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Coaching & Support

The coaching team and support staff work in collaboration to support athletes to achieve their goals. 

As a team we are always trying to develop:     

  • Understanding – we believe that athletes who have a greater understanding of themselves, the sport and their training/racing plans will have a better chance of delivering success in competition
  •  Ownership – we assist and encourage athletes to develop the skills to have input into and eventually lead their own programmes and development
  •  Challenge – triathlon is a tough sport, there’s no getting away from it – we create an environment of supportive challenge to prepare athletes for the demands of competition

Performance staff team

Pathway Manager

Name: Louis Richards

Background: I have always been passionate about sport from a young age and having taken up pretty much every sport under the sun I was always going to pursue a career in the sports industry. I got involved with triathlon whilst studying at Loughborough University and soon started to dabble in the coaching world. An MSc in Sports Coaching and roles with Loughborough University and British Triathlon soon led me to Wales where I jumped at the opportunity to get involved with an ambitious and expanding NGB and Performance programme.

What is the best thing about working in triathlon? The people I get to work with! Whether that’s athletes, parents, coaches or the rest of the performance team I am always surrounded by passionate and forward looking people who want to develop the sport in wales.

Love: Mountain biking and being outside. I also really enjoy cooking and spending time on the beach with my dog!

Hate: Small mindedness & poor deadlift technique

Favourite Quote:  In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.- Albert Einstein

Performacne coach

Name: Luke Watson

Background: I grew up in Pembrokeshire and was a member of one of the original Welsh Triathlon Talent Squads back in 2006/7, before heading off to Loughborough University, where I trained and studied degrees in Chemical Engineering and subsequently Sports Coaching. As an athlete I competed individually for Great Britain at two World University Triathlon Championships, and as a guide for visually-impaired athletes in Paratriathlon at a number of World and European Championships. I began coaching full-time in Loughborough after retiring in 2014, and worked across the Olympic and Paralympic programmes, as well as leading the East Midlands Regional Academy, before moving down to Cardiff to set up the NTPCW in January 2017.

What is the best thing about working in triathlon?

  • The diversity and challenge of working as part of a great team to help motivated people achieve their maximum potential
  • Having the opportunity to travel to some amazing places for camps and races.

Love: Watching all Sports, Travelling, Pub Lunches

Hate: Dogs, Coffee, Slow Walkers

Favourite Quote:  “We’re going to make Wales great again!”

Development Coach

Name: Vicky Johnston

Background: Former triathlete based at Loughborough in the High Performance Programme whilst studying at University. Moved to Cardiff in 2017 to join NTPCW and switched to coaching early 2018.

What is the best thing about working in triathlon? Working alongside dedicated and committed athletes on a daily basis and helping them to achieve their goals.

Love: Unicorns and chocolate

Hate: Seafood and lying

Favourite Quote: Believe you can and you’re halfway there

Programme Administrator 

Name: Verity Cook

Background: In Sport and Exercise science recently graduating from Swansea University with a research Masters. Interest in sport started with competitive swimming and has now teaches swimming to a wide range of ages and abilities and disabilities.  Also completing internships with Swim Wales and WRU, developing not only sport-specific experience but also a valuable and transferable skill set

What is the best thing about working in triathlon? Working alongside people that truly love the sport and are committed to continuing the growth of the sport.

Love: Chocolate and traveling

Hate: Disorganisation and anchovies

Favourite Quote: “The journey not the arrival matters.” – T.S. Eliot

Lead Physiotherapist

Name: Jessica Parry-Williams 

Background:  I have been involved in sport since a young age resenting Wales at middle distance running as a junior and senior.  I have also competed in triathlon for age group GB before turning my focus to developing a my career within sports physiotherapy.  Working as a Physiotherapist since 2001 I underwent a MSc in Advance Manipulative Physiotherapy at the University of Birmingham to advance my clinical reasoning in practice.  Currently alongside working with Welsh Triathlon I work in the NHS as an Advanced Physiotherapist Practitioner and as the physiotherapist for Cardiff Met Womens Rugby Squad.

What is the best thing about working in triathlon?  I love working within such a passionate and forward thinking team, where coaching team are 100% committed to developing the sport and athletes are dedicated to their goals.

Love:  Sunshine, snow and smiley faces

Hate:  Celery and rain

Favourite Quote:  "The greatest battle is not the physical but psychological.  The demons telling us to give up when we push ourselves to the limit can never be silenced for good.  They must always be answered by the quiet steady dignity that simply refuses to give in.  Courage, we all suffer, keep going! " Graeme Fife

Performance Strength & Conditioning Coach

Name: Jack Sanders

Background: Experience supporting para-athletics, badminton, gymnastics, netball and non-league football. Gained an MSc in Strength and Conditioning from Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2019, completing a studentship placement with Sport Wales.   

What is the best thing about working in triathlon? Working alongside a group of brilliant support staff and autonomous athletes. It makes the process of delivering a strength and conditioning programme within a busy competition schedule very enjoyable and rewarding.    

Love: Coffee

Hate: Not owning a coffee machine

Favourite Quote: I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work - Thomas Edison

Performance Physiologist 

Name: Thomas Bridge

Background: Previously worked with the physiology team at Sport Wales and delivered physiology support to the Welsh Rowing team. Currently working at University of Birmingham high performance centre providing physiology support to athletes from a wide range of sports.

What is the best thing about working in triathlon? The mixture of demands is fascinating, it’s a really interesting performance puzzle.

Love: Working collectively to overcome a problem and seeing successful results – that and winning.

Hate: losing

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