tri club


Troy G. Fidler - Head Coach and Director of Fidler Sports

With 26 years experience in triathlons, Troy is one of the true pioneers of the sport.  Whilst still in school, he entered his first triathlon as a 16 year old in 1984.  Since that time, he has gone on to compete in over 300 triathlons and multi-sport events both here and overseas.

As an athlete, Troy has reached the pinnacle of the sport with many outstanding achievements.  These include 3 open Australian Triathlon titles (Long Course in 1990, Sprint and Olympic in 1995) and was named as the "Australian Triathlete of the Year" in 1995.  He has represented Australia at three World Championships with his best performance being 8th in Wellington, New Zealand in 1994.  Troy no longer competes but maintains a high level of fitness with the occasional bike race or ocean swim thrown in.  Troy's most recent achievement was participating in the 2015 Swiss Epic Mountain Bike adventure, a very challenging but amazing experience.

As a coach, Troy is responsible for founding one of this country's largest and most successful triathlon squads.  Members of this training group compete across all distances from Sprint to Ironman and encompass all levels from juniors to seniors, beginner to elite.  He is the club coach for Spike Triathlon Club - the 2005, 2006 and 2007 National Triathlon Club Champions. Regardless of ability, all athletes are given the same attention with the squad motto always being "fitness and fun".

Jason Christophers - Assistant Cycle Coach

Words from 'JC'...

About 15 years ago, not long after I was divorced and tipping the scales at a neat 100 kegs, I felt it was time I did something a bit more active. So, as with a lot of other people, I found myself entered into the BRW triathlon on the Gold Coast with a couple of workmates. Having nearly done the 400m in swimming training, on a borrowed bike and some old court shoes, I finished my first race. The bug well and truly bit. I did another race in the same vein not long after at Robina and then did Noosa later that year.

The next season I met this bloke called Troy Fidler who was some Australian champion I'd never heard of.  He had just started up Spike Triathlon Club and before I knew it I was competing in my first half ironman triathlon in Canberra.
Since then, I have done many more races, including Busselton in 2004 and Forster in 2005, a marathon, other half ironman races, Olympic distance triathlons as well as the local sprint races.

In 2007, myself and some friends had a team compete in the Kokoda Challenge in the Gold Coast hinterland (a 96k trail run) and we finished with a credible 5th place. This was an achievement for me as running is not my favourite discipline, give me the bike any day!

These days, I enjoy cycling and Mountain biking.

Claire Fidler - Assistant Triathlon Coach

Claire has been competing in Triathlons since 2000 with her first race being the Coomera Quarterman in which she placed an unexpected 3rd in her age group.  Claire's background before triathlons was as a competitive swimmer and 1st VIII rower during her school years.  She also played competition waterpolo for 5 years and commenced her coaching career as a rowing coach for school girl rowers.

Claire steadily improved in triathlons to the point where she represented Australia at the 2002 Triathlon World Championships in Cancun, Mexico.  At that race she finished 2nd Australian across the line and 17th outright in her first international competition.  In 2003, Claire competed in the Forster Half Ironman, placing 5th in her age group and qualifying for the Australian Ironman Championships in Forster in April 2004.  At her first attempt at the full Ironman distance, she crossed the line in 11.13 hours, placing 9th and being convinced that shorter races were more her style.

Claire has won her age group at numerous triathlons including Gold Coast, Raby Bay and Bribie Island, however, since becoming a mother to three children, has stepped back from regular competition.  She did manage to place 2nd at her comeback race at Noosa Triathlon 2006 and now participates in the occasional Mountain bike race and local running race when time allows.  Claire's most recent achievement was completing the 2015 New York marathon in a respectable time of 3:52.

Claire completed her Level 1 Triathlon Accreditation in November 2004 and is a competent assistant coach with her favourite discipline being the bike.  She is easily approachable and always the first person to make welcome any new members to the squad.