Welfare – Azzam Taktak

I am currently the Club’s Welfare Officer. This means that I am the first point of contact for all club members where concerns about welfare, discrimination, poor practice or abuse are identified.

In my day job, I am a Clinical Scientist at the Royal Liverpool Hospital and a Fellow at the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.

I first joined St Helens Tri Club in 2015. My first ever Triathlon was back in 2004, a sprint distance in Nantwich. Unfortunately, I DNF’ed then after a freezing cold outdoor pool swim and cycling through the mother of all hail storms! I made a vow to myself then never to do triathlons ever again.

Since then I have completed 20 sprint distances, 3 standard, 3 middle distances and twice Ironman. Last year I broke 4 PB’s in the space of 4 weeks including a 10k running time which I had held since 2005.

I can honestly say that without the support of club members and the excellent coaching staff it would have been unthinkable for me to achieve all this.

My aims and objectives of becoming a welfare officer are to ensure that we continue as a club to be inclusive and supportive to all our members needs and to make everyone feel welcome. If anyone wants to discuss anything with me or has any concerns they wish to raise, anonymously or otherwise then please do not hesitate to contact me.