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WVTri:  our coaches

BTF Level 2:  Head Coach – Nicky Garratt

I qualified as a BTF Level 1 coach in December 2016, having joined WVTri in the summer of 2015 as a complete novice. During 2017 I trained and completed Ironman Maastricht with my husband Graham, which was a real journey and a momentous day for us both.  I was fortunately enough to compete in Ibiza at the European Championships at Middle Distance in 2019, qualified as a Level 2 coach during 2020, and was appointed Head Coach in the summer of 2021.  I enjoy seeing the progression that the WVTri members are making, tracking their successes at races and seeing the joy that triathlon has brought to so many in the club, and in particular enjoy swim and cycle coaching. Coming to triathlon in my mid 40’s has given me so many positive benefits, and juggling work, training, home life and children is a fun and rewarding challenge!

BTF Level 3: Swim and S&C Lead Coach - Darren Thoirs

I have been involved in triathlon coaching for the past 5 years. As Lead Coach in S&C at WVTri it is my responsibility to ensure that we provide quality training to all of our members through progressive session planning for all abilities. Our philosophy to training is that we challenge the individual but we always make the sessions enjoyable and open to everyone.  Sporting Qualifications: BTF Level 1, 2 and 3, Head Coach CPD, Open Water CPD, Strength & Conditioning CPD, CrossFit Level 1, Wattbike Practioners Course.

BTF Level 2:  Lead Bike Coach - Marc Jordan

My triathlon journey started when I watched my brother in law competing in 2016.  I had a complete misconception of the type of people who did triathlons, and the buzz of the event and the efforts of all the competitors inspired me to join WVTri in the summer of 2016 and later that year enter my first sprint. Since then - with the support of the club's coaches and other club members - I have trained for and completed sprint, standard, half and full distance Triathlons, and this year I raced my second IM event in Austria.  In early 2019 I had the opportunity to train for my BTF level 1 coaches course, which was a great opportunity to use my teaching skills in a new and different way, one which allows me to give something back to the club and support other in reaching their goals. In 2020 I qualified as a British Cycling Combined L1 & L2 Ride Leaders, developing by interest in this discipline.


BTF Level 2 Coach – Philip Wright

I started doing triathlons in 2012 when I did sprint and Olympic distance races, and ended the year with a middle distance event in Chantilly, France.  After a 2 year break I then completed Ironman Sweden.  I have a varied history in training people and thought I would bring these skills to WVTri by enrolling in the coaching programme. I qualified as a BTF Level 1 coach in 2017 and I’m looking forward to developing the athletes' skills as well as my own.

BTF Level 2 Coach - Sue Henley

Five years ago I thought I was in the part of the population who couldn’t run. A colleague suggested I try couch to 5k : I was completely amazed the day I managed 5k.  I stumbled across WVTri 3 years ago in an effort to improve my swimming and was immediately hooked. I have now completed triathlons at every distance, including Ironman and am convinced that triathlon is a sport accessible to everyone, irrespective of age, gender and ability. I am now coaching in an attempt to pass on my enthusiasm for such a great sport.   If I can do it: so can you!

BTF Level 2 Coach - Mark Gray

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BTF Level 1 Coach - Jim Chattaway

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BTF Level 1 Coach - Craig Fuller 

Having run numerous marathons and 3 ultras, I decided that running itself wasn’t enough of a challenge; there had to be more!  So I joined WVTri in October 2017 after speaking with a friend and now I’m hooked!!!!. I am a firm believer of healthy body - healthy mind and will always encourage sport for all. Coaching others to achieve their goals and push beyond is a key driver for me, and the triathletes continually inspire me to train and coach harder. I am due to complete BTF Level 1 in April 2018. 

BTF Level 1 Coach - Tim Cooke 

I've been involved with triathlon since 2008 and have been a  member of the WVTri club since its formation. I have competed across all distances both in the UK and abroad and never tire of the fun, camaraderie,  friendly competitiveness and sometimes life-changing personal challenges that the sport provides. Along with the other members of our coaching team, I enjoy helping club members of all ages and abilities to develop in the sport and to realise their own goals and ambitions.

BTF Level 1 Coach - Jeff Johnson

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BTF Level 1 Coach - Dan Stevens

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BTF Level 1 Coach - Emma Green

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BTF Level 1 Coach - Charlotte Wood

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BTF Level 1 Coach - Liam Henderson

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In addition, the club have a number of qualified British Cycling Combined L1 & L2 Ride Leaders.  All of our coaches and Ride Leaders have - or are working towards - a recognised First Aid qualification and Ride Leaders carry a first aid kit on the club's Social Ride.  The club also own its own portable defibrillator.

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