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.
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 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 was born and raised in London and moved to Sligo in 2017.
After getting complaints from my knees after a few half marathons I decided to try a Tri to distribute the burden (and pain!) across my body.
London was great for training but nothing compared to Sligo. Imagine a city boy swapping the roads, parks and indoor pools of London for the mountains, lakes and beaches of Sligo for training, and you can understand why I have made Sligo my home!
Having absolutely no interest in ever participating in a triathlon I joined the Sligo triathlon club in October 2019 after completing (well, I was disqualified!) the try a tri event. Running was my primary motivation for joining the club, I didn’t own a bike and I had just learned how to swim freestyle the year previously.
A Sligo rumour about a lamprey eel attaching itself to a triathlete during the Hazelwood triathlon had cemented a fear of lake swimming in me, and I was happy to stick with the running. One global pandemic and many lockdowns later I signed up for the “return to tri” event, which, much to my alarm involved lake swimming. The event itself stands out as a highlight for me for the year 2021, the training with friends and the event itself was such an enjoyable experience. I went on to complete the Hazelwood triathlon two months later and I have not been attacked by an eel yet!
I have found the club members and coaches incredibly willing to provide support, invaluable advice (and some slagging ) when it comes to all elements of racing and training.
As Social Officer I am hoping to promote and incite interest in more social events within the club, make the most of the events calendar, and to make up for the social opportunities we have all missed in the last two years.