Cathrine Jones (Level 2 BTF Coach)

I joined Taff Ely triathlon club in 2013, being introduced to it by my partner who was already a member. I completed my first triathlon, Pencoed super sprint, that summer and loved it. Over the last couple of years, I have completed sprint and Olympic distances, pool and open water based events, and in summer 2016 did my first middle distance event in the Cotswolds along with numerous club members. I then went on to complete Ironman Wales along many club mates in 2017. In 2015 I won the Novice club championship. I successfully completed my level 1 British triathlon coaching course in October 2015 with the help, guidance and support from the club coaches and I currently assist Ed Morgan in coaching in the Abercynon Adult swim sessions. I entered triathlon looking for a new challenge and an activity to share with my partner. I had a short running history, 3 years, and had previously been a club swimmer in my youth, which really was a long time ago! Cycling was my hurdle to conquer. I borrowed a 15 year old bike from my sister and set out to master those skinny wheels. It was a challenge without doubt and still remains my Achilles heel out of the three disciplines. When I started with TET, there was one female coach (Helen Colley) in the club. I was lucky enough to be coached in her swim sessions. I drew inspiration from her and another team member Vicky Jones, and saw them as role models, and still do today. Triathlon can seem be an intimidating place when you are new, nervous and self-conscious about your abilities and appearance but I found the club welcoming and very supportive. I recognised the need for more female coaches and welcomed the chance to coach and give back to others. I love it!