Meet the Coaches
Keen sportsman since a child, coming from a football and then rugby background as a player. In 1996, became interested in multi-sport events, competing in the Rowathlon at Palmer Park, Reading. I began delivering fitness training as a young soldier, having completed an instructor course in 1988. Completed ASA Assistant Teachers Course in February 1997 and became an active swim coach, teaching 4, 5 and 6 year olds; this was challenging and helped develop my coaching skills. I then started swim coaching at Army Triathlon training camps as my interest for the sport grew. I became a BTA Coach in 2001. I have gained a wealth of experience in planning and delivering fitness and sport specific training over a 20 year period, as well as competing in many multisport events over all distances, including an Ironman.
Assistant Physical Training Instructor (APTI) course June / July 1988
ASA Assistant Swim Teachers Course 27 February 1997
Swim Teacher / Coach (Level 2) Course 13 July 1999
National Coaching Foundation Workshop Coaching Children and Young People 21 May 2001
BTA Triathlon Level 1 28 August 2001
BTA Triathlon Level 2 14 January 2003
ASA CPD Introducing Butterfly & Teaching Beginners 16 January 2005
Sports UK Guide to Mentoring Sports Coaches 28 January 2006
BTA Level 3 18 February 2007
I completed my first triathlon back in September 2000 and got the bug. I have completed all distances from novice (200m swim; 20km bike; 2.5km run) through to Ironman (2.4mile swim; 112mile bike; 26.2mile run). My focus is now the Ironman distance (its a nice day out). After receiving invaluable coaching from Shaun (Green), I decided to give back to triathlon through coaching and am currently qualified as:
British Triathlon Federation Level 2 Coach
Amateur Swimming Association Level 2 Teacher
Amateur Swimming Association Fundamentals of Freestyle CPD
UK Athletics Level 2 Coach
Biomechanics Level 2
Advanced Cycle Mechanic and Wheel Builder
My role as a qualified level 2 coach is well supported by my background in physio and more recently sports massage. I run a variety of sessions for the club including running sessions alongside Baz, circuits and core stability; in addition to working alongside the other coaches in the sunday swimming sessions. I am able to advise our club members about many aspects of technique, particularly with regard to injury prevention and am also able to make suggestions should things go wrong.
4 years experience in triathlons including all distances from sprint through to Ironman distance. In 2011 I decided to give a little back to Andover Triathlon club as a thank you and gained my British Triathlon Federation level 1 coaching status.
I aim to take on more coaching responsibility over the coming years and am currently studying for BTF Level 2 qualification
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