Meet the Team

Committee

Julie Van der Helstraete
Level 2 Coach
Chairman

Julie is a "has been"...... been there and got the t-shirt and now aspires to train juniors to fulfil their potential and go and do what I did for many years and better me and my result (it's the only way to satisfy my competitive spirit!).  I've only ever coached juniors, first in London then I started up a running club at Gurnard Primary School when we moved out to our beautiful island.   I founded the tri club in February 2017 and have enjoyed watching it prosper and grow and over double in size.  We have some very inspirational, talented and enthusiastic athletes at the club now, all of whom I will help to fulfil their goals and dreams whilst encouraging their love for sport along the way.

 

 

John Hepworth
Treasurer

John is old and fat.  What he is doing getting involved with a triathlon club is anyone’s guess.  Thankfully, he does not actually have to compete.  As treasurer, he just need to ensure that there is enough money to let the club carry on.  He does this by (gently) nudging people to pay their subs.  If this fails, he robs banks.  He is the reason why all the banks in Cowes have now closed.

Mark Jenkinson
Covid-19 Officer

Mark joined the club due to his son taking an interest in triathlons. It obviously runs in the family as Mark has been doing triathlons with his two brothers since 2002. Whilst triathlons had been around since the 80’s, it was still a very new sport in 2002 and not many events were available. In 2003 he did his first olympic distance on what was the Commonwealth Circuit in Manchester. He now had the bug even though he was not very good! It didn’t matter - it was about the variety of training and keeping fit (oh and trying to beat his brothers!). In 2008 he completed his one and only Ironman in Austria. Maybe one day he might do another - watch this space. This is his first coaching role but is keen to get actively involved with the club.

 

 

 

Alison Jenkinson
Secretary

Ali is mum to one of our juniors and became Welfare Officer in 2018. She is actively involved in her children’s school as a governor and on the PTA and also helps out with the mini sailors programme at the local sailing club. She had a brief period of interest in triathlon before having a family, taking part in several sprint distance triathlons. It took nearly ten years before she committed to doing another one but was motivated to do so after watching all our fabulous juniors train and compete. Speed is not her strength but she is happy to simply finish a race in one piece and hopes this demonstrates to her own children, and the other club members, that it’s the taking part that counts!!!!

 

Coaches

Club Coaching Philosophy,

To help athletes discover a joy and enthusiasm for being active in triathlon in a fun and safe environment. By offering a varied and challenging programme of activity, the coaches aim to motivate our athletes to develop their enthusiasm into fundamental skills. Encouraging a good attitude to training and competing, the coaches strive to instil our members with pride in their personal and club achievements.

Simon Pilcher

Level 2 BTF Coach

Simons involvement with the club began when his daughter became a member and after some time led to him undertaking his coaching badges. He has a keen interest in coaching, Currently midway through his Lvl 2 British triathlon coaching course, also holds UK athletics and training peaks coaching certifications.

He has has been a keen runner for last 20 years, moving into multi sport later in life. He is currently competing as an AG athlete in middle distance duathlon.

 

Mark Jenkinson
Level 1 Club Coach

Mark joined the club due to his son taking an interest in triathlons. It obviously runs in the family as Mark has been doing triathlons with his two brothers since 2002. Whilst triathlons had been around since the 80’s, it was still a very new sport in 2002 and not many events were available. In 2003 he did his first olympic distance on what was the Commonwealth Circuit in Manchester. He now had the bug even though he was not very good! It didn’t matter - it was about the variety of training and keeping fit (oh and trying to beat his brothers!). In 2008 he completed his one and only Ironman in Austria. Maybe one day he might do another - watch this space. This is his first coaching role but is keen to get actively involved with the club.

 

 

 

Julie Van der Helstraete
Level 2 Coach
Chairman

Julie is a "has been"...... been there and got the t-shirt and now aspires to train juniors to fulfil their potential and go and do what I did for many years and better me and my result (it's the only way to satisfy my competitive spirit!).  I've only ever coached juniors, first in London then I started up a running club at Gurnard Primary School when we moved out to our beautiful island.   I founded the tri club in February 2017 and have enjoyed watching it prosper and grow and over double in size.  We have some very inspirational, talented and enthusiastic athletes at the club now, all of whom I will help to fulfil their goals and dreams whilst encouraging their love for sport along the way.

 

Darren Cole England Athletics Coach. Level 2 BTF coach.

Darren has been taking part in triathlon since 2011 and while starting as a fairly clueless back-of-packer, he caught the bug straight away and steadily improved over the years, now with multiple races under his belt up to middle distance. Learning more about the training aspect he wanted to get involved in the coaching side of things and has been leading run training sessions and coaching runners since 2015. He now looks forward to helping the Island’s incredible young athletes achieve what he wishes he could have done (had he not been more interested in video games!)

Lottie-Rose Van der Helstraete

Level 1 BTF Coach and Young Activator

I was foremost a swimmer and joined the Club in its inception as a junior member in 2017. I have followed my parent's love for triathlon competing myself initially in the tri star categories and moving to the sprint distance at the end of 2019. I took a young activator course two years ago and have really enjoyed the regular coaching I do, mainly in the pool each week at club and have been lucky enough to get onto a Level 1 course. I am enjoying being part of the coaching team and encouraging everyone to be the best they can.