Please meet one of our more understated members of the club, Derek is one of the quiet achievers who in the last year has: qualified for Ironman 70.3 World Championships, won his age group at the National Aquathon Championships and most recently, competed in the pro wave at the Husky Long Course last weekend. In between his training and racing Derek also is a committee member and has done a great job coaching our BTC Trystar's on Friday nights. We asked him a few questions to get to know him more...
BTC - How long have you been a part of BTC?
Derek - Since 2009
BTC - What do you love about BTC?
Derek - The great training the club provides and the amazing coaching from Energy Link that is provided to club members. I think the club does a great job at looking after it's members in everything it provides!
BTC - What are some of your roles as a junior committee member?
Derek - I have an interest in working with the juniors and youth programs within the club and helping build club spirit amongst the growing number of younger members.
BTC - What was your favourite thing about helping coach the Trystars?
Derek - Having worked for 7 years as a swim teacher, I have a great passion for coaching juniors. I really love watching the improvements and often the 'no fear' approach to learning and training of the young ones. It was incredible to watch a number of kids doing flying dismounts (something I only dared try last year!) I think it is a great program to get kids involved in triathlon. I wish I had got into the sport much earlier.
BTC - How did you qualify for 70.3 World Championships 2016?
Derek - The stars aligned and I was lucky enough to secure a roll down spot at Port Macquarie 70.3 last year. This was after I had spent all my hard earned savings on a season ticket to do almost every 70.3 in the hope I would qualify at the end of the year.
BTC - What are your goals/plans after worlds?
Derek - No plans as of yet. Trying to stay focused on the one goal and giving this my full attention. One of my biggest goals in Triathlon is to qualify for Kona so hopefully that's ahead somewhere on the horizon.
BTC - How did you find racing in the open wave with the pro's at Husky last weekend?
Derek - Racing with the pros was great for a fast swim. I got a surprise when I ran into transition to see a long line of spectators dangling over the fence only to laugh at how slow I was compared to every other pro! My fast run leg was worth the humiliation though!
Make sure to watch out for Derek on the big screen, he will be up there soon!