About Us
TriClub Doha is triathlon club founded in 2013 by Nickel Nijman from the Netherlands and Emily Kelly from Ireland. The idea was to bring triathletes together to train, the club then expanded to its present day now offering training and events, welcoming people from all backgrounds and abilities for the love of all things swimming, cycling and running. The club has 500+ members ranging from complete beginners, to world-class triathletes. The club welcomes junior and adult members.

The club is run by our club members serving as committee members and volunteers. TriClub Doha is incorporated in Qatar through Qatar Financial Centre as TriDoha LLC(G) (QFC No 00410) as a company limited by guarantee under the companies regulations on 9th August 2017 with a member's capital of QR400,000.

TriClub Doha Directors and Committee Members 2023-2024 
TriClub Doha is resourced by a part-time triathlete who coordinates our membership and our races. Therefore TriClub Doha relies heavily upon its membership to assist in the running of our activities.

These are the members that form the directors and committee of TriClub Doha. If you are interested in helping out, please get in touch with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

RoleNameWho are we?Picture
Club ChairmanGilles LeBlance

 Director of TriDoha LLC(G)April LeBlanc

Club CommitteeNeil Melville  
Club CommitteeJulie Melville  
Club CommitteeGordon Rose 

Gordon is from Germany - as the name suggests - and moved with his family to Qatar in 2017. He is a sports enthusiast all his live doing everything from taekwondo, over football, snowbaording to boxing, and finaly finding his true passion in endurance sports, in particular triathlon. He truely lifes the spirit of triathlon being a lifestyle rather than a hobby as he tends to check his training schedule first before committing to social events. His passion to the sports led him to become a certified personal coach and a certified triathlon coach. His motto is "train samrt, not hard" and his 2-4 years triathlon goal is to qualify for Kona, Hawaii.

  Club Committee Jenny Lawler 

Jenny moved to Doha from Ireland in December 2019, where she had been involved in the Irish Mountain Running Association since 2017. In early 2021, she started triathlon because she was injured and couldn’t run, had some lovely triathlete friends who were a terribly bad influence on her, and now feels like it was the luckiest injury ever. She reckons triathlon training was a great addition for running, and was on the podium for the Qatar East West 90km Ultramarathon 2021, and the Ooredoo Marathon 2022.

She has 3 kids who did their first triathlons before she did. She did her first ever sprint triathlon in Ireland in July 2021, quickly graduated to longer distance with Turkey 70.3 in October 2021, and then Oman 70.3 in February 2022, where she qualified for the 70.3 World Championships in St. George Utah, October 2022. She says her hardest half distance to date was Hardman Killarney in Ireland, where she had to walk the bike up two mountains. She is planning two full IM in 2023, Roth in June and Portugal in October.

  Club CommitteeKate SouthwoodKate grew up in Australia, middle child surrounded by 4 brothers. Although she can kick a footy and take a mark, competitive Aussie Rules football wasn't an option back then, but every other sport was!
Kate has always 'had a go' and here in Qatar that meant Triclub Doha, of course.
For Kate, triathlon is about the people, the variety and the pleasure of being on the move, preferably a little faster each time!

Club Committee


Director TriDoha LLCG
Hatem El SaftyHatem has always been an active sports athlete since he was 5 years old, starting with high board diving as he was the captain of the Egyptian national team, participating in a number of national and international diving events. He acquires a number of sports coaching certifications including the British Swimming Association ASA Level 2 coach. He became an active triathlete back in 2007 starting with London Triathlons, compete for ting in a number of ITU Olympic distance, Ironman 70.3, and completing the full Ironman in Austria, Klagenfurt back in 2012. He became a member of the club committee in 2014 and served as the Club President from 2016 to 2018. His primary goal to sustain the club's expansion and growth to remain the leading triathlon club in Qatar.
Director TriDoha LLCGEwan CameronEwan hails from Lossiemouth in northeast Scotland and got hooked into triathlon while doing a beginner's corporate triathlon in Sydney harbor in 2005. Since then Ewan has built his way up to completing half ironman in 2010 and a full ironman in 2011 in Busselton and 2013 in Copenhagen, but has since focused on the 70.3 distance. Ewan arrived in Doha in 2012 and works for Snoonu. He was a founding member of TriClub Doha in 2013, serving as president in 2015-2016. His triathlon goals for this season are to do better than last season and try to peak for Ironman 70.3 World Championships in October and Ironman New Zealand in 2022.