Introducing the new coach for GTC junior section

Racing days: Billy with Kerry MacPhee, the Commonwealth Games MTB athlete.

Glasgow Triathlon Club is delighted to welcome new Lead Coach of the Junior & Youth section Billy Mitchell.

After the sad news that Wendy Gorman had chosen to stand down from this role, the club took steps to find a replacement.

Billy will officially start with the club on January 8.

He has long been involved in sport and has achieved a number of successes, including British Universities Champion, Scottish record holder and GB representative in target and small-bore rifle shooting.

He has also won a Scottish championship in Cross Triathlon in the Super-Vets category.

More recently, Billy has turned to coaching, including junior section lead at Stirling Triathlon Club. In 2016, he was awarded the accolades of British Triathlon Coach of the Year and Triathlon Scotland’s Children’s Coach of the Year.

Among other qualifications, Billy holds the Level 3 Triathlon Coach award and Level 3 Endurance (Event Group) Running Coach award.

While supporting his club in a voluntary role, his most recent “day job” was head of jogscotland for five years until this March.

Billy with Alistair Brownlee.

As well as joining GTC as a part-time Lead Coach, Billy will be maintaining his role with Scottish Pentathlon as co-ordinator of the Stirling Hub (also part-time). He also works for other NGBs, schools and has many individual clients.

GTC Chairman Bob Newton said: “We wish Billy a warm welcome to the club. Plans are afoot to set up a junior section social one Saturday afternoon early in January so Billy and myself can give a presentation, as well as question and answers session about Billy’s new role.”

Billy said: “I’m delighted to take up this post. I think that GTC has been very focused on what they want to achieve in the development of the junior section and the passion and commitment of those who I have spoken to has been inspiring.

“I have coached children in triathlon for years now, being drawn into it, like so many, by supporting my three daughters.

“I’m looking forward to meeting the athletes and their parents and agreeing the way forward. I believe that participation and performance are of equal importance and that triathlon really can be a sport for all.”