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.
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.
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.
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.
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 backstroke). 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).
I am a 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 for this year: Continue to be retired from marathons, avoid injury and enjoy life to the full.
I started Triathlon three years ago just before my 50th birthday on a whim, my background 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: Now that “Portsmouth Tri-ing the Channel Again” (5 Tri club members) completed their Channel Swim Relay challenge (6th July 2019) in 13 hours 49 mins, I am planning to compete at Weymouth 70.3 in September.
I am also working to complete my BTF Level 2 – 1:1 Diploma.
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 to play hard.
Aims for this year: My challenge for 2018 is to complete Weymouth 70.3 my first Ironman event.
Social Secretary To Be Announced
I am the Portsmouth Triathletes Club Welfare Officer. This role deals with the safeguarding and welfare aspects in the club triathlon 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.
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…
The Communications Officer has now been split into three!
Helen will be leading on the Newsletter.
Elliot will be double hatting by dealing with all Social Media on top of his Tri Development Officer Role.
Kim will be managing the website.
Keep reading for their epic bios!!
I’m Helen and I am the third wheel to Elliot and Kim – together we make up the Comm?s Team – I’m responsible for getting the newsletter written and sent. I joined the club in Feb 2018. It was just a way of getting some running coaching for a charity race I had entered in June 2018. I had no intention of ever cycling or swimming in the sea? But this is Pompey Tri and by April 2018 I’d bought a bike and a wetsuit and entered my first triathlon! The fantastic friendships that I’ve made since joining the club have been an amazing support during some tricky times and the training help from members at all levels has been superb. I agreed to help out with the newsletter as a small contribution towards the huge debt I owe this wonderful club.
Aims for this year: After doing my first ever (sprint) triathlon in 2018 and my first Olympic distance in June 2019, I’m aiming to complete my first 70.3 IRONMAN at Weymouth in Sept 2019.
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).
I started my sporting career on a completely different path, competing internationally in Shotokan Karate. When I retired from competition, I was always looking for something to give me that competitive edge back. I started cycling and then took up swimming again, wanting to be one of those people that could do continual lengths of front crawl up and down the pool! (Little did I know I would end up doing the same thing in the sea!)
It didn’t take long after that for me to find the world of triathlon (Even though I hate running!). I joined Portsmouth Triathletes in March 2018, completed my first Go Tri in April and I haven’t looked back, I am hooked! I have since completed in Sprint and Olympic Distances and am looking forward to my first 70.3 in Vichy in August 2019.
Being a member of this club has been a breath of fresh air, the support and friendship have been amazing and I now have something to focus my competitive spirit into, with lots of socialising and cake too … bonus!
Aims for this year:
To complete my first 70.3 at Vichy