My passion for triathlon stems from being a professional swimmer. I competed for the Great Britain team over a period of 12 years competitive racing in both European and World championship events. I was the British record holder and Britain’s number one for the 200m and 400m individual medley events and reached a Top 10 world ranking.
Whilst swimming during my early years I was also a keen runner and competed at county level cross country racing. It was during these years I had to make a decision between swimming and running, deciding to focus on on swimming but still had the desire to return to running and enter into the world of triathlon.
During my intense training as a swimmer & Racing for team GB.I had experimented with triathlon during those formative years as part of a cross-training regime to balance my swimming but was never able to dedicate enough time due to the sheer volumes of swimming required. When I eventually left competitive swimming in late 2003 I decided to focus my training properly for triathlon and I was subsequently talent spotted by the British Triathlon Eastern region potential program.
Through the development program I successfully qualified to race a number of UK Elite races, progressing into racing a numerous number of IRONMAN & Half IRONMAN (70.3) races. I still compete in select events but prefer to focus my time on ensuring the athletes I coach have the best support and advice.
My years of professional competitive swimming experience, coupled with training alongside some of the best GB athletes and being coached by some of the very best people in the world has given me a unique insight into performance development. I have been able to apply all of my experience into not only my own successful triathlon performance but also coached top Age Group, Elite, and Professional athletes.
Most recently I have coached the double world age group champion in 70.3 and IRONMAN, along with multiple Kona qualifiers and athletes reaching a number of 70.3 world championships year after year.
I firm believers that my services and my experience as a coach are being utilised I solely focus on athlete’s development and success, not my own. I make it a policy to never race or take part in any event that one of my athletes are taking part, unless specifically requested.