Nat Garonzi Sidekick info: The woman behind 'According To Nat' and co-anchor of WitsupTV. Garonz is newish to the triathlon world and she is hooked. Expect the unexpected when Garonz hits the pages here. From witty one liners to indepth looks into the world of women in triathlon and sport. Margaret Mielczarek Sports Dietitian info: Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Nutritionist and Accredited Sports Dietitian Margaret Mielczarek is an Accredited Sports Dietitian with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics/Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Science) from Deakin University, where she graduated with a High Distinction average. Margaret has significant experience in sports nutrition, weight management, chronic disease management and food allergies and intolerances and specialises in sports nutrition for peak athletic performance. She runs a successful nutrition and sports nutrition consultancy in Melbourne, Fuel Right Nutrition, www.fuelrightnutrition.com.au, where she has worked closely with a number of high performance athletes. Margaret is particularly passionate about nutrition for endurance performance. Margaret is passionate about sharing her health and nutrition knowledge with others and has a number of publications to her credit. In her spare time, Margaret leads an active lifestyle regularly competing in marathons and triathlons across Australia. Margaret started her triathlon career in 2010 and since then has competed in various Olympic Distance and Long Course triathlon events across Australia. Margaret is a dual Ironman finisher, competing in Ironman Melbourne in 2013 and 2014 and hopes to one day qualify for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. Margaret is passionate about her work and about sports nutrition, whole foods, general health and well-being. She is passionate about achieving health through whole, unprocessed foods and is a firm believer in eating to live or train, not living or training to eat. Jen Brown Strength & Conditioning info: Jen is a Triathlon Coach and Personal Trainer. During a long career as a lawyer, Jen started running to fight flab and eventually (and reluctantly) was talked into doing her first triathlon by her uncle and then boyfriend (now husband). Now as a Triathlon Coach and Personal Trainer, Jen helps age group triathletes and runners get the best of out of themselves and make the most of their limited time with smart training. Aside from triathlons, Jen loves coffee, spending time on bush trails and has climbed mountains around the world. Here Jen will be talking about ways to get stronger so you can go faster! Naant Marshall Swim Expert info: I was drawn to the water from birth and spent my childhood in pools and the ocean... And actually nothing has changed as I approach 40 and can’t seem to break the habit. As a teenager and early 20s I focused on pool swimming and notched up several national titles with Australian records in the 50 freestyle as a 15, 16 and 17 year old. My State Open record stood for over a decade! I dabbled in surf life saving, having done Nippers at Anglesea and did the odd surf race and ocean swim even though I was concentrating on my pool swimming. After narrowly missing the Olympics, twice, I turned to the ocean. Board and ski paddling came naturally and in my mid 20s I started competing in the Uncle Toby’s Ironwoman Series and then did the Kellogg’s Series for another 6 years with several podium finishes. I won both swim and board race medals at World Championships and 12 Victorian surf race titles in a row. The ocean swim circuit was also a big focus for me and my biggest claim to fame is 6 Pier to Pub wins (plus 2 as a junior), which is apparently the biggest ocean swim in the world. Although I claim to have ‘retired’ from serious training and racing I still like to do the odd ocean swim, adventure race or triathlon and am not too bad on land although prefer off-road action. My recent claim to fame is coming second in the Anaconda Adventure Race in Lorne just a minute behind then World Champion Adventure Racer from France. I’m no mountain goat though and prefer arm dominated sports. I’m enjoying doing different types of races though. Michelle Ferris Bike Mechanic Expert info: 2 x Olympic Medallist in Track Sprint cycling (1996 & 2000 Olympics) and bike expert Mel Vandewater Run Expert info: "Former professional triathlete and Nationally ranked middle distance runner.Accredited Athletics Australia Coach, specialising in run technique, with a background in Applied Science." Bev Thomas Expert Coach info: Natashia Iacovelli Strength and Conditioning info: Natashia has over 20 years of fitness industry experience: PT, Master Instructor for the Spinning® program, lecturer in Cert IV in Fitness and presenting at International fitness conferences and events. Her passion for all things health and fitness also extends into the triathlon world and she has been racing as at all distances for the past 5 years. “ I love the female energy and the abundance of potential that women possess. I am excited to be able to contribute to this wonderful environment to uplift the women in triathlon and provide information that is totally chick inspired. One woman has amazing potential, but when women are combined the possibilities are endless”. Amy Nall Dr. info: Leanne Southwell Expert Coach info: Leanne Southwell is one of the most recognised age group triathletes in Australia. She has represented at the Hawaiian Ironman World Champs several times. Courtney Akrigg Media/Reporter info: Media Reporter for Wistup: Race previews, reporting, interviews with pro’s and general chit-chat with the women in triathlon!Bachelor of Mass Communication double majoring in Public Relations and International Journalism.University: Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland.Courtney has over 8 years of experience within the diverse industry of marketing and media. Traits: Fun-loving, energetic, passionate and loves everything about the sport of triathlon!Career: Marketing Manager - USM EVENTS | IRONMAN ASIA-PACIFIC in the stunning headquarters in Noosa Heads, Queensland.Lives: Coolum Beach, Sunshine BeachPassionate about: Life.Loves: Husband, puppy, friends, family time, running and travelling.Career highlights: Working within an industry I am passionate about, with a fantastic crew of people, meeting like-minded people every day who inspire and motivate me! Lucy Piper The Novice info: My name is Lucy Piper and I’m a copywriter based in Melbourne Australia. You'll find me on the Witsup pages talking, triathlon training, running, swimming and cycling in general. If you appreciate my haphazard, self-deprecating and somewhat delirious tone, and need similar communication for your own blog or website, then drop me a line at email@example.com as I’d be happy to help (in between running, riding and swimming). Jacqui Slack Xterra Reporter info: XTERRA & triathlon is Jacqui’s life. She started as an age-group athlete using triathlon to keep fit around her work as a firefighter. In 2010 she took time out from the fire service to pursue her dream. Through hard work and determination she is now one of the best XTERRA athletes in the world. She has also had an amazing 2012 season capping off with a 5th place at the professional Xterra World Championship in Maui.Sponsors – Trek Australia, On running, Bontrager, Schwalbe, Rocket Science Sports, Internet Central, Ryder Eye Wear, Greepers. Matilda Raynolds Upcoming Pro info: Triathlete / sun worshipping, coffee drinking Marketing Manager. Grateful for the great life I live. Follow this road to becoming a pro! Siobhan McCarthy Reporter info: I am pretty sure I put pen to paper before I could talk, but it just took me 23 years to work out I had a passion for journalism. I was lucky enough to be part of the world of triathlon that helped shape the person I am today. Injury saw me take a much needed break from the sport where I picked up my life in Sydney to tell sporting tales for a paper in regional NSW. I have turned my love of writing and sport into a job and I am passionate about sharing the highs and lows of sporting feats. But I am also proud to be a female athlete and love promoting the importance of female sport. I love coffee, wine, beetroot and stealing flowers from people's gardens, but don't tell anybody. Pip Taylor Pro Triathlete info: Pip Taylor has been a Professional Triathlete for 14 years bursting onto the scene during the heady days of the Triathlon Formula One series as a junior in 1999. Having represented Australia at multiple Junior and Elite ITU World Championships, ITU Long Course and 70.3 Worlds, won events ranging from ITU World Cup through to 70.3 (and everything in-between) and being a fixture of the USA pro circuit, Taylor now contemplates her next move in the sport following the birth of her first child. Following is the first in a series of articles from Pip documenting her journey and thoughts on life as a Professional Triathlete pre and post motherhood. Grace Musgrove Junior Elite/Reporter info: 2012 was my first year in the sport of triathlon, competing as an ITU draft legal athlete. I originated form a swimming and running background so the past year I have been working on bike strength and skills as well as being given the opportunity to race the European season! 2012 was definitely a steep learning curve for me but I loved every bit of it and entered the 2013 Australian Domestic season ready to leave a mark.So far this year I became the Australian Elite Sprint Distance Champion in Geelong, 3rd place at the oceania Championships in Wellington and 1st place in the Mooloolaba Oceania Cup.I am only new to the Witsup contributer team but my aim is to give a bit of insight into the European season from an up and coming ITU athlete. It is an amazing experience to train and race on the other side of the world and I want to share the ups and downs with Witsup readers. Laura Siddall Reporter info: Laura started in Triathlon in 2009 having moved to Australia from the UK. Having always been involved in sport, playing Netball and Athletics through her younger years, she's now found her love and energy for swimming, biking and running. A self proclaimed Triathlon geek, Laura (aka Sid / Siddall / Wiggle) has soon become addicted to the sport and everything about it. She loves training, racing, watching, supporting, being a groupie and can often be found in fancy dress cheering and shouting for fellow triathletes and friends (how good is the triathlon community) in many a race across the country. Having completed an Ironman in the early days (as every Rookie does when they first start a new sport - naive!) she's since been focusing on the sprint and olympic distance races becoming World Sprint Champion in 2011 (Beijing) and World Champion (Olympic) in Auckland in 2012. As she's getting older though, she's fearing the distance will creep up again...What you'll find here are personal blogs and race reports, race reviews and general musings. Be warned I was never any good at English and I'm not very good at being brief but what you do get are very honest, open and personable opinions and words. Kelly Gallagher Contributor info: Kelly is an employment litigator by day and a triathlete, writer, coach and race director by early morning, mid-afternoon, night and weekends. She grew up swimming and transitioned to water polo in college. After an ankle injury and surgery she discovered triathlon in 2006 and hasn't looked back since. Kelly is a USAT and USMS certified coach for Sonic Endurance, race director of three successful races in her native Connecticut and a member of the Oiselle Volee Team (fly birdie fly). In her spare time she is a tireless advocate for women in sport and a triathlon super fan (her on-course artwork has almost gotten her arrested).