What do you feel you can offer as a mentor.
The first role of a mentor is to offer a listening ear to help you make sense of any situation or issue in your coaching that you want to explore, and from there work out together what would be most helpful to you.
I can offer you a confidential and supportive environment in which you can openly discuss any coaching issues that you want to share. With experience of coaching and club roles, I can help you to work through the options open to you, access appropriate training, and support you to develop a plan for you to action.
This might help you to overcome communication difficulties that are affecting your coaching, or build coaching relationships. You might want to recruit new members for your activity and not know where to start. Or you might want help working out where to take your coaching from here and how to develop yourself.
I'm happy to chat informally and help you clarify your aims and current issues. We can discuss your ideas and I can offer some resources that may help you work out a way forward in your coaching role. I can observe and/or video your coaching practice to help you reflect on how you coach, or support you to make any change you want to work on in your coaching role
Brief Sporting History
I came to sport late, at the age of 40 and married with 2 children. I came across triathlon and loved the challenge, camaraderie and fun. Open water swimming has been a great experience: swimming several of the English lakes up to 5 miles and completing a year long challenge to swim a mile a day have been particular highlights for me.
I've mainly competed in Sprint distance triathlons (400m swim, 20km bike, 5km run), and some standard distances (1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run). The great thing about triathlon is the variety of training for 3 disciplines, as well as the practicalities of transitions and the mental challenge of the whole event.
Areas of Expertise:
Coach learning and development / Coaching methods and practice / Athlete development / Triathlon / Marketing
My focus areas of coaching have been open water swimming, and engaging people of all ages and at all ability levels to get out there and give triathlon a go. I believe strongly in the value of keeping active for mental and physical wellbeing and the area of sport psychology is a particular interest.
With a background in marketing, my focus has always been on people's needs. I enjoy analysing a situation to identify goals, options for progress, and supporting individuals along the way to achieving their aims. I look forward to helping you on your projects.
I coach triathlon (primarily swimming) in York, and tutor coach education courses for British Triathlon nationally.
I am currently studying for a PhD in the area of coach learning and development at Leeds Beckett University.
MSc Sports Coaching (2018)
British Triathlon Level 3 coaching certificate (Jan 2017)
British Triathlon Level 2 coaching certificate (April 2013)
ASA/BTF/Swim Smooth level 2 Coaching Open Water Swimming award (Sept 2014)
British Cycling Level 2 coaching cycling certificate (Feb 2014)
British Cycling Cycle ride leader level 2 (July 2016)
England Athletics level 1 Run leader award (July 2014)
I previously worked in marketing and consumer research with Nestle, Britvic and Homepride foods.
MSc Management (2004)
MA Economics and Statistics (1989)