Dan looks at overall management and future direction of the club alongside his amazing hard-working fellow committee members. He is keen for the club to welcome people of all levels, ages and backgrounds, whether it’s experienced athletes exploring their limits or newcomers achieving things they never thought they could.
“I swore I’d never do competitive aerobic exercise again after some painful XC mountain bike races in my teens. However, after watching my kids training and racing with Kendal Tri Club juniors and learning about some exciting events taking place around the Lakes, I couldn’t resist. I love the process of training and testing myself on the adventurous longer events, like Tri-Hard’s “A Day in the Lakes”, the Lakesman, Triathlon X and the ROC sea/lake-to-summit-and-back triathlons.”
Kerry monitors the Club finances on behalf of the Committee, preparing the budget for the forthcoming year, monitoring performance against it and providing the year end position for presentation to the AGM.
Kerry joined the Club to ensure she trains regularly. She has met lots of new training partners and friends through joining the Club sessions. As well as swimming in lane 3, Kerry can regularly be seen on the weekend social off-road runs that take place from Autumn to Spring (even if the main motivator is the cake and coffee at the end). Kerry had only completed sprint tris before joining the Club but, through regular training, learning from the coaches and being motivated by other member’s achievements, has since progressed to half-iron distance and long distance cycles and swims.
Vikki keeps the committee in order, organising our meetings, helping with club admin and communications.
“I moved to Kendal in 2011 and joined the Kendal Tri club for swimming, prompted by a fellow member who thought I might enjoy it. At the Tri club I’ve met many lovely people and went on to discover a love for open water swimming and road cycling in addition to running and the great outdoors including, caving, via ferrata, skiing and climbing. I recently had an amazing experience swim guiding a visually impaired athlete in a sprint triathlon and would like to do that again. Over the years I’ve taken part many events and considering the number of race marshals and volunteers, decided to give up some of my time helping behind the scenes as club secretary. Kendal Tri Club is a small club but it is a pleasure to work with my colleagues in the committee who are all very dedicated in making it welcoming for all.”
This role involves organising and co-ordinating all the sessions we offer, supporting other coaches, involving new coaches, coaching sessions myself and ensuring we stick to all guidelines around safety and insurance. I am very lucky to have such a great team of coaches to achieve things with.
“I realise with slight horror that I have been enjoying triathlon for over ten years now and have been a Club member all that time. During this period I have taken my coaching qualifications and really enjoy encouraging others to have a go at any aspect of the sport, or to improve their performance.”
Mel manages member registrations and membership renewals, which includes maintaining accurate and up-to-date membership records.
Sylvia organises club activities and social events for members and their friends and families.
Steve assists with running the junior section of the club, organising activities and helping with races.
“I was introduced to the sport of Triathlon when my eldest daughter entered an event as an 8 year old. Since then all three of my daughters have dabbled in the sport, which in turn sparked my involvement in Kendal Junior Tri Club. I started as a parent helper assisting at training sessions and took my level 1 coaching qualification March 2017.
Our Junior members constantly surprise me with their positive attitude, dedication and ability when training. This makes for challenging training sessions because of the speed at which they master new skills.”