“Coming to triathlon after a career as a world-class modern pentathlete that saw him become national champion and represent Great Britain at senior world championships, Rob has transferred and developed his skills, knowledge and experience to reach age group podiums and qualify for Ironman 70.3 World Championships in his first attempt over the distance.
Rob has a wealth of multi-sport coaching experience, working with those first getting into sport all the way through to athletes competing at world championship level. With expertise in coaching youth athletes, Rob takes a long term approach to athlete development ensuring that they achieve their short and medium term goals while also laying the foundations for long term success and enjoyment.
I am 27 years old and from Whitchurch in Shropshire but currently living in Plymouth. While getting my degree in Sport and Exercise Science from Loughborough University I realised I really enjoyed coaching and passing on my knowledge and experience to others so after a career as a modern pentathlete I turned my focus to coaching and searched for my next sporting challenge. I have completed Pentathlon GB’s World Class Coaching Programme and I’m now a pathway coach supporting the development of Team GB’s future pentathletes. My day job at Plymouth College as Director of Modern Pentathlon and Multi-Sport sees me coaching some of the Britain and Europe’s best youth pentathletes along with a group of up swimmers who are looking to make the switch from Plymouth’s prestigious Leander Swimming Club programme to triathlon. It’s great being able to work with such talented and committed people and it’s a great feeling when you see them reap the rewards of all the hard work and time they invest to become the best they can be.
My route into triathlon was through needing a new challenge after I retiring from modern pentathlon and having done 5 sports for so long doing just the one was never going to be an option. I still felt that I had lots to give physically and being someone who always needs a goal strive for, I thought what better way to push my boundaries than to make the jump from a 200m pool swim and 3km run on the track than taking on 1.9km open water, 90km on the bike and a 21.1km run. I love coaching, I love training, I love racing, I think it’s fair to say I’m hooked on triathlon.”