The coaching team and support staff work in collaboration to support athletes to achieve their goals. Each athlete is assigned a lead coach who will work with them to create a training plan that accounts for their individual strengths, weaknesses and training history.
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
Name: Luke Watson
Job Role: Performance Coach
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!”
Name: Vicky Johnston
Job Role: Welsh Triathlon Development Coach
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
Name: Chris David Chucas
Job Role: Lead S&C Coach
Background: Sport Wales S&C coach. Cardiff Met Masters degree in S&C
What is the best thing about working in triathlon? The best thing about working in Triathlon is that it is such a modern and forward-thinking sport. I find the approach to be very liberal and holistic and it is great to be involved as a Sport Science practitioner.
Hate: Monotonous isolated admin, especially when it involves computers
Favourite Quote: All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. Thomas Edward Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom (1922).
Name: Jessica Parry-Williams
Job Role: Lead Physiotherapist
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
Name: Verity Cook
Job Role: Welsh Triathlon Programme Administrator
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
Athletes on our Performance Squad are able to apply for additional support from the University sport programmes, which enable free access to additional support services, such as physio, massage, nutrition.
Cardiff Met Sport Scholarships:
Cardiff University High Performance Programme [HPP]:
We also have a very good relationship with both Universities in terms of helping with factors such as:
- Selecting accommodation
- Academic flexibility - to allow you to balance your academics and sport e.g. around exams, races, training camps etc or by studying part-time