Triathlon New Zealand is driven by a small but talented and committed staff. Led by Claire Beard (CEO), the Sports Services team is based in Auckland while most of the elite athletes and High Performance staff  train and work out of the Avantidrome in Cambridge.

Sport Services Team

Claire Beard

Claire is passionate about sport, with extensive experience in the commercial, marketing and events environments. Tertiary qualified in Marketing and Management, Claire has joined Triathlon New Zealand following roles in major events, recreation, sport and local government.


Claire is motivated to create an organisation that is financially viable and is strongly supporting athletes to deliver on the world stage. She is excited to be leading Triathlon New Zealand and connects well with the amazing triathlon community.

Jen Gregory


Jen has been leading the Age Group programme since 2015 and has successfully created great athlete experiences every season. In 2017 she took on the Community Director role in maternity cover before being appointed in Community Manager role in 2018.

She completed her Bachelor in Sports Management in 2014 and went on to take an internship with Netball New Zealand providing support in their events team. Jen worked on a variety of marketing projects for Aktive before joining the team at Triathlon New Zealand.

Jen is bubbly and energetic, and also brings a strong sense of professionalism to the work environment. Additionally, she has excellent organisational skills and an inclusive attitude. Jen also enjoys running, swimming and exploring the outdoors.

Fay Freeman will be supporting in the organisation’s leadership during the maternity cover period for Claire Beard.

Fay has immersed herself in sports administration, management and organisational review since the 1960’s. Her work has received national acclaim. But alongside this, Fay has also contributed in many ways to community development on the North Shore, through her work with two city councils, and her voluntary support and involvement with several community organisations.

Mel Saltiel

We wish to welcome Mel Saltiel into the Tri NZ Community Team as the Community Coordinator. Mel will be on-board in the maternity cover position from February 21st– October 2019.

Her role will include management of the age group program, events and technical. Although a kiwi, Mel joins Tri NZ after relocating back to NZ from Australia where she worked for Triathlon ACT. She holds experience as a technical official, as well as course director positions at Challenge Wanaka and ITU races,

Danie de Jeu

Daniela de Jeu will be re-joining Tri NZ as the Business Administrator (part time) having previously worked in the Technical and Events Advisor role. Danie has comprehensive understanding of the Tri NZ processes as well as an intricate knowledge of the Triathlon Community.

She has developed a strong foundation working in various roles as the Registration Manager, Workforce Coordinator and Operations Assistant for Xterra, Ocean Swim Series and the 2011 Rugby World Cup. She also puts her hand up to volunteer at a number of sporting events.


Danie has a strong work ethic and enjoys connecting and building positive relationships with others.  She’s enthusiastic and embeds her light-hearted humour into the team at Triathlon New Zealand.


Danie enjoys playing football and travelling with her husband Rob.

High Performance Team

A recent recruitment period in Tri NZ’s High Performance has resulted in Hamish Carter’s appointment as the General Manager of Performance (four days per week).

Hamish, a triathlon Olympic Gold medalist from the 2004 Summer Olympics in Anthen’s brings with him a wealth of knowledge in high performance triathlon as well as strong ties to Cambridge.

Stephen Sheldrake

For the past 25+ years has successfully been coaching athletes of all abilities and ages, from first timers through to World Champions and Olympians.  This has included athletes all over the world including the UK, Hong Kong, Australia, Japan, Dubai and the USA to name a few.

From February 2007 through to April 2013 he was a national coach with Triathlon Zealand including being a coach at the 2012 London Olympics. Before this he was a Professional Triathlete for 10 years following on from a sports related double degree from University.

Stephen’s role involves;

  • Support athlete relationships and season planning
  • Pinnacle event planning
  • Selection and appeals support
  • Talent Development
  • MTR coordination
  • Coach coordination – training/facilitation
  • MTR Trial Day and Testing

Maree Kaati


Maree has played an integral role in the High Performance programme joining Triathlon New Zealand in 2014. After 14 years as a competitive rower representing New Zealand at an Elite, U23 and Junior level; Maree has an extensive understanding of what coaches and athletes require to achieve world class results consistently.


Maree developed a healthy twelve-year career in the tourism industry and during that time managed the Cambridge i-SITE Visitor centre.


Maree strives to support the athletes to achieve their best through smooth operation of day to day office administration.

Bruce Hunter

Bruce has been involved with the HP Coaching for a number of years- taking a more fixed role within the team in 2017. His role involves:

  • Manage the Cambridge programme
  • Deliver direct coach support to Cambridge based athletes (along with Swim Coach and HPD)
  • Manage performance journey of athletes
  • Create goals for athletes in Training Peaks, monitor and record progress
  • Support TD leader to ensure HP learnings are transferred into the Cambridge environment
  • Work with lead coaches to optimise learnings from PMS opportunities

Commissions & Advisory Groups

Age Group Selection Commission

The Age Group Selection Commission work with the Age Group Experience Manager in reviewing the age group selection policies for the ITU World Championship Age Group teams. Once policies are approved, and the event season is underway the commission also review the results from selection events- selecting athletes accordingly.

The 2018/19 Age Group Selection Commission 

  • James Turner
  • Jamie Sutherland
  • Chris Dyk Zeul
  • Ben Eitelberg
  • Jess Spatz- Shelgren
  • Mel Saltiel (Community Manager)

Technical Advisory Group

The Technical Advisory Group work with the Administration and Events Support Employee in reviewing the Tri NZ Rules, allocating Technical Officials, as well as offering a plethora of expertise, knowledge and advice to the Tri NZ team, and broader network.

  • Ross Capill
  • Tony Sangster
  • Gail Hussey
  • Claire Hannan

Coaching Advisory Group

A motivated group of coaches spread throughout New Zealand who offer insightful thoughts and advice to Tri NZ and triathletes in NZ. The Coach Advisory Group assist in keeping coaches up-skilled within their regions of New Zealand.

  • Tamara Reed
  • Rob Dallimore
  • John Scott
  • Chris Willett
  • Jansen Rogers
  • Axel Reiser
  • Anna Russell

Club Advisory Group

Advocates for Triathlon NZ Affiliated Clubs, the Club Advisory Group works with Triathlon NZ to ensure the club space of our sport is well understood and heard.

  • Dunedin Triathlon & Multisport Club
  • Wellington Triathlon Club
  • Auckland City Triathlon Club
  • The Network
  • Manawatu Triathlon Club
  • Hawkes Bay Triathlon Club

Event Advisory Group

A panel of event providers which covers the variety of events on offer in New Zealand. They offer insights on how Triathlon NZ can best work with Event Providers and in the event space.

  • Rotorua Half Ironman
  •  Ironman NZ
  • SMC Events (Tauranga Half)
  • Ironmaori
  • Oamaru Triathlon Club

The Elite Selection Commission’s Terms of Reference can be seen here.

On the Commission:

  • Bevan Docherty
  • Richard Wells
  • Ken Maclaren
  • Greg Fraine
  • Shanelle Barrett