I have dabbled in many sports all of my life, however I was always too scared to try triathlon. Everyone looked really fit and had fancy kit that I didn’t really understand (and probably still don’t!). In 2012, I finally took the plunge and joined DTC, did my first triathlon (on my hybrid bike, swimming breast stroke) and was hooked! I so wish I had started earlier as I have learnt and improved so much over the past 3 years whilst keeping fit and having fun. I would like to share the joy I get from triathlon with others, so I see my role on the committee as a voice for the members of DTC, to ensure that we aim to deliver what you want from your club.
Derby Triathlon Club Committee
This page gives some details of the current committee. These members meet monthly to discuss the needs of the club, set target races, make purchases of equipment, fund coaching courses, organise events (including Junior Triathlon, Aquathlon and Club awards night).
All members of the committee are contactable via the e-mail address given below.
Chairman - Nick Morris
It was my wife who introduced me to Triathlons and Derby Triathlon Club (DTC). It was watching her enjoying herself whilst completing her first triathlon at Etwall Sport Village, the encouragement offered by all the spectators, participates, organiser/marshals’ and club members made it such a fantastic experience for those participating and spectating, I decided I wanted to be part of this even at my late age!
I joined DTC in the September 2013, took part in social bike rides, pool sessions to improve my swimming technique and track to increase fitness and stamina. 2014/15 completed several Sprint Triathlons in the local area, culminating with a club organised trip to Barcelona for the Garmin Olympic Triathlon. Experienced a great time socially with club members and with other triathletes from all over the world during and after the event. They call it the triathlete family and it is a family!
Derby Triathlon Club encompasses all abilities and ages from junior, novice, inexperienced and the experienced triathlete and actively supports and encourages its members by offering the opportunity to develop and improve fitness, stamina, technique in all three disciplines of the sport. This is thru’ coaching at pool and open water swimming, bike handling including social bike rides, time trials as well as track sessions. These are linked to social events where we can share our experiences, funny stories and mishaps – I had a few!
Derby Triathlon Club also offer training events like the Summer Series – a series of training triathlons where members can practise their preparation for a race, setting out their equipment and transition techniques such as stripping off the wet suite, bike mount and dismount in readiness for that all-important race day in a friendly atmosphere.
I was club treasurer in 2016/17 and now club chairman for 2017/18. DTC committee is here to ensure that the club provides a safe and friendly environment for all its club members.
Secretary - Ruth Enion
Having started doing triathlon in 2013 I joined Derby Triathlon club in 2014. I have family connections with the club with my Dad being a proud member way back in 1980’s until early 1990’s. Joining and representing Derby Triathlon Club has been a fantastic experience. I have met some great people and the organised events and training have provided me with lots of great opportunities. As the club has been so good to me I wanted to give something back, thus this is how I started my role as club secretary. My main role is to coordinate and document monthly committee meetings, maintain affiliation fees and other administrative procedures.
Treasurer - Symone Day
Accountant – Someone who solves a problem you didn’t know you had, in a way you don’t understand, probably sums me up in my day job but there are soooooooo many more interesting things about me.
5 years ago I had the illuminating idea to do a half IronMan for a charity close to my heart. Having never done a triathlon and not one to start small I deemed this to be a good idea. I can cycle, I can run and swim, well I can blag that, float, a bit of breaststroke and came out the water near the back, but I got out, had a really good bike then onto the run. I’ve run 10 marathons, so how hard can this be? Oh my god, I learnt after what a brick session was… Mmmmmm should have done some of those…
Well I thoroughly enjoyed the day and decided I had best join a triathlon club and learn A LOT.
So she came, the social diva and loudest member chose Derby Tri and arrived on the scene and it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made, an amazingly friendly club. I was asked to join the committee as treasurer in the only role I am qualified to do, so I agreed to give something back to the club that has given me so much, and given me the opportunity to meet some great people I now call friends.
Everyone says I’m heard before I’m seen, which I think that’s a good thing as I support every single one of you at local events and absolutely love cheering you all on!
So from the Loud, Totally Mad and obsessive German Shepherd Lady you made the right call if you’re reading this and decided to join DTC.
Vice Chair - Liz Burgess
Membership Secretary - Lindsey Appleby
From riding and competing with horses for most of my life I had a mid-life crisis in 2011 and did my first sprint triathlon! I don’t come from any athletic background at all so it has been a massive learning curve and quite life changing. What a fantastic group of people triathletes are, I have learnt so much and made many new friend and now can’t imagine my life without it. It is certainly addictive, I don’t aspire to beat anyone but myself and I have a massive love for middle distance races. For me the social side of the sport is as important as the racing so as membership secretary and part of the social team I’m here to help you enjoy your journey through triathlon. Contact me with any membership queries.
Junior Point of Contact - Clive Holland
As Junior Point of Contact (JPC) I represent the interests of the Club’s juniors on the committee. If any member or parent of a junior member wishes anything discussed at a committee meeting, then send it to me and I will ensure the matter is discussed.
I have been on the committee since November 2012 and have previously been Chair, Vice-chair and Secretary.
Extra to my role as JPC I am also the clubs designated event co-ordinator and the Race Director for the Derby Junior Triathlon.
Welfare Officer - Paul Webster
My role is to ensure the safety of children , young people and vulnerable adults at Derby Tri. I am available 24/7 on 07812 300183. Just ring me if you feel you need advice support and help (not with training) but personal issues whilst taking part in Derby Tri training and events.
Coach Coordinator - Chris Keegan
I first got into triathlon after being injured from running, and being invited down to Derby Tri from someone at the running club. That was nearly 10 years ago and I immediately got the bug for triathlon. I love the variety of the sport but there’s not enough hours in the day to fit it all in.
I’ve only ever done sprint distance triathlons after my only Olympic distance was turned into an aquathlon because of fog. I’m now more interested in the coaching and social side of triathlon.
I’ve always been a runner from school age, and represented Derbyshire and Derby AC in many events.
I started working in the leisure industry over 20 years ago, gaining gym qualifications, training lifeguards in CPR , first aid etc. I then got into swim teaching and in which I currently work full time at Moorways. I enjoy teaching all ages and abilities and seeing people get engaged in the learning process and as a result watching them improve. I enjoy my job that much I have additionally set up my own swim business teaching and coaching adults and juniors in groups or 121s.
I’ve been coaching triathlon about 3 years, and coach adult and juniors. I like seeing the novices come into the sport and how much enthusiasm they have when they get bit by the triathlon bug, like I was all those years ago.
Committee member - Michael O'Doherty
This will be the start of my second year on the committee as a regular member (no exact responsibilities) I was late to the world of Triathlon having been a runner all of my life and a late start into the world of swimming and cycling, once I brought it all together I was hooked and thoroughly enjoy all aspects of the sport particularly racing from everything from super sprint to 70.3. Keen to promote all aspects of the sport and great to see more interest into the club. It has a very good social scene and a great bunch of people taking part. Would like to see more people break through and dispense with the myth that this is an elite sport as most people will say “once they have tried it they are Tri’ers for life” If anyone is new to the sport and needs a little encouragement or some basic guidance, more than happy to help.
Press Officer - Dana Licakova
I’ve been always an active person, but my dear friend inspired me to start competing in triathlon and in 2015 I completed my first ever sprint triathlon in Etwall (Derby Triathlon). This first experience got me hooked and I don’t ever see myself stopping now. Each year I’ve been challenging myself to take on tougher or longer races and in 2018 I will compete in my first Ironman 70.3. Derby Triathlon Club has given me a lot of support (from the first step as a novice to the stage I am now) and I would like to share this awesome experience with others, connect people together and create bigger and better DTC community.