Next president was David Gillett. Pippa Whitehouse, a DPhil student and an international orienteer (among much else), was now coaching the swims. Thom Ringer, a Canadian international age grouper, joined the club and helped with ideas for the training sessions.
Richard Oram, Caroline Furness and Tom Lawton went to Melbourne on some kind of exchange programme that year and had the opportunity to train through the winter with Tom Rickard. Richard emailed to say: "I am having an awesome time here in Oz, enjoying the summer sun in Melbourne. I have hookied up with tommy R's training group. We have a regular bay swim at 6.30 on tuesdays, a 14ft shark was seen in the bay the week before I arrived, this is one hell of an incentive not to get dropped by the bunch! Tom has a hip injury but is swimming about 6K a day to make up for it. The cycling is great, i have borrowed a bike off a friend - it is a De Rosa that he bought of Phil Liggett about 6 years ago! The squad does a 215K beach road ride every saturday morning (!!), I have been busy the last two weekends and have not managed to make it (thank god!), I may try it this weekend....not sure the legs will survive..."
So not everyone was taking it easy back then.
Competition-wise, BUSA participation reached an all time low after another mixup with entry forms meant that few people competed. Richard Oram was among the top finishers in the men and Tamsyn Allen in the women. Richard and Thom were then off to the ITU World Triathlon Championships in Madeira. It was an unlucky venture for Richard who collided with a car while training and was taken to hospital with a broken leg. Thom competed for Canada and finished the tough course in 2:25:17 (46th/63). Varsity was once again well attended, even by Richard who came to watch, supported by crutches. The fun varsity atmosphere at Bedford was somewhat offset by losing to Cambridge in both the male and female categories.
After another year at the top, Kirsty retired from the Chelsea football team, started a DPhil and concentrated more on duathlons and triathlons, regularly finishing near the top in races and finishing Half Ironman UK in the summer of 2004. Paul Petzschmann competed in the Big Half in Trentham (half-ironman distance) and later in Ironman Germany. A number of OUTriC warriors competed in the London triathlon, with Clare Warren first out on the swim. One of the highlights of the season was the 9-up team trial trial at the airport in Weston on the Green. An impromptu team of 9 triathletes was put together but only 7 turned up at the start (blame illness and injury). This small matter did nothing to dampen the fighting spirit of the OUTriC team, who rode aggressively to finish the 10 miles in a respectable time of 26 min.