- First woman ITU World Champion
- 2X IRONMAN® Kona World Champion
- 9X IRONMAN® Champion
- 104 Wins from 121 Career Races
- 3X IRONMAN® Kona World Champion
- 2X IRONMAN® 70.3 World Champion
- First athlete to win 70.3 Champs and Kona in the same year
Erin “The Activist” Baker MBE. Baker was originally coached by John Hellemans but controlled and developed her successful career by self-training, “I was self-trained. I just trained as much as my body would handle, and that was a shit load. I trained and trained, and I trained more if I had time. I never got injured so I would often do more in case somebody else was training while I was resting”.
In 1981 she was convicted of throwing explosive devices while protesting during the South African Rugby team tour of New Zealand. This act prevented her from entering the United States for several years, restricting her from competing in any American competitions. Baker was also known for her protests at the Hawaii IRONMAN® competitions when she rebelled against the notion of the winner of the men’s division receiving a car and the women’s division winner receiving nothing for her efforts. She voiced her opinions on numerous occasions and as a result was well known as a controversial athlete.
She finished her triathlon career in 1994 with a record of 104 wins from 121 triathlons entered.
Baker was named “Triathlete of the Decade” by American magazine Triathlete. The magazine commented on her success by saying, “We’ve stopped trying to figure Erin out, we just accept her as the best female triathlete that ever lived”.
In the 1993 New Year Honours, Baker was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to Triathlon.
Craig “Crowie” Alexander (born 22 June 1973) In December 1995, Alexander raced in his first professional triathlon in Sydney, Australia and notched his first win later that same year. Alexander focused on ITU and Olympic Distance racing in the first portion of his triathlon career, racing in France and becoming a dominating force in the US Olympic Majors (Chicago, Boston, and Los Angeles – ‘The Triple Crown’). He won the prestigious Olympic Distance Triple Crown in 2004.
Perhaps the sweet spot for Alexander was the half distance, winning everything in sight including the debut of the IRONMAN® 70.3 World Championships in 2006 . That win qualified Alexander for the full distance IRONMAN® Hawaii World Championships the next year (2007) where he finished an astounding 2nd place in his first attempt in the lava fields.
In 2008 and 2009, Alexander dominated the IRONMAN® World Championships with his blazing foot speed and became only the 4th man in history to win back-to-back IRONMAN® World titles. But it was 2011, where Alexander the Great had perhaps his finest year in IRONMAN® racing, becoming the first athlete to win both the 70.3 and the IRONMAN® World Championships the same year.
In 2014, Craig retired from full distance racing to solely focus on the half distance and launch his own brand, Sansego (meaning; Without Ego), a mantra the Sydney native became known for in triathlon circles around the globe.
Amongst his multisport performances and victories over the course of his 25-year career, Alexander has been the recipient of many awards including the Triathlete of the Year (4x), the Australian Sportsperson of the Year, and the prestigious Order of Australia medal.
- Olympic Gold (Sydney 2000)
- Olympic Silver (Beijing 2008)
- 4X Olympian and flag-bearer for Canada at London 2012
- 11X IRONMAN® Winner
- 3rd Place IRONMAN® Kona World Championships, 2nd Place 70.3 Champs
- Has overcome all the odds since being diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in 1988 – a true champion
Simon “The Olympian” Whitfield (born 16 May 1975). Whitfield won 10 consecutive Canadian Triathlon Championships titles and carried the Canadian national flag during the 2000 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in Sydney, where he had won his gold medal, and the opening ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, making him one of few athletes to be honoured twice as Olympic flag bearer.
In Sydney, Whitfield got up off the ground after he and 14 other riders crashed in the bike race portion of the event and worked his way back near the leaders. In the foot race, he cut down the field one at a time then put on a finishing kick to take the victory. His final time was 1:48:24.02, which until 2012 stood as the fastest Olympic triathlon.
At the 2008 Beijing Olympics Whitfield won a silver medal, after a sprint duel on the blue carpet with Jan Frodeno, current European Collins Cup Team member.
Whitfield retired in 2013 and in 2017, he was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.
If anyone knows how to deal with the highs and the lows of competition at the highest level and still come out on top, it’s “The Olympian”!
Lisa “Super-Smiler” Bentley Lisa began her career teaching high school mathematics in Canada, spending weekends and summers training and competing in triathlons. After a few years achieving top racing results, she decided to leave teaching and explore professional athletics.
In 1988, she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis but decided that it wouldn’t stop her pursuing her passion for triathlon at the highest elite level. She says, “The fact may be that you have an obstacle, but it is how you think about that obstacle that determines its manageability.”
During her Pro career she went on to win eleven IRONMAN® races, including five IRONMAN® Australia wins in a row. In 2006, Lisa finished third at IRONMAN® Hawaii and just three weeks later finished second at the 70.3 IRONMAN® World Championships. Lisa called her 2007 win at IRONMAN® Canada one of the most special: she was plagued by a heel injury and wasn’t even sure if she could finish, but her positive attitude drove her to her third IRONMAN® Canada title. No wonder she is the “Super-Smiler”.
After her racing career, Lisa has remained deeply involved in triathlon, as a speaker, writer, coach and consultant. She is the author of An Unlikely Champion and has advised a number of top Canadian athletes as well as corporations and senior executives. She also promotes the need for greater research as part of the Cure4CF campaign.