Name: Andrew Williams
Coaching Qualifications: Level 1 British Triathlon Coach
Experience: I fancied doing triathlon many years ago. I was one who, although I’ve always enjoyed sport in general, allowed the daily demands of life and work to take over (especially the latter) leaving little room for anything else. Consequently, I became really unfit and piled on the weight; it became all too easy to persuade myself that completing a triathlon was a pipe dream. Having reached the grand total of 21 stone in 2014, something just clicked and I decided enough was enough. I took up running again, having been a ‘not too shabby’ sprinter in my youth….and the weight started to drop away. In January 2015 having run a 10K race deep in the Arctic Circle of Norway for charity, I was encouraged by a relative to check out the local club, GOG Triathlon. Like many others, joining a new group was a nervy proposition for me: Will I stand out for being rubbish? Will I hold everyone up? Will they be cliquey or elitist?
After 2 months of watching from the side-lines I took the plunge and started going to the sessions. The nervous thoughts were wasted energy. I can honestly say I have never come across a more inclusive, encouraging, welcoming and diverse group of people of all levels of ability. I’ve now competed in 8 triathlons and have well and truly got the bug.
Name: Dimitri Piton
Role: Level 1 triathlon coach
Coaching qualifications: level 1 triathlon coach. ASA Level 1 award in teaching aquatics (QCF), ASA level 1 award in coaching swimming, ASA level 2 swimming teacher
Experience: In 2009 I did my first Llanrwst Triathlon and since then I have done a few other triathlons in North Wales. I like big challenges, especially in swimming and have swam the Menai Straights twice as well as a 6km swim in Lake Padarn.
Swimming is my favourite discipline but I also enjoy the bike and running sessions with the GOGs.
Aside from my day job, I also teach children and adults from 3 years to 90 years to swim (for Conwy County).
Name: Rhian Roxburgh
Role: Head coach
Coaching qualifications: level 1,2 and 3 Triathlon Coach. Full swim teachers award. Strength and Conditioning foundation level certificate from UKSCA, British Triathlon Indoor Bike CPD & Strength & Conditioning CPD Credits. BA(ed) Physical Education
Experience: I talked about doing triathlon for many years, before plucking the courage up to enter my first in 2005. I found it very hard going but mostly enjoyable and have been hooked ever since! I competed as an age-grouper in the World Age Group Championships several times, winning a Bronze medal in Lausanne, 2006. I also won two Gold medals from the European Championships, claiming two consecutive European titles. This led to me winning the British Triathlon Age Group Athlete of the Year.
I’ve tried my hand on the Elite Circuit back in 2008 competing in the British Elite series and ETU Series, placing in the top ten amongst some of the best triathletes of our time, racing the likes of Jodie Stimpson, Helen Jenkins and Flora Duffy to name a few. I have enjoyed travelling the world and meeting some of triathlon’s greats as well as the inspirational athletes who compete at all levels, ages and abilities.
I have been a teacher for almost 20 years, however, through the love I have for the sport, and wanting encourage all abilities into the sport of Triathlon, I have recently started up my own business working as a full-time triathlon coach.
Name: Simon Roxburgh
Coaching Qualifications: Level1 & Level2 British Triathlon Coach with Strength & Conditioning and Indoor Bike CPD Credits
Experience: I raced my first triathlon in 2006 (Harlech) and stopped at the end of every length to catch my breath. It was epic and I was hooked!
Since then I’ve been lucky enough to represent the GB Age Group team at two World Champs’ and two European Champs’, been Welsh Standard Distance Age Group Champ’ and raced every distance from sprint to Ironman.
I love the bike, partial to a bit of lurid lycra, enjoy a good run and adore open water swimming. I’ve seen the sport from pretty much every angle, from being a complete novice and learning to swim, to watching and training with some Elite triathletes, then finally to the rigours of trying to train and compete with a busy work and family life.
I hope I can pass on my love for the sport and hopefully if I’ve learnt anything over the last decade I’ll share that too!
Name: Stu Goldsack
Coaching Qualifications:- Level 1 British Triathlon Coach
Experience: I did my first triathlon in 2010 and loved it. I had a little break from taking part in triathlons but began again in 2012 and have been hooked ever since. I have raced at a variety of distances from sprint to 70.3 and it is an ambition of mine to do an Ironman very soon. I have been coaching for around four years now and love to help people get fit and enjoy the sport I love. My favourite of the disciplines is transition but I also love the swimming. I’m always happy to help with any question so please feel free to stop and ask and remember to keep smiling and enjoy.