About Sydney Triathlon Group
STG is a triathlon club based in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and CBD. Our members are people who want to improve their athletic potential by training for sporting goals, mainly in triathlon but also in standalone cycling, swimming and running events.
We have a wide range of abilities – from first time triathletes to highly experienced Ironmen and Kona competitors.
Our ages range from 20s through to 60s and we’re roughly an equal gender split. In our club newbies train side by side with 10+ year veterans.
STG has a welcoming culture and a strong social aspect. We take our sport seriously, but we also pride ourselves on a relaxed club vibe and love of coffee.
And, sorry, no dickheads.
STG Triathlon Governance Documents
Steve Ellis – President
Steve Ellis, also known as Mr President, and apparently Elvis (?), got into triathlon after doing the BRW corporate challenge with work. Steve and his bike Bob, then joined STG in 2008, with STG training no doubt contributing to Steve’s favourite racing moment – winning a 14km Sri Chimnoy race in The Park, in a sprint finish. He’s not just a winner, but also a survivor, Steve (and Bob) still live to tell the tale of being hit by a moped and celebrity chef Pete Evans’ secretary! An ex-accountant and now a Project Manager, Steve says his dream profession is to be President – well, we’re happy to have made your dream come true at STG! Despite the potential controversy, Steve’s number one quote is still “pain is temporary, quitting is forever” (from that guy Lance), which has helped Steve push through a vast amount of races, including multiple Ironman and marathons. When Steve’s not training or PM/President-ing, he is busy being Papa Bear to two wee girls. Steve’s next short term goal is to get out of bed in the morning (for training, of course), all in preparation for his long term goal of KONA.
Denise Pereira, Vice President
Denise (aka D) joined STG and kicked off her triathlon career in 2008, after being inspired by her Can Too run coach, who was an STG member! With the help of her hot Scott Foil (bike, not a person), D raced her first long course in Husky in 2013, which she rates as her best racing moment. D’s had run ins with possums and footpaths over the years, leaving a couple of scars on the bod, but this hasn’t stopped her pushing on with her training and racing, which contributed to her winning STG’s Most Improved award in 2016. During the day, D works in insurance, but while sleeping, dreams of being a professional traveller. Oh, and if you need any tips for Sydney’s hottest eateries, D is your gal – when she’s not training, she’s eating (#alwaysaboutfood).
Daniel Buttard, Vice President
The Frenchman joined STG after being persuaded by fellow STG Member, Phil Cameron (the guy with THAT bike), to race a 70.3. They did not race said 70.3 that year, but Daniel’s made up for it since then, with multiple races now under his belt, including 3 Ironman. Speaking of Ironman, Dan’s best racing moment was finishing his first one in Port Mac in 2014, though this was also the cause of his biggest “battle wound”, fainting and spending 45 mins in the medical tent on a drip! With his number one sports hero being Laurent Fignon, it’s no surprise that The Frenchman owns not one, not two, but three bikes – the Speed Concept (TT), the Domane (Road) and the Top Fuel (Mountain bike). Daniel secretly wishes he was a pilot, and not in project management, which explains the photo he provided! If you need to get hold of The Frenchman outside of work and training, you’ll likely find him drinking sav blanc (with Bega cheese), at the Erko pub.
Ciara Lui, Secretary
Ciara (often called Lui, Little Lui, or Wee Ciara Lui) began her triathlon career in 2013, joining STG because she was keen to do a 70.3, and needed to learn how to put three sports together. Ciara hasn’t looked back, getting “sucked in” to the long distance races, her favourite being Port Mac IM in 2015. Ciara is a Specialized fan (roadie and TT), and is known for wearing a lot of black because she is a typical Kiwi. She’s also known for having a number of battle wounds due to a car door, rail track, swan and giant stick. By day, Ciara recruits lawyers (she used to be one), but would actually like to be a spy. When Ciara’s not training or working, she’s at the beach or looking after other people’s kids.
Gary Maher – Finance Director
Our Irish numbers man, Gary/Gaz/Gazza, was a tennis gun and Andre Agassi fan, before taking up triathlon for a new challenge. Since joining STG in 2010, it’s safe to say Gaz has been challenged, particularly at the 70.3 World Champs in Austria – a brutally hard course in scorching heat (and the great atmosphere and scenery!) made it a race he will never forget. Gary’s number one sports quote is “No pain, no gain” (said in an Arnie accent), though perhaps this has been too literal on occasion, with pot holes and cars reversing out in front of him, leaving him tasting the ground a number of times. Gazza is a property analyst, but if he could do it all again, he’d be a Professional American Ninja Warrior. When he’s not training, he’s eating (potatoes of course). Next goals for Gazza include keeping his newborn son alive, and hitting a sub 4.30 70.3 and a sub 10 IM.