I came from taekwondo into triathlon, having achieved 2nd Dan black belt and training towards 3rd. I had never run, hardly cycled above 2 miles and was absolutely terrified of water! First race was Barbridge Duathlon 1995……clonky old mountain bike racked with sleek, shiny race bikes….needless to say I was last!
Tom Walker taught me to swim – no coaches in Chester Tri then! – and in 1996 entered my first triathlon (Tequilla Slammers). …almost drowned! Eventually I got the hang of not drowning and worked my way up to doing a half IM (Llanberis 2001) then IM USA in 2002. Since then completed IM Lanzarote and IM Austria as well as various other triathlons, adventure races and mountain bike challenges.
I got into coaching because I knew how difficult it was when I first started. It’s brilliant to see people achieve their goals and watch their confidence grow!
|Coaching qualifications||BTF Level 3 Coach|
|Coaching & relevant experience||Level 3 Sports Massage & Therapy
Qualified triathlon coach since 2003
Been doing triathlons/duathlons since 1995
|Finest sporting moment||Learning to swim!
Enjoying and finishing IM Lanzarote
|Favourite sport other than triathlon||Taekwondo / Mountain biking|
|Top tip||Self-discipline! Knowing when to push and when to rest.|
|Coaching philosophy||To help people who come to Chester Tri club achieve their goals……it’s great to see Divas finish the Deva Divas race with big smiles!|