Andy is an IRONMAN Certified Coach and a BTF Level 2 qualified Triathlon coach. He coaches at Chester Triathlon Club and also works with UCANSWIM on technique sessions and swim analysis.
Andy has a strong swim coaching background but his real passion is to get on his bike and spend time with athletes wanting to develop their cycling.
Andy is also a bit of a “tech geek” trying out all of the latest technology and advancements to ensure that we can give all of our athletes access to the very best tools on the market, whether it’s using the latest Garmin products or a bit of online ‘Zwift’ racing.
Andy believes that triathlon should be open to everyone, of all abilities, and no matter how much time you have to dedicate to it believes improvements can be made. Whether you want to be first in your AG or “just get round”, he believes everyone deserves a level of success. Whilst Andy’s approach allows him to be a natural coach choice for beginner athletes, he can also help those looking to step it up to the next level. By building structure around their life, and providing support throughout, Andy has already seen all of his athletes, across all distances, go from strength to strength and see improvements across all the disciplines.
I’m 38, live in Chester and despite efforts to generate income from swimming, biking or running, I still have to work as a Programme Manager during the day. I like to think that I am a good example of someone who came into triathlon quite late in life, and despite already having a long background in sport, wasn’t a natural swim/bike/runner. So I have had to work hard to improve in all areas.
I played rugby union from the age of 6, and got to play at the top amateur level, until a significant injury forced my retirement at the age of 25. After several years out in the wilderness of exercise, a colleague, whom had recently completed his first Ironman, encouraged me to have a go at triathlon. So in 2006 after I completed my first sprint distance race in a rather steady 1hr 43mins, I was hooked. I have now competed at every distance from Sprint to Ironman, around the world, and in some spectacular locations and races.
My underlying passion for coaching comes from my own personal drive over the last 10+ years to see improvements in each area of the sport. I believe it is fundamental and vitally important as a coach to do all I can to help someone achieve their goals, no matter how big or small. I am also a firm believer that surrounding yourself with the right people, with the right mindset, can also be a massive enabler to help you succeed.
Contact Andy direct: firstname.lastname@example.org