Meet the committee
It was work colleagues that first got me interested in the world of triathlons over 10 years ago. You would figure that this would not be the ideal choice of sport for me as I had no great interest in cycling and had huge fears of going anywhere near the deep end of a pool, never mind the open water. My main sporting background was in trekking, running and also coaching.
My first triathlon was the pool sprint (tri a tri) organised by the club and from there I ventured to similar ‘short swim’ sprint races in Mullaghmore and Athlone. I signed up for different classes, strangely enough avoiding the swim ones at all costs. Through the classes I found the coaches to be friendly and supportive and made many friends. Going to events, I found this sense of ‘community’, as regardless of what distance you were competing in, everybody was the same…..representing the club.
I have since moved on to participate in longer distance races. I can put that down to challenging myself but knowing there is support there from the club. There is much to be gained by the active participation in the club, whether the training sessions, social cycles, club events or the opportunity to put on the red and black when you go to events, whether home or abroad.
I joined Sligo Triathlon Club in September 2012 with the singular purpose of learning to swim. By the following summer, I’d completed a try-a-tri and a Sprint triathlon eventually progressing to Olympic and Half Ironman distances.
Irrespective as to if your goal is to complete your first triathlon or compete in Kona, everyone in Sligo Tri Club are equal.
Gemma Maguire Madden
I joined Sligo Triathlon Club after completing the women’s initiative in October 2014 and have enjoyed being an active club member since.
I have completed numerous sprint and Olympic triathlons, and just the one half iron man, which I was delighted to complete. I’m an avid swimmer too and being originally from Sligo, I feel we are so lucky to have such fantastic amenities available to us.
I took on the club treasurer role in January 2019 and I thoroughly enjoy supporting the club in this way.
I first joined Sligo Triathlon club in 2020 with the primary goal to improve my swimming technique. After many a late Wednesday night at the coached sessions I can say Im improving slowly but surely! My plan was to partake in my first Sprint Triathlon in 2020 but that has been postponed due to the pandemic for now. Roll on 2021 when I will hopefully get to do my first sprint tri.
I joined Sligo triathlon club in 2013 after a friend recommended the swimming lessons. From then I was convinced to do the club Try a Tri. I couldn’t even run at that stage but got through it and got hooked! I’ve completed a number of sprint and Olympic distance triathlons and proudly completed IM Dun Laoighre 70.3 in 2018. I was club PRO from 2016-2018 and have been secretary since Nov 2019.
I discovered Triathlon via the club’s Womens Try-a-tri in 2018, and have been hooked ever since. In Sligo tri club I have found a fantastic supportive community of friends and training buddies. I came from a cycling and running background and have worked hard on my swimming with club sessions in the pool and open water swimming, going from struggling through the Try a tri to completing the Hardman long distance triathlon in 2020.
I participated in the Try a Tri initiative in 2011, at that time I struggled to do a length in front crawl and emerged from the pool in about 10th place, but I managed to move up through the field on the next two legs and I was hooked!
I went on from Try a Tri to Olympic distance in 2012 and then to complete a couple of Half Iron man distances. I think I enjoy the longer races with time to savour the event best… I really enjoy club training sessions and I love race day when we travel on mass to events… I previously served for two years as club secretary and I am now in my second term as PRO role.
My love for triathlons started in the summer of 2015 when I completed my first ever triathlon which was the Mullaghmore sprint triathlon. Prior to this I was running and doing some cycling but decided to give a triathlon a go after some encouragement from my father and sisters who had completed it in previous years.
After I completed the triathlon, I went back to just running and some cycling but it was never the same. I wanted to feel the buzz of competing in a triathlon but didn’t really know where to start. Christmas was coming up at this stage and I decided to google triathlon clubs and first on the screen was Sligo Triathlon Club. I had a look through the website and saw that the club had regular coached training sessions so over Christmas I had a think about it and decided to join the club.
I took it slow and initially just signed up for the club turbo, had my own bike and the club had some turbo trainers I could borrow. Showed up for the first class and met some new faces along with faces I knew but never knew they were into triathlons. 2 hours later red faced, covered in sweat but smiling I was hooked. Eventually signed up for the run class, S&C and swimming and as they say the rest is history. Many sprints, Olympics and a half Ironman later I am heading for a full Ironman.
Since joining the club I have gotten to know a lot of new people and have developed many new friendships. The club is really like a big family, one that I am proud to be a part of.
I joined the club after doing the ladies initiative in 2014. I really enjoy the club classes, events and gatherings.
I became Social Officer in 2016 and have been organising tea parties since!