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Nick Munting Is In Da' House

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Nick, thanks mate, I know you fly out to Japan tonight, really thanks for dropping in.

 

1. Mr. Munting, you often talked about wearing 3-4 different hats in your separate assignments with sport. Would you take a brief moment to mention which positions you currently hold, full time or part time?

 

2. Nick, you did talk about lack of compensation for the hours worked. But it does seem like a great lifestyle, jetting around to those great locales and mingling with the big names and the insiders. What's so bad about it?

 

3. Nick, mate, heard you talking a lot here on the forum. But whenever you talk car racing, dirt track I think, I see a real passion come out. Even more than your love of triathlon. I think you mentioned competing on the oval tracks. Is that your real passion in life? (besides family, of course). Explain please.

 

4. Nick, NASCAR, that's a growth industry, sorry don't know too much about the Aussie equivalent...... but Nick NASCAR did start prior to Ironman, but in many ways as a cult sport, they could be similar. Why then has NASCAR flourished much more than triathlon, especially in the last 10 years?

 

5. Thanks Nick. Nick, in the rich history of triathlon here in Australia, many names come out, listen to Jabbs or Hilly talking, you know what I mean. Yet Nick, very few of those people are still around or in fact put anything back into the sport. That's my observation. Would you agree?

 

6. Nick. The insiders must have been quietly thrilled with the overwhelming success of Port, IMA. I hinted several times they might be keen to get the numbers up. Although I realise the swim course does have limitations, do you think there willl be a push to get the numbers up, let's say within 3-5 years.

 

7.Nick. You once tried to post under a new Tranny name, attempting to separate, Nick Munting, the man, from NMROZ, the IMG employee. It didn't work out, I believe. Nick have you ever had any conflict over what you post here and what your employers might expect from you?

 

8.Nick.Who are are greatest Aussie triathletes, male/female, top 3 with 2 honourable mentions allowed.

 

9. Nick. The Americans were very hard on Macca when he initially raced Kona and at that time underperformed. After years of hard work, Chris finally got himself up to 6th last year. However it would appear that Macca might leave the IM sport without getting the win everyone hoped for. How would it effect his legacy in the sport if he DID get the win? What I mean to say is that Macca could arguably be placed near Dave Scott and Mark Allen as the greatest ever.....I know that's debatable. How do you compare Macca to those guys and the other all time greats.

 

10.Nick. Triathlon at the Olympics, one thing, it failed to bring up a big name identifiable winner....having said that, has the exposure of being an Olympic sport made any noticeable difference to the sport?

 

11. May I add one....Nick, IMA Australia has been fairly uncompetitive at the top end since it became the Chris and Lisa show. Is there any strategy which might change this, eg enticing overseas pros like in the old days?

 

 

Thnanks Nick, it was actually very hard to think up the questions....hope forum members understand that and if time allows they may throw in their own questions.

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Here goes K2!

 

1. Mr. Munting, you often talked about wearing 3-4 different hats in your separate assignments with sport. Would you take a brief moment to mention which positions you currently hold, full time or part time?

 

I've certainly worn a few hats but right now at any time of the week I'm Racing Manager - TriNSW. I'm a Director of X-Tri Australia ("Good Sports!") - probably my closest to full time job and I'm a Senior Writer for Ironman.com (formerly Ironmanlive.com)

 

2. Nick, you did talk about lack of compensation for the hours worked. But it does seem like a great lifestyle, jetting around to those great locales and mingling with the big names and the insiders. What's so bad about it?

 

Note sure when I said that... but I hope it pertained to my voluntary work only in the sport. There are certainly frustrations for me in some work that I've done in the sport - I'd like to have achieved more than I did as President and VP of TriNSW! We did get some racing back; but we need to get more going out there and I'm fortunate to have been asked to do that now on a professional level.

 

Travel? When not on holiday travel can be wearing. Last year I completed running the Capricorn Half, jumped on a jet to Brisbane, trasferred to Hong Kong where I arrived feeling a little 'seedy' and then on to the UK where I arrived with a temp of 40C that didn't dissapate until I was in Korea a week later, where it went to my chest. That trip cost me nearly two weeks 'off-work' recovering once finally home...

 

Triathlon locations however are in the main absolutely delightful and there's nothing bad about that! And most of the people I meet are also sensational individuals - save for one or two. And I'd love to get back to the UK at some point to thank all those who got me through the week there - we did the job and we survived!

 

Personalities? We are very lucky in this sport that it seems to weed out the 'gunnas' and 'would-bes' and we are a sport of 'doers'. We have some good people with the right reasons looking to work with the sport to make it better.

 

We have people who deserve huge plaudits and don't seem to get them... Brian Hinton is one such person. Jackie Fairweather (nee Gallagher) is a prime example of what can be achieved by an individual working at all levels of the sport from Comeptitor to Coach to ITU board member... she has put back so much into this sport.

 

There are others; some new, some have been around a while.

 

3. Nick, mate, heard you talking a lot here on the forum. But whenever you talk car racing, dirt track I think, I see a real passion come out. Even more than your love of triathlon. I think you mentioned competing on the oval tracks. Is that your real passion in life? (besides family, of course). Explain please.

 

Many of us have other sports in which we have or do particpate. I worked for 25 years as a motorsport photo/journalist and in other sides of that sport also - through to team management. I do retain a great passion for rallying - I would equal it with my passion for Triathlon.

 

I have less passion for other forms of motorsport but I enjoy them all - I have been darn fortunate to have driven on speedway, and on the track and in rallying and in cross-country rallying and to have led a manufactuer's team to three titles. I've actually raced a greater varierty of vehicles than I've probably had a right too talent wise but like triathlon found my forte was behind the scenes.

 

Triathlon is something I loved as a competitor but which I can no longer compete in due to an ankle injury - but perhaps it was second to me as a participation sport - to sailing, not to motorsport.

 

My passion for triathlon is certainly sated by my work in it now...

 

4. Nick, NASCAR, that's a growth industry, sorry don't know too much about the Aussie equivalent...... but Nick NASCAR did start prior to Ironman, but in many ways as a cult sport, they could be similar. Why then has NASCAR flourished much more than triathlon, especially in the last 10 years?

 

Nascar grew from the heartland of the USA moonshiners.... it has legends, and a multi-billion dollar marketing budget and had the forward thinking of Bill France a man who made the sport a business; and yet it really isn't that big outside of the USA - where as triathlon and Ironman is solid ... but they've never been commercialised as has NASCAR. Ironman and Nascar? They are both niche sports within a more mainstream environment and attract some pretty special people. To survive, Triathlon will ultimately need to become more commercialised - or swallowed up in a mire of community officialdom.

 

5. Thanks Nick. Nick, in the rich history of triathlon here in Australia, many names come out, listen to Jabbs or Hilly talking, you know what I mean. Yet Nick, very few of those people are still around or in fact put anything back into the sport. That's my observation. Would you agree?

 

Our sport, for what ever reason, is not always kind to those who've been around a long time. We're a selfish sport by nature. And the rewards are not there for those who seek the sport as a business or an industry once they move on from open or pro competition...

 

We are a small sport - it's a fact - and we should be looking to develop our long time competitors and to grow them into the sport.

 

As far as putting back; there are many many people who do so; quietly, efficiently and on many levels. Our sport is run, most times organised, and even staffed by volunteers in the true meaning of the word.

 

TA and our State Associations are all run by boards and committees made up of volunteers who gain no reward other than knowing they've helped build the sport one more season , one more year at a time. I already talked about Jackie Fairweather as an icon of what can be achieved if there is a want to achieve it.

 

6. Nick. The insiders must have been quietly thrilled with the overwhelming success of Port, IMA. I hinted several times they might be keen to get the numbers up. Although I realise the swim course does have limitations, do you think there willl be a push to get the numbers up, let's say within 3-5 years.

 

That one is not for me to comment about - see my next answer.

 

7.Nick. You once tried to post under a new Tranny name, attempting to separate, Nick Munting, the man, from NMROZ, the IMG employee. It didn't work out, I believe. Nick have you ever had any conflict over what you post here and what your employers might expect from you?

 

K2, your information data base needs to be updated... NRMOZ has never been an IMG employee. If you track my work in this sport I came in as a sponsor, became a competitor and I did, between 95-99 manage the media side of Ironman Australia during one of it's fastest growing periods.

 

However I was never an IMG employee. X-Tri Australia is the company throough which I and my business partner organise events in this country and even though it organises a successful Half Ironman event; it in fact competes against IMG as an organiser...

 

I did in fact post under my full name only during that time I was also President of TriNSW. NRMOZ is my sign in on many fronts... not just in Transitions...

 

I have experienced some conflict from my postings here from various sources, some was deserved, much wasn't. Sometimes TOO much knowledge can also be a dangerous thing!

 

8.Nick.Who are are greatest Aussie triathletes, male/female, top 3 with 2 honourable mentions allowed.

 

Male: Greg Welch, Brad Beven, Peter Robinson - HM to Macca and Greg Stewart

Female: Michelie Jones, Jackie Gallagher, Louise Bonham - HM to Loretta Harrop and Kate Major (but there are a dozen who could rate in their like Belinda Granger - great people not just great athletes....)

 

9. Nick. The Americans were very hard on Macca when he initially raced Kona and at that time underperformed. After years of hard work, Chris finally got himself up to 6th last year. However it would appear that Macca might leave the IM sport without getting the win everyone hoped for. How would it effect his legacy in the sport if he DID get the win? What I mean to say is that Macca could arguably be placed near Dave Scott and Mark Allen as the greatest ever.....I know that's debatable. How do you compare Macca to those guys and the other all time greats.

 

I don't know why Scott and Allen are held so highly - they were fiercely dominant in an age when they also raced specific events in the season, unlike a Scott Molina who raced dozens... so they were specialists. Allen at Nice and Hawaii and Scott at what ever he touched...

 

Macca is a HUGE talent and could still win in Hawaii; making him not so equal with Scott as he would be with Allan and Welch, both of whom won world championships in Olympic and Ironman...

 

What ever he pursues he will rank up there with the best!

 

10.Nick. Triathlon at the Olympics, one thing, it failed to bring up a big name identifiable winner....having said that, has the exposure of being an Olympic sport made any noticeable difference to the sport?

 

Yes; it's change the format of some racing. It's made Kate Allen a super star in Austria and it's made our sport 'grow up'. We're not a run it as you like it sport anymore and partly the Olympics is responsible. It's also brought the sport to a few million people world wide that left to it's own devices, the sport could not do.

 

Of course now it's up to the sport to look at how to fund that exploration and winning over of the larger part of the populace. The current state and national strategic revues in Australia will go someway to IDing a way to achieve this.

 

11. May I add one....Nick, IMA Australia has been fairly uncompetitive at the top end since it became the Chris and Lisa show. Is there any strategy which might change this, eg enticing overseas pros like in the old days?

 

Yes; but it's not my call!

 

Thanks K2; you've made me look at myself an my interest in our sport...

 

Hopefully I'll be around for a few years more to help, assist and to make somethings happen but they'll be more and more on the racing side of things now...

 

And don't forget to tune in to see how the 19 Aussies will do in Ironman Japan next weekend - I'll be reporting via Ironmanlive on Ironman.com

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4. Nick, NASCAR, that's a growth industry, sorry don't know too much about the Aussie equivalent...... but Nick NASCAR did start prior to Ironman, but in many ways as a cult sport, they could be similar. Why then has NASCAR flourished much more than triathlon, especially in the last 10 years?

 

That's easy to answer K2.

 

"Participating" in NASCAR involves having a red neck, a mullet and drinking lots of piss, which is pretty easy to do, especially if you have a head start by being born with a red neck and a mullet. :lol:

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I don't know why Scott and Allen are held so highly

 

Your kidding arnt you Nick ? Tell me a triathlete that has come close to what they achieved ?  That is a very strange   comment from you .

 

 

 

- , unlike a Scott Molina who raced dozens

True

 

 

... so they were specialists. Allen at Nice and Hawaii and

 

Wrong - Grip raced plenty over the years and won plenty . true he raced sparingly over the year but picked his races carefully with Nice and ironman in his mind . If Grip started a race be it USTS , Panama City or whatever he was very hard to beat and usually won unless Skid or ST just pipped him

 

 

Scott at what ever he touched...

 

Wrong again - Dave apart from the odd race was never that dominant during the season , he was a specialist as you put it . Many a race Dave would finish towards the back of the pro field , I can only think of maybe 2 or 3 major wins that Dave had other than in Kona .

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You know what Webby (I am no fan of NASCAR, ok), it's a billion dollar growth industry, like the WWF, they have cult fans who follow the sport everywhere. My point is that they achieved more by commercialisation in a similar time frame to triathlon.

 

I know "Bubba" is a beer drinking redneck, SOB......but he pays money, that's my point.

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My point is that they achieved more by commercialisation in a similar time frame to triathlon.

 

 

That's because it's relatively easy to market powerful racing cars (which bear a similarity to what you can buy in your local showroom) to your average bloke because he secretly thinks he's an excellent driver and would love to be able to race cars himself. Plus, his only involvement in the whole operation is to pick a team and/or driver, shout at the TV while drinking beers, and buy his kids NASCAR brand doona covers. That's the extent of his participation.

 

On the other hand, it's a bit harder to market triathlon, since said redneck immediately thinks "fags" when he sees blokes in lycra (who probably weigh half his weight) riding bikes and running around. He's not going to watch that, he's not going to aspire to participate, and he sure as hell isn't going to be debating it down the pub with his mates. It's what's known as "flogging a dead horse".

 

Don't get me wrong, triathlon has a market, it's just an extremely small fraction of the NASCAR market.

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Good work again K2,

 

Finding interesting to here what some of these guys have to say.

 

Would you dare to try and interview the IMG's man. Given some of the ill feeling toward IMG on here.

 

:D

 

That thread could go one of two way.

 

One way being similar to that of the Jerry Springer show and the other. humm well I am not sure what the other way would be.

 

:lol::D

 

What can I say I just love a good stir.

 

:lol:

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Trying to get him G.H., not confirmed yet.

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Just looking back..............can't believe this was 2006

Two gentleman no longer with us.........Chris and Nick.

 

:cry:

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