Island Batik is exceptionally proud to sponsor Triathlon Gold and their associated athletes. We will be cheering them on as they strive for the sport’s top accomplishment – a spot on the USA Olympic team.
As some of you may know, Island Batik President and CEO, Caleb Willis, is a long time sports enthusiast. His love of sports started at a young age, playing soccer and lacrosse competitively growing up. More recently he has competed in over 60 triathlons, including 3 Ironman races.
Caleb’s love of the sport and appreciation for the dedication of these athletes is the motivation to sponsor Triathlon Gold. We know you will be as excited as we are to support these athletes as they work towards the pinnacle of the sport!
Australian born elite triathlon coach, Jarrod Evans career spans more than 20years and focus’s heavily in professional athlete development. Currently, Jarrod is a National Squad Coach for USA Triathlon and Head Coach for the hugely-successful USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Program, a position he’s held since early 2014. This landmark program has produced numerous professional athletes including Kirsten Kasper, Renee Tomlin and Taylor Spivey, plus a current squad of rising stars including Sophie Chase, Mary Alex England, Clayton Hutchins and Annie Kelly.
Meet Jessica Rocheleau, a hometown girl from Jacksonville, Florida. She attended Nova Southeastern University. When she is not training, Jessica enjoys active pursuits including stand up paddling, surfing, and hiking. For calmer, more serene activities she finds pleasure in yoga and writing.
Clayton Hutchins is from San Anselmo, California. He attended the California Polytechnic State University. He was a member of the Cal Poly Mustangs Cross-Country and Track and Field teams and loves to cook in his downtime.
Alicia Slade is from North Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada). She attended the University of British Columbia where she was a varsity member of the cross country running team. She was also a Canadian Junior National level swimmer, and loves spending time with her partner Michael, family and friends when she is not training.
Mary Alex England is from Cary, North Carolina. She attended the University of Mississippi. A longtime swimmer turned runner in high school, she sought a new athletic challenge after graduation: triathlon. Mary Alex enjoys cooking, coloring, and playing board games in her spare time.
Sarah Alexander is from Shaker Heights, Ohio. This athlete has had a life-long love of spots starting at the age of 5. Sarah attended Dartmouth College and earned her MBA from the University of Chicago. She loves a quiet movie date with her husband when her training schedule permits.
Sophie Chase hails from Burke, Virginia. In high school, she took up running to stay in shape for swimming, she found success and loved it. Sophie attended Stanford University on a scholarship to run track and cross country. In her downtime, Sophie enjoys time with family and friends.
Anne Kelly is a Georgia girl, born in Atlanta, and hails from a very athletic family. Her mother was a professional triathlete and later became a professional marathon runner qualifying for the Olympic Trials. Her father was an ultra-marathoner and professional cyclist and also competed in the rodeo. Kelly attended both the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Mississippi. Her goals include pursuing a career in professional running. When not in training, Anne enjoys singing and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.
Megan Foley is from Portland, Oregon. Megan’s mom was a professional athlete, so Megan was exposed to sports at a young age. She attended the University of Denver earning her BS in Biology and furthered her education at the University of Utah completing her Master’s Degree in Nutrition. Her future plans include working in the health and nutrition industry. Megan is a coffee achiever who also loves to cook. When she is not training, you can usually find her in the kitchen trying out new recipes.
Walter Schafer was born in Denver, Colorado and currently resides in South Bend, Indiana. He attended Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, majoring in Marketing. In his off-training time he enjoys rock climbing and wakesurfing.
Kurt MacDonald was born in Victoria, Australia and currently lives in Geelong. He studies science and business management at Deakin University. Besides being a professional triathlete, Kurt has his own luxury lifestyle apparel brand. Kurt also models for the company.
To be an elite athlete takes many things including commitment, dedication, tenacity, and something that is not solely from the athlete themselves: support. Please be a part of the Island Batik team as we support these amazing athletes on their journey to reach gold! It is not only about race day but everyday!