None of the great training sessions and events of Willesden Triathlon Club could take place without our amazing Committee!
Kristin – Founder & Head Coach
Role: I started the club and regularly coach sessions.
Why I joined: I founded the Willesden Triathlon Club to bring triathlon to an area in London that didn’t have a club, and more importantly, to
get other aspiring triathletes of ALL levels to the finish line. I love coaching beginners all the way through to Team GB athletes and Iron-People. I personally started doing triathlon after running (and partially walking!) my first 5k. I hated anything sporty growing up, but once I got the triathlon bug, I
was hooked! Five Ironman-distance races, multiple marathons and more triathlons and running races than I can count later…
I’m a BTF Level 2 Coach, a certified Leader in Running Fitness and a Spinning® instructor, and when I’m not coaching or training, I’m an actor, producer and podcaster.
Matt – Chair
Role: I make sure the club runs smoothly and meets its goal of being London’s friendliest triathlon club. This includes coordinating the committee meetings, making sure we have enough volunteers to help with the running of the club, and ensuring that we provide a wide range of triathlon and social activities throughout the year which are suitable for all levels and help our members develop as triathletes.
Why I joined: I was inspired to do triathlon from watching the Olympics and the Brownlees but didn’t know where to start! I’ve run a marathon and a few half marathons and wanted to improve my running. I also wanted to get back into swimming again as well as add more cycling to the mix!
Emily – Membership
Role: You’ll hear from me if you contact the club and when you join I’ll give you a swim cap and membership card. I also send the odd email updating members about what’s going on.
Why I joined: Honestly, I used to hate cycling and couldn’t really swim more than a few lengths, but when I joined the club (following much persuasion from my partner) in 2019 everything changed. I immediately loved the friendly and supportive atmosphere created by my club mates. It’s helped me progress so much and now, only 2 seasons in, I can swim for hours and own 3 bikes – it’s a slippery slope.
Becca – Secretary
Role: My role as Secretary is to organise the AGM and committee meetings.
Why I joined: I joined WTC to meet new people and improve my swim stroke, running and cycling. You don’t have to be fast to join but I’m faster now that I have! The people are awesome too.
Laura – Treasurer
Role: I’m in charge of the club’s finances, so I’m the one you’ll hear from if for some reason you’ve forgotten to pay for your training sessions! On the positive side, my role ensures that the club has sufficient funds to buy equipment and organize events that benefit the members!
Why I joined: I originally joined WTC just to keep fit, with no thought of competing. Before I knew it, I had completed — and enjoyed — a couple of races, with great support from my lovely club-mates!
David – Social Secretary
Role: I organise the social side of the club – monthly socials, post-event celebrations and attending the season’s official club races.
Why I joined: Having swam competitively as a teen and ran a few marathons through university, getting on a bike and adding them all together seemed like the next logical step. Being part of the club has really helped me focus my training and work on things that I would neglect by myself. Joining the club has brought back by competitive side and since, I’ve completed several sprint and Olympic triathlons, aquathlons, cross-country races and just about any other race you can throw at me.
Des – Special Events Officer
Role: I organise events for the club that are outside of the annual aquathon and triathlon that Willesden Tri club hold.
Why I joined: I grew up playing rugby (and every sport I could try). I had watched and admired triathlon but couldn’t swim so never considered it. I did my first triathlon in 2013 when my friends peer pressured me into doing London Triathlon with them. When I crossed the finish line I was hooked and went on to do Olympic distance, Half Iron and Ironman in successive years after that. I learned to swim pretty much from scratch, hadn’t been on a bike in years and wasn’t fond of running anything over 400 metres so there is hope for us all!
Natasha – Community Liaison
Role: WTC plays an important role in supporting the wider community (particularly in and around Brent). I help to ensure the club continues to offer a variety of inclusive activities that support participation in triathlon e.g. initiatives such as GO TRI. I’m always open to suggestions to help inspire greater participation.
Why I joined: I’d never attempted any multi-sport events prior to joining WTC in 2018. I was looking to improve my swim technique and spotted Kristin coaching a session at the Sports Centre on a cold, dark evening. I joined the following week and have never looked back! My training is now more consistent, and WTC gave me the confidence to compete in Sprint and Standard distance triathlons. Fingers crossed for more in 2021! Great people, great club!
Marion – Race Director
Role: I ensure that the races we put on during the year run smoothly.
Why I joined: I joined the club in 2017 when I moved to London from France. I had done a few triathlons before and was mainly looking to keep motivated for training and meet new people. The club has fulfilled both of these expectations and far more, truly the friendliest triathlon club!!.
Emma – General Member
Role: I help the committee to achieve the club goals
Why I joined: I had been a regular runner for a few years and when moving to the area decided it was time to set myself new challenges. Since joining the club in 2016 I have dabbled in sprint, olympic and middle distance triathlons but most importantly I have made some great friends and there is always somebody in the local area who is up for a training session.
James – General Member
Role: I help the committee to achieve the club goals
Why I joined: I’ve been a member of the club since June 2018. I joined as a fairly unfit 25 year old who had naively signed up to a sprint triathlon as motivation to train! I had always enjoyed swimming and cycling but never enjoyed running. I soon became hooked and with the club sessions I increased my fitness and performance. I’ve gone on to beat many PBs and take part in many Olympic and Sprint distance triathlons and have learnt to enjoy running. I’m currently training for an Ironman which never would have been possible without the club!
Linsey – Webmaster
Role: I keep the website up and running 💻
Why I joined: I rediscovered cycling about 15 years ago and have done a number of sportives over the years. Wanting to stretch myself a bit I looked at Triathlon. After doing couch to 5k to get my running into shape I joined the club to learn to swim properly. WTC made me very welcome and I completed my first sprint triathlon soon after joining, with many more to come.