I was a swimmer originally and then after university (after a fair bit of arm twisting) I was persuaded to get into open water. My initial doubts gave way to absolutely loving it, duck poo and all!. So I entered a triathlon and never looked back. My own triathlon career includes World and European AG medals, Challenge Half wins (sub 5 hour), full distance PB of 10.15hrs (Challenge Roth) and guiding an elite paratriathlete at World and European level. I still race now at 70.3 distance, with sprint distance races thrown in for fun, and as a Masters swimmer in both the pool and open water.
“Don’t limit your challenges. Challenge your limits.”
As a coach I like to constantly challenge myself and improve my own performance so you get the best service as an athlete. I am always looking for opportunities to learn more, whether that be on CPD courses, seminars, or from talking to other top coaches, in order to provide the most up to date and effective training program for each individual. In addition to having been racing competitively in swimming and now triathlon for over 15 years, I hold British Triathlon Federation, Training Peaks, Ironman-certified coach and level 3 PT qualifications.
I strongly believe there needs to be a good balance in an athlete’s life – whether that be family, friends, work alongside triathlon – triathlon training and racing is there to enhance your life, not cause additional stress. Having said that, there is a certain amount of discipline and dedication required in order to meet your potential, but my goal is to work with my athletes to design a training plan that fits into their schedule, which is why every training plan is unique.
No one athlete is the same, and it’s my job as coach to understand each athlete and apply the right coaching style to get the best performance out of them. This is what I love about my job.
I aim to inspire and push each of my clients, and have fun along the way!