I became a competitive triathlete in 1993, and was a British National Junior champion in my second season of triathlon. I have competed internationally, in 6 World Championships, in Triathlon and Duathlon at all distances.

I have worked with many coaches over the years, and have gained knowledge from highly recognised personalities, including Dr Sarah Springman, Joe Beer, Steve Trew, Jack Maitland, Heather Williams, Chris Jones and John Dargie in the UK and Raynard Tissink and Lucie Zelenkova since living in SA.

I am considered one of the old guard in the sport, and have been around long enough as a club athlete to train with up and coming youngsters such as Jess Harrison (GB junior squad), Will Clarke (Cambridge Triathlon Club), Charlotte McShane, Marc Austin (Glasgow Triathlon / Fusion) and have lead swim lanes, bike groups and run groups for as long as I can remember. Before my triathlon ‘career’, I swam competitively, biked competitively and ran competitively….in short, I have always either been the apprentice or the guide.

In SA, I started up a social ladies learn to run group – informal and unpaid. I have mentored a number of CT based athletes (on behalf of my coaches at Team Tissink), some completing their first 70.3 and Ironman events. I have also led Team Tissink Cape Town bike and run sessions, in the build up to this year’s Ironman, and acted as a coaching assistant on the club training camp in March.

I have, again informally, helped many swimmers with a weekly technique swim session, and am a frequent ‘go to’ person for guidance in the sport.

I have given of myself freely and would like to begin an official coaching journey in order to ultimately a)bring more youngsters into the sport, and b) create an identity for myself beyond competitive athlete.