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.

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Nick Walsh [email:[email protected]]

Like I suspect others have, I took up triathlon in my early forties to fend off impending middle age!

My wife Anne and I had moved to Dublin (from Cork obviously) in 2004 and were introduced to Piranha by Mary Horgan a Club stalwart at the time.

I still clearly recall some early warm weather training camps to Cesanatico in Italy where we trained EVERY day, a serious shock to my system. These camps were great for learning what to do as well as definitely what NOT to do and I would encourage new members not be intimidated by going on WWT camps; as I’ve learnt, you are capable of so much more than you think!

So I’ve been learning to swim now for 12 years and am making slow but steady progress and in the past few years have really started to enjoy pool swimming (persistence being one of my stronger traits).

Over the past decade or so I’ve partaken in quite a few races both at home and away with one Ironman (Zurich) completed in 2010. Other memorable races undertaken include Alpe’dHuez long course and Bala Half both of which I did in horrendous weather conditions that seem to follow me….my favourite race has been Rapperswil 70.3, one I would highly recommend if the Swiss Franc becomes affordable again….

As has been commented on by others before me there is a tremendous camaraderie within Piranha and also the wider triathlon community and it has been fantastic to make so many friends through triathlon over the years and be part of Piranha’s evolution to become probably the best Tri Club in Ireland.

It is therefore a tremendous privilege to be chairman and it is a role that I take seriously and will endeavour to build on the great work of my predecessors.

I look forward to working with you all.

Nick


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.

Karen Fenton [email: [email protected]]
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I have been running for many years, competing in half marathons and one marathon. When I joined Piranha in 2015, it was my first journey into triathlons. Having spent 9 years living by the beach in Australia, it’s a bit daft that I first took up sea swimming in the freezing Irish Sea!!

But, I was looking for a challenge and a group of people who I could train, compete and socialise with. Piranha has not disappointed.

I did a little training in 2015 and I competed in my first triathlon at Pulse Port Beach in Sept. I was seriously nervous. But everyone was really supportive, the sun shone, I finished, and it was a fantastic day.

I had more time in 2016 after I finished studying my MBA, so I started training a bit more and focused on doing some of the national series races. I did 2 sprints and 3 Olympics, which I was super chuffed with, as I am nowhere near the level of many people in the club.

For me, triathlon is about taking part, getting stuck in and doing the best you can. We are all at different levels and have different goals – and that is perfectly OK.  There is a great bunch of people at Piranha, very supportive and a great sense of camaraderie and friendship.  I am proud to be a Piranha and a committee member, and I am looking forward to helping new members settle into the club.


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]]

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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.

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.

Debbra Walters [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.