The club provides a number of coached sessions across each triathlon discipline. Our coaching team is encouraged to develop their skills and knowledge across individual sports as well as Triathlon.
Head Coach | BTF Level 2 & OW Coach
My introduction to triathlon was way back in 2005. Since then I have had a fairly successful career including two long-distance Ironman events and a couple of English Channel swims including a record breaking 2way relay. I have represented Ireland multiple times at all distances and adding to the mix, I’m also a type 1 diabetic.
I used to train in a very generic way with no real structure. Once I joined the club, I listened to the experienced people (we didn’t have coaches back then) took on a more structured training approach. That’s when things changed greatly for me. I really got into the technical side of it and following my sporting mentors, I took an interest in helping people achieve their goals. Ranging from tips on nutrition to training, this was a great thing to do and I’ve taken great pride in it.
I then decided to formalise my approach and achieved my first British Triathlon Federation (BTF) coaching cert level 1 in Feb 2017. I followed this with BTF level 2 in Jun 2018; BTF open water coach Jun 2019; Swim England Open Water coach level 2 in 2020 and most recently , took on the position of Head Coach Jan 2021.
BTF Level 2
I'm a runner who liked to cycle and took up swimming when I joined the club around 2013 after an adult life just doing my own training.
The club is fantastic at supporting beginners through to serious amateurs and I have massively improved all 3 disciplines in my time here. I take great pleasure seeing members get motived to train and this led me to coaching 4 years ago.
I have a relaxed and participative coaching style, encouraging people to understand and explore their technique. I coach the weekly runs, swims and help lead the weekly spin, which I see as complementary to the training sessions that we can easily do on our own.
UKA Run Leader
I joined Mid Sussex Tri Club after moving to Haywards Heath nearly 20 years ago. In the year before I joined the club, I completed my first marathon in New York where the only goal was to finish without walking (eventual time of 4 hours 45). But I knew I wanted to improve. As a result of this, I started training with the tri club and in subsequent marathons got my times down to a sub-3 hour time and gained qualification for the Boston marathon.
I attribute a lot of this success to consistently attending the club’s Thursday night interval-based sessions and turning up to race club mates at local events such as the Brighton 10k, Barnes Green Half etc. But I have also spent a lot of time on developing running technique and I’m passionate about the importance of treating running as a ‘skill’. Hopefully, whatever you are wanting to achieve you’ll get some improvement out of one of my sessions.
BTF Level 2
BTF Level 2
As a former rugby player who had to give up through serious injury, I initially took up triathlon as a sport to keep me fit. A few years down the line, having competed for GB at age group level and won medals in Paratriathlon at a national level, I took up coaching to give back to this great sport and I am now qualified as a BTF level 2 coach.
I like to focus on inclusivity in the sport, there is no reason we all can’t achieve when we believe, we can no matter what individual barriers are out in our way.
BTF Level 1
I joined MSTC over 10 years ago, as a cyclist who wanted to do a bit of running as well. I couldn’t even swim front crawl when I joined, but thanks to the club coaches I’ve learned (not very well!), and have now competed in sprint and Olympic-distance triathlons, as well as duathlons, cycling time trials, open water swimming events and 5K, 10K and half-marathon running races.
I qualified as a Level 1 coach in 2015, focusing on running and cycling. As Juniors secretary of the club, I have a particular interest in coaching the next generation of triathletes.
We are always looking for members to become coaches. We offer the opportunity for our coaches to be trained, initially to level 1 with the BTF before progressing through level 2 and, possibly, to level 3. We are keen also to train our coaches to the various levels and to put them through specific skills short courses offered by the Amateur Swimming Association, British Cycling, and England Athletics and other relevant bodies. A number of coaches are also trained in the likes of spinning and fitness training.
In return for funding the coaching courses, we ask that coaches make themselves available for inclusion in the coaching register. This means a commitment of something like at least two session per month for a period of at least a year. That said, coaching duties are allocated after discussions with the head coach and we are flexible with how coaching hours are accumulated.