Club Coaches for 2018/2019

The following club members have been formally appointed as Club Coaches for Official training sessions exclusively to members.
I invite you to read a little bit more about them and their expertise, they are truly champions.

Coaching Experience: Level 2 Triathlon Coaching Qualification (TE) 2007, coached all levels of club members in swimming, cycling, running and transition.  I love helping athletes develop their skills and see real race day improvements.

Profile: Started training in 1992 as an unfit student and learnt to swim front crawl.  Fell into triathlon as a way to see more of my than boyfriend.  First sprint triathlon in May 1995 and since then have only had a break to have a baby.  Competed at all distances to Ironman. Big races and small.  I love cycle time trialling and particularly the team time trial.

Best Triathlon Experience: Finishing my first long distance race (Longest day, Wolverhampton, 2001) and finding that I had come third!

Worst Triathlon Experience: Being pulled out of the swim at Windsor Triathlon when I was winded by a buoy as it pinged back when a back marker from the previous wave let go of it.

Coaching Sessions:

  • Tuesday Evening 7PM: Spinning session at Mountbatten Centre – Winter Only.

Johanna Lovell (Jo)

Coaching Experience: Level 3 swim coach and level 2 triathlon coach. Currently in the process of taking a BTF Level 2 – 1:1 Diploma.

Profile: I have been involved with triathlon for nearly 20 years, competing in many triathlons from sprint up to Ironman. Have raced 2 Ironman races one being Lanzarote.

Best Triathlon Experience: crossing the finishing line in Lanzarote Ironman in 2011 something I never thought I would do. Anything is possible!

Coaching Sessions:

    • Mon, Weds & Fri Mornings 6:00 AM: Swim Technique Session alongside Lesley Quiney.
    • Weds Evening 8:30-9:30 PM: Swim Technique Session alongside Lesley Quiney.
    • Friday Evening 6:30 PM: Allez Aqua Open Water Coaching alongside Lesley Quiney at Eastney – Summer only.


Coaching Experience: Level Two (TE) Coaching Qualification. In the process of taking Level Two (TE) – Diploma. Level Two (Swim England) OW Coaching Qualification. CPD’s in S&C and Static Bike.

My day job as a Sports Massage Therapist helps me to guide athletes along the safest route for their training. My aim is always to enable athletes and myself to train and race injury-free. A good result is an injury-free race.

Profile: I have ridden horses and bicycles my whole life, I worked with Show Jumpers until 1996, then I switched to bikes and raced Mountain Bikes from 2003-2007, a bad fall dislocated my left shoulder after which I lost my mojo for racing and just did Sportives and XC rides. In 2014 my 50th year I decided to mark the occasion with a new challenge and entered the Waterlooville Standard Distance Triathlon after that I was hooked.

Best Triathlon Experience: Getting a PB 2018 – 6 hours 8 minutes st the Swashbuckler Middle Distance Triathlon.

Worst Triathlon Experience: Travelling to U.S.A. For the Arizona 70.3 after a great swim having 2 punctures but managing to finish after some creative tyre mending. (Duck tape I found in the road). But I did finish 7 hours 9 minutes approx 30 mins lost mending tyre.

Coaching Sessions:

  • Mon, Weds & Fri Mornings 6:00 AM: Swim Technique Session alongside Alex Campbell.
  • Weds Evening 8:30-9:30 PM: Swim Technique Session alongside Alex Campbell.
  • Friday Evening 6:30 PM: Allez Aqua Open Water Coaching alongside Alex Campbell at Eastney – Summer only.
  • Saturday Morning 8:30 AM: QECP Cross Country Running Session – Winter only.


Coaching Experience: Level 2 triathlon coach. 2 seasons of Tristar and Youth coaching and now looking forward to getting started with the Portsmouth Triathletes juniors. Now really enjoying Wednesday mornings in Southsea with my run group.

Profile: BIKE RUN SWIM …in that order. Tri newbie in 2010, Half IM finisher’s medal and GB age-group kit in the drawer and an overall 3rd place at Powerman UK (no-one else turned up!). But now there’s also a 3rd-place Ironman age-group trophy on the shelf. Too thrilled to hide it away just yet!

Best Triathlon Experience: Pretty-Much-Every-Moment-of-my-Ironman-Debut

Worst Triathlon Experience: losing my memory after landing on my head in my ‘warm-up’ tri in 2013 and not being able to qualify that year (I had rather enjoyed the experience in 2012…see below).

Other important stuff: I’m hard of hearing so please tap me on the shoulder if I don’t respond to you! 2 energetic kids, 2 noisy cats, 1 long-suffering husband…not necessarily in that order. Love being outside. Love doing anything creative. Love the sea. Love Marmite. Properly dislike soggy brown bananas.

Coaching Sessions:

  • Wednesday Morning 9AM: Run, Speaker’s Corner. (Currently on hold)

Happy to set up more daytime sessions if there’s a call for it. Swim (pool or open water), run, transition or bike skills… please just ask.


Coaching Experience: I’m a qualified coach and mentor within my workplace so developing as a coach in the sport I love was a natural progression. I’ve been a BTF Level 2 Coach since 2016.

Profile: I have been participating in triathlon since retiring from rugby in 2009 and have been a member of Portsmouth Triathletes for the past 5 years. I race at all distances from sprint to Iron, but I’m definitely in the sport for personal achievement and completing rather than competing.

Best Triathlon Experience: There are so many, the stand out ones are: completing the Ben Nevis Braveheart race with my wife Carla, the finish line at Barcelona with all the club support, and the run at Ironman Maastricht.

Worst Triathlon Experience: Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire – elements of my preparation went badly and a delayed start with a bad swim got into my head for the rest of the race. It’s important to recognise and reflect on things when they don’t go the way you want them to; I learnt a lot from this race which has improved the way I do things.

Coaching Sessions:

  • Thursday Evening 6PM: Run Track Session at Mountbatten Leisure Centre

Currently focusing on running development and leading the club’s Thursday night track session, but also conducting other sessions along with the other coaches.

Coaching Experience: I have been a coach since 2015 initially qualifying as a gym, group fitness and indoor cycling instructor. More recently, I completed a level 2 in cycling coaching and a level 5 as an advanced sport and exercise nutritional advisor.

Profile:  After reality hit me in 2013 that I had become overweight and unhealthy I started on my personal journey. After losing two stone primary through improved nutrition, cycling and group fitness sessions, I wanted to help others who find themselves in the same position as I did to become the best version of themselves. I discovered triathlons initially in 2014 unfortunately due to an accident I was unable to complete my first triathlon until 2016 following that I completed both Ironman Lanzarote and Ironman Wales in 2017.

Best Triathlon Experience: Competing in my first Ironman event in Lanzarote.

Worst Triathlon Experience: I don’t believe in bad experiences only learning experience, my biggest triathlon lesson to date is that clipping your shoes on your bike can save you valuable seconds during transition unless you have to walk over a gravel car park to collect your bike!

Coaching Sessions: Wednesday Evening Strength and Conditioning sessions and assist with and cover sessions were required. Review and coaching on nutrition.