UK Athletics Coach (Endurance) – levels 1 and 2 and British Triathlon Coach – level 1
I did my first triathlon in monsoon conditions at Afan Forest in 2005 and was immediately hooked. I have since completed triathlon at all distances up to and including Ironman distance. I was once Welsh Duathlon Champion because there were only two eligible competitors, and the other one (Kaz Burrows – who happened to be in the lead) took the wrong turning!
I started coaching (initially only as a running coach) when Paul “Sid” Wilkins started up the Thursday sessions in Swansea, so that I could support him and also take the lead when he wasn’t available. I was also keen to support our Development Officer, Rose Jones, with our young athletes so did my Level 1 BT coaching badge in 2012 so that I could help out with the swim sessions as well as the run sets. I am loving how our junior section is growing, and seeing so many eager faces turn up and work so hard on a Wednesday and Saturday, makes going out on dark, cold and wet evenings all worthwhile.
Reasons For Starting Triathlon
My journey to my first triathlon began with first taking up running with my sister Kaz Burrows. Each year we set ourselves bigger/longer targets, and once we had completed a few marathons, triathlon became our new challenge. Once again we gave ourselves bigger and longer targets, starting with a super-sprint distance “try a tri” in 2005 and progressing in distance until we completed Austria Ironman in 2010.
Biggest Triathlon Achievement
without a doubt it has to be completing Ironman in Austria in 2010. It was the most amazing experience, which was once again shared with my sister Kaz Burrows. I think seeing us two “maturing” athletes, gave others the realisation that Ironman is achievable for everyone if you put in the right training.
Best Advice For New Triathletes
My advice to everyone taking up triathlon would be to make sure you enjoy your sport. You will get out of it what you put in, so take advantage of our fantastic training sessions as there is so much knowledge and experience within Celtic Tri to help you realise your goals. I am living proof of that – I would not be an Ironman if it wasn’t for the wonderful advice and guidance that came from within Celtic Tri!! We are more than just a triathlon club – we are a triathlon family!!