Coaching Team

Sarah Clark – Head Coach – BTF Triathlon Coach

Having been involved in various sports throughout my life, I arrived at the age of 40 to discover that my middle aged spread wasn’t going to shift without help, but I wasn’t a big fan of running(some things haven’t changed). Having swum competitively as a teenager, I thought I’d give triathlon a go and contacted a few clubs in the area, only MVH replied and here I am still, 11 years later!

In those early years, I was lucky enough to be coached by a great team and also picked up lots of tips from more experienced club members during the Sunday rides (there was only one ride then). These people gave me the confidence to take part in my first Ironman 70.3 in Antwerp 2010 where I enjoyed a top 10 in age group. I could not have achieved this without the support of the club.

My appreciation of what the club had given me lead me into coaching and I qualified as a BTF Leve1 coach in 2014 and passed my Level 2 in 2015.

Volunteer coaching gives so many rewards (I have to remind myself of those when I arrive poolside at 7am on a Saturday morning) and I really enjoy being able to pass on those nuggets of information given to me over the years, alongside those I learnt myself whilst following the BTF coaching ethos. It’s been a pleasure watching club members improve their skills over the weeks, months, years and I’d like to think that the whole coaching team has played a large part in people’s improvement.

Thank you to all the members who turn up with enthusiasm and try their best to improve their triathlon skills, you make it all worthwhile!

 Member since: 2008
Favorite Triathlon distance: – it changes…

Best moment with MVH Tri Club: Crossing the line in Antwerp 70.3, smashing my PB and being oooh sooo happy!

 

Warren Simms: BTF Triathlon Coach

 

Aim: As an enabler for MVH Triathletes to achieve more and stretch further, delivered through the following principles:

Equality: Continue to build a culture that recognises and supports individual abilities.

Coaching:

  • Increase the access to greater coaching knowledge from within MVH and through working with other clubs, coaches and volunteers.
  • Supporting triathletes in setting realistic development targets to achieve
  • their own performance objectives.
  • Our direction is easily understood and relevant
  • Identifying what coaches are needed and making it accessible to all participants
  • Delivered with a positive focus on safety, a participant centred approach, to have fun.
  • Volunteering: Embracing a culture of asking people to get involved, nurturing and supporting our coaches. Volunteer and professional

Member since: 2007
Favourite Triathlon distance: Ironman
Best moment with MVH Tri Club: Competing in an Ironman, challenging myself both physically and mentally. One of my most memorable life achievements.

 

Nathan Bennett – BTF Coach

This will be my 4th year in Triathlon, I come from a sporting background, 30 years of Football & Golf and have done coaching in these sports in the past, and then came Triathlon, so scrap what you
know and start again!!!.
This is my second year as a BTF Level 1 coach, my aim is to encourage new members to the start line and then to progress on each race and distance.

But as a coach, I learn as much from the experienced members and try and pass that knowledge on.

Member Since: 2015

Favourite Triathlon distance:  I race Sprint, Olympic but mainly Middle distance racing. and I am yet to beat Mrs Bennett

Best moment with MVH Tri Club: Meeting Robin Barber

 

Alex Mead – BTF Coach

 

James Hooley – ASA Assistant Swim Teacher

Took an interest in triathlon after over a decade of laziness. Having been a sprint swimmer as a child and playing rugby throughout my teenage years, the transition to endurance sport has been an unnatural but rewarding challenge. 

I obtained my ASA qualification in 1997 whilst teaching lifesaving & swimming with the Ripley RASCALS. My teaching/coaching experience was on hold for many years but I am now really enjoying helping all members with their skills and confidence in the water.

Member since: 2012
Favourite Triathlon distance:  Not widely marketed as yet…..it involves a really long swim, a 40km bike and a 400metre run!
Best moment with MVH Tri Club: Crossing the finish line at IM Staffs 70.3.

 

Georgina Bestwick

ASA Level 2 swimming /lifesaving teacher.

I have been competing in triathlon for around 9 years and raced all distances from sprint to iron distance preferring the longer distance as I’m more of a Diesel engine…I chug away slowly!
I really enjoy helping out with all things aquatic especially open water and am looking forwards to being on the coaching team.

Member since: 2012
Favourite Triathlon distance: My fave distance is probably 70.3 but I enjoy standard too.
Best moment with MVH Tri Club: I have no clue what to put as my fave MVH moment, maybe that is to come I do thoroughly enjoy the Repton swims though and have done for a while now.