Why it matters: Allan Pitman and Glenda Baggs have been inducted into the Ironman Australia Hall of Fame, recognising their immense contributions and impact on the sport.
Setting the pace: Pitman, a seasoned athlete and coach, has finished 46 Ironman races, while Baggs played a vital role in organizing and managing Ironman events for 29 years.
What they're saying:
- Allan Pitman: "It's an unexpected honour, for me it's as good as a knighthood."
- Glenda Baggs: "It’s a lovely honour to be inducted into the Hall of Fame."
By the numbers:
- 23rd and 24th inductees into the Ironman Australia Hall of Fame
- Allan Pitman's 46 Ironman race finishes
- Glenda Baggs' 29 years of involvement with Ironman events
Between transition: Both inductees have left a lasting impact on Ironman in Australia, with Pitman inspiring athletes through coaching and Baggs playing a crucial role in event organisation and management.
Through Time: Pitman's highlights include crossing the finish line with his wife and winning his age group the same year his granddaughter also won her age group. Baggs was known as "mother" to many competitors and formed close friendships with them and their families.
The bottom line: The induction of Allan Pitman and Glenda Baggs into the Ironman Australia Hall of Fame is a testament to their dedication and significant contributions to the sport, setting a high standard for future generations to follow.