About Black Sands Triathlon Club

Black Sands Triathlon Club is a new Waitakere triathlon club that has been formed to grow triathlon in West Auckland, New Zealand.​


Our focus is on creating opportunities for our community to experience the enjoyment of our sport by providing organised training sessions, education and support around existing events and competitions.


Inclusiveness, fun and encouragement are foundational values in our club.  We would love you to join us as we run, swim or bike every week in locations around  Auckland in the hope that you'll enjoy the experience and go on to complete or compete with confidence.

The Committee

Vice President

Benedict Chidgey

I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.


I am founding member of the club joined the committee last year. I love being part of an active club and especially enjoy being part of the junior programs that we have rolled out over the last few years.


I have raced Sprint to Ironman distances and never soiled myself whilst racing. I have represented GB and NZ at World and European champs. I am really into swim run at the moment and currently training for Breca Buttermere in the UK and World AG champs on the GC.

Membership Officer

Craig Neale

Craig hasn't yet submitted his biography to the website yet.

Coaching Officer

Emma Mackie

Emma is an adopted kiwis having moved from Scotland 10 years ago. She is a Physio by weekday and a triathlete by weekend. Duathlon was her sport as she couldn’t swim at all (some may say she still can’t) but after getting to grips with the tri scene in NZ she is now a fully fledged open water swimmer and triathlete!

Emma has completed 2 ironman’s, a lot of half ironman’s and too many Olympic and sprint distance triathlons. She is also a level 2 accredited triathlon coach. Her role as coaching officer involves organising guest coaches, guest speakers, coaching opportunities and finding the right coach for you should you require one.

Happy training! :)


Mike Hirst

Mike hasn't yet submitted his biography to the website yet.


Lee Ornsby

Lee started his journey into Triathlon in 2011 shortly before moving to New Zealand.  Prior to Triathlon, Lee had no athletic background but had always ran as a hobby.  Since starting in Triathlon he has completed several IronMan distance races and continues to race in multiple events every year.

Lee was a founding member of the club and is now in his second year on the committee.  His duties include arranging and documenting committee meetings, maintaining the website, sending newsletters and throwing together media masterpieces for the Annual meetings!


Julian Hart

Julian got into triathlon rather by accident.  After his early adulthood was more Tequila Tuesday than Time-Trial Tuesday, he decided to enter the Auckland half marathon just so he could say he’d run over the iconic Auckland harbour bridge.  That was supposed to be the start, middle and end of his athletic career, however a bout of food poisoning the week leading into the race left him feeling like he had unfinished business.  This led to entering another half and some surprisingly not-terrible results, and from then the seed was well and truly sown.  Now having transitioned from a runner who does triathlon, to a proper triathlete, Julian has adequately, but unspectacularly competed in sprint, standard and more recently, half-iron distance triathlons.  You’ll usually find Julian at as many events as he can attend, where he makes a habit of trying to eat his annual membership’s fees worth of sausages at the post-race BBQ.

Uniform Officer

Regan Booth

Regan found triathlon a few years ago after a very average career in football and was dared to participate in a multisport event. (Amazing what you’ll agree to do after a few beers).


This didn’t initially include swimming so after swallowing some pride he asked his sons swimming teacher for a few lessons. This eventually led to some initial sprint triathlons, followed soon after by Olympic distance and most recently a couple of half iron distance events.


Regan is responsible for the club kit and took a lead in designing the new 2018 version which will start to appear at a few events in the Summer of 2018 and 19.


Regan is married with a young son Ryder who he hopes might one day race with his dad.

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