Our high performance program is also traveling well.  We have coached multiple 70.3 top five finishes, including a 2nd. We have produced multiple professional license holders and an age group world champion.  Not to mention more AG champions and podiums getters than we can count.

Two of our Melbourne coaches, myself and Jamie Edwards, are part of the team who deliver the coach education program on behalf of Triathlon Australia and Triathlon Victoria. We continue our commitment to education within our industry and the fulfilment of our overall mission of “Educating through Activity”.

Our Melbourne based swim squad now has three coaches working with over 50 athletes. Marcus Blake our head coach, Dom Scholtes our in water high performance mentor, and David Edwards our dedicated stroke development coach. We are now also taking advantage of our partnership with Elite Swimming and sharing high performance athletes between programs to provide a better pathway for these athletes.  This package is perfectly positioned to assist all levels of athlete.


We have also entered into a long term partnership with Bounce Medical group. Bounce Medical group are experts in medical support and have been assisting our athletes at events and behind the scenes all summer. This combined with our resident Physiotherapist, Polly Dhar, and Podiatrist, Andrew Apolloni, produces a powerful mix of knowledge.


Career  bike mechanic Vince Tuttobene has just been welcomed into our system as well. Vince is an exceptional mechanic and has a proud tradition of high quality mechanical work.

With all the noise and “Echo Chambers” in our industry now, it’s great seeing the real world outcomes from a smart program. No noise, the results are here, the results are real.

The success of our program is built on three core principles:

1.       Consistent program delivery and structure, year in year out!

2.       Commitment to servicing athletes at the highest level across all facets of our program.

3.       High level of Coach Education and training.

 rae and daz

I see the industry continuing to grow. The trend of individual or “silo” coaches operating in their unregulated echo chambers will continue at its own detriment. We will see more unchallenged statements of fiction come from supposed coaching professionals become the norm.  Social media will be, as it currently is, the key driver of this mis-information. History from other industries shows us the problems created by this for the Triathlon Industry as a whole will not be significant, as these individuals will struggle to gain any real momentum.

The Triathlon Australia high performance program, I believe, will shrink in coming years and a shift in funding will see highly skilled coaching professionals like ETPA start producing the next generation of Olympians.


Standout results from the 16/17 summer season

International level results

  • ·         World champion  - Female 45/49 age group – 70.3
  • ·         2nd female pro – 70.3 Bintan
  • ·         4th male pro – 70.3 Bintan
  • ·         2nd male 55-59 years – Ironman NZ
  • ·         1st overall – Australian ITU youth championships
  • ·         1st overall – Australian ITU youth championship series 2016-2017
  • ·         4th female pro – Challenger Shepparton
  • ·         7th female pro – Challenge Shepparton
  • ·         1st female 50-54 years – Challenge Shepparton
  • ·         7th female pro – Cebu 70.3
  • ·         4th female 40-44 years – Challenge Shepparton
  • ·         4th male pro – Challenge Vietnam
  • ·         5th male pro – Challenge Thailand
  • ·         8th male pro – Western Sydney 70.3
  • ·         5th male Ironman – WA 45-49 years
  • ·         3rd male Ironman – WA 35-39 years
  • ·         8th female pro -  Ballarat 70.3
  • ·         11th female pro -  Ballarat 70.3
  • ·         1st female 40-44 years – Ballarat 70.3
  • ·         1st female 50-54 years – Ballarat 70.3
  • ·         1st female 45-49 years – Geelong 70.3
  • ·         4th male 45-49 years Ironman South Africa
  • ·         1st male 25-29 years – Challenge Melbourne Asia Pacific Championships
  • ·         1st female 50-55 years – Challenge Melbourne Asia Pacific Championships
  • ·         3rd male 40-44 years – Challenge Melbourne Asia Pacific Championship

Team Liz

National level results

  • ·         1st junior female draft legal – Active Tri Vic Champs
  • ·         2nd male 25/29 years – Active Tri Vic Champs
  • ·         3rd junior male draft legal – Active Tri Vic Champs
  • ·         2nd overall male – Active Tri Vic Champs
  • ·         1st youth male draft legal – Active Tri Vic Champs
  • ·         2nd male 20-24 years – Gatorade Standard Distance Vic Champs
  • ·         2nd female 50-54 years – Gatorade Standard Distance Vic Champs
  • ·         3rd female Athena – Gatorade Standard Distance Vic Champs
  • ·         3rd male 35-39 years – Gatorade Standard Distance Vic Champs

Regional results

Gatorade Series

  • ·         1st Male Junior A Gatorade Triathlon series
  • ·         2nd male 20-24 years Gatorade Triathlon series
  • ·         4th male 40-44 years Gatorade Triathlon series

Active Tri Series

  • ·         1st Youth A draft legal – Active Tri Series
  • ·         3rd Youth A draft legal – Active Tri Series
  • ·         1st Junior draft legal – Active Tri Series
  • ·         3rd Junior draft legal – Active Tri Series

Challenge Melbourne Sprint race

  • ·         4th male overall
  • ·         2nd female overall

Numbers of interest

  • ·         18 world championship qualifiers (Ironman and Ironman 70.3)
  • ·         8 juniors place into the state schools team
  • ·         3 juniors placed into the National Series
  • ·         4 professional licenses
  • ·         20+ athletes introduced to the sport  inc multiple first time IM/70.3 finishers
  • ·         9 dedicated coaches in two countries
  • ·         5 specialist support staff including, Physiotherapist, Masseur, Podiatrist, Dietician and Mechanic

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All of us at ETPA are eager to move into the next phase of Triathlon growth in Australia. I hope you enjoyed reading my take on the summer that was.



Mathew Tippett


Managing Director



Evolution Cycles


BA (Sport. Admin); MBA

Master Practitioner NLP

Level 2 Triathlon Coach

Challenge Melbourne – What a day!

Well another Challenge Melbourne has been run and won… And for another year the Melbourne weather turned it on for athletes and spectators alike! Well done to all athletes who started and finished the race in testing conditions!

We had first timers, PBs, podiums and comebacks on Sunday. Special mention to Miah Franzmann and Coach Jamie Edwards for turning it on and taking wins in their respective age groups. In the process they were also crowned Asia Pacific Half Irondistance champions and Victorian long distance champs – not a bad day!


Racing machine Carl Fannon also took a podium spot in his age group to finish off another great season. Well done also to Bassam Hallack and Sam Friedman for smashing big half ironman PBs. Both looking good for Cairns Ironman in 9 weeks.


Full list of results can be seen below!
Challenge Melb Half

Bassam Hallack, 5.19 – 22min PB!
Jamie Edwards, 4.16 – PB and 1st M25-29 (Asia Pacific Half Irondistance Champ)
Rob Kostadinovic, 5.19
Peter Graham, 5.14 – PB!
Chris Scammell, 4.28 – 7th M35-39
Sam Friedman, 5.06 – 20min PB!
Dennis Neal, 4.34 – 7th M45-49
Carl Fannon, 4.27 – 3rd M40-44
Miah Franzmann, 4.59 – 1st F50-54 (Asia Pacific Half Irondistance Champ)
Rob Gashi, 5.16
Andrew Jordan, 5.50
Cam Atchinson, No time?
Nigel Howard, 5.13 – PB!
Shay McLeod, 4.40


Team: Melissa Phillips (first timer) / Lucas Bell, 5.33

Challenge Sprint

Gabriella Saunders, 2.16
Bethany Colban, 1.49 – 2nd F30-34
Jess Baker, 2.09
Matt Sullivan – 1.29 – 1st M20-24
Jason Sharp, 1.49

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Luke Harrop Memorial Sprint (no results at time of publishing – but who cares – look how much fun the girls had!)

Jaci Testro / Ruthie Kimpton
Nicole Donegan

gold coast

Run for the Kids

Jacky O’Sulivan, 1.23
Carolyn Heaton Harris, 1.11

Oceanside and IMSA!

A return to racing for the ETPAmerica , success in South Africa for Mal Joseland and some great local racing!

Challenge Melbourne this weekend in Melbourne!
Oceanside 70.3

Mitchell Reiss, 5.03
Chavon Rosenthal, 5.21 – 9th AG
Darcy McCarty, 5.46
Ben Blizard, 6.32
Camille Gomez, 6.12
Mike Davis, 5.00
Angela Kay, 6.33
Cristen Clark, 5.53
April Abregana – No Time
Christian Talaue, 5.10

Oakland HM

Stephen Banbury – No time

IM South Africa

Mal Joseland, 9.28 – 4th M45-49 – KONA Qualifier


Run the Rock

Carolyn Heaton Harris, 1.02
Jaci Testro, 1.18

Murray to Moyne

Corey Webster


Xander Schmitz, 32.38 – 1st in Dash
Declan Dooley, 43.37 – 1st in Mini
Ted Murphy, 48.16 (mini)


Gatorade Season Finale – EPIC Results Post!

Well that’s a wrap on another domestic short course season here in Melbourne. Well done to the BIG ETPA Racing crew who went about their business over multiple races on Sunday.

Thanks to Bounce Health for their on the day support!


As always there were some stand outs on the day:

- A win for Oscar in the open category
- A first time finisher in Gaby Saunders
- A comeback race for AJ
- Wins for Stefan and JT in the Mini
- Podiums for Miah, John and Ash
- Multiple PBs

pre race

Well done – full results as follows…

Gatorade – St Kilda


Andrew Jordan, 2.44 – Welcome Back mate!
Miah Franzmann, 2.22 – 2nd F50-55
Bassam Hallack, 2.41
David Deakin, 2.18 – PB!
Jamie Edwards, 2.05
Paul Scheffer, 2.29 – PB!
Peter Graham, 2.29
Robert Kostadinovic, 2.27 – PB!
Anthony Eagan – DNF
Carolyn Tonelli, 2.33
Carl Fannon, 2.07 – 6th M40-44
Jess Baker, 3.10 – 3rd Athena
John Shiels, 2.07 – 3rd 35-39
Matt Sullivan, 2.07 – 2nd M20-24
Cam Atchinson, 2.15 – 5th M15-19
Rob Gashi, 2.24
Gaby Saunders, 3.10 – First Timer!



Michael Brennan, 1.38 – 7th Overall
Jacky O’Sullivan, 2.20


Nicole Donegan, 1.50
Beth Colban, 1.28 – 4th F30-34 – PB!
Corey Webster – DNF
Ben Mcshanag, 1.20 – 4th Open
Carolyn Heaton Harris, 1.30 – 5th F30-34
Oscar Dart, 1.10 – 1st Overall
Dani Jansse, 1.28 – 4th F25-29
Melissa Phillips, 1.51
Joe Michaels, 1.25

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Ella Walsgott, 53.34
Ash Tonelli, 47.33 – 3rd F12-14
Declan Dooley, 44.23 – 4th M12-14
Angus Dart, 49.13
Nick Frisby – no time
Sam Satchell, 48.33
Stefan Kot, 39.21 – 1st Overall
Jamie Tonelli, 47.03 – 1st F12-14, 3rd Female overall
Ted Murphy – no time


Melbourne to Ballarat Cycling

Dave Ross made a welcome return to racing after a two year hiatus, congrats. Came Moore and Steve Maher, smashed out creditable performances, both inside the top 30 riders…congrats all

27. 144 Cameron MOORE (FCC – Masters)  2h31:54 +3:46
28. 159 Steve MAHER (FCC – Masters)  2h40:25 +4:1
118. 73 David ROSS (FCC – Masters)  2h39:55 +21:17

Active Tri Series Results – Juniors on the charge!

Well done to all those who pulled on the tri suits this weekend.

Some more great results all around!

Active Tri


Carl Fannon, 2.03 – 2nd M40-44
Matt Sullivan, 2.08 – 3rd M20-24


Jamie Tonelli, 1.25 – 7th Junior Female
Stefan Kot, 1.02 – 2nd Junior
Oscar Dart, 1.04 – 1st Youth
Gaius Robertson Christie
Hugh Pentland, 1.13 – 6th Youth
Corey Webster, 1.13 – 4th Junior
Ben Mcshanag, 1.08 – 3rd Junior
Georgina Clarke, 1.16 – 1st Junior Female



Carolyn Heaton Harris, 35.52 1st F30-39
Ashley Tonelli, 36.41 – 4th F12-13
St Kilda Mile – 3.8km Event (shortened to 3.3km)

Bassam Hallack, 52.32 – 3rd M45-49
Robert Kostadinovic, 54.06
Otway Classic

Sam Friedman
Dennis Neal

Portarlington Results!

We had a long weekend of training and racing around Victoria!

Well done to all those guys who raced – especially those who got those onto the podium!

Full results below…

Gatorade Portarlington

Cam Atchinson, 1.43
Carolyn Heaton Harris, 1.59
Jamie Edwards, 1.29 – 3rd Open
Stefan Kot, 1.27 – 2nd ITU Junior
Matt Sullivan, 1.27 – 1st M20-24
Glenn Hartland – DNF
Dennis Neal, 1.35
Amanda Wilson, 1.36 – 2nd Open
Jess Baker, 2.17

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Ella Walsgott 48.02 – 2nd F12-14
Declan Dooley, 40.52 – 4th M12-14

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WSTC Enduro

Corey Webster, 1.30
Hugh Pentland, 1.30

Ultimate Bendigo Sprint

Paul Scheffer, 1.09

A Kona Qualifier and a National Champion!

We had a big weekend of racing with some great performances – well done guys!

Oscar Dart became our first ITU Youth National Champion winning his race over in Perth at the Australian Junior Tri Series. In the process he also won the national series as well. This Kid is a superstar and we will all watch on in interest over the coming years – well done Oscar.

Whilst Oscar was doing that, John Dickson fulfilled a dream over at Ironman NZ. He stopped the clock in 10.48 to claim second place in his age group and qualify for Kona for the first time! Well done Dicko, we are all so happy for you, your result did not happen by accident – congratulations.
AJTS Race 4 – Perth (official results unavailable at time of publishing)

Stefan Kot (Junior, Sprint) – Midpack finish
Gaius Robertson Christie (Youth) – 11th Place
Oscar Dart (Youth) – 1st place – National Champ!



John Shiels, 10.26 – First Timer!
John Dickson, 10.48 – 2nd M55-59 – KONA Qualifier
Austin Parker (VU Swim Squad) – 11.24 – 8th M50-54


KKOT Fun Run

Chris Scammell, 1.25 – 2nd Overall


Corporate Tri

Ben Lyons