Club Officers and Committee Members for 2018/2019

The following club members have been formally appointed at the 2018 AGM as Club Officers and Committee Members for the next 12 months.

Alex Higgins


I moved from rugby to cycling and then into triathlon following one too many injuries. Along with my wife, Carla, I’ve been a member of the club for 4 years and love the welcoming atmosphere, whatever your aims. Now qualified as one of the coaches I enjoy that aspect as much as taking part in individual events. I like where the sport takes you and don’t have a favourite discipline; it’s too difficult to choose when you have to try and compare a Mediterranean sunrise swim, to cycling through Galway, to the challenge of running (crawling) up Ben Nevis.

Aims for this year:
Complete IM Vitoria-Gasteiz and IM Wales.
Also looking forward to IM 70.3 Vichy alongside many members of the club, where I’d like to get a PB.

James Douglas
Vice Chairman

I am passionate about the club and the magnificent friendships that have resulted from being a member. I am a supporter of everyone at every level on whatever event. Usually found zooming around on my bike supporting / heckling club-mates at races, my training can only be described as spontaneous with little time for detailed plans.

Whilst not the biggest fan of running, I will do what it takes to perform on the day… I have even been known to dress up as a woman and don my trainers in order to get a better time! (Further explanations will require the purchase of a drink.)

Aims for this year:
After completing my first 70.3 IRONMAN at Weymouth in 2017, I’d like to return and achieve a PB. The aim is to get a PB at Weymouth, aiming for a full Iron distance.

Andy Elder

I have been a club member for 5 years and have previously been Chairman for 2 years. I am delighted to be back with the committee now serving as Secretary where I am responsible for ensuring the efficient administration of the club and stewardship of the new constitution.

If you have any questions about our professional affiliations or queries about the rules or triathlon please let me know.

Aims for this year:
Complete my first and last marathon and to spend less time in transition.

Paul Carter


Joined in 2010, having done 1 or 2 local pool tris each year since 2003, with running as my forte (relatively) and a background in Sunday league soccer, some cycling with local CTC and dabbling in Squash and Volleyball along the way. Tireless work by the Club Coaches means I now always enjoy swimming (except backstoke). I salute them.

Aims for this year:
Standard and Middle distance again, with hopefully a crack at GB Age group Duathlon qualifiers. Plus I want to do as many single discipline events as possible especially running. Just need to get and keep the old pins in good working order. Oh yes and keep the cub finances in order (mustn’t forget that).

Vinicius Vecchiatti
Communications Officer

No hassle, call me Vini!
Joined the club 3 years ago, just after moving to Portsmouth went for a casual long-ish run in a rainy cold Sunday morning of January without knowing that the club would push me, in a good way with an amazing atmosphere of friendship and encouragement to complete what I never have dreamed before, a full Ironman, well along with many other races.

This year is my first year in an official role within the Committee, previous years I’ve been supporting Comms creating some of the medias that you’ve may have seen in posts, instagram, facebook and training sessions.

Aims for this year:
Race for the first time the Portsmouth Marathon (Dec/2018).
Improve my Cross Country running skills (as a XC Captain I think I must) and also to give me more confidence to sign-up for a Swimrun.
Get this website updated and running.

Robert Piggott
Events Manager

About me, personal trainer and events director bringing lots of knowledge to the team. Highest athletic point, 2007 completing 3 marathons in two weeks, Amsterdam, Dublin and New York. In the summer months can mostly be found in a kayak or on a golf course

AIMS: continue to be retired from marathons, avoid injury and enjoy life to the full.

Elliot Webber
Triathlon Development Officer


I am a late arriver to triathlon and running. 2 and a half years ago, I was 5 stone heavier and not able to run much beyond the end of the road.

This year, I have completed my first marathon, my first 2 Olympic distance Tris, my 100th Park Run and my first ultra marathon.

I view myself as a pretty good runner (getting worse the longer the distance), a middle of the road swimmer and a truly terrible cyclist… Triathlon is definitely the right sport for me!

Aims for this year:
Complete my first Ironman – Vichy 2019
and learn to like core work (or at least do some).

Lesley Quiney
Coaching & Training, Pool Swimming Coordinator,

Started Triathlon three years ago just before my 50th birthday on a whim, my back ground is horses and mountain biking, since then I have competed in Sprint, Standard and middle distance races.

I became a Level Two Triathlon coach earlier this year, I am completely hooked. A whim has turned into a way of life and a wonderful life it is proving to be.

Aims for next year:
Next year sees me and 6 others training for an English Channel relay attempt, there are 6 swimming and 1 reserve. Our slot is 18-25th August so all training this year will centre around this so with that in mind I will be doing the ‘Swashbuckler’ in May then swim, swim, swim until after the channel, then I am hoping to travel to Arizona to compete in the ‘Tempe’ 70.3 on 22nd October (Ulterior motive my brother lives in Arizona so family visit as well).

Louise Miller
Membership Secretary

I am Lou (only Louise when I am I trouble) a full time working mum, owner of two Staffordshire bull terriers and two cats and a patient husband. I’m a lover of life and all things fabulous.

I decided to do my first Tri in 2014 before I was 45, I couldn’t swim properly so I took swimming lessons and joined Portsmouth Triathletes and the rest they say is history!

The swim is my weakest discipline other two I scrape by its all about being in the moment and pushing your own boundaries and enjoying it. Work hard play hard.

Aims for this year:
My challenge for 2018 is to complete Weymouth 70.3 my first Ironman event.

Carla Higgins
Social Secretary

Started to dabble in triathlon in 2012 and has been hooked, if not slightly obsessed) since. Now an IRON(WO)MAN and an Ultra Marathon Survivor.

Made in the Royal Navy, I have experience with organising social events for all ages (mental & physical) and loves a good party! I’m now very much looking forward to the year ahead and building on last the successes of last year in fulfilling the role of the “Minister of Fun” for my second family, Portsmouth Triathletes!

Aims for this year:
Qualify to represent GBR

Kevin McTaggart
Welfare Officer

I am the Portsmouth Triathletes Club Welfare Officer. This role deals with the safeguarding and welfare aspects in the club traithlon activities. It is primarily around juniors and vulnerable adults but the scope covers all members and coaches whether competing, training or participating in club events/outside events. Personally, I am in the Autumn of my competing, I plan to do more varied Sprints in 2019 and after doing the Bournemouth Pier to Pier this year I am planning to do the Arun swim. I have also started on the British Triathlon Officials programme and need to do one more shadow before I qualify. Hopefully I should be an official at Fareham.

I am a qualified Lifeguard, completed both Leadership in Running course run by England Athletics and the British Triathlon Activator course. I help with the Junior Section which has developed in 2018 and there is a strong plan of activities and events in 2019.

Fran Marshman
Junior Section Coordinator

I am a working mum of 12 year old twins, originally from the South West, but have been in Portsmouth for nearly 20 years. I fit my training in and around my family life and find rest days of any description very challenging! I have been taking part in multi-sport events since 2014 when my husband challenged me to complete a Triathlon. I love the bike, hate the run.

Aims for this year:
2019 I’m consolidating 70.3 and thinking about branching out on the bike…