Who are your squad coaches at GTC?
Head Coach: Vicky Begg
Coach Level: 3
Years involved in GTC: 16 years
Years involved in triathlon: 27 years
Years of coaching: 11 years
About Vicky: Triathlon is unshakeable! There is no point in trying to imagine life without it.
About our club: Watching the sport grow and in particular, Glasgow Triathlon Club grow, is thrilling. It is packed full with opportunity, enthusiasm, challenge and possibility. Our members welcome opportunity, are boundlessly enthusiastic, love a challenge (are only sometimes challenging) and can see the possibilities on offer.
About being the Head Coach: As head coach it is my role to enable our athletes to seek the right opportunities, remain enthusiastic, succeed in their challenges and understand the possibilities of being involved in triathlon.
Development Squad and Development Swim Squad Coach: Duggie Macnaughton
Coach level: 2
Years involved in triathlon: 12 years
Years of coaching: 11 years
About Duggie: My personal experience demonstrates that people can improve and achieve beyond what they initially consider to be their limit. The friendships made in this club and sport are lifelong.
About the Development Squad: The development athletes contribute a huge part to the lifeblood of this club. They are some of the most enthusiastic and widely motivated participants. This squad allows for significant development in focused areas, if you have a specific weakness, and across the range of disciplines.
About being the Development Squad Coach: I enjoy encouraging people to improve their ability and performance across all disciplines. I see my coaching role as encouraging the development athletes to improve via coached sessions and workshops and by providing a point of contact for queries. I would also like to see members forming their own cycling or running groups because I believe your peers are who the ones to give you the confidence to train more and enter events.
Our club aim is to help everyone to reach whatever goals they have – and to share in their delight in achieving and surpassing them.
* Duggie has taken on both roles temporarily and we aim to have another coach on board to share the Development Squad Coaching Roles. Watch this space!
Masters Squad and Masters Swim Squad Coaches (shared role): Hannah Kemlo and David Wilson
Coach level: 2
Years involved in GTC: 8 years
Years involved in triathlon: 11 years
Years of coaching: 6 years
About Hannah: I can’t resist a bit of muddy off-road – on foot or bike!
About the Masters Squad: The masters are the backbone of GTC, hopefully inspiring our Development Squad and occasionally feeding into the Performance Squad. I like to think we work hard and play hard!
About being the Masters Squad Coach: I enjoy helping ordinary people juggling work and family to achieve their goals and race to the best of their ability
Coach level: 1
Years involved in GTC: 14 years
Years involved in triathlon: 15 years
Years of coaching: 7 to 8 years
About David: Over the years, I’ve completed a broad range of triathlons from Sprint to IronMan distance. I’ve also enjoy some events outside triathlon, such as long-distance swimming, a Spring Cycling Classic course and a week of the Tour de France route. After a period of exercise and triathlon hibernation, I’m getting back into the swing of things by entering IM Wales along with 50 other GTC nutters!
About the Masters Squad: The Masters Section represents probably the broadest cross range of athletes in the club. Some of you will have made massive strides over the last few years and are looking to take that next step in your training.
Others might be new to the club, strong in one or two areas, but looking to make improvements. Some just want to maintain a good level of fitness while other parts of life take priority. It’s our aim to help you all to get the most out of GTC
About being the Masters Squad Coach: I know I can be a little grumpy on occasion (I prefer tough love) but it always comes from the place of trying to help athletes get better.
I like to share the little nuggets of knowledge I’ve picked up over the years as a coach and a fellow Masters/Performance (maybe one day again) athlete.
I’m really looking forward to helping members get the most out of their training and helping those that want to progress as far as they can. Part of this will be working with the Development and Performance coaches to make sure members can move “up” as seamlessly and easily as possible.
Performance Squad Coach and Performance Swim Squad Coaches (shared role): Rose McIlwhan and Sean Webster
Coach level: 3
Years involved in triathlon: 10 years
Years of coaching: 8 years triathlon/24 years as a swim coach
About Rose: Usually found in open water or up a mountain, possibly with a kayak, mountain bike or similar. Occasionally found competing on crutches. Got into triathlon via adventure racing. Got into coaching to pay something forward. Passionate about equity in sport.
About the Performance Squad: Performance squad is about bringing your best effort to every session and every race. It’s about mindset as much as speed, trying to find your limits and then push them a wee bit further whilst keeping a smile on your face and your humanity intact. This squads shows it’s possible to be fit, fast and friendly.
About being the Performance Squad Coach: My role is to help you develop as an athlete and achieve your goals – whatever they may be. I’m here to help you to train and race smarter, to advise on the wider package of nutrition, psychology, strategy, recovery etc., and to challenge you as much as I expect you to challenge me.
Coach level: 3
Years involved in triathlon: 25 years
Years of coaching: 10 years
About Sean: I’m still a keen racer and hopefully always will be. I have been coaching triathlon for around 10 years and several years ago I went back to university to study sport and exercise. I have qualifications in coaching several others sports and also I have experience of working in gyms
About the Performance Squad: I see our Performance squad athletes as the early adopters of new ways of training and being exemplar to the other squads in terms of commitment and professionalism.
About being the Performance Squad Coach: For my level three coaching project I looked at recovery strategies to optimise performance such as Heart Rate Variability, sleep optimisation and meditation.
Another area I am interested in is pacing strategies in races; at what intensity should you race each discipline for the optimal finish time?
I am keen to coach all athletes, but more specifically those who seek to improve each year by training smarter or pursuing new strategies.