|Mark “Emo” Emerton – CEO & Owner of Elite Energy Events
Even if you haven’t raced triathlon, chances are you’ve heard the name Emo dropped around the traps. Emo is the man behind everything multisport in NSW with an impressive resume of events ranging from local fun runs to the Olympics. Drawing on his vast experience as a competitive triathlete, a wicked attention for detail and a passion like no other for triathlon, there is no shadow of a doubt these characteristics are reflected in the fine calibre of event he produces.
Many participants refer to the incredible atmosphere that surrounds Elite Energy events, this can be attributed to the innovation and perseverance that Emo has applied to his events ensuring a distinct point of difference. Emo is a huge influencer in the growth of triathlon with the implementation of the adequately named Try-a-Tri that has seen thousands of participants complete their first triathlon free of charge in an effort to bolster participation in the sport.
Now in its twelfth year of operation Emerton has grown Elite Energy from a two person operation to a business that employs 15 full time staff across multiple areas with over 30 events planned for the next year as exciting new locations and courses grace the forthcoming calendar.
EVENTS of note
|Rhianon Roulstone – Marketing, Social Media and Athlete Services
Quite possibly the cheekiest member of Elite Energy, Rhi is the one to stay away from when the clock strikes 12. If you have an event the next day, you have been warned! Her fun loving character is carried through into her work where you can find her putting together ideas to tell you about our great events. As a seasoned triathlete in her own right, Rhi’s favourite event is Little Husky where she has the opportunity to swim in the beautiful waters of Jervis Bay in her own backyard. Rhi has definitely come a long way since her days of hyperventilating whilst breastroking the entire Wollongong swim leg in her first triathlon. The party girl that she is Rhi would love to sit down to dinner with Channing Tatum (oh dear!), Marrilyn Munroe and her Mum, no doubt it wouldn’t be long until she busted out a bottle of Tequila.
|Luke Hodges – Technology, Web and Graphics Manager
Luke is our go to guy whenever turning it off and back on again doesn’t work, he is also the creative brain behind our amazing websites and marketing artwork. If you have been to one of our events there is a very good chance you have worn a T-shirt he has designed. Having always been a big nerd, Luke previously ran digital marketing workshops across Sydney for small to medium sized businesses. Very new to the world of Triathlon, Luke competed in his first event at Nowra and already has his sights set on Ultimate Bendigo for his first long course where maybe he’ll shed another tear at the finish line.
|Jodie Mclaren – Community Liaison Manager/ Volunteer Director
If you have ever stood close to a lighting strike, the clap of thunder has nothing on a Jodie sneeze. Jodie is the Community Liaison Director/ Volunteer Director for all Elite Energy events and has the arduous role of getting people to work for free which she can closely relate to with her previous job where they paid her peanuts. In March 2016 Jodie drove the back of the pack wagon in the Australian Alpine Ascent where she got to witness firsthand the extreme nature of this event and its athletes.
|Tracey Peacock – Office Manager and Sponsorship
Whilst incredible at keeping the show running across multiple facets of the business, photography is not one of Tracey’s strong points. Her profile picture is a key example of her struggle to grasp the mobile phone camera. Tracey has come a long way since her bikini clad triathlon beginning’s having recently completed her first Ironman and attaining selection for the Australia team in the Age Group World Championships. When Tracey’s not in the office you can find her in the parks or beaches on the south coast where she runs her own outdoor social fitness groups. Trace is really looking forward to all of the 7 Ultimate distance races this season but especially likes the challenge of the Batemans Bay bike course that keeps everyone honest.
|Tracey Apperley – Race Day Athlete Registrations
Triathletes are a tough mob to handle especially on race day when nerves and tension are high. Luckily we have the wonderful Tracey to man the athlete services tent ensuring our whole race experience is as stress free as possible. From late entries to lost timing chips Tracey draws on her skills as a teacher to keep the big and little kids under control treating everyone as an equal. In fact Tracey has been known to tell “some guy called Pete Jacobs” that he hadn’t correctly registered. Possibly the biggest character within EE when asked who would you like to have dinner with Tracey responded; “are we talking just dinner or sex and dinner, actually lets go with both, I’ll take Bon Jovi”.
|Cindy Pretious – Financial Controller
Mum to three awesome little boys (including her husband Darren) she is well versed at keeping Emo, EE’s biggest kid accountable. In Port Stephens Cindy tackled her first Standard distance triathlon on little to no training. Cindy absolutely loved the experience of the on course support that she received from her fellow athletes and is now looking forward to Ultimate Bendigo where she hopes to meet a whole new batch of athletes and invoices.
|Ally Ritchie – Athlete Services Manager
Ally has been with EE since Emo and her were a two person team in the corner of a bike shop. How the business has grown since then! Ally is generally your first and last point of contact with EE, assisting our wonderful participants with all those little details – from accidentally entering the long course instead of the enticer, to suggestions of what to wear on race day. If Ally doesn’t know the answer it’s not worth knowing. As an avid mountain bike rider and runner you’ll often find Ally buzzing around the trails of the Shoalhaven and further afield. In 2015, Ally – along with fellow members of the EE Team – took on the Ride to Conquer Cancer (a massive feat in its own right) which was an awesome, bonding experience. AAA is by far her favourite EE event as it is such an challenging event in the beautiful alpine region of NSW, with the very nicest of competitors and support crew, and she can’t wait to be part of it again in 2017 when it’s even bigger!
|Philippe Jones – Traffic Operations Manager
Over ten years experience in Traffic Control and a man of very few words.
|Kyle Anderson – Event Manager
When not swiping away on Tinder in new and exciting triathlon locations, you may see Kyle motoring down the course with a lead runner hot on his tail. As an event manager Kyle’s role within Elite Energy is 70% Operations and 30% laminator expert – a skill he quite possibly acquired at Nowra’s Roxy Cinema where he was honing his ticket ripping skills prior to EE. As a soccer player Kyle has been too concerned that he may break a nail to have a crack at triathlon, however word is that he’ll be enlightened in Huskisson in February when he completes his first Miniman.
|Greg Winchester – Event Manager
One of the youngsters of EE who is wise beyond his years, Greg is one of the longest serving EE staff members, and is quickly helping lead astray other members of the EE team. Greg loves Husky Long Course and will never forget the moment in 2016 when Crowie got over the top of Pete Jacobs on the second lap of the run. Still living at home Greg is looking forward to Ultimate Bendigo as it is the furthest away from Nowra and will get him out of doing his chores at home. Greg has been fine tuning his riding skills and hopes of putting a team in for the NSW team Time Trials this year.
|Julie Orellana – Event Manager
Julie is our happy little camper, quite literally! Previously Julie was a camp counselor at Mountain Camp in California which suited her perfectly as a lover of all things nature! Luckily in EE we have the opportunity to visit some of the most pristine places on earth so Julie can be in her element! As an event manager Julie handles the stress and vigors of our events with grace where she often plays operational mentor to our EE team. Julie has raced all over the world but when asked what is her most memorable moment she refers to the beautiful location of Honu 70.3 and the opportunity to compete along elements of the hallowed lava fields, oh and getting married there too. Next on the cards for Julie is Ultimate Forbes, we don’t blame her, who wouldn’t want to go race in a hip country town with a cool vibe and some epic scenery.
|Brittany Emerton – Event Manager
Having been around triathlon events all her life, it seemed only natural for Britt to be involved in the event industry. Britt has taken on the task of broadening EE’s horizons with the introduction of Colour Ya world and new events in the way of the Kiama Coastal Classic and the Sydney Duathlon. If only she could learn that you don’t finish a sentence with a preposition! Britt can’t wait for the opportunity to bring Colour Ya world to fresh new locations. She is addicted to Lorna Jane and online shopping.
|Laura Bowmaker – Marketing and Athlete Services
Laura is the EE all-rounder, assisting across multiple aspects of the business. Prior to joining Elite Energy Laura worked as a Community Care Assistant, helping the aged to remain in their family home with a little assistance, skills that we will soon be calling on for Emo in the not too distant future. Laura’s favourite EE Event is Big Husky! “I may be biased, even if I can go there every weekend, I don’t believe that any course or atmosphere compares to Husky”. Husky holds a soft spot in Laura’s heart as it is where Laura did her very first triathlon where she saw a flyer in a shop window 4 weeks before the event, then went into the bike shop the next week, brought a road bike and off she went to the start. In her spare time Laura has a stall within Kinghorne traders in Nowra where she sells an incredible range of home décor, so be sure to pop in and say hi when you come to Nowra.
|Seb Gallery – Marketing and Communications Manager / Colourtator
For what he lacks in ability to slam-dunk and reach the top shelf, our Marketing and Communications Manager Seb makes up for with big ideas! Previously a consultant for major events and owner of a successful bar/restaurant, Seb is also no stranger to triathlon having competed in over 90 events (including a brutal Ironman Malaysia with weather that felt like 49 degrees!).Having recently relocated to the south coast from Sydney, Seb is always on the search for the future Mrs Gallery, leaving no potential partner untested. Forever persistent, when asked what three people he’d invite to dinner he fast responded “Taylor Swift, Miranda Kerr and Selena Gomez”, if either of you are reading this you are encouraged to contact Seb on (02) 4423 7775.With Seb’s passion for the sport and experience in contributing to highly memorable events, you can be certain that the future is looking very bright for Elite Energy Events and our athletes.