Head Triathlon Coach
Currently studying for a PhD at Loughborough University, focussing on training adaptation
MSc Exercise Physiology, Loughborough University
BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences, University of Exeter
British Triathlon Level 2 coach (currently undertaking level 2 diploma)
Safeguarding and protecting children
Enhanced DBS check
Key roles and athletic achievements
Previous experience as exercise physiologist at the Welsh National Triathlon Performance Centre
Coach at the East Midlands Triathlon Academy
Currently coaching at 4life triathlon club
British Junior Duathlon Medallist
Competed for GB at European Cup Races
Competed for GB age-group team at the World Championships
When I was younger, I tried as many sports as I could but something about swimming, cycling and running stood out to me. The ability to train alongside my friends but also to push myself was a real draw. Although it took me a while to join the dots and complete my first triathlon, I quickly realised this was the sport for me.
I was selected to join the East Midlands Regional academy after my first year of racing and have been lucky enough to train alongside some of the nation’s best triathlon talent, under the guidance of Olympians and elite level coaches. This is all experience I will put to good use to help you along your triathlon journey.
More recently, I have had to balance training alongside full time work, meaning I have a greater appreciation of some of the challenges faced by the majority of triathletes out there! Injury is also a part of the sport I have experienced and learned from. I can therefore use this to help you maintain consistency within your training, a major factor in athletic development.
Whilst I was competing, I was always intrigued by the whys and how’s of training. This led me to pursue sport science as a career path and has continued to undertaking a PhD within the area of training adaption, and this background is something I will use to inform your training. I’m always learning more and will implement cutting edge scientific knowledge into training to give you the edge over your competitors.
I am very excited to join the PGC1 team and can’t wait to help you with your next step in tri!
Interesting fact: I was a postman for a year before starting my PhD!
Trust and clear communication are two aspects of coaching that I think are paramount to a successful experience for both athlete and coach. This results from a collaborative environment where the athlete takes ownership of their training and is honest with feedback, allowing your training plan to work best for you alongside life! Further to this ethos of teamwork, a research-driven, individualised and goal orientated set-up can help an athlete to gain an understanding of themselves and to improve. I apply such an approach whether you are looking for training consistency, to complete your next race or have more performance related goals. Moreover, being consistent throughout training is integral and working alongside a coach to achieve this can drastically enhance performance. Bringing together all of these aspects of training and philosophy make up the foundation of my coaching principles; all aimed at aiding you to get to where you want to in the sport of triathlon.