Wicklow Tri Club Coaches:
The club encourages its members to take on coaching courses and qualifications to become part of the coaching team.
All current Wicklow Tri Club coaches are “home-grown”. The coaches are:
Coaching Officer: John DarcyTriathlon Ireland Level 2 Coach
John’s first passion was cycling. He competed in the Tour of Ireland in 1978 and 1979, and competed in the Rás Tailteann from 1983-1987. He competed in the first All Ireland Triathlon in 1983 in Greystones, coming third. He carried on competing in the All Ireland Triathlon for the rest of the 80’s, always finishing in the top 10. This was a Half-Ironman distance race with the first prize being entry to Ironman Hawaii. John returned to triathlon in 2005 when he joined Wicklow Triathlon Club and started coaching 4 years ago. John works with the Junior Academy and WicklowTri. He really enjoys helping people achieve their full potential and tries to be encouraging and motivating to all levels.
WicklowTri Juniors Head Coach: Conor McGowan
Triathlon Ireland Level 2 Coach
Conor muddles along mid pack in most races, irrespective of the distance, and still can’t believe that he completed IM Nice in 2010. Neither can anyone else! Secure in the knowledge that you don’t have to be a good triathlete to be a great coach; Conor was one of the first Triathlon Ireland Level 2 coaches in the country. He has worked in the past as the Team Manager for the Triathlon Ireland National Junior Academy helping to identify our future Olympians and he has a background in Rugby and Kickboxing. Already a 3-time Ironman, Conor has a quiet ambition to complete an Ironman race on each continent.
Swim Coach: John Doyle
John is a qualified Swim teacher, and has been a member of WTC for a number of years. A senior club member with a number of races under his belt including Ironman Lanzarote, John works to improve WTC members swimming through a myriad of different training sessions and routines, in the pool and in the open water.
Swim Coach: Fiona CreanSwim Ireland Level 1 Coach, Swim Ireland Level 2 Coach, Level 3 Aquatic Tutor (STA), Level 2 Aquabatics Instructor (STA), RLSS Lifeguard and Trainer/Assessor
Fiona has been involved in Triathlon for many years. She started cycling with Bray Wheelers Cycling Club focusing on club racing. In 2006 she qualified and raced in the Ras na mBan. Fiona joined Wicklow Triathlon Club in 2013 and has completed a number of races and challenges, including the infamous Outlaw full distance ironman. Fiona started teaching swimming in Kilternan and loves teaching all levels and abilities. She believes swimming should be relaxing and enjoyable for everyone and is happy to prove it. Her students love her (not during the actual swim class!) and all attribute their ability to swim well to her coaching!
Swim Coach: Conor FitzgeraldTriathlon Ireland Level 1 Coach, Swim Ireland Level 1 Coach
Conor has been involved in triathlon since 2009. Having competed in all distances, Sprint, Olympic, ½ and full Ironman, Conor understands how athletes need to train, along with the pressures of family, work friends etc. As a teenager Conor was a competitive swimmer, lifeguard, and instructor, so it was a natural progression that he would come back to work within swimming again. In 2011 Conor qualified as a swim coach with Swim Ireland, and in 2013, with Triathlon Ireland. Having been involved with Wicklow Triathlon Club, Senior and Junior clubs, as a swim coach. Conor has also been an integral part of the Triathlon Ireland Junior Academy, as one of their original elite coaches, in the Leinster area. Currently the Number 1, undefeated Triathlon champion at all distances, in his own house, although, with 3 young children, not sure how long his reign will last. Having been an assistant race director for The Beast, and Race Director for the Aquathon series, Conor is an integral part of Wicklow Triathlon Club.
Swim Coach: Jamie BrayTriathlon Ireland Level 2, Coach and Tutor
Jamie is a Level 2 Triathlon Coach and Tutor, with a background in Sea Swimming and Surf Life Saving, Jamie spent 5 years as a professional beach lifeguard in Cornwall, and as a junior competed at County Level in Pool swimming. In 2005 Jamie competed in the European Surf Life Saving Championships in Lubeck Germany in both Pool and Sea based competitions. He is also a keen triathlete and one of the founder members of WTC. Jamie was the High Performance Team Manager for the Irish elite squad in 2010 and 2011. In the last couple of seasons Jamie has focussed on his cycling career racing with the Irish Veteran Cycling Association however is making a long awaiting comeback to triathlon in 2015 with Ironman 70.3 rocking up on Irish shores.
Swim Coach: Corinna Nolan
Level 1&2 Swim Teacher (Swim Ireland), Level 1&2 coaches (Swim Ireland), Rlss lifeguard, T/A Rlss instructor
Corinna has always loved swimming in spite of a childhood hatred of water in her eyes and a hatred of water in her ears that has lasted to present day. She was signed up to lifesaving by her mum at 12 years old and got her first lifeguarding job in Arklow outdoor pool for a summer. Through 5th year in secondary school she got her assistant swim teacher cert and began teaching in Kilternan, then progressed to full teacher certs. Swim teaching has always been fer favourite job as it’s so rewarding. She has been coaching for 5 years including spending some time teaching in Australia, which was a wonderful experience. Her first triathlon was TriAthy Olympic distance and having breezed through the 1500m swim, realised that she’d have to run 10km at the end of the cycle. Her longest swim to date was last year’s Warrior of the Sea 6km (in skins, dodging jellyfish). Corinna is not a fan of wetsuits and would much rather swim in skins. Her top tip for swimming is to relax and enjoy it, not to try to get everything right at once. Pick something, work on it for a length or 2, then forget about it and swim on.
Run Coach: Eamonn Tilley
Level 3 BTF Triathlon Coach
Our Running Coach, Eamonn Tilley needs no introduction. He’s a well-known and well-respected coach on the Irish Triathlon scene , has worked extensively with Triathlon Ireland over the years, is the Head Triathlon Coach at ET Sports and can be seen officiating at many of the top races in around the country. A level 3 BTF Triathlon Coach, he is renowned for his enthusiasm and ability to remember members” names! With a vast amount of experience to draw upon, Eamonn is excellent at managing runners of all abilities and helping everyone improve their running. His Tuesday sessions are a fantastic way to meet people in the club and to make huge strides (pun intended) in your running.