Coaches

Sam

Sam Mountain

My own sporting enthusiasm is for the sport of Triathlon. I started in 1995, barely able to swim two lengths of the pool.

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Sam
Sam Mountain
Level 2 BTF Training Coach

My own sporting enthusiasm is for the sport of Triathlon. I started in 1995, barely able to swim two lengths of the pool. Since then, I have competed in 5 Ironman Triathlons & over 20 Half Ironman events, and have had the amazing experience of representing Great Britain in my age group at the World and European Triathlon Championships. 

Qualifications

 

• British Triathlon Federation – Level 2 plus
Diploma Coach
• British Triathlon Federation – Open Water Coach
• Fitness Instructor & Personal Trainer. Also
Optimum & Sports Nutrition.

 

Neil

Neil Potts

I competed in my first sprint triathlon back in 1988 when triathlon was in its infancy.

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Neil
Neil Potts
Level 2 BTF Triathlon Coach
I competed in my first sprint triathlon back in 1988 when triathlon was in its infancy. Over the years I have seen many developments and enjoyed watching the sport grow professionally and pleased to see triathlon being accessible to everyone. During my involvement within the sport I have realised irrespective of your background that with hard work and commitment anything is possible. My ethos has enabled me to complete no fewer than eight full Ironman internationally, numerous halves and many other related events. I have enjoyed making many friends along the way. I don't competed regularly now, but get great pleasure from coaching and helping athletes to attain their personal goals and aspirations in life.
Qualifications
  • ASA Swim Coach Level 3 ASA Disability Swim Coach
  • BTF Level 2 Coach
  • BTF Open Water Coach
  • Trained with 'Focus' training to a level of Advanced Gym Instructor
Charlotte

Charlotte Mountain

I was an enthusiastic swimmer in my youth, but searching for a new challenge, I caught the triathlon bug in 2005.

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Charlotte
Charlotte Mountain
Level 2 BTF Triathlon Coach

I was an enthusiastic swimmer in my youth, but searching for a new challenge, I caught the triathlon bug in 2005. I started with sprint distance and moved through the distances until completing an Ironman in 2009. I
I was lucky enough to qualify to represent Great Britain in my age group in the European Championships of 2011. When I’m not coaching and training swim, bike and run,
I am teacher of Design and Technology.

Qualifications
  • British Triathlon Federation – Level 2 Coach
  • British Triathlon Federation Open Water Coach
Tina v2

Tina Peck

I fell into triathlon after a friend of mine suggested I enter a mini triathlon at Rowton Castle; I didn’t like swimming, never mind do freestyle! Eventually, I mastered freestyle...

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Tina v2
Tina Peck
Level 2 BTF Triathlon Coach

I fell into triathlon after a friend of mine suggested I enter a mini triathlon at Rowton Castle; I didn’t like swimming, never mind do freestyle! Eventually, I mastered freestyle enough to swim the 16, very short, lengths and entered the mini triathlon, and have been hooked ever since. I have competed in numerous sprint and Olympic distance triathlons and more recently stepped up to Ironman 70.3 distance. I joined SYtri in its founding year - through the kindness and encouragement of everyone in the club my fitness levels, skills and confidence improved. I wanted to give something back to the club and so agreed to help out by becoming a coach. The support, encouragement and friendship throughout SYtri is amazing and this is always brought home to me on race day when the black and orange army is out supporting each other. For me, triathlon is about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, whilst getting out with friends and having fun!

Qualifications
  • British Triathlon Federation – Level 2 plus Diploma Coach
  • Strength & Conditioning CPD
  • Swim Smooth CPD
  • Static Bike CPD
Claire

Claire Pugh

My life with triathlon began by entering a mini tri at castle country club in 2005. Before this I had ran at half marathon distance.

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Claire
Claire Pugh
Juniot Head Coach

My life with triathlon began by entering a mini tri at castle country club in 2005. Before this I had ran at half marathon distance.

I was lucky enough to be asked to join the coaching team of the newly founded SYTri and have enjoyed and improved in the Swim, bike and run experience.

I have taken part and enjoyed many sprint tri's and also tried to increase the distance.

I love being a member of SYTri for the training and social sides.

Qualifications

British Triathlon Federation – Level 2 Coach

Mike

Mike Doyle

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Mike
Mike Doyle
Adult Head Coach
Qualifications
Paul

Paul Ingram

I have previously played football in the League of Wales and took to running after retiring from this.

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Paul
Paul Ingram
Level 2 BTF Triathlon Coach

I have previously played football in the League of Wales and took to running after retiring from this. I ran a few marathons and was asked to be a last minute stand in for the 2005 the Bishop’s Castle Tandem Triathlon. My interest in triathlon developed from there and has now seen me complete two Ironman races and a hand full of Half Ironman races. I have also completed a number of endurance cycling events including John O’Groats to Land’s End in seven days and London to Paris in 24 hours.

Qualifications

British Triathlon Federation – Level 2 Coach

Toni v2

Toni Sheen

I have a varied history of different sporting achievements under my belt and have always been very active since school.

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Toni v2
Toni Sheen
Level 2 BTF Triathlon Coach

I have a varied history of different sporting achievements under my belt and have always been very active since school. I have ran a few marathons, completed the 3 peaks challenge and participated in a number of tough mudder’s. I am a keen gym goer and and enjoy doing crossfit. However I always kept looking for a another exciting sport to try out. I finally bit the bullet early 2014 and entered the London Triathlon (sprint distance) with no prior training or knowledge of the sport. I still went ahead and I thought what have I got to lose! I found SYTri on google and enquired into the open water sessions to get a taster of what I let myself in for. Since that first training experience I have not looked back. The support and friendliness of the club & the members have encouraged me to continue with the sport, increasing my fitness levels and achieve new sports abilities. I was lucky enough to be asked to join the coaching team 2015 and completed my Level 1 qualification February 2016. I am currently working towards my Level 2 and hope I can share my enthusiasm of the sport with the other adult and junior members helping them achieve their goals also.

Qualifications
  • British Triathlon Federation: Level 1 Coach
  • British Triathlon Federation: Level 2 Coach
Helen

Helen Pritchard

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Helen
Helen Pritchard
Level 2 BTF Triathlon Coach
Qualifications
Sophie

Sophie Whittingham

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Sophie
Sophie Whittingham
Level 2 BTF Triathlon Coach
Qualifications
Justin

Justin Shirra

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Justin
Justin Shirra
Level 1 BTF Triathlon Coach
Qualifications
Matt

Matt Armitage

After a life threatening motorcycle accident in 2009 and then spending the next 12 months unable to walk, I gradually worked my way back to reasonable health.

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Matt
Matt Armitage
Level 2 BTF Triathlon Coach

After a life threatening motorcycle accident in 2009 and then spending the next 12 months unable to walk, I gradually worked my way back to reasonable health. I got into cycling and for a while worked at Dave Mellors where i trained to become a specialised bike fitter. I was interested in triathlon but never thought i would be able to run again. As i got stronger over the next few years I started to do little runs of just a few yards, and over the next few months built that up to a few kilometres.
I joined SYtri and was immediately impressed with the encouragement and friendliness of everyone i met. I have since completed quite a few sprint and Olympic distance triathlons and an Ironman 70.3 in May 2017.
I have become a coach because of the support the club gave to me and my wish to pass that on. I think my history gives me an insight into different peoples fitness journeys. We are not all destined to be super fast, but we can all improve ourselves and have fun in the process.

Qualifications

British Triathlon Federation – Level 2 Coach

Danny

Danny Glover

Danny took up Triathlon in 2012 when he realised his body couldn’t take the constant impact of just running , since then he has completed numerous triathlons up to the...

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Danny
Danny Glover
Level 1 BTF Triathlon Coach

Danny took up Triathlon in 2012 when he realised his body couldn’t take the constant impact of just running , since then he has completed numerous triathlons up to the lovely Iron Distance, however, he does still chuck in his annual visit to the London marathon.

Qualifications

Level 1 BTF Triathlon Coach

Alistair

Alistair Mitchell

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Alistair
Alistair Mitchell
Level 1 BTF Triathlon Coach
Qualifications

Level 1 BTF Triathlon Coach