The club’s Annual General Meeting at Maryhill Burgh Hall was well attended last month. Members heard from club president Sean Webster, secretary Derek Sommerville, head coach Vicky Begg and Ben Adler, head of the junior section.
The club has grown by almost 20% in the last year to total around 600 members across the adult and junior sections. There is a near-even balance of male and female membership.
There is a growing range and number of coached sessions although Vicky pointed out that there is always a challenge in delivering sessions to so many members. Our head coach revealed some of the strategies she has created to cope with a large training timetable, as well as future plans.
The club is very keen to invite more members to come forward to train as coaches.
Vicky said: “The more coaches the club has, the more sessions can be offered to a large club membership with a wide range of abilities. We are always happy to talk to members about becoming coaches, or progressing their coaching level through further Triathlon Scotland training.”
Ben was happy to report the progress of the junior section and he is looking forward to his relatively new role as head of the junior section. He also announced a positive partnership with other clubs, such as two on the west coast islands and Fusion in Glasgow.
There was a call out for members to come forwards for various committee roles, as well as to help with general admin of the club.
Bob steps down
After 11 years as GTC treasurer, Bob Newton has decided to step down. Jim Lockhart was announced as the new treasurer. Bob has also served on the club committee since 1998.
Bob says: “I’ll continue to be the club’s book-keeper and undertake race purchasing logistics. I’ll volunteer at club races, although not at Briggs 2020.
“I think it’s the right time for someone else to take the strategic helm and to put their mark on the club. I am happy, however, to soften the impact by working in a key area, which doesn’t require multiple interfaces in and out of the club.
“I have given a lot of time to the club over the years and the effort was given of my choosing. I’ve enjoyed – and I am still enjoying – a massive majority of the time I’ve been involved.”
The club is hugely grateful for Bob’s commitment over so many years.
GTC becomes a charity
Headline news is that GTC is now a charity. The charity is governed by charity regulations and has a board of trustees, including Derek Sommerville, Beth Lockhart, Andrew Todd and Geoff O’Brien. The trustees now have overall governance of the club’s strategy.
Derek revealed a range of benefits as a charity, especially the opportunity for significant fund-raising activities. He added: “We hope to be able to get involved in more outreach work, delivering the sport of triathlon to a more diverse range of people and groups in areas that traditionally might not have the chance to try triathlon.”
Invitation for a new president
While Sean will remain in the role as president for this year, he will not stand next year. He invited interested members to come forward to discuss the opportunity.
He said: “Being president can be challenging but the club is in a strong position at present and we can look forward with confidence.
“Ideally anyone who wishes to be president will come and serve on the committee this year and get used to the scope of the position.”
Club race champs
The inaugural GTC race champs last year was hailed a success and will return for 2020. Craig Armour is currently creating a list of races that will earn club members valuable points. Keep an eye on the website and Facebook for further information.
Shiny new-look website
Paul McNally has been working behind the scenes to up date the look of the website. We think everyone will agree it looks far fresher and much more modern.
Read the new blog about athlete of the month Geoff O’Brien, who is one of the club’s new trustees.