ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – JANUARY 2024
BELINDA SWEENEY



Congratulations to Belinda Sweeney for being selected as Red Dog's Athlete of the Month for January 2024.

Belinda wins this month's award for her positive attitude and commitment to training while juggling a busy work schedule and family life. Well done!!!  A big thank you to our sponsors for donating this month’s prizes.

1.Red Dog AOTM, how do you feel about that?

Wow shocked and honoured - to stand in the shadows of Reddog triathlon giants that have received the AOTM before me.  Trent did tell me I was pipped at the post by Dom in prior months- watch out Dom lucky you are moving overseas as serious competition exists! 

2. When did you join the club?

I used to do covert swim squad whilst training with another club - so unofficially from about 2010. Why did I join the squad-To annoy my husband Brett who was already training with Reddog ! Trent thanks for putting up with me for so long! 

3. How much training do you do at the moment?

Swim 2-3 times a week and run 3 times a week .  Should be riding more as I got a new bike in October. Currently only riding once or twice a week 

4. What’s your favourite session and why?

Coffee and chats - is that a session? But if we are talking about real training, swim squad with either fins or band (don't hate me but I don't mind swimming with the band). 

5. Who’s your ideal training partner and why?

I have met so many awesome humans over the years who have become great  friends and we often solve the problems of the world shuffling along on long runs (the usual suspects who have been known to derail Trent's carefully thought out training sets by not listening and asking again many times what the run or swim set is ( Michelle, Alicia, Jac G ,Shelley, Eve you know who you are) . 

6. Favourite motivational quote?

Tomorrow is a new day.

7. The one bit of advice I’d give to a newbie is…

Don’t get trapped at the bar with Trent doing shots at the Reddog Xmas party.  Hang in there keep turning up consistency is key. Stay in your lane just worry about what you want to achieve - comparison can be the thief of joy. 

8. What’s your next event?

Training for life - but you are asking about triathlon so maybe Mooloolaba tri and entered for Noosa.

9. What do you do outside of training?

I have 2 school aged boys and my husband Brett to look after plus a very spoilt Golden Retriever.  These days I seem to spend every weekend taking the boys shuttling on their MTB’s or pretending I know how to score their cricket games!

10. What’s your one guilty pleasure?

Netflix on the windtrainer  to take away the mind-numbing boredom. 


A list of all AOTM recipients can be found here

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – DECEMBER 2023
JONATHAN ROPER



Congratulations to Jonathan Roper for being selected as Red Dog's Athlete of the Month for December 2023.

Jon wins this month's award for winning his match up at the Raby Bay Rumble and in the process, finished second in the race for the Red Jacket at 49 years young!!! Well done!  A big thank you to our sponsors for donating this month’s prizes.

1.Red Dog AOTM, how do you feel about that?

Well it has taken me 10 years to achieve this title, never give up on your dreams and to win it with the most prestigious race on the calendar is a bonus. 

2. When did you join the club?

In 2013, a friend brought me along to track and I immediately enjoyed the accountability of a squad training environment and Trent’s light-hearted banter which kept it fun.

3. How much training do you do at the moment?

I try to get 3 sessions of each discipline a week done.

4. What’s your most memorable session and why?

My first 40km TT at Nundah, it was like a sprint stage of the Tour de France, I was cut off by someone in the back bends and came off. I limped back to the start and Trent says to me, why did you stop?

5. Who’s your ideal training partner and why?

Someone who regularly turns up, sticks to the session and keeps you honest, but they must enjoy the post training banter and coffee.


6. Favourite motivational quote?

One Day or Day One? You decide. 

7. The one bit of advice I’d give to a newbie is…

When you start out you will want to race every training session especially in a squad environment and beat your mates, this is important to obtain bragging rights. But as you age you will need to be more measured with your efforts, if you want to remain uninjured and outlast your competition.

8. What’s your next event?

Mooloolaba Olympic.

 9. What do you do outside of training?

Family time, Netflix bingeing and watching sport.

10. What’s your one guilty pleasure?

European cycling trips with my mates, would go every year if I could. 

  
A list of all AOTM recipients can be found here