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Liz Burgess - Head Coach
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
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 thetriathlon bug, like I was all those years ago.
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I’ve been involved with triathlon since 1989 coming from a cycle racing background. Joined DTC in 1990, began coaching in 1995 taking my then BTA level 1 at Stoke Mandeville on one of the first triathlon coach courses, took BTA level 2 in 1999 at Loughborough, then in an effort to bring myself into the 21st century I took my BTF level 2 again in 2016.
I’ve raced in over 200 triathlons over every distance from sprint to Ironman, but haven’t competed for nearly 10 years due to long term injuries. Always willing to help the club and the sport, I’ve helped at every Derby Triathlon since it’s inception, only absent at the 2009 event, race builder and marshal for both PMA Racing and Huub, organise my own events, triathlon coach at leisure centres around the Amber Valley area, and an highly experienced race marshal and race commentator.
In a club run by volunteers where we are all more keen to train, compete, coach and host events etc. than to do lots of admin and accounts, I see my role as chairman is to provide direction through a series of nudges on the tiller via the club committee and through general support of those who do the hard work. Obviously making decisions promptly on your behalf, representing the club officially, predicting the club’s requirements, attempting to meet people’s expectations and aspirations, listening to gripes and suggestions, and a degree of leadership is part of it too, but so is having fun along the way!
I have been a triathlete now for over 10 years, I fell in love with the sport almost immediately. I did my first Triathlon in 2011, a somewhat easier challenge than I set for 2010 (Lands’ End to John O’Groats) as it was the Derby Sprint. I completed the swim, Breaststroke, in a little over 15 minutes, the bike was great and the run was a shock with the steep bank and the hill of Sutton Lane ( I thought Etwall was FLAT!!).
Anyway I was hooked I did 8 or 9 Sprint and Super sprints the following year, got myself so that I could swim 400m front crawl (after a fashion) and Joined DTC, became Co-Chair!
Believing that I can help others get as much from our great sport as they can I have trained as a Level 2 coach. I have coached the Juniors for the last few summers and have helped out with senior swim sessions.
I am also the membership secretary and webmaster. I have been the main coach for our Thursday junior sessions for a few years now.
I first became interested in triathlon in 2000 when I moved to Derby and thought I would like to give it a go instead of only doing running which was my main interest at the time. I got the bug and in 2003 I competed as a British Age Grouper at the World Championships. Since then I have had a family and no longer race triathlon but I do still take part in various sports including swimming and cycling. Since the opening of Derby Arena I have become a regular on the track and compete in the track league.
As well as being a Level 2 BTF certified coach, I have a degree in sport and was a fitness instructor before becoming a PE teacher. I am also a British Cycling Level 2 coach and am currently working towards the Level 2 Track Specific coaching qualification. I also coach weekly with Derby Mercury Cycle Club.
By coaching people I hope I can be a part of their journey of improvement, achievements and general love of taking part in sport.
I am newly qualified as a level one coach and I am enjoying helping out at the Tuesday swim sessions.
Jerome Jones (JJ)