I am a BTF level 2 qualified triathlon coach and have coached extensively over the past five years. I coach all three disciplines regularly for my local triathlon club, SYtri (Shrewsbury Triathlon Club) and also offer individual coaching.
At the core of my coaching philosophy is the belief that triathlon should be open to people of all abilities. Whether you’re competing at the highest level or simply beat your own times from last year, you can benefit from structured training and the personal advice and feedback of an experienced coach, to ensure you reach race days ready to perform at your peak.
I understand and have experience of both the highs and the challenges of being an athlete; the joy of crossing that finish line (even winning my age group!) and the hard work of training in all weather and recovering from injury.
My passion for triathlon and my own triathlon journey began a decade ago – I’d always been active and enjoyed running, but needed a new challenge. I entered a mini triathlon, overcoming the challenge of needing to really improve my swimming, and really enjoyed the experience. Since then I have gone from strength to strength and completed numerous sprint and standard distance triathlons and in 2017 will step up to Ironman 70.3 in Mallorca.
I wouldn’t have been able to achieve any of this without the help and support of my local triathlon club (SYtri) which I joined in its founding year – it was this that inspired me to return the favour and start coaching myself, in addition to helping with leading club rides and event organisation.
I became a Level 1 British Triathlon Federation (BTF) qualified coach in 2011 and have coached regularly ever since. I went on to complete my Level 2 qualification in 2014, gaining extensive experience in coaching both pool and open water swimming; delivering static and track based bike sessions; planning, writing and delivering run track sessions; and writing my own triathlon training plans.
I intend to continue that journey supporting and encouraging others to achieve their goals.