History | About Us

The beginning

During the early 1980s, the sport of triathlon was growing in popularity across the world and athletes living in the Northern Territory were also greatly interested in the swim, bike, run format.

The idea of conducting a triathlon in Darwin was first formally discussed by a group of interested people at a meeting November 1981.  

The meeting lead to the establishment of a Local Organising Committee which appointed Brenton Hancock (YMCA) Race Director and resulted in the inaugural Darwin Triathlon being held from Mindil Beach on 10 July 1982.  54 athletes started with 48 finishing.

From 1983 to 1986 the Darwin Athletic Club organised four Darwin triathlons and a number of mini-triathlons from 1985 to 1989. Biathlons were organised for off-season triathlon training. 

In 1987 the Darwin Triathlon came under the auspices of the Northern Territory Athletics Association.

Interest in triathlon was such that Darwin Triathlon Club (DTC) was officially incorporated in 1989 as was the peak body, then called the Triathlon Triathlon Association of the Northern Territory (TANT).

The first DTC committee consisted of Tim Donkin, Rod McCrea, David Jones, Jason Jones and Keith Hansen.

The Club has grown strongly and its volunteers now conduct a year round calendar which includes triathlon, aquathlon and duathlon events. An active junior subcommittee looks after the triathletes of tomorrow and the enthusiasm displayed by our juniors & sub juniors guarantees the future of our sport.    

Photo - an early event at Nightcliff Pool

About Us

We are a friendly group of triathletes based in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.  Our club welcomes members of all ages. We currently have 300+ members whose ages range from 5 to 70.

The abilities of our members varies from beginners yet to do their first triathlon through to multiple Ironman World Championship competitors. 

We have a strong culture of mentoring and supporting new members and we enjoy seeing our members progress with their triathlon goals. 

We also have team options available at club events - indeed many of our members are introduced to the sport via team participation. 

Events are conducted year round at various locations and include triathlon, duathlon, aquathlon, mountain bike triathlons and the occasional novelty events. (Refer Calendar). 

Our full calendar of events are volunteer run on a roster system.  Our members volunteer for the positions necessary to conduct our club events and we maintain a volunteer roster. We also have an expectation on race day that all members assist with set up and pack up. "Many hands make light work". 

Through the volunteer junior committee, the club runs an active junior program. 

The club also has a number of triathlon coaches who conduct regular training sessions (see training). Non members are welcome to attend these sessions & they are an ideal way to be introduced to the sport of triathlon and met other club members.

From time to time, the club, often in conjunction with Triathlon NT, may conduct a "Come N Tri" event open to non members. These will be advertised.

Why join Darwin Triathlon Club?

Even though triathlon is an individual sport, being part of our club is a major benefit and a key component of being in a club is the “support” you receive. Whether it is while training or at a race, as a member of Darwin Triathlon Club the support is endless and provides just the environment you need to motivate you to stay fit, healthy and competitive.

Member Benefits include:

The opportunity to make new friends and meet new training partners

Being a member of Triathlon NT & Triathlon Australia which includes insurance for both training and racing (members are encouraged to read the insurance coverage information to understand what is covered as part of this membership).

Receive regular club E News letters.  

Be eligible for club race points and awards if participating and volunteering at club races.

Participate in the training sessions conducted by accredited triathlon coaches. 

Have access to a wide range of club design clothing.  When you wear the Darwin Triathlon Club colours at any race, at home or away, you are bound to get a cheer and lots of encouragement.

Enjoy access to organised social events, including Presentation Night function and the Christmas Event.  Club BBQ events and social gatherings are also organised through-out the season for special occasions.

Access to member discounts offered by our club sponsors and those offered through Triathlon Australia.

As a Darwin Triathlon Club member you are also eligible for your state association (Triathlon NT) and the national association (Triathlon Australia) benefits including:

priority entry periods to major races which sell out quickly when opened to the general public;

a lower cost to enter races because you are exempted from the one day membership fees which non annual members are required to pay for each race;

access to special member benefits

eligibility to accumulate points in the Australian National Triathlon Championship Series and to become the National Series Champion in your age group;

eligibility to compete for State and National Championships in sprint, Olympic, long course distance triathlons as well as duathlon and aquathlon;

eligibility to represent Australia at ITU Age Group and Elite World Championship events; 

regular communication from the National and State associations;

reduced prices on magazine subscriptions and other products offered from time to time by your state association;

public liability and personal accident insurance cover while you racing in sanctioned events and training for sanctioned events;

the assurance that your annual membership fee is contributing to the growth and development of the sport of triathlon in Australia;