Triathlon Australia has elected Michelle Cooper as its next President, the first woman to take the role since the governing body was formed in 1986.
Cooper will be one of just 19 female presidents of the 173 triathlon associations worldwide.
She is an Ironman triathlete, co-owner of a Brisbane-based coaching club, public speaker and has served on the Sports Ministers Advisory Council (QLD) developing a recreation engagement strategy.
Cooper has also represented Australia at two triathlon World Championships.
“Being the first female President and I believe the youngest President appointed in Triathlon Australia’s history, shows that leadership is about experience and attitude, rather than age or gender,” she said in a statement announcing her election.
She added that triathlon is a gender equal sport, with equal prize money on offer and opportunities for women to succeed.
“For the last four years, the Triathlon Australia Board has had full gender equality, something we have worked hard to achieve and are naturally proud of,” she said. “This is a reflection of the sport and a testament to the Boards’ governance structure, which naturally supports appointing women to leadership positions.”