Eltham TRI Club

Established over 20 years ago with a focus on Open Water Swimming, Eltham TRI Club now caters to athletes of all abilities accross all combinations of Swimming, Cycling and Running

Triathlons and so much more…

A triathlon is a multi-sport race consisting of swimming, cycling and running over various distances ranging from ‘Sprints’ (Swim – 750m/ Ride – 20km/ Run – 5km) through to the ‘Ironman’ (Swim – 3800m/ Ride – 180km/ Run – 42km). But the sport also includes Duathlon (Run/ Bike/ Run) and Aquathon (Run/ Swim/ Run).

Eltham TRI Club members participate in all categories of multi-discipline events but some just want to focus on one of the disciplines and that’s OK too.

1. Swim

Yes, we have to do most of our training in the pool and there’s no getting away from the fact that swimming is about technique, and improving your technique will almost certainly involve ‘Swimming Drills’, not just lap sessions.

But it doesn’t have to end there. What about trying some Open Water Swimming? There are events throughout the year from October through to July and you will find Eltham TRI Club members at many of them. More information at openwaterswim.com.au.

2. Ride

We live in a great part of the country for riding with some fantastic routes out through Diamond Creek and into the Yarra Ranges. Want some hills, try Kinglake. Some fast and flat sections, over to Yan Yean and Whittlesea. Or just want to ride through beautiful countryside without too much traffic, our go-to is Strathewan.

And when you are ready to test out all those training miles, Victoria hosts some world class ‘Sportives’. Ride the Otways in the Great Ocean Classic or the Victorian Alps with the Peaks Challenge.

3. Run

We’ve been doing it since we were toddlers and so ‘running’ seems like it should just be simple, so all too often we opt for just ‘trying harder’ rather than learning to run better. Good ‘running form’ matters and tailoring your training for your specific goals with a mix of speed work and endurance sessions will greatly improve your outcomes.

It’s possible to do this on your own but it’s much easier, and way more fun, to do it with friends. Eltham TRI Club members hold scheduled weekly training sessions and compete in a wide range of events. Trail running is increasingly popular amongst the members (have a look at The Trail Running Series) but the Melbourne Marathon is still a regular fixture on many of the racing diaries.

New Coached Swim Session

Have you noticed it’s getting a bit crowded on our Wednesday night coached swim session? Well, we now have an additional session on Tuesday nights! Same great coaches, same place (Eltham Leisure Centre) and same time (8pm – 9pm).

Come to one, come to both. Free for Eltham Leisure Centre members or just pay the casual class fee at reception.

Club Training Sessions

Planned and Informal

These are our regular club training sessions – but if anything changes it will be posted in the clubs ‘Heja’ messaging account so always check there for the latest details.

Also, reflecting the wide variety of interests and abilities, informal groups of members organise additional sessions. Again, these are usually co-ordinated via the club’s ‘Heja’ messaging account.

The Heja account is a free service for club members.


Casual Swim Squad, 6am at Eltham Leisure Centre


Coached Track Running Session, 5:30am at Willinda Park, Greensborough

*NEW* We now have a second coached swim session at 8pm on Tuesdays at the Eltham Leisure Centre. Same payment arrangements as per the existing Wednesday class.


Coached Swim Session, 8pm at Eltham Leisure Centre. (This is operated as an Eltham Leisure Centre class, free to members of the Centre but chargeable to non-members. Contact ELC for pricing).


Social Run, 7pm. Meet at the car-park next to Lacrosse Club, Eltham Lower Park during Daylight Saving Time or at the Eltham Leisure Centre car park next to the walking trail during winter.


Social Ride, by arrangement. Check the Heja app.

Our Club Endorsed Coaches

Common sense, hard work and YouTube go along way in helping us to be better athletes but some professional guidance can often take us further and help avoid pitfalls and injuries along the way.

Mike Gowan

Swim Coach

Mike established the Eltham triathlon Club in 1998 due to a need for a triathlon club in Eltham. He has coached all abilities from learn to swim to athletes representing Australia. His interest is in stroke technique, improving personal swim times, making swimming easier and more enjoyable. Mike regularly competes in open water sea swims.

Jarrod Magann

Swim Coach

Jarrod has 25+ years of competitive pool and ocean swimming experience, passionate about improving athletes swimming technique and confidence in open water. LSV licensed swim teacher.

Zac Anderson

Cycling Coach
Zac possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience across a range of sports. Holding a Bachelor of Sports Science (Human Movement and Exercise Science), Zac has competed for the past 12 years at a high level in triathlon, cycling and mountain bike racing, achieving various podiums and race wins.


Why Us?

Eltham Tri Club is a friendly and family based club that accommodates all fitness levels from Novices to Elite level athletes.

We operate as an ‘incorporated association’ and as such are not for profit with all revenue going to support the operation of the club and its members.

The club is run by it’s members on a volunteer basis. We’re here because we value the companionship of training and racing with like minded athletes who, unlike your other friends, are keen to chat about training schedules, bike setup and race-day prep.

Join Now

We are affiliated with Triathlon Australia and our membership is managed through their JustGo portal.  

There are various ‘levels’ of membership ranging from ‘Social’ for members who aren’t currently training or racing through to ‘Premium’ for those who want to go all in.  Most members are either Basic or, if racing regularly, Standard. 

Club membership is just $65 per year plus the relevant Triathlon Australia fee.

When you are ready to join, just click the button below.  It will take you to the Triathlon Australia JustGo portal.  Click ‘Select Club’ and choose “Eltham Tri Club” when prompted.

A big thank you to our sponsors.
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“We make sure all experiences are enjoyable at Peak, backing this up with our 30 day unconditional satisfaction guarantee.  So if you don’t love your purchase, you can return it within 30 days.”
Performance Healthcare’s purpose is to encourage everyone to be performing at their best, no matter their fitness level, age or gender.

Their clinic is located at the Eltham Leisure Centre.

The clinic is a fun environment with friendly, highly motivated and knowledgeable practitioners and staff including Myotherapists, Chiropractors, Massage Therapists, Dietitians and Trainers.
Eltham Leisure Centre is a full service fitness and well-being centre operated by Aligned Leisure on behalf of Nillumbik Shire Council .

It’s facilities include:
– 24 x 7 gym
– 8 lane 25m lap pool
– Dedicated learn to swim pool
– Spa, sauna and steam rooms
– Indoor multi-sport courts
– Extensive Group Fitness programme
– Personal Trainers

Contact Us


Frequently asked questions

Whether your just starting out or a seasoned athlete, our training sessions and club events will help you get the best out of yourself. Our friendly members will welcome you and help you to find your groove, in both training and racing.

Many of our members don’t compete regularly, or at all. They just value the camaraderie built of regularly training together – and nothing better to get you out of bed on a cold winters day than knowing your training partners are expecting you.

We order kit in club colours once or twice a year. Keep an eye on our Facebook Group for announcements about the next order run.

Our club membership is managed through our affiliation with Triathlon Australia. Just click the Join Now button in our Membership section and follow the on-line instructions.

The best place to start is openwaterswim.com.au. This site contains a wealth of information including a calendar of the year’s events.

Still have questions?

If you cannot find an answer to your question in our FAQ, you can always contact us
and we’ll answer your questions directly.