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Torfaen Triathlon Club

Year the club was founded: 2016

Size: 50+

Type: Junior and Senior

Location: Pontypool, Torfaen

Key Sessions: 2 Weekly Swim Sessions, one weekly run session, frequent social bike sessions and seasonal indoor cycling sessions

Something unique about your club/best thing about your club:

Our unique partnership with Torfaen Dolphin Performance Swimming Club, and Pont-Y-Pwl and District Runners plus our local Leisure Provider Torfaen Leisure Trust means we have access to high quality training facilities from the Trust and excellent coaching from the two sport specific clubs in addition to our own Tri specific coaches. Our partnership with Torfaen Dolphins is critical to our aim to develop our youth and junior section to give young athletes additional opportunities away from the pool.

Key club contacts:

Ray Morgan - Chairman and Coach

Tom Warwick - Secretary

Shane James - Club Captain

All contactable through torfaentri@gmail.com

Events the club run: Spooktacular Aquathlon every Halloween. TriStars Aquathlon (unfortunately cancelled in 2020 due to Covid-19)

Athlete Interview with Lee Harvey

I joined TTC in late 2018 having been ‘just’ a runner, but with the goal of becoming an Ironman in my 50th year (2020). I had just started cycling, but swimming was going to be a real challenge so I knew I needed to find a club. In a short space of time I went from barely being able to swim a lengthy properly, to completing 4 triathlons in 2019. I could not have done this had it not been for the great support I got from Torfaen Triathlon club where I have met some great like-minded people and some excellent coaches, and have built some new friendships. 2020 wasn’t meant to be my year, but by joining the Triathlon community, I know I have found something that is great for both my mental and physical health, and I am sure I’ll fulfil my Ironman goal next year and continue to enjoy the benefits of being part of such a great club, and the banter that keeps us all smiling.

Coach Interview Ray Morgan:

It sounds like a cliché but I got into coaching to give something back, sport (and triathlon specifically) has given me many opportunities and experiences that I may never of had otherwise and I want to help others have those same opportunities and experiences.

I am a coach with our partner clubs Torfaen Dolphins and Pont-Y-Pwl and District Runners as well as being a professional Strength and Conditioning Coach and I love working with people of all abilities from complete beginners to the sport all the way through to performance level athletes. As a coach it is so rewarding to be able to engage with and help people on their personal journey regardless of what their personal goal is.

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