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LTPC Staff

Director of Triathlon

 Alison Wyeth

Appointed in September 2015, Alison is employed by Loughborough University and the BTF to oversee the triathlon performance programme in Loughborough, linking with internal and external partners and developing the daily training environment. A former Olympian over 3000m and 5000m Alison was previously the manager of the British Athletics National Performance Institute in Loughborough and Director of the Birmingham High Performance Athletics Centre.  She has also held joint roles across the BOA and British Athletics, project managing the London 2012 athletics team and also with England Athletics project managing the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games team. In addition Alison has been a Team Manager for Junior, U23, Commonwealth Games, World Championship and Olympic athletics teams.

Alison’s experience also extends into development where she has held posts as Head of Development for the AAAs of England and worked on the ground in the North West of England as a development manager.

In her spare time Alison coaches endurance athletes at Charnwood AC

LTPC World Class Programme Lead Coach

   Adam Elliott                                             

Adam is the British Triathlon Federation Olympic Performance coach for the LTPC.

As a graduate of Loughborough University, Adam has lived in Loughborough for 11 years as a student, athlete and coach.

Since starting coaching with British Triathlon in 2010 Adam has worked throughout the pathway with Olympic Talent squad athletes, podium potential, and podium athletes, at all levels of elite competition.

Adam is a graduate of UK Sports Elite Coach Apprenticeship Programme.

Some of the athletes currently coaches by Adam include Adam Bowden, Sophie Coldwell, Morgan Davies and James Teagle.

LTPC Development Squad Lead Coach

 Gavin Smith

Gavin competed internationally before moving into his coaching roles at Loughborough. This was firstly with British Triathlon, and since 2009, Loughborough University as the High Performance Coach. Having a degree in Sports Coaching from U.W.I.C. and being a Level 3 BTF Coach, Gavin has extensive experience supporting athletes to fulfil their triathlon and academic aspirations.

Gavin has coached numerous athletes to medals at World and European elite Championships, and has been Coach to British teams at all levels from youth to senior level. He has been Head Coach at 2 World Student Championships.

Some of the athletes currently coached by Gavin include Chris Perham, Richard Horton, Nathan Tweedie, Harry Leleu, Ffion Harrett, Megan McDonald, Rosie Lindsay and Emily Alderson.

LTPC Paralympic Coach

Steve Casson

Steve is the lead coach for the Paratriathlon programme at the Loughborough Triathlon Performance Centre.  He works with fellow coaches to develop and deliver the annual training programme to take WCP Paratriathletes through to Rio.   He leads the Performance Management Process for a number of Podium and Podium Potential Paratriathletes.

As a key member of the Competition Delivery Coaching Team, Steve supports WCP Paratriathletes at World Paratriathlon Events, the European Continental Championships, the World Championships and at the Paralympic Games this year.

His elite coaching career started off working with Junior triathletes as Head Coach of the East Midlands Regional Academy – developing a regular flow of athletes from the East Midlands region into the England Talent Squad and onto World Class Programme, with 16 Junior International medal performances between 2013-15, including 2 Golds at European Youth Relays, 3 Golds at European Junior Cups, Gold at a Junior World Championships and 2 Golds at the Youth Olympic Games.

Steve is a Level 3 British Triathlon Coach and alumnus of the UK Sport Aspire Coach Development Programme. In past lives Steve served in the British Special Forces, has been a Head of Telecoms Engineering, a Marketing Director, a Consultant Project Manager in hostile environments and ran a small Coaching business.

Some of the athletes currently coached by Steve include Paratriathletes Ryan Taylor, Andy Lewis, Clare Cunningham and George Peasgood and Olympic athletes Ben Dijkstra and Olivia Mathias.

 

LTPC Assistant Olympic and Paralympic Coach

Luke Watson

Education

MSc Sports Coaching, 2014- , Loughborough University

MEng Chemical Engineering, 2008-2014, Loughborough University

Background

Luke competed at elite level in triathlon until 2014, representing Great Britain at two World University Championships, and winning two world titles as a guide for visually–impaired Paratriathletes. Having always been interested in coaching, he decided to focus on this after retiring from competition at the end of 2014. Since then, his experience of balancing the demands of elite level sport alongside academic study have helped him to support the development of aspiring athletes in the LTPC.

Luke is the current East Midlands Academy coach and helps to provide a seamless link between academy and performance triathlon in the East Midlands.

 Coaching Qualifications & Experience

UKCC Level 3 Triathlon Coach – in progress

MSc Sports Coaching – in progress

LTPC Assistant Coach – 2014-present

East Midlands Academy Head Coach – 2015- present

UKSport Athlete to Coach Programme 2015-16

Loughborough University Performance Sport Mentor – 2014- present

Athletes coached by Luke include Paratriathlete Dave Hill and guide Grace France and LTPC Olympic athlete Emer Wintsch