Meet the team

 
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chairman - Donna Lovelock

I first started triathlon in 2012 and haven't looked back since. I have raced locally at various different distances and have now discovered a love for full iron distance in hot places. My main aim is to keep training and racing fun, sociable and an excuse to eat lots of cake. I took over the role of Club Chairman at the AGM in April 2018.

Treasurer - SUZANNE WILLIS

 
Photo courtesy of Paul Hammond

Photo courtesy of Paul Hammond

Affiliations Secretary & Website - Sue O’Dowd

As a challenge for my 50th year I took part in my first triathlon…Ironman Zurich…and was hooked. I joined Southampton Tri Club in 2008 so that I could train with other like minded athletes. Having completed 3 Ironman, I now prefer to do Middle Distance events preferably where the weather is warm.

I love the camaraderie and support the club provides.

 

MINUTES SECRETARY - Emma HAWKINs

 

 

 

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Welfare Officer - Jenny Lawrie

I started triathlon after the Brownlee brothers and the London Olympics inspired me. I have regularly attended STC swimming sessions ever since and feel that my swimming has improved quite markedly. I love swimming outside – you turn your head to breathe and see the open sky above you: can’t beat it.

I was already a runner of sorts (one or two gentle runs each week for years and years). My cycling was only recreational and I still do not really know how to cycle fast – and consequently I am terribly slow. The joy that is retirement has intervened, so now the possibilities for training are endless – and have led to aches, injuries and also quite a few events and consequent medals. Triathlon is a real individual sport but with the tri club, it is also so supportive and collaborative. 

 
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Membership Secretary - Liz Carter

I joined Southampton Tri Club in June 2012 barely able to swim two lengths and less than 18 months later I did the Portsmouth 2k pier to pier sea swim in just over one hour. With swimming it really does pay to be able to train regularly and to be so expertly coached.

I did my first ever duathlon (novice) in March 2013 and triathlon (also novice) the following month and have been utterly addicted ever since. Invariably last, I have the best time and love pretty much every minute of every event I've ever done, but I especially love that feeling of complete achievement when you cross the finish line.

My current favourite distance is the half ironman as it offers me plenty of time to really enjoy the event; having moments of moving meditation during the swim, singing show tunes on the cycle ride and snacking my way round the half marathon. Brilliant brilliant fun!!!

 
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Social Media Officer - Becca Stubbs

I joined STC when moving to Southampton after university end of 2017, not knowing anyone in the city is was a leap of faith. However, I’ve totally fallen in love with the sport, the lifestyle and STC community has undoubtedly been a huge part of how easily I settled in.

Having come from a cycling background, I had a lot to learn particularly in the pool. But both my swimming and running have gone from strength to strength due to the coaching I have received from the club.

I have a need for speed so my preferred races are standard tri/duathlon, of which I am racing age group this year for the first time! Oh how this has escalated!

 
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Social Secretary - GILL PERRY

 I, like many others, was inspired by the Brownlee brothers heading towards the 2012 Olympics, plus I wanted a challenge before my 40th birthday, so I entered my first local sprint tri in 2011 wearing a wetsuit off Ebay and using my trusty 15 year old mountain bike! I was hooked! I joined STC in February 2017, and have gone on to doing Olympic distance tri's, and my first Half Ironman distance tri in summer 2018 in the Cotswolds. I love the support of everyone at the club, and that all are included, whether a complete beginner or a GB athlete! I now organise all of the social events for the club, including the Christmas do, and a one-off viewing of the film "We Are Triathletes". 

 

Kit Officer - Jenny Astall

BTF LEVEL 2 coach

I made the switch from hockey player to triathlete in 2012 after a few friends encouraged me to give triathlon a go. For my first triathlon I swam breast stroke and rode my mountain bike. Even though everyone over took me on the bike I wasn’t put off, I went out and bought myself a road bike and have never looked back.

I joined the club after training for a few years on my own and completing in my first long course weekend in Wales. The club has given me structure to my sessions and most importantly a great group of friends.

After qualifying and competing as a GB age grouper I decided to complete my triathlon coaching qualification. I have a passion for working with those who are new to the sport, helping them to achieve at all levels.

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head coach - Paul Edmonds

BTF Level 2 Coach

I completed my first multisport event in 2003 as a credible way of taking a break from my final year study at University. After a 10 year absence from Triathlon, I returned to race some local New Forest events before joining STC in 2013. Since then, I have qualified for GB Age Group, and competed at the World and European Championships in Olympic and Middle Distance.  I completed my BTF Coaching Level 2 in 2016 and since then have been coaching the track session on a Thursday evening.

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Cycle Officer - Darryl Marcus-Hanks

BTF Level 2 Coach

I did my first triathlon (and pretty much the first event in the UK) way back in 1982.  Doing half the swim breaststroke and using a borrowed race bike I actually did quite well coming somewhere around 10th.  However I enjoyed it so much I entered more of these events and started training specifically for triathlon.  Eventually in 1986 I was nominated to race in the then World Championships at Nice; 4000m swim, 75mile bike into the maritime alps finishing with a 20 mile run up and down the Bays des Anges.  Not a great day, my swim and bike were rubbish though I had a great run.  I raced the World Champs again in 1987 and 1989.  In 1987 I and a small group of like-minded people were approached by the Southampton City Council who asked us to set up a triathlon club so Southampton Triathlon Club was born.  During the 90’s I raced several Age Group World Champs and won a gold medal at the Home Countries Championships.  Over the years I have held most of the club’s offices including three separate terms as Chairman. I am proud of my achievements in this sport but my best moment was in 1994 when the club surprised me by giving me a certificate for Life Membership.  Due to injuries I was forced to stop competing in 1997.  I am now embarking on a long term come back …

 
 
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photo courtesy of Darryl Markus-Hanks

Run Officer - Sonia Rushby

I was persuaded by one of the club coaches to join a number of years ago. Since joining have participated in sprint and standard distance triathlons.  Of the 3 disciplines running is my strength I am a member of Winchester AC. Attending many swim session has really improved swimming, now to focus on my cycling.

STC participate in the CC6 series, a series organised by the local running community. There are 7 cross country races between 4 & 5 miles taking place from September to March.

Club interval sessions take place at Southampton track on a Thursday evenings @ 7:30 pm.  Members advertise training runs and other running events on the STC Closed Facebook page  Any questions regarding running please do not hesitate to contact me. 

 
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Swim Officer - Claire Fosbrook

I joined STC in 2015 after completing a few local sprint triathlons and wanting to train with others within the sport.

I am not the strongest cyclist or runner, but I do have a background in swimming. Joining the club has helped me improve those disciplines and I have also learnt to love them. I thoroughly enjoy the social side to being part of the club and being able to go out with riders of the same ability is something I look forward to on a weekly basis.

As Swim Officer for the committee I am enjoying raising awareness of local open water swim events, a sport I have only found through triathlon. Being part of the club is a fabulous way of improving within the sport in a fun and supportive environment. 

 

CLUB OFFICER - Peter Hartley-Oinn

 

BTF Level 2 Coach - Steve Cooke

Ex-Professional / GB yachtsman and Outward bound instructor / Mountain leader,  I took up racing triathlon in 2005. Over the years I have raced distances from sprint to Ironman in the UK and overseas. As a club coach, I have used all my past experience to coach many different level of athletes from complete beginners and international age groups of all ages.


I get a real buzz working with athletes in the club and look forward to seeing their effort and smiling faces.

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BTF Level 2 Coach - Jo Haley

I took up triathlon at uni in Loughborough after injuring myself running. I swam as a kid so that was fine but it took me a while to get any cycling legs. Since then I've raced every distance up to Iron man with 70.3 being my favorite and most successful distance.

In 2015, I finally raced at the 70.3 World Championships. With it being held in Europe, it was therefore within my budget for the first time. This year I intend to step out of my comfort zone by trying a different type of multisport event - a swim/ run Ötillo type race in snowdonia.

I love triathlon as it's so inclusive and friendly. It doesn't matter whether you're fast or slow or like long or short distances - everyone is welcome and everyone is respected for achieving whatever it is they have set out to achieve.

 

RUN Coach - Ben Pitman

Took up running whilst at University in 2007 and have been doing it ever since! I am a member and Coach of Lordshill Road Runners. I have competed in a races over a range of distances and terrains. Have completed London Marathon back in 2015 although I much prefer the longer distances off-road- I've even run an Ultra.

I became UKA Coach in Running Fitness in 2013 and Event Group Coach in Endurance Running in 2016. I really enjoy working with runners and triathletes to offer advice and improve their fitness. I'm currently responsible for club's interval sessions on Thursday evenings @7:30 pm on the Southampton track.

Occasional swimmer and regular cyclist although I've only ever done one Triathlon!

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Swim Coach - Alex Palmer

I entered my first triathlon back in 2017, after that, I was completely hooked. I joined STC shortly after, racing as an GB Age Grouper and completing the Weymouth 70.3 Ironman in September.

My back ground is swimming. As a teenager, I was the British junior 50m Freestyle champion and was subsequently selected for the Elite squad for Team Bath. I was fortunate enough to train and work alongside some of the very best swimmers and coaches on the circuit; gaining valuable experience and knowledge.

I am now a part of the club’s coaching team, taking 3-5 lane swim sessions every Saturday morning at the Quays and every other Friday night at Oaklands Community pool which is great for both beginners or people looking for a little extra help with technique.

 

Swim coach - Adam Robinson

Specialising in swimming, I am new to coaching the STC squad but I bring with me a swimming specific skillset. My ambition is to refresh the mindset of all of the athletes I work with, leaving people wanting to learn more and more about the sport and using that information constructively. I also want to help triathletes learn about leg kick and not gasp in horror when kicking is discussed.

My experience with the water started when I was a baby, my mum took me into the sea on family holidays to the Isle of Wight. This quickly progressed into swimming lessons, lifesaving and eventually swimming club. I then reached County medal positions and Regional finals. My best and favourite even then was the 50m butterfly.

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swim coach - JEss Davies

I started coaching for the club around April 2018 and came from a purely swimming background. Since coaching for the club, it has really opened my eyes to how it really doesn’t matter what your background is or what level you are, STC will welcome you with open arms and will help you strive to be the best athlete you can possibly be.

I have been a competitive swimmer since the age of 8 and competed at National level over 12 years. I achieved County, Regional and National titles, as well as holding a British Record for Ladies 50m Backstroke.

I now coach 2-3 lanes every Saturday morning with the STC swimmers and they never fail to amaze me! Coaching triathletes is a very different ball game to coaching swimmers and I feel like I’m always learning new things from the triathletes and fellow coaches.