Stuart has been coaching with the Tri Club for some time as well as being a swim coach, we are excited to announce that as of 2022 he is taking over the role as our Head Coach.
Justin is a British Triathlon level 3 coach and GB age group triathlete. Justin took part in his first triathlon in 1996 and started coaching in 2013. He has completed five Ironman distance races with a 9:45 PB and is an age group winner at Ireland 70.3 and a 70.3 world championship competitor.
His coaching philosophy and approach is to equip athletes to enable them to make sensible decisions about their training. He encourages ‘smart’ training for athletes with busy lives rather than clocking up ‘junk’ miles.
For more about Justin visit www.weemancoaching.com for triathlon coaching & advice.
Jo first fell in love with swimming when as a 4 year old she learnt to swim at Thamesdown Swimming Club, now known as Tigersharks.
Her enthusiasm for, and her commitment to, the sport developed and grew through her teenage years. She enjoyed a lot of success competing at County, District and National level. During that time she learnt from swimming under some great Coaches at the club including David Lyles who went on to become the National Coach of China. He is now in the same role in New Zealand.
The sport also gave her some great opportunities to travel and when she was eighteen she spent a year in California swimming with the world famous Santa Clara Club. The following year for three months she coached age groupers at Fort Lauderdale Swim School in Florida. Saturday’s always included a one mile swim up the beach in the Atlantic with her swimming and trying to control and ensure the safety of sixteen young swimmers.
On returning to the UK she fulfilled the same role coaching age groupers back at Tigersharks.
She says one of the many benefits of a lifelong involvement in the sport has been that she has made some fantastic lifelong friendships along the way.
In addition to coaching at the Tri Club session and passing on her extensive knowledge and experience of swimming, she also has a Swimming Academy teaching children from beginners to entry into club level swimming. Her enthusiasm and energy is motivational with swimmers from 5 to 50 years old! She no longer swims herself other than with her children, but enjoys playing netball at a competitive level, plus running and cycling when she gets the time from her two girls.
I jumped straight into the Triathlon deep end and entered Ironman Wales in 2014. I thought I would do triathlon for a year, tick off an Ironman and move on – how wrong I was! I have since completed 5 Ironman races and countless 70.3’s, qualified for Kona and become hooked on the sport.
When I first moved to Swindon in 2013 I didn’t know anyone, but through joining the club I quickly gained a huge group of new friends and training partners. The group sessions are great motivators, and the coaches provide such a great level of support, knowledge and encouragement – inspiring me to complete my Level 1 coaching qualification in 2021!