|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 – Accounts
EE’s youngest old person and office Mum. 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 this season where she hopes to meet a whole new batch of athletes… and invoices.
|Sarah Hallam – Traffic/Warehouse/Accounts
EE’s punching bag for vocal motorists, Sarah is an incredible problem solver. Many of our races use public roads and finding courses to satisfy athletes, local residents and businesses can be mildly stated as a “challenge”. So next time you are on course, on a hill and looking for a name to curse feel free to utter the words “bloody Sarah”. Sarah is also responsible for holding the purse strings at EE with many of her traffic management skills being interchangeable between her two roles, particularly “SLOW DOWN” when discussing expenditure with the Event Managers.
|Tracey Emerton – Office Manager/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 competed in all races up to Ironman distance. Despite sounding like Oliver Twist, Tracey attained selection for the Australia team in the Age Group World Championships in 2016 and this year becomes a turn coat where she will represent the UK at the World Championships on the Gold Coast. 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.
|Seb Gallery – Marketing/Communications/Sponsorship
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 was over 42 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 any 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. Sweet and innocent she may seem, Bec’s attention to detail far surpassed the expectations of those who built her new home with no tile going un-turned. This level of detail is reflected in her amazing work. Previously a Senior Designer with over 7 years experience across various Sydney agencies. Bec is EE’s go to tech guru, there is nobody in the office that can perform a better google search. 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. ? Little be known to her husband Grant, Bec is a closet FIFA gamer, when she isn’t designing amazing creative you can find her behind the controller. Poor Grant.
|Ally Ritchie – Athlete Services
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 Super Sprint, to suggestions of what to wear on race day. If Ally doesn’t know the answer it’s not worth knowing. As an avid trail runner you’ll often find Ally buzzing around the trails of the Shoalhaven and further afield. She is EE’s go to when it comes to the hairy legged types of trail running and XTERRA. Ally’s love for all things off the beaten track makes 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 I can’t wait to be part of it again in 2019 when it’s even bigger!” Ally is also an avid member of the PU52HP (People Under 5’2 Hiring Program) that was instigated at EE back in 2016.
|Jodie Mclaren – Community Liaison/Volunteers
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.
|Brittany Crossley – 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 the Broken Marathon and SBRX3. 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… ?
|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. Kyle plans to tackle his first triathlon as an athlete this year and swears by his chosen hydration of Captain Morgan.
|Greg Winchester – Event Manager
One of the other youngsters of EE, Greg is one of the longest serving EE staff members, and is one of the culprits in leading 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. This year Greg put the “wealth” in Commonwealth Games working on the triathlon and road cycling events by day and building his empire on the international stock markets by night. Full of passion bolstered by the odd session with Tony Robbins, Greg is a perfectionist – perfect swim courses, perfect ride courses and perfect run courses. Greg is not the sort of guy who skips leg day.
|Kylie Stewart – Web/Technology
|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.