|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 multi-sport 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 Sir 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
|Cindy Pretious – General Manager
Mum to two awesome little boys Cindy 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.
|Sarah Hallam – Accounts Assistant|
|Tracey Emerton – 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 distance event 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.
|Seb Gallery – Marketing and Communications / Colourtator TuTu Extraordinaire
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.
|Bec Morris – Graphic Design & Digital Media
Bec is the creative behind our amazing brands, websites, & promotional material. If you’ve ever been to one of our events there’s a good chance you have worn one of her T-Shirt designs. Previously a Senior Designer with over 7 years experience across various Sydney agencies. Bec is EE’s go to tech guru when turning it off and back on again doesn’t work. Having only recently made her sea change to the South Coast, you will often find Bec enjoying the Shoalhaven walking trails & beaches or hitting up the local F45 getting her muscles on. ?
|Laura Bowmaker – Marketing & Sponsorship
Laura looks after Marketing and Sponsorship at EE HQ and has been part of the team since 2013. Prior to joining Elite Energy Laura worked as a Community Nursing Assistant, helping the aged to remain in their family home with a little assistance, skills that we will soon be calling on for ‘young’ Emo in the not too distant future. Laura’s favourite EE Event is Big Husky! “I may be biased, but I don’t believe that any courses 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, went into the bike shop the next week, brought a road bike asked ‘what these things are for’ (the gears! ?) and off she went to the start line… Unbeknownst at the time it wasn’t only the beginning of her triathlon journey but also the beginning of a career change!
|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. 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 which was an awesome, bonding experience. AAA is by far her favourite EE event, “It’s such a 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 2018 when it’s even bigger!”
|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.
|Philippe Jones – Traffic Operations Manager
Over ten years experience in Traffic Control and a man of very few words.
|Kyle Anderson – Event Manager
As the youngest member of Elite Energy, Kyle is leading the way with mischief and office shenanigans. Between his love for music festivals and other festivities; Kyle has been the event manager for the newest and thrilling events coming out of EE. His favourite event is the Australian Alpine Ascent – his event baby, which he is unwilling to hand over to the other Operations team. Recently gracing the front page of the ‘Forbes Advocate’ newspaper; Kyle has taken his new found triathlon fame and will be handing out autographs at all events. To RSVP for a one on one, please contact (02)4423 7775.
|Greg Winchester – Event Manager
One of the other youngsters of EE, Greg is one of the longest serving EE staff members, and is 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.
|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. 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… Like really addicted, we’re yet to met someone who could give her a run for her money… ?
|Tracey Apperley – Race Day Athlete Registration
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.