Meet the Phoenix Triathlon Club Team of coaches.
Professional Triathlon Coach Paul has been coaching triathletes for over fifteen years.
During that time he has coached athletes to international success. Paul has coached and trained athletes who have qualified for the Hawaii Ironman, qualified for the 70.3 World Championships, won World Age Group Medals and won European Age Group Medals. Lets not forget to mention the countless Personal achievements by individuals who have got the best out of themselves.
As a triathlete Paul has competed in Triathlon for many years locally and still competes today, although mainly to keep fit. You can read more about Paul and his coaching here.
Coming from state level swimming and national level modern pentathlon background (in Russia), I have since been enjoying amateur trail running (in the UK), club level epee fencing (Russia, UK, UAE, WA) and now in my fourth year of training and competing in triathlon. I like Olympic and long course distance events and have completed a 70.3 in Busselton.
I have a few years experience in swim coaching and really enjoy it, so volunteering at a triathlon club also helps me stay up to date with modern developments in sports science and learn more about my favourite sport.
I have a degree in Phys Ed and have been coaching swimming on and off for the past twenty five years, including in a multi-sport context (modern pentathlon), so I feel I have something to offer particularly to swimming beginners.
With excellent professional level coaching as well as plenty of support from club members who truly love and know the sport, we are very lucky to be able to cater for people of different ages and athletic abilities. If you just want to do something fun to keep fit, change focus whilst recovering from injuries, complete your first Ironman or have a shot at competing at state, national level and international level .... there is enough knowledge and experience within our club to help guide you along the way.
There is a training session run by the club pretty much every day, so depending on how much you want to get out of it, you can just pick and choose what fits your lifestyle and goals.
Age grouper triathlete with the drive and determination to share her love of the sport with like-minded age-groupers and up and coming Try-stars. As a qualified, full-time Primary Teacher, Claire is keen to share her love of triathlon with the younger generation, in particular through the development of the Phoenix Try-Star's.
Claire 'fell' into triathlons in 2014, keen for a new challenge after competing in her first half marathon. In the past 4 years she has raced in events of all distances from Enticer to Ironman. The future is about travelling with this amazing sport and seeing the world as she continues to push the limits and reach new goals.
Since being part of the Phoenix family and by being given the opportunity to help others through coaching, Claire will be a mentor, motivator and strength for others.
A word from Claire, "Phoenix Tri is the triathlon family to be a part of. Learn, love and share the journey in a place where you feel safe, inspired and a part of a real team. Never give up on your dreams!"
I kicked off my journey in triathlon with a local TryStars program, after having a go at the Perth Weet-Bix Triathlon when I was 12 years old. Right from day one, the sport had me hooked. I raced locally as a junior until I secured a position in the School Sport WA Triathlon Team; the interstate trips to the annual Australian School Sport Championships were a thrill and an adventure, acting as an important stepping stone to the next stage of racing. I soon became strong and competitive enough to step up into the Australian Junior Triathlon Series. This series is comprised of four major, interstate national competitions, spread throughout the racing season. From each event, your placings earn you points and at the end of the season, your total points are accumulated to determine your overall ranking in Australia.
One highlight from racing as an elite junior was crossing the line in 5th at the Way Out West Oceanic Championships in Perth earlier this year. Triathlon Western Australia offers support to junior and U/23 athletes competing at this level, through their Triathlon Excellence Program (TEP), which I became a part of when I made the jump to AJTS. This included completing time trials in the pool and on the running track, which are used to compare our WA athletes to those over east.
Racing in this competitive environment allowed me to see how diverse the sport really is and the opportunities it presents you; from elite ITU racing to the grueling, but rewarding, ironman and long course distances.
Now that I have moved on from junior racing, I have discovered a passion for coaching. It’s extremely rewarding to be able to share my depth of knowledge with my athletes, to help them progress and achieve their goals, in doing what they love.
When it comes to coaching strengths, I think it’s important to always be patient with your athletes, as I understand from experience that learning new skills or progressing takes time and practice.
With triathlon being such a tough, individual sport, it’s great to see that the club still keeps a positive and team-based atmosphere, no matter what level you’re at or what goals you have set to achieve!
Having an extensive Equestrian Coaching background I really enjoy helping people learn a new skill and push themselves beyond what they think they can achieve.
I will be the first to admit I am not record breaker in the sport of Triathlon being a late starter but under coach Paul Jones I have seen constant improvements in all 3 phases. I have competed in several sprint distance Triathlons, team legs of the 70.3 and generally up for anything that is fun and challenging.
I feel I am a good communicator and able to take things back to basics. I am hoping to be able to help the newbies that fear Tri is too scary, but with a bit of help, hard work and a laugh you can be capable of anything. I am also not bad at a late night Facebook pep talk.
Obviously, the best thing about Phoenix Triathlon Club is Claire's baking, but apart from that I love the genuine honest people in the club, the acceptance of all levels and the knowledge and guidance of head coach Paul Jones.