Posted: Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:42
What is your coaching background?
My coach has been telling me I'd be good at coaching for a couple of years. I went on a pilot Tri-Activator course a year ago and enjoy being an Ambassador for the event. I also got involved in running a couch to 5k run group about the same time and have thoroughly enjoyed leading this group. I've since also been on a Leadership in run fitness course, and recently an open water Tri-Activator course. Our run group is open to everyone, but we predominantly have ladies, and one chap who had been with us since about week 1!!
Was there someone you looked up to or inspired you to coach when you were younger?
Not when I was younger; but I've had a coach for the lad couple of years and she's inspired me to be both a better athlete and has encouraged me to get more involved in helping others, which feels right and that I'm giving back to sport when I've only taken for about 15 years!
What do you enjoy most about your role as a coach/ instructor?
Helping others reach their goals, especially small steps! Helping to enable and give people a different perspective, maybe something they'd not thought of or considered.
What would you say to someone thinking about becoming a coach?
I find it really rewarding, and see it as a way of helping others. Having/learning the tools to do this is brilliant! If in doubt-do it!! You won't look back!
Have you overcome any barriers to get into coaching? If so, what and how have you done this?
Time is my biggest hurdle, as I'm a triathlete myself so the time I can commit to leading a run group and helping at other coached events is limited.