Stuart Dillingham

I would like to introduce myself as the new head coach of St Helens Triathlon Club. Before I tell you a bit about my background I would like to say I’m immensely proud to be part of this club and your head coach.

I have over 20 years’ experience in sport and coaching. As a junior I was a county swimmer and played basketball for my local city and also played golf to a very high standard. My coaching path started whilst studying Sports and Exercise science with Psychology at the university of Gloucestershire. I completed coaching awards in rugby and basketball and started working for Sport England coaching in schools and leisure centres. Along with this I worked as a physical trainer in the local leisure centre and did this for a number of years whilst paying for my degree. On leaving University I joined the fire service as an on call Firefighter and started my career in the prison service where I intended on being a physical education officer. However my career took a different route and I was working two jobs for a period of time.

I did move away from sport until I was inspired in the 2012 Olympics and found my love for sport and this was the start of my pathway into Triathlon. I started swimming again and completed the Great North and Manchester swims. I then joined the local triathlon club called Evesham Vale Triathletes (EVT), where I soon became involved in the committee and running the open water swim sessions. I have completed numerous events of differing distances over the years and have a big 2020 planned. It was at EVT that I was asked if I wished to complete my Level 2 coaching and that was that. I became involved back where I started coaching. I became Head Swim Coach and actively involved in coaching Juniors. Since becoming a coach I have completed numerous additional development sessions in open water swimming and strength and conditioning and also the Level 2 diploma in the last month. I have also completed the Technical Officials course and have good memories of shouting on St Helens Tri Athletes last year at a number of events.

In mid 2018 I moved to Golborne and messaged St Helens Tri and Terry about coaching opportunities, due to the massive upheaval I have only now started to be active again and I can honestly say I’m looking forward to meeting and working with you all. I would like to thank Terry and the coaching team for their support and help. I’m sure that we will see Terry around for many years. His knowledge and experience are fantastic for the club and development of coaches for the future. The coaching team put a lot of effort into delivering sessions and from the sessions I have been to already, I’m impressed with the commitment and drive from all I’ve met.

So here is to a fantastic 2020 season, let’s all have a safe and successful year and have some fun along the way. All the best Stuart.