Luke Harrop – A Life Remembered

It has been fifteen years since the Triathlon community was shocked to its core by the loss of one of its most talented and popular athletes, Luke Harrop, who, in the early daylight hours of Saturday January 12, 2002, as the result of a traffic incident while on a warm up ride in preparation for the second race of the 2002 Accenture Triathlon Series, lost his life. Luke was larger than life, and everybody thought, ‘Ten foot tall and bullet proof’.

His generosity, huge personality, forever smile and his strength of character is something that his friends still reminisce about often. He had the world at his feet at age 23, an engineering degree, Australian junior team member for triathlon and several sporting achievements under his belt and most importantly to him Cleo Bachelor of the Year finalist … he was only just starting to show what potential he had.

Just some of the many achievements and results Luke amassed in his triathlon career since 1994 began with a 3rd in the U18 Pelican Waters Triathlon, over the ensuing years he continued to improve and thrive in the triathlon community and with it came more results.

Always ready to be a friend to all, Luke enjoyed talking with everybody, or helping where he could, it is still a great comfort to us, his family, that even after 10 years, we are amazed at the number of Age Group and Professional competitors who regularly tell us stories about how Luke, in some way or another touched upon their life and increased the happiness and friendship they have enjoyed from their chosen sport – Triathlon.

As Luke’s family we hope this small insight into the character celebrated each year at this race will be of interest to those who never met Luke and we thank all of you for participating in the Luke Harrop Memorial Race.

Photos courtesy of Delly Carr

Luke Harrop’s Results

  • 1994
    3rd U18 Pelican Waters Triathlon
    1st Junior at Fast ‘N furious Duathlon
    3rd Bribie Triathlon
    3rd Wynnum Triathlon
  • 1995
    1st Junior Robina Triathlon
    Selected member of TA’s Target 2000 Squad
  • 1996
    1st Clontarf Triathlon
    1st Qld Junior Duathlon Championships
    3rd Bribie Triathlon
    3rd Canberra World Junior selection Tri
    Selected in Triathlon Australia’s St George Junior Squad
  • 1997
    1st Robina Town Centre Aquathlon
    1st Cairns Junior Half Ironman
    2nd Look Race Raby Bay
    3rd Aust Junior Olympic Distance Championships,
    Raced French Iron Tour
  • 1998
    1st Robina Town Centre Aquathlon
    1st ACT Tri Cup
    1st Nepean Tri
    1st Powerade Kawana Tri
    1st Triathlon de Bessages
    1st Triathlon de Codolet
    1st Triathlon Playas de Aquilas (Spanish Championships)
    3rd Triathlon de Carassome
    Received QAS Scholarshi
    Raced French Grand Prix and Iron Tour
  • 1999
    1st Citizens Wave at ITU World Championships Montreal
    1st F1 Trial race
    3rd St George Australian Sprint Championships
    3rd Kawana Waters Tri
    3rd Look Race Raby Bay
    8th ITU World Aquathlon Championships
  • 2000
    3rd Noosa Triathlon
    3rd Australian Sprint Championships
    St George F1 Competitor
  • 2001
    2nd Devonport Tri/ITU race
    5th Australian Olympic Distance Championships Moolooolaba
    9th World Cup Yamaguchi Japan
    Ranked No 2 Pro on TA tour
    Member of the New Balance Triathlon Racing Team