Meet the committee

CHAIRMAN

The Club Chairperson is responsible for coordinating the running and operation of the club, organising and chairing committee meetings with a view to defining and achieving club goals and objectives, and acting as an official club contact and representative.

Steven Moody  [email:[email protected]]

I took up running as part of a fundraising drive to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society way back in 2003.

This love of endurance sports slowly morphed into triathlon when I realised there was a lot more banter to be had when training with a club as opposed to pounding pavements solo.

I was lucky enough to find Piranha around that time and have been an active racer/volunteer/member ever since 2005.

It has been with my Piranha clubmates that I have shared some of my most find life moments – including Ironman finishes, PBs and general tomfoolery after races.

This is my third time on the committee with stints on the marketing side in 2007 – 2009 and 2014-14 (I think – memory is not what it used to be) but my first time as chairman!

Am filling in big shoes from my immediate successor and from the chairs that went before Mr Walsh – but looking forward to the challenge and honor of chairing the top Triathlon club in Ireland!


CLUB SECRETARY
The Secretary maintains the minutes in a club record book, which serves as the official record of the club’s activities. Member attendance records of both regularly scheduled and special meetings are maintained by the Secretary.

The Secretary also acts as an additional contact point for the Club and attends to relevant administrative tasks, communications on behalf of the Club and liaison with Triathlon Ireland.

Dave O’Shea [email: [email protected]]
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I joined Piranha in 2015 after making the move to the big schmoke from the real capital, Cork.  Running around Phoenix Park on my own and motoring up and down the pool by myself was not making me any faster, so I decided to bite the bullet and join Piranha. It has certainly made the transition to Dublin so much easier, especially with a fantastic group of people.

Here’s to a fantastic 2016/2017 race season and hopefully some craic too along the way.


EVENTS
The main roles of the Events (Social & Gear) officer are –

  • Organise variety of social events during the year (Xmas party, JD post run, Club Champs afters, T.I. Awards night and any other random social activity that may arise.)
  • AGM – organise nominations & prizes/trophies for all awards, locate and collate presentations.
  • Organise any other random ideas that arise during the year!
  • Gear – two orders per year – winter and preseason. Link with PR officer to activate gear shop & treasurer re payment & discounts, coordinate distribution of gear to members

Dave O’Shea & Megan Smith [email: [email protected]]

dave-oshea

I joined Piranha in 2015 after making the move to the big schmoke from the real capital, Cork.  Running around Phoenix Park on my own and motoring up and down the pool by myself was not making me any faster, so I decided to bite the bullet and join Piranha. It has certainly made the transition to Dublin so much easier, especially with a fantastic group of people.

Myself and Megan are taking over the social responsibilities from the brilliant Judy for the 2016/2017 season and we will certainly try our best to keep the “social” side of the club in full swing.

Here’s to a fantastic 2016/2017 race season and hopefully some craic too along the way.


TREASURER 
The Finance committee works to ensure that the finances of Piranha Triathlon Club are organised and managed effectively. This includes:

  • Oversee the financial affairs of the Club and plan for its ongoing financial viability
  • Manage the Club financial accounts, and report on financial status to committee and members
  • Operate the Club’s financial process, managing bank accounts and all related invoicing and payment matters for the Club

Stephen Eustace [email: [email protected]]


MARKETING
The marketing committee works on the promotion of Piranha Tri Club.The main roles of the Marketing, Web and PR officer are to:

  • Update the website, activate and manage all accounts.
  • Post stories and source race reports.
  • Keep Facebook and Twitter up to date
  • All website admin.
  • Deal with queries re piranha from members thinking of joining.
  • Manage any additions to the website – e.g. bike boxes, gear shop. Paypal account, etc.
  • Create and distribute monthly newsletters.
  • Write & distribute press releases and handle press queries.
  • Source and organise triathlon related seminars and workshops.
  • Helping out with the marketing of club events – e.g. new to tri night.

Muiriosa Ryan
Muiriosa Ryan [email: [email protected]]
I joined Piranha during the Summer of 2013, after just completing a triathlon in Lough Cutra.  The bike and run was the sprint distance but the swim was just 400m. It took me nearly 18 minutes to complete the 400m and I “swam” the whole distance with my head over the water.  After the race I felt I could do with a little bit of help, especially in the water…. – so I joined Piranha and have never looked back.

Since I joined Piranha I’ve learned so much more about triathlon. I enjoy the training more so than the racing and have met many friends in the club.  Being part of Piranha has been a huge influence for me in many ways, and long may it continue.


MEMBERSHIP
The Membership Officer is in charge of administrating membership applications and dealing with all queries relating to membership. The main roles of the membership officer(s) are –

  • Keep membership list up to date.
  • Supply Westwood with regular updates of membership list
  • Check bank accounts for all SO payments on a monthly basis
  • Process any new membership requests
  • Make sure all members have TI membership and are insured to train.

Megan Smith [email:[email protected]]


TRAINING
The Training committee strives to provide a successful training programme for all level of athlete. This includes:

  • Weekly training sessions in swimming, cycling and running
  • Experienced and qualified coaching
  • Seminars and workshops
  • Warm weather training week abroad

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Tom McEnery [email:[email protected]]
Training Officer 
I’m excited to be taking over from Ronan Lambe as training coordinator. Ronan did an excellent job over the 2015/2016 season and the club training regimen is in good shape. This was perhaps best reflected by Piranha sweeping the board in the National Series in 2016! We have an incredible asset in our members and coaches and the comradery in the club is second to none. I count myself lucky to be involved with such a great group of people.

My background is in swimming; I trained with Ennis Swimming Club throughout secondary school, competing at national level. My first introduction to multi-sport events was through surf-lifesaving competitions but my first triathlon was DCT in 2010. I was hooked then and have been competing in sprint and olympic distance triathlon since. 2016 was a breakthrough year for me in many ways, with the highlights of winning Caroline Kearney and DCT age group races and the overall age group National Series.

I’m looking forward to replicating our success as a club in the National Series in 2017 but also to helping all our members achieve their own personal goals, whether that’s anything from a first open-water swim to an ironman!

Rachel Hayes – Swim captain

Killian Nolan – Run captain

Bernard Hanratty – Bike Captain

 


NEW TO TRIATHLON PROGRAMME
A rewarding position to coordinate members who are New to Triathlon. Things on your to-do list will include:

  • Create a calendar of events for the New to Tri programme
  • Organise events such as: Club Open Night, Transition Training, Coffee Morning, Mini Triathlon in the West Wood
  • Track down and harass new members into signing up for races!
  • Choose a race for the New to Triathlon Club Championship.

Adam Goslin

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I joined Piranha in January 2016 and it was the best thing I have ever done.

I played a lot of team sports throughout the years including soccer and rugby. As these started to fade throughout my time in college, I began running and swimming which I found very difficult on my own. I needed a challenge!

I first experienced triathlon while watching the Canadian Ironman in Whistler. I was completely inspired by the athletes and I immediately fell in love with the sport!

My first triathlon was in Carlow which was a sprint distance and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. It was a fantastic day, I got such a thrill out of racing and I crossed the finish line a very happy man!  I was hooked!

Everyone in Piranha was so welcoming, friendly and supportive and the club caters for all abilities.

I am delighted to be one of the New to Tri Coordinators. My job is to welcome you into the club and answer any of your questions about triathlon. I had a brilliant welcome into the club and I want to make sure you do too!

I look forward to meeting you and witnessing you all achieve your own triathlon goals as a Piranha!

 

Richie Dooley

Richie Dooley

My background was far from triathlons, I competed at national level in judo and then boxing, but after many years I decided to stop taking punches to the head.

After watching a friend compete at the Dublin Ironman 70.3 in 2015 I was inspired to start training for triathlon. Previously I had run a half marathon, had no experience in cycling, and had never properly been thought how to swim! I joined Piranha last November and never looked back.

The coaches at the club are second to none, and will help you achieve your goals whatever level you are at. Over the months of training they helped me to compete in 5 sprint distance races, 2 olympic’s and the Dublin Half Ironman.

The club is like a family and in no time you will feel like you are a member of this little community. With so many experienced members everyone is on hand to give advice (no matter how conflicting) so don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Looking forward to meeting all the new members and helping you get settled into Piranha.

My background was far from triathlons, I competed at national level in judo and then boxing, but after many years I decided to stop taking punches to the head.

After watching a friend compete at the Dublin Ironman 70.3 in 2015 I was inspired to start training for triathlon. Previously I had run a half marathon, had no experience in cycling, and had never properly been thought how to swim! I joined Piranha last November and never looked back.

The coaches at the club are second to none, and will help you achieve your goals whatever level you are at. Over the months of training they helped me to compete in 5 sprint distance races, 2 olympic’s and the Dublin Half Ironman.

The club is like a family and in no time you will feel like you are a member of this little community. With so many experienced members everyone is on hand to give advice (no matter how conflicting) so don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Looking forward to meeting all the new members and helping you get settled into Piranha.