Member Profiles

Profiles on:

  • Shai O'Brien

  • Tom Barkmeyer

  • Gavin Fiedler

  • John Flood

  • Amelia Evans

  • Adrian Ryan

Member Profile - Shai O'Brien

Name: Shai O'Brien

Occupation: student at Deakin University Melbourne studying Nursing/midwifery

Years in triathlon: 3rd year

Interests other than triathlon: travelling, movies and hanging out with friends

Favourite TV show: Grey's Anatomy and the Vampire Diaries

Most embarrassing Tri moment: In an Xosize race in Melbourne I wasn't concentrating and accidently rode into transition lane when I still had a lap to go, tried to ride out through the witch hats and ended up crashing into one, managed to stay on my bike after the witch hat flew up in front of me! Everybody laughed, but I didn't crash!

Pet hate (doesn't have to be trii related): Toilet door being left open

Favourite food: Smoothies and Asian food

Greatest moment in triathlon: 4th Aus youth championships, Geelong 5150

Name 3 dream party guests (living or dead): Taylor Swift, Liz Blatchford and Zac Efron

Do you, or have you played any other sports?: Cross country, Netball, Water Polo, basketball and swimming

Favourite band/music: Taylor Swift; Coldplay

Do you have a hidden talent?: cooking and massages

What was the last movie you saw?: The DUFF

Favourite leg in triathlon: The run or ride - it depends on the race.

Do you have any big races coming up?: Great Ocean road half marathon

With winter (2015) coming on, what are your training plans?  Recently moved to melbourne, still training under David Meade and Jarrod Drapper with PreComp Tri, hoping to have a really good winter of training and will race a few half marathons and build my swim up, now swimming under John Van Wisse. Hoping to get back quite a bit to ride with the crew :)


What are your goals for the 2015/16 season?  Further moving into long course away from ITU, hopefully will race Sunshine Coast 70.3 or Challenge Shepparton, depends how I go.


Do you have a Coach? coaches are David Meade and Jarrod Drapper


Favorite tri distance? Started racing Olympic this season and I love that distance now.


If you could change one thing what would it be
a) locally in tri?  I think the club does a fantastic job, I would love to see some numbers over winter to maybe get some duathlons going!
b) tri in general?  I love triathlon for what it is, maybe some more development program's especially for rural athletes and more hilly bike courses
c) locally in Bendigo (not tri related)?  I would like to see the health and fitness of locals improve, there are so many opportunities, maybe instalment of exercise equipment along paths or something.

Member Profile - Tom Barkmeyer


Occupation: Year 11 student at Bendigo High


Years in triathlon: Just done my 2nd season


Interests other than triathlon: Running, football,


Most embarrassing Tri moment: Having a flat tyre in my first Bendigo club race!


Do you, or have you played any other sports?: Yes. Footy, cross country and swimming.


Do you have a hidden talent?: No don’t have a hidden talent!


Favourite leg in triathlon: The run leg.

What are your goals for the 2015/16 season? 
I have never raced in a duathlon before so I would like to give that a go this winter.
To race in a few more Olympic distance races.
Race in more Gatorade series races.
To improve more in my swimming and riding and get faster race times!

Do you have a Coach?  Yes, Meady and Jarrod Drapper. I have recently joined PreCompTri.

Favourite tri distance? Have only mainly raced in sprint distance events, although have raced in one Olympic distance and enjoyed it!

If you could change one thing what would it be?
a)  locally in tri- I would change that in Country races, make the people in “team’s” start after the individual competitors in triathlon instead of all at once. 
b)  tri in general- Not sure
c)  locally in Bendigo (not tri related) – To build the new Kangaroo Flat Aquatic centre!


Member Profile - Gavin Fiedler

Gav is the number one ticket holder of the club, he competed in the club's first race ever held; and he is still going very strong.

Gav is one of the first people there every race day.  Ever had a drink from the station on the run leg - Gav put them there.  Had a look at the course map .......  First time racer had someone go over the course with you - yep Gav again.  His input and influence in the club is remarkable.

So here is a profile of Gavin -

Name: Gavin Fiedler (The Landlord)

Occupation: Investor

First triathlon: Port Fairy 12 /1/1986.

Of all the tri’s you’ve competed in, what are your favorite 2 and why? Frankston Long Course. Tough.

Warrnambool Long Course. They call it sufferfest for a reason.

Best triathlete you seen?  Male and female Chris McCormack. Michellie Jones

Best local triathlete you’ve seen (if not above)? Leon Griffen Erica Wilkinson.

Strangest thing you’ve seen someone do in a triathlon? Walk through the bikies area at the Peaches n Cream festival at Cobram clad in lycra. They were not happy with the flouro fairy.

How many club tri’s have you competed in?  Have you finished them all – if not – do tell……No idea.

How many tri’s in total?  How many ironmen / half ironmen?  Greater than 200 in total, 11 Ironmen and 27 halves/long course

Favourite leg in triathlon: Run.

Most embarrassing Tri moment: Lost bike in transition at Pt Arlington

Greatest moment in triathlon: Becoming a Ironman legend

Interests other than triathlon: Lots.

Favourite TV show: Just discovered The Big Bang Theory

Pet hate (doesn't have to be tri related): Quitters

Favourite food: Strawberries, cream and ice cream.

Name 3 dream party guests (living or dead): Warren Buffett, Weary Dunlop, Hilary Clinton.

Do you, or have you played any other sports?: Aussie Rules Tennis Basketball X country

Favourite band/music: Hard ROCK

Do you have a hidden talent?: No

What was the last movie you saw?: Super Size Me.

What races outside of the club events are you planning this season? Shepparton Echuca Bridgewater Maryborough Warrnambool.

Member Profile: John Flood


Occupation: Sole Director Floods Bus Lines.


Years in triathlon: I did my first 70.3 IM in Yeppoon in August 2013.


Interests other than triathlon: Motor Sport, Mountain Bike, Collingwood!!


Favourite TV show: Seinfeld


Most embarrassing Tri moment: Having a lady helper strip me naked in transition at Port Mac last year after the swim … Shrinkage !!


Pet hate (doesn't have to be tri related):  Bendigo Traffic 


Favourite food: Anything my wife Carolyn cooks 


Greatest moment in triathlon: Getting a Kona spot at Melbourne this year .


Name 3 dream party guests (living or dead): Lance Armstrong, Dr Karl , Will Ferrell.


Do you, or have you played any other sports?: I’m Currently ,on and off, for my Karate black belt.

Do you have a hidden talent?: No Not a one.


What was the last movie you saw?: The Boxing movie “Champs “


Favourite leg in triathlon: The Swim as it’s the shortest


With winter (2015) coming on, what are your training plans

I will do a four month training block leading up to Kona in October after a bit of rest following Port Mac .. Follow me on “Strava” if you’re keen to see what I do.
What are your goals for the 2015/16 season? 
In 2015 I’m doing Port Mac IM this weekend then Kona in October followed by Shepparton 70.3 and  Busso IM in December .2016 will include Geelong 70.3 and Melbourne IM and hopefully I can qualify for the world 70.3 on the Sunshine coast in September and Kona in October again ,I will also be doing most of the club Triathlons  and the Gatorade series with my son Tom .


Do you have a Coach?   I have a Certificate  4 in sports coaching so I have always been self-coached ..  But I have had a lot of help from David and Jarod at Pre Comp Tri and cannot recommend them highly

Favorite tri distance?  My favourite distance is the full IM as I’m to slow for the shorter tris now.

If you could change one thing what would it be a) locally in tri: I think Bendigo needs a long term traffic management plan .


You have a long history as an athlete – give us a bio and include some of your highlights
I raced in Spain in the 80s with the Reynolds pro cycling team alongside Tour De France Winner Miguel Indurain , I returned to Australia and raced domestically for 10 years riding Sun Tours , Bendigo Madison’s and National races on the track and road.  I then raced mountain bikes for a few years winning a World  Masters age group .


Your family is heavily involved – so would you prefer your kids to  take up triathlons or bike racing?
I think everyone has different interests.  My eldest son races go karts and race cars, my daughter races karts and does karate, my youngest son is playing footy and triathlons. I think it’s important they find something they love to do and just enjoy doing  it.

Member Profile: Amelia Evans


Occupation: Currently studying year 10 at Catholic College Bendigo

Years in triathlon: 3 years

Interests other than triathlon: Cooking, Eating and playing Basketball.

Favourite TV show: Masterchef

Most embarrassing Tri moment: In the Yarrawonga triathlon I somehow ran past the turn around point, running an extra 1.5 kms.

Pet hate (doesn't have to be tri related): Snoring and housework!

Favourite food: Indian

Greatest moment in triathlon: Winning the Bendigo Short Course Club Championships and anytime I place in the top 3 in Melbourne races.

Do you, or have you played any other sports?: Basketball, Netball, Cross country, Swimming, Ballet and Irish dancing.

What was the last movie you saw?: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Favourite leg in triathlon: The swim

With winter (2015) coming on, what are your training plans?: To keep up my training.

What are your goals for the 2015/16 season? To improve my overall times.

Do you have a Coach? No

Favorite tri distance? Next season I am going to start racing the sprint distance.

If you could change one thing what would it be
a) locally in tri: More races
b) tri in general: Make Triathlon racing all year round.

Member Profile - Adrian Ryan


Occupation: Team Leader – Arboriculture; for the City of Greater Bendigo


Years in triathlon: 8


Interests other than triathlon: Horticulture, Landscaping our 24 hectare property near Lake Eppalock, AFL, Camping, Kayaking, Fishing, Wining and Dining my girl ;-).


Favourite TV show: The Footy Show


Most embarrassing Tri moment: Turning up to my first ever race with my crappy old mountain bike, complete with pack-rack.

Pet hate (doesn't have to be tri related): Cat’s…..


Favourite food: Home cooked wood fired pizza (anyone who supplies the beer is welcome!)


Greatest moment in triathlon: Any time I beat Payney. Doing the short course under 30 minutes was pretty good also.


Name 3 dream party guests (living or dead): David Attenborough, Greg Moore, Kylie Minogue


Do you, or have you played any other sports?: Aussie Rules, Cricket, Tennis


Do you have a hidden talent?: If I do it’s still hidden.


What was the last movie you saw?: Can I give you some of my old favourites instead? These are Fletch, Die Hard & Predator…classics!


Favourite leg in triathlon: Running


With winter (2015) coming on, what are your training plans
I have been training for the (very hilly) 13.2km Puffing Billy Race, which I completed over the weekend in 1:01:25.

What are your goals for the 2015/16 season?  Not sure at this stage. Oh yeah, I’m non-committal!

Do you have a Coach?  Nope. I just like doing my own thing, to keep fit.

Favorite tri distance?  Short course at Eaglehawk. I figure I don’t need as much training.