Lead Coach - Hazel Donaldson
Coming from a swimming background Hazel competed in her first open water swim (as part of a triathlon team) aged 14, got a road bike for her 16th birthday and has never looked back. Since then she’s competed in sprint, standard, middle and cross triathlons, went to uni and joined EUTri where she started coaching and completed her level 2 coaching qualification. Hazel recently moved to Perth and is keen to get involved in coaching here too! Her main aim through coaching is simply to encourage more people to get involved and spread the word that triathlon is a welcoming, beginner friendly and social sport!
Kyran has been a triathlete for around 18 years. From a young age he has predominantly been a swimmer. Moving into triathlon at the age of 12 led on to his selection for the national junior squad where he competed for 5 years. Since growing old and finding that magical first grey hair Kyran has turned his hand to coaching and obtained his level 2 UKCC triathlon coach in 2015. He also has a ridiculous obsession with pizza.
Coming from a running background, Andy has been taking part in Triathlon for over two years and has raced for the club at Sprint, Olympic and Middle Distance level. He joined the Perth Triathlon Club coaching team in March 2017 and is keen to help club members improve their performance with triathlon specific training sessions. As well as triathlon he enjoys hillwalking, rock climbing and making sure everyone signs up to Strava!
Lynn has enjoyed participating in sport for over 20 years. She completed her first triathlon about 5 years ago, after learning how to swim and has since enjoyed participating in a wide variety of triathlons. Lynn completed her first Ironman in 2016 and hopes to continue to enjoy competing in the longer distance events.Lynn completed her Level 1 coaching qualification only recently and she would like to use this qualification to encourage members to achieve their goals and to believe that “Anything is possible”.
Ivan's Triathlon life started back in 2010, completing 10 sprints events in 1 year. Going 'long' quickly became the aim eventually completing his 1st Ironman in 2016. Firmly in the middle of the pack in all distances his focus is on enjoying the process of training and completing events. Ivan hopes some of the experience he has gained will be of value to Club members, whether their focus is completing or competing..
David was county and district champion on the running track before switching focus to volleyball where he was a member of the famous Kilmarnock team which won many national trophies in the late eighties and early nineties. On retiring from the court David returned to running on a recreational basis before discovering the sport of triathlon, completing his first triathlon on a mountain bike and swimming breast stroke. Triathlon has provided a variety of challenges and David has competed at all distances from novice to long distance. While taking part in events primarily for fun, David also enjoys the challenge preparing for events and the satisfaction from reaching new targets. David has recently completed the first stage of the triathlon coaching programme and is keen to help athletes of all abilities get the most out of the sport by coaching sessions or discussing ways to improve performance and helping athletes set and progress towards achieving their goals.
Paul started playing rugby at school and continued with the sport until 'retiring' in 2009. After a couple of years doing nothing sports related, he realised something was missing and turned to triathlon around 2015. Since then Paul has taken part in triathlons, running events, and sportives and enjoys the variety of training required.
Shona comes from a swimming background albeit a long time ago! She joined the club as a way of meeting new people and getting fit at the same time. Shona has completed novice and sprint triathlons and last year took part in open water swimming for the first time, which she really enjoyed. She has recently completed level 1 coaching course and says “Triathlon is a fun way of keeping fit and is open to anyone who is willing to give it a go. It is such an inclusive sport that provides opportunities for athletes whatever their aim in the sport may be.
Joe started as a runner, he raced lots of road races from 2015, took on his first triathlon in 2016 from novice distance to half Ironman and at the Worlds in 2018. Joe is still racing but a little more easy now and enjoying getting into the club coaching.
Ella started running after suffering PND 6 years ago with the usual 5km and somehow she ended up at 100km! After watching her husband Joe take on triathlon, she decided that she could do that too! Ella set about learning to swim and took the stabilisers off her bike (but she tells us she kept the basket for snacks!). Ella said "I love encouraging people of all ages to get more active and just do something."