Thursday, October 27, 2005

Commiserations to Maltese triathletes

Jersey triathletes offer their commiserations to the Galea brothers. Racing in the Cyprus International Triathlon on Sunday, the Galea brothers failed to meet the tough qualifying time of one hour and 56 minutes set by the Malta Olympic Committee to qualify for the Commonwealth Games,to be held in March 2006 in Melbourne, Australia.

Adverse wind conditions thwarted the Commonwealth Games aspirations of the two Maltese athletes, with Dermot Galea completing the courses in 2hrs 08mins, with his younger brother Keith placing fifth.

Jersey triathletes supported by Royal Bank of Scotland International Private Banking

Paul Clements is about to commence his warm-weather training and will leave for Melbourne on 27 October to check out the triathlon race course. Clements will be based on the Gold Coast, Queensland and will be joined in January by Scott Pitcher, with Tim Rogers arriving in early March. Clements and Pitcher intend to race in Perth, Hobart and will be joined in Southport by Rogers and team manager Gary Jones.

The Jersey Triathlon Club are very grateful to receive financial assistance from the The Royal Bank of Scotland International (RBSI) to aid the Jersey triathletes in their preparations for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. The financial support will help Paul Clements, Scott Pitcher and Tim Rogers to undertake this warm-weather training and racing in Australia in the run-up to the Games.

Gary Jones, President of the Jersey Triathlon Club and Commonwealth Games Team Manager said ‘ I am absolutely thrilled that we have been able to obtain the generous support of RBSI to assist in our final preparations in the run up to the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. Having the ability to train and race in Australia during the months of January, February and March will contribute immensely to ensuring all three of our triathletes can give of their best on race day’

Dave Isley, Head of RBS International Personal Banking says, ‘RBSI has customers in many countries around the world and we are delighted to support the Jersey triathlon team in their bid for international success’.

For more details information please contact

Gary Jones, President Jersey Triathlon Club tel 608576 (w) or 728323 (h) or email

Monday, October 24, 2005

Team Manager Profile - Gary Jones

Gary Jones is aged 44 and is the Team Manager for the Jersey Triathlon Team. Jones has been in the sport of triathlon since 1998, and his major achievement is to have completed IronMan Austria in 2002. Jones came into the sport from a jogging background having previously completed both the Walt Disney World and New York marathons. Jones has worked hard over the years to improve his swimming, though he never made the breakthrough on his cycling performance. Jones has been the President of the Jersey Triathlon Club since 2001. Jones was the team manager for the Jersey Triathlon Team at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games. In addition, Jones was the manager of Jersey's Triathlon Team at the 2003 Natwest Island Games held in Guernsey. Jones was also the General Team Manager for the 2005 NatWest Island Games held in Shetland, though was unable to attend due to illness. Jones is married to Serafina and has 2 daughters, Pippa aged 20 and Amelia aged 10. During the day, Jones is employed as the Deputy Principal at Highlands College, Jersey. Jones's hopes for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games is that all of the Jersey Triathlon Team are fit and healthy when they arrive and give of their best on race day.

Team Member Profile - Tim Rogers

Tim Rogers (41) has been competing in triathlon since 1998, although not competitively until 2000. Rogers has competed in the 2001 world age-group duathlon championships and in 2005 placed top 10 in the world age-group triathlon championships. Rogers also won team gold at the 2001 and 2003 Island Games and in 2002 placed top 20 of GB Competitors in Ironman Frankfurt. Rogers who describes himself as a wet-duathlete has came into the sport from a cycling background and has worked hard to improve his swimming and avoid fatigue and injury on the run.

Rogers is a specialist in change management, qualified with an MBA and various diplomas in law, compliance and management he works as Manager, Operations Change and Sales Support for International Personal Banking, NatWest & RBSI Brands.

At 41 Rogers aspirations for the Commonwealth Games are modest, to achieve sub-2 hours and hopefully a mid-field place. After the Games he hopes to return to Ironman and qualify for Hawaii World Championships, and possibly to podium at the next Island Games in Rhodes 2007.

Team Member Profile - Scott Pitcher

Scott Pitcher is aged 27 and has been competing in triathlon since 2002. Pitcher qualified for the 2005 world age-group championships in Hawaii but withdrew to concentrate on preparation for the Games. Pitcher came into the sport from a swimming and waterpolo background. He has played waterpolo for the Island and while at university his side were second in the BUSA championships. In the past Pitcher has also shot for Jersey (full-bore rifle) and toured Canada with the British cadet team. Pitcher is strong in the swim and bike sections and is currently concentrating on improving hisrun splits. Pitcher is a qualified accountant and works for Schroders within their Property Funds team.

Scott's aspirations for the Commonwealth Games are to finish ahead of the Guernsey competitors! After the Games hopes are to qualify for the 2006world age group championships and hopefully medal at the 2007 NatWest Island Games in Rhodes.

Team Member Profile - Paul Clements

Paul Clements aged 39, has been competing in triathlon since 1993.Clements won a gold medal in his age group at the European Triathlon Championships in 2000 and has qualified to represent Great Britain at 5triathlon world championships at age group level and has placed 15th on two occasions.

Clements also won individual and team triathlon gold medals at the 2001 sland Games and Individual bronze and team gold at the 2003 Island Games. He won the Ogier Jersey Triathlon in 2004 after just 6 weeks of training following a bike accident where he suffered a broken hip. Clements has came into the sport from a club and masters level swimming background and has worked hard to improve both cycling and running. Before taking up triathlon he represented Jersey at British and European championships for surfing, with his best result being 10th place in Europe in 1986. He also represented Jersey in Karate at National level, taking 3rd place at nationals and was Kenykai Jersey Champion in 1992. He has also represented his university at squash. Clements up until recently worked as a Health and Safety Manager. He has a Masters Degree in Health and Safety Management, along with graduate qualifications in Mechanical and Electrical engineering. He also holds the
nstitute of Management Diploma in Management. He is currently taking time out from his career to concentrate on his
preparations for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

Paul's aspirations for the Commonwealth Games are to finish in the top 20 and be the first Channel Islander. After the Games he hopes to medal at the world triathlon championships in his age group and qualify to represent
Jersey at the 2007 Island Games.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Jersey's Commonwealth Games Triathlon Team Announced

The Jersey Triathlon Team for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games was announced on Monday 3 October. The team consists of Paul Clements, Scott Pitcher and Tim Rogers. Clements, who missed out on selection for the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games has worked hard over the last four years to ensure this he is Melbourne bound. Clements will soon be travelling out to Australia to begin his period of warm-weather training in the run up to the Games. Clements will be based on Queenland's Gold Coast and will be joined in early January by Scott Pitcher. Pitcher, who was an outsider for selection, improved immensely over the summer of 2005 to become Jersey's most improved triathlete and gained selection a the Michelob Ultra London Triathlon with a lifetime best performance. The team is completed by Tim Rogers, who has had an excellent season, including medalling at the National Age-Group Triathlon Championships. Rogers is about to compete in the Triathlon Age-Group World Championships in Hawaii, where a top 10 finish is a definite possibility. The team manager is Jersey Triathlon Club President Gary Jones, who will be attending his second Commonwealth Games.

The Jersey Triathlon Club is providing financial support to each of the triathletes to help them with their preparations. The Jersey Triathlon Club is particularly grateful to Royal Bank of Scotland International for their support. In addition, the team competition uniform has been provided by the specialist triathlon clothing company Orca.

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