The Bayside Triathlon Club amalgamated with the Taylormade Triathlon Club in 2012. Below is a summary from Taylormade founder, Jeremy Taylor, providing a history of Taylormade and the Club's culture.
The Taylormade Triathlon Club was formed in the summer of 1992 as a number of key moments came together in my life. My friend John Watson and I had been racing in this new sport for a few years, yet after each race was coming to realize that the camaraderie of team sports was missing. I enrolled in Deakin’s Graduate Sports Science program, meeting the larger than life Michael Coldham in the process. And finally, as I was mentoring my work’s BRW teams that year, I completed my Level 1 coaching course with TriVic and became involved with their TriWIT (Women in Triathlon) program. Taylormade was born out of my desire to pull these all together to create a vehicle for novice triathletes to become involved in our wonderful sport in a non-threatening, fun (thanks to Michael) and supportive environment.
As my daughter, Jade was born in 1993 & I became a stay-at-home dad, I had the time to devote to growing its membership. As the internet was just a dream back then I advertised with flyers in Tim Marquardt’s TM Leisure snail mail race results (whose company has now morphed into the XOSize Tri-Series), but more importantly, our numbers swelled through word of mouth via our satisfied group of close-knit athletes. Foundation members included David Tolliday (future TriVic President), and club Life members Sally Ham (future CEO of TriVic) and Bruce Bruton, a newcomer to triathlon who would become our first World Championship participant & head coach.
Not only did we train & race together, but we also traveled together. As the numbers grew to a high of near 100 in the late ’90s, we did race trips to the Noosa triathlon festival and the Shepparton and Canberra half ironmans. We even tackled the Foster Ironman! We held training camps (does golf count?) at Michael’s beach house in Peterborough. And we had long weekends at the Lorne and Portsea swims, had record numbers in Bicycle Victoria’s Round the Bay in a Day event, traveled to Bright for the Audax Alpine Classic and entered the Melbourne half and full marathons.
When TriVic needed Melbourne Clubs to continue to hold its winter duathlon series, Taylormade offered to host the inaugural Richmond race and has been doing so ever since. Together with Bayside Triathlon Club, we hosted the Brighton race of TriVic’s kids Go-Tri-It series. We were also the first club to convince Race Directors to offer "club" waves in their final series race as a way of holding defacto club championships.
After 13 years at the helm of Taylormade, in 2005 with my children now at school, work commitments growing, I decided to step down as President and head coach of the club. Rob Douglas became the new President, and with a motivated committee, it continued on, still holding to the Taylormade philosophy of a vehicle for novice triathletes to be introduced to the sport in a friendly way. In closing my chapter of Taylormade I would just to thank all our members both current and past who helped make Taylormade what it was. You made a difference to so many people’s lives and aided in the creation of a wonderfully supportive group of athletes and lifetime friends. We have had marriages and babies and that is a true blessing. I would especially like to recognize both Sally and Bruce, key driving forces behind our ongoing success - I could not have done it without you, you have certainly enriched my life and I know the Club has been a very important and meaningful part of yours. I trust the merger of Taylormade and Bayside will be a strong union and continue to be a local venue that encourages novice triathletes to join a club and become involved in our great sport.
Finally, I would like to thank my family, who supported all the crazy things I became involved with during the Taylormade years. We came full circle when Jade and I competed as a team in the Melbourne Ironman this year – triathlon truly is a wonderful sport.