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QAS Triathlon recognised at national awards night

13 April 2015

QAS Triathlon Head Coach Steven Moss with wife Lisa, named the 2014 Triathlon Australia High Performance Coach of the Year.

QAS Triathlon Head Coach Steven Moss with wife Lisa, named the 2014 Triathlon Australia High Performance Coach of the Year.

Triathlon Australia hosted their annual Celebration of Champions dinner at the QT Hotel on the Gold Coast on Sunday 12 April following the ITU World Triathlon Series and Luke Harrop Memorial Races.

It turned out to be a rewarding evening for the QAS Triathlon squad following a successful year on the circuit.

World Champions were honoured with QAS athletes Gillian Backhouse (under 23 Champion) and Sophie Malowiecki (Age Group Champion) presented with a commemorative collage following their standout performances in 2014.

Backhouse was also announced as the winner of the 2014 Chris Hewitt Emerging Athlete of the Year award. This award is presented in memory of Triathlon Australia’s ex-President and Board Member Chris Hewitt, who tragically passed away in 2005. Nominees are those athletes who have shown great promise and potential when emerging onto the professional ITU and WTC racing circuits.

A well deserving winner, Gillian Backhouse was the under 23 Duathlon World Champion, a silver medallist in the elite women’s World Championships and a silver medallist in the under 23 Triathlon Championships.

“Looking over the other people who have won the Chris Hewitt award in previous years, it is so prestigious,” she said.

“It is a huge honour to receive this award tonight.”

Of her coach, Backhouse said that she had been with Stephen Moss for just over a year and never dreamed she would become a World Champion let alone within such a short period of time.

QAS Head Coach Stephen Moss was named the Triathlon Australia High Performance Coach for 2014. Humbled by the win, Mossy thanked Triathlon Australia and the QAS for their continued support of his squad.
“They invest in us heavily and we wouldn’t be able to continue doing what we’re doing without their ongoing support,” Moss said.

He also made special mention to his support network and thanked them for their tireless dedication to the squad and for sharing in his passion to succeed.

“Without my support team, I wouldn’t exist. They support me the whole way and without them we wouldn’t be able to do the things we do and produce the results we do.

“We’ll be fighting hard for better results next year and we want to move forward and take that gold medal in Rio, that’s what we’re aiming for, that’s what we want,” Moss said.

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13 April 2015