Ian decided to have a go at triathlon in 2014 (aged 52) having run as part of a team at his local Crossmichael triathlon the summer before. Having always used running as a way to keep fit, he could only swim a few lengths, so spent 3 months trying to improve before joining D & G Tri Club and buying a cheap bike. He has now completed 4 seasons of triathlon at Sprint, Standard & Middle distance. Working as an accountant, a great deal of his day is spent sitting at a desk, so triathlon is a great way of keeping fit. He enjoys taking part in all Club activities.
Craig is a Chartered Tax Adviser to trade and hopes to use this financial background to help keep the Club’s financial position. Craig came from a decidedly non-sporting background and prior to joining the club the extent of his sporting background was taking part in the Annual Run 4 Health charity race in Dumfries.
Since joining the Club Craig has taken part in Standard Distance, Sprint Distance and Super-Sprint Distance Triathlons, and is currently aiming to participate in a Half Ironman Distance race in 2014.
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Ann is new to the world of triathlon and for the most concentrates on the open water swimming side and winter/ice swimming. Her ultimate swimming aim is to complete long distance swims in the fairer weather and in winter an ice mile and eventually hopes to tackle a Triathlon or two.
By day Ann works as a business manager for a communications/IT company and when not swimming she also enjoys photography and can regularly be seen at club events taking photos of the rest of the team.
The head coach of the Club is Craig Stitt and as a UKCC Level 2 Triathlon coach his responsibilities are preparing and developing the training programme for the Club.
In addition to the head coach the club has 4 coaches holding the UKCC Level 1 Triathlon Coaching qualification and their responsibilities are assisting the head coach in the delivery of the training programme.
The coaching structure within the club will continue to develop with Craig looking to progress to the Level 3 Certificate in Triathlon coaching, this will enable him to prepare individual training programmes for athletes within the club. Additionally some of the Level 1 Coaches will look to progress to the Level 2 Qualification.
In the future the club will look to open a juniors section within the Club to allow under 18s to participate in this rapidly expanding sport.