Coach Connie Silvestri

Connie Silvestri is an accomplished athlete, certified personal trainer and elite triathlon and mountain bike coach.

Based in Brisbane’s inner western suburbs, Connie manages her own personal training business as well as her successful Offroad Triathlon Squad, which she established to encourage like-minded athletes to pursue their passion for all things off-road.

With several national titles and in off-road triathlons and mountain biking to her name, Connie credits her physical fitness and mental toughness to her childhood.

Growing up in Brisbane’s southern suburbs, in a neighbourhood dominated by boys who were “fit, fast and indestructible”, she quickly learned the importance of resilience and perseverance and never showing a hint of weakness.

At school Connie channeled this mindset into athletics. She excelled in middle distance races and cross-country events from an early age but later on developed a passion for mountain biking and triathlons, which would eventually take her all over the world.
In 2006, Connie participated in her third Olympic distance triathlon race, which happened to be the ITU’s (International Triathlon Union) Triathlon World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland, where she placed 21st in her age group (female, 30-34). In 2008 she competed in the X-terra Maui world championships placing 2nd in her age group.

In 2009 placed 3rd in X-Terra world champs in Maui. Nine years later she was back again, this time placing fifth in her age group (female, 40-44) in the ITU’s 2015 Cross Triathlon World Championships in Sardegna, Italy.

Adding an extra dimension to her already hectic training and coaching schedule Connie was raising her kids while training, racing and working. Connie had her second child Jack 11months prior to the X-terra world champs in Maui which she placed second. Also winning her first mountain bike marathon at Kooralbyn 2006. From this point on she balanced her life to accommodate any important family commitments as well as her growing business and lifelong passion for competition.

In between these races, Connie also managed to claim the TreX Offroad Triathlon Series Championship, taking out consecutive ‘Dirt Mistress’ titles in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. And in 2012 she was named Dirt Master Australia for taking out all three state championships in the same year. And no other female has achieved this still today.

While continuing to train and compete in triathlons in Australia and overseas, Connie’s key focus these days is helping others to achieve their personal and sporting goals through her individual and group personal training sessions and Offroad Triathlon Squad.

She has a loyal following of elite off-road athletes as well as ‘everyday’ people committed to improving their health and fitness, and ultimately their quality of life.

My sponsor is Kenmore Cycles and I’m an ambassador for Trex: www.trextriathlon.com.au

Coach Naomi Dawes-Gwynne

Who am I…………… I’m married and compete in the 50 – 55 age category and hope to be growing old disgracefully.

I’m lucky to love my job and that my job connects together with my social life. My background is in swimming being a Learn to Swim instructor since 2009 and I have been one of the triathlon coaches with UQ Sport for a number of years and jumped at the chance to play a bigger role with QORTS!

The best thing about being a coach is it’s a great opportunity to encourage people to enjoy cyclingtriathlonsrunning whether it is to try to achieve a PB, stand on a podium, improve fitness or just get out in nature. I get to meet a lot of people from all walks of life and from many different countries.

With coaching it has added an additional depth to sport for me. Helping educate people is one thing but seeing them work hard and achieve their goals is a wonderful experience. Inspiration and being inspired can come from the strangest situations and people and I get to be inspired by the people I coach, meet and train with all the time.

I’m all about the enjoyment of the experience, it’s not about winning (although I won’t deny that’s a nice feeling) it’s about the pure enjoyment of being out and about with friends enjoying good times, great rides and enjoying life. I’m passionate about encouraging beginners to be comfortable with off road activities. It’s all about the support to help others receive their goals.

My Races

2013 – Trex Qld Cross Triathlon Championship – Sprint Course; 1st in AG

2013 – Trex Cross Triathlon Series Champion – Sprint Course

Multiple MTB, road and cross triathlon races

 

2014 – ITU Cross Triathlon Australian Team member – Zittau Germany; 13th in AG

2014 – Xterra Cross Triathlon Short Course – Czech National Championship; 3rd Over 30s

2014 – Trex Qld Cross Triathlon Championship – Long Course; 2nd in AG

2014 – Trex Qld Cross Triathlon Championship – 20klm MTB; 3rd in AG, 5th Overall

2014 – Trex Australian Cross Triathlon Championship – 3rd in AG

Multiple MTB, road and cross triathlon races

2015 – ITU Cross Triathlon Australian Team member – Sardinia Italy; 6th in AG

2015 – Trex Cross Triathlon Series Champion – Long Course

2015 – Oceanic Cross Triathlon Championship – Long Course; 3rd in AG

2015 – Trex Australian Cross Triathlon Championship – 6th in AG

Multiple MTB, road and cross triathlon races

 

2016 – ITU Cross Triathlon Australian Team member – Crackenback Australia; 10th in AG

2016 – Trex Cross Triathlon Series Champion – Long Course

2016 – Trex Australian Cross Triathlon Championship – 6th in AG

A few MTB, road and cross triathlon races, knocked out of racing due to injury

 

2017 – 2017 ITU Cross Triathlon Australian Team member –Penticton Canada; 16th in AG

 

2018 – Return to training and racing Bring on Spain

Coach Michael Harvey

I’m Michael Harvey, and I’ve been riding and racing Mountain, and Road bikes for the last 22 years. I hold a Level 1 MTB coaching certificate, and I love teaching people how to safely take to the trails.

Some of my best times have been while riding bikes. Notably, 2 Singlespeed World Champ races, 2 trips to ride road bikes in Italy, and an unforgettable trip last year to the U.S, and Canada to ride at some of the best spots, including Whistler.

I started coaching a few years back, and really like to see people gain new skills, and overcome fears on mountain bikes. There’s no better feeling than seeing someone conquer an obstacle that they’d never thought they could do.

Come out and have some fun.