Athlete Year of Birth: 1976
Athlete Place of Birth: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Athlete Weight: 63kg
Athlete Height: 172.5cm
WTS Ranking: No Ranking
ITU Points List:: No Ranking
I first took up triathlon in 2009 because I wanted a new challenge after cycling for a number of years. I have a family history in sport: my father was an athletics coach and is a competitive runner, and my sister is a PE teacher. The person who has had the most influence on my sporting career is my wife, who provides a huge amount of day-to-day help with training and attending competitions.
I currently train in Norfolk, and a typical training week for me includes three hours of swim training, four to five hours of biking, and two hours of running. My personal best swim time (750m) in open water is 16:16; bike time (20km) 30:27; and run time (5km) 20:45. My favorite ITU race has been the Hyde Park London World Series race, because is was my first international event. I have set up a Special Olympics cycling group and a multi-sports club for people with learning disabilities. Part of my physiotherapy role includes promoting physical activity and exercise through sport. My triathlon goals are to win medals at world and European championships, and to participate in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.
My life outside triathlon includes working as a physiotherapist, coaching people with learning disabilities, and taking part in cycling competitions when time allows. The biggest obstacle that I have overcome in life is transport, and other people’s attitudes. Something the triathlon world doesn’t know about me is that my wife and I have two cats, three rabbits, 13 guinea pigs, and two alpacas!
Athlete Sponsors: Extreme Sports Therapy, Streetlife Cycles
Athlete Language: English
Athlete Tri Entry Year: 2009
Athlete Education: HND Sport Science & Disability, (BA Hons) Applied Social Studies, BSC (Hons) Physiotherapy
Athlete Hobbies: Cycling and multi-sports with my wife, Jill.
Athlete Proudest Moment: 3rd at Hyde Park world invitation event (2009)
Athlete Coach: Kerry Davies, Simon Edwards