Board & Patrons

Our Board sets the strategic direction, governance and policy for Triathlon New Zealand. The board is made up of Directors with experience across different sectors and a keen interest in growing triathlon in New Zealand.


Board Members

Natalie Smith

Natalie is a proud born and bred Wellingtonian, who has competed and finished 9 Ironman triathlon triathlons (Taupo – 2011-2016 and Hawaii in 2014, 2016 and 2017) with a best time of 10 hours 01 minutes.


Professionally Natalie has broad experience advising on a range of commercial, trust and property issues, currently a partner at Morrison Kent Lawyers in Wellington.

Neil has been competing in triathlons for 14 years and has had the privilege of travelling to the ITU Age Group World Championships five times.


By day, he is a partner at MinterEllisonRuddWatts, with an extensive background in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, commercial arrangements of all kinds and governance.

Evelyn works for the New Zealand Olympic Committee in  performance planning and games delivery and is also a New Zealand Olympic ambassador for in-school programmes. She has served on the Triathlon NZ High Performance Advisory Group and more recently as a Triathlon NZ selector for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.


Evelyn has background in both age group and elite triathlon representation, having represented New Zealand as an age group athlete and Internationally on the World Cup circuit for 13 years, including Manchester Commonwealth Games 2002 and Sydney Olympic Games 2000.  More recently she has been Chef de Mission for 2017 & 2019 World University Games.


Evelyn is passionate about kiwis giving things a go, from grass roots to the pointy end and through her events company facilitates triathlon, multisport and running events. She is currently enjoying serving her second three year term on Triathlon NZ’s board.

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Reuben has participated as an age group triathlete since 2012 in events from sprint course to Ironman and is a member of Auckland City Tri Club.


After spending most of his career in financial markets in Asia he now advises and invests in small to medium sized businesses and works with a number of not-for-profit organisations


Bex is a member of North Harbour Tri Club and made the switch from National level Water-polo to beginner Triathlon in 2011. Preferred distances are Olympic and 1/2 Ironman distances and her top results include 4th in the 2012 Age Group World Champs (Akld) and 9th in London 2013.


Professionally Bex runs a business (Three Hands NZ) offering leadership development, organisational culture consulting and coaching, drawing on experience and time spent in NZ, UK and Middle East in the space of organisational performance and talent development.

Patrons and Life Members

Bruce was a key member of the Auckland City Triathlon Club when the club established in 1989. In the past, he has served as Triathlon New Zealand’s Treasurer and was also a vital asset in developing the New Zealand competition rules for triathlon and duathlon. Since then, Bruce has officiated many domestic and international events.


Bruce is a retired Chartered Accountant and has previously held directorships on private companies and trusts. He spends his spare time focusing on further development of the Whitianga Bike Park.


– Awarded the Officer of New Zealand Order of Merit [ONZM] for services to sport in particular triathlons in 2009
– Government appointed trustee on the Costley Training Institution Trust Board
– Technical Director for Triathlon New Zealand (2000-2007)
– Funded the Whitianga Bike Park in 2003

Garry was a passionate age group athlete for more than 25 years and has represented New Zealand at multiple ITU Age Group World Championships.  A total hip replacement in 2013 curtailed his running days but Garry is still a very keen swimmer and cyclist.


Garry joined the Tri NZ board in 2002; was elected as Vice President in 2004 and served as the President from 2005 until 2016. Prior to joining the board Garry served for many years on the Auckland City Tri Club committee including 2 years as Vice President and 2 years as President of the club.


Garry was presented as a Life Member to Tri NZ in 2016. He is currently Vice President of the Oceania Triathlon Union.


In his professional life, Garry is a Project Management and Business Consultant in the Construction and Facilities Management industries and has several years of experience at senior management level in the public sector.

Garth Barfoot is a recognisable face on the triathlon circuit. After competing in his first triathlon at age 56, he has gone on to compete in numerous Ironman and World Championships, picking up a few gold medals along the way. Garth also sponsored the ITU World Triathlon Series event when it came to Auckland in 2012.


– Board of Director at Barfoot and Thompson
– Former President at REINZ (Auckland branch)
– REINZ Life Member since 1991

Dr John Hellemans – Life Member

John is a well-established coach and New Zealand Sports Medicine Practitioner based in Christchurch. He completed his medical training in his native country, Holland before immigrating to New Zealand in 1978.


John has coached multiple World Champions and Olympians. He’s been a part of three Olympic campaigns as a New Zealand Coach and for the Dutch National Triathlon team.


John is one of the principal founders of the Canterbury Triathlon Academy and is also practising Sports Medicine at Sportsmed.


– x6 NZ Open Triathlon Champion
– Represented NZ at the Commonwealth Games (Auckland, 1990)
– x8 World Masters Champion
– Length of NZ Multisport and Hawaii Ironman Championships finisher
– NZ Triathlon Coach
– Dutch National Triathlon Team Coach
– Past lecturer at the University of Otago

Peter maintains a wide range of community and sporting interests. He has served as President of the Rotary Club of Auckland, Surfing NZ, Triathlon New Zealand, Surf Lifesaving NZ and has been Chairman of North Harbour Stadium Trust. Peter was awarded the SPARC Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 for his service to Surf Lifesaving, Triathlon and Surfing.


Peter provides independent director, trustee and business advisory services to a range of companies and organisations.


– Trustee for the Trustee of the North Shore Hospice, The Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service Foundation, New Zealand Triathlete Youth Trust
– Justice of the Peace
– Rotarian
– Chairman for Counties Power Ltd and the Apprenticeship Training Turst
– Board of Director for Workforce Development Ltd and Triplejump Ltd

Terry lives in Gisborne with his wife, Kathy. Kathy is the Rotary Club of Gisborne West President while Terry is the Gisborne Cycling Club President. The pair operates an events management company delivering triathlon and cycling events.


Terry has an extensive and significant background in event management including managing the popular Weet-Bix Tryathlon Series for six years. He is also a patron of the Weet-Bix Tryathlon Foundation.


Terry was the Competition Manager for the ITU World Triathlon Series events held in Queenstown (2003) and Auckland (2012). He is also the Event Director for the only New Zealand ITU World Cup held in New Plymouth.


– ITU Executive Board Member
– Manages the Oceania Triathlon Development Portfolio
– President of the Oceania Triathlon Union
– President of the Gisborne Cycling Club
– Level 3 Technical Official
– Officiated at the Olympic Games

Tom Pryde is the founding partner of Cruickshank Pryde Law Firm and his involvement with triathlon in New Zealand started in the sports earliest years. Tom, along with many others, was instrumental in bringing the 2003 World Championships to Queenstown along with a raft of other international events to New Zealand.


– Trustee of the Halberg Trust
– Past President of Triathlon New Zealand
– Patron of Sport Southland
– Involvement in various community projects in Central Otago and Southland including the Percy Burn Viaduct restoration, the development of the Hump Ridge walking track, Paradise Trust at Glenorchy, Southland Locator Beacons Trust, Pisa Alpine Trust and Living Options Trust at Alexandra

Erin is widely considered as one of the best triathletes of all time, with American magazine Triathlete naming her the “Triathlete of the Decade”.  Since her first triathlon in 1984 Erin’s illustrious career saw her win a total of 104 of the 121 races she entered.


Not only a strong athlete Erin was one of the pioneers of an equal distribution of prize money for men and women and is one of the key reasons the sport has done so for more than two decades.


Erin currently lives in Christchurch with husband and fellow triathlete Scott Molina and is the managing director of Orthomed – supplying hip replacement solutions and servicing a number of district health boards.



– First ITU World Champion at the 1989 event in Avignon, France

– 2x Duathlon World Champion

– 5x Ironman World Championships (Gold in 1987,1990, Silver in 1988,1991,1993)

– Is one of only two triathletes to win all four world championships – Ironman, long distance, Olympic distance and duathlon.

– Made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1993 New Year Honours list for services to the sport of Triathlon

– Inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1995

Shanelle Barrett - Life Member

Shanelle knew from a young age what path she wanted to take, competing in her first triathlon at age 10 but it wasn’t until after being a part of the closing ceremony at the Auckland Commonwealth Games in 1990 that her dedication and commitment to triathlon intensified, with wanting to one day compete at the Olympics.


Shanelle suffered an illness in 2004 that derailed her Olympic dream, however not one to let her dream go, Shanelle decided that the way to get there was through officiating. She became a leading technical official in triathlon, creating courses and running events around the world.


In 2015 she was chosen for the Global Sports Mentoring Program, created by the US Department of State to “empower women through sports, and sport for community”.


Shanelle currently resides in Taupo with her husband Neil and is the director of SB Events along with being the Oceania representative on the ITU Technical Commission, ITU facilitator and on the selection panel for the Elite teams, including Tokyo 2020, for Triathlon NZ.



– Represented NZ at 5x ITU World Championship Cup Events

– Officiated at the 2012 London Olympic Games, 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games

– Technical Delegate for the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games 2014 and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.

– Race Director 2017 World Masters Games New Zealand

– Elite Course Director for the ITU World Triathlon Champs in 2012

– Previously Race Director (4years) and now Event Director for the ITU New Plymouth Triathlon World Cup

Arthur Klapp

Arthur has had a long involvement with the sport of Triathlon in New Zealand. He was involved with the establishment of Triathlon and founding president of the Multisport Association.


Since then Arthur has not only competed in at least one triathlon per season but has had a hand in organizing more than 500 sporting events throughout New Zealand. Since 1994 he has been responsible for twelve World Championships, across eight sports, and twenty-three World Cups.


Arthur has sat on Boards of several sports and major events bodies and assisted numerous bids for international sports events throughout his career. He sat the Board of Triathlon NZ as Vice President and then President.


Arthur currently resides in Wellington with his wife Lynne and is the Managing director of Sports Impact a specialist in sports and major events management company. Where his main focus is on more Board work as well as leading projects in sport and event tourism that can make a difference.



– Winter Games NZ CEO for over 9 years

– The only person to compete in both the inaugural Coast to Coast and IRONMAN NZ

– Best finish 4th in Coast to Coast 1984

– Board member of the Triathlon World Championships 2012

– Received the NZ Order of Merit (M.N.Z.M) in the 2008 New Years Honoyrs list for services to sport and recreation

– Sport and Recreation Lifetime Achievement award winner 2015