Below is an introduction to your committee, if you would like to see an explanation of the roles please see the Committee Roles Explained under section to the right. Please feel free to contact any Committee member if you have any questions.
I have been involved in the sport of Triathlon for around 12 years; my first race was in 2004. It was TTG Gloucester Triathlon. I remember it well!
I have been competing at both sprint and Olympic distances on a regular basis since then; in 2010 I completed my first Half Ironman (The Vetruvian) which inspired me to take up the challenge of entering Ironman Regensburg Germany in 2011.
Since joining Tri Team Glos I have been an active member supporting the club whenever and wherever I could, joining the race committee in 2006 and then the TTG main committee sometime later.
Being a member of Tri Team Glos has not only offered me the opportunity to train and compete in a sport that I love, but has also enabled me to gain so much more in terms of friendship, support and encouragement. Having been persuaded to take on the role of Chair, I only hope that I can fufill the challenges that lay ahead whilst continuing the good work that has already been done.
I have been a member of Tri Team Glos since 2000, at that time I decided I needed a challenge, so I purchased a bike that was somewhat larger than me and started swimmimg (which is still an ongoing challenge for me). I started off with sprint triathlons and then progressed to olympic distances competing several times in the world championships. I completed my first half ironman a couple of years ago which I feel is becoming my favourite distance.
Joining the club has been a great experience for me I have met a lot of people through the club and the sport, we have a wide range of experience in the club and it is nice to be able to help others with what I know in gaining their goals. I too have been given lots of encouragement and help over the years from other members of the club and there have been times where I have put the bike in the garage in frustration thinking “I am not getting back on that ever again”………..but I do.
I joined Tri Team Glos in 2009 when I was taking a 6 month break from running through injury to my Achilles. I was looking to undertake some worthwhile exercise whilst I rested, and a work colleague recommended the swim sessions. Having just about survived the swim sessions I began to enjoy it. I thought I was fit, as I had been running for years, but I soon realised fitness is all relative!
I soon got hooked as my fitness level increased and I undertook my first triathlon in Australia in 2010. Since then I have trained hard under the guidance of the club coaches. You can’t help but get fitter. I entered my first Ironman distance triathlon in July 2012 which was a tremendous experience and intend to compete the longer distance triathlons for the foreseeable future.
I took up the role of Treasurer in April 2012 and also now sit on the race committee. My only regret is that I didn’t join 20 years ago.
I was always into any sport from a young age football, horse riding, hockey, tennis anything going pretty much.
Once I left school apart from still being involved in horses I didn’t have a particular sport that I was involved in so decided to join my local running club. Having taken part in distances ranging from 5k to marathon on and off road running was starting to give my legs a bit of a battering!
A good friend of mine suggested getting a road bike (which I did) and entered the Newent duathlon in 2012. After getting a couple of duathlons under my belt (the same friend 🙂 ) suggested why not go the whole hog and add the swim!
I took part in my first triathlon which was a super sprint 200m swim/10k bike and 5k run in 2013 whilst soon joining Tri Team Glos.
This year I am taking part in my first middle distance race and have taken on the role of social secretary for the club!
LETS HAVE SOME FUN!!!
I grew up in South Africa where endurance sport is a way of life and my early experiences include the Comrades Ultra Marathon and 3 day Duzi canoe marathons. This in turn lead to cycling racing and in the early 80’s I started competing in the then new sport of triathlon. Emigrating to the UK and arrival of a young family my free time for competition was reduced. I maintained my passion for cycling and I have completed the 1200km Paris Brest Paris event and a number of fantastic multi day mountain bike races around the world.
I was introduced to Tri Team Glos when my son trained as a junior and then swim coach Andy Gardner promised me he could definitely improve my swim a task Tim and Roy are still struggling to complete. Over recent years I have completed in numerous triathlons over all distances including a great day completing Ironman Wales in September 2013.
I am always excited about new endurance challenges and love the idea of tackling new or novel events. I thoroughly enjoy training and racing as a member of Tri Team Glos and hope to be able to encourage and promote the sport to others.
In my picture I am holding the Graham Denny Challenge Trophy an annually runner vs mountain bike event on the Transkei Wild Coast the result of an epic overnight saga many years ago to seek help for a snake bitten university friend. I will be competing this later this year club members are welcome to join me.
I was a decent runner when I was at school but stupidly took up drinking & smoking instead of competing! Around 15 years ago I got back into running but found I’d slowed considerably over the years. After years of trying to get into the London marathon I finally succeeded in 2008 and managed three marathons that year. A couple of friends had both competed at Kona and the concept of attempting an Ironman had always seemed impossible. I turned 50 in 2011 and another friend asked me what I would do to mark the occasion and I said “do an Ironman” less than 12 months later, 3 days after my 50th I completed Ironman Wales in just under 14 hours having prepared with Tewkesbury Sprint and Windsor Olympic triathlons (and of course a hell of a lot of training!)
I joined TTG in 2012 and am on the race committee and have become newsletter editor and press officer. I enjoy the Saturday bike sessions and open water swimming in the Summer. I endure the Turbo sessions and hope to get along to more of the run sessions in future.