Triathlon Inducts Oakley’s Greg Welch into Hall of Fame
Oakley’s Greg Welch was honoured as an inaugural inductee into Triathlon Australia’s Hall of Fame.
The announcement was made in front of more than 1000 people at the Hall of Fame and Australian Age Group Team Dinner, as part of this week’s events leading into the grand final of the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championships on the Gold Coast.
Reigning Olympic champion Emma Snowsill, who is unable to compete this weekend due to a hip injury, presented the elite team with their race suit.
Welch is the only triathlete to win a world championship ‘Grand Slam’ – ITU Olympic Distance in 1990, Duathlon in 1993, World Ironman crown in 1994 and Long Distance in 1996. His victory in Hawaii in 1994 was his nirvana and a watershed for the sport, breaking the dominance of the Americans, with his heel-clicking celebration now part of triathlon folklore. He inspired a generation of Australians to take up triathlon and was awarded an OAM in 2006 for services to the sport.