Women in Sport Tri Leader Course - Dublin Date Announced

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We are pleased to announce the first Women in Sport Tri Leader Course of 2019. As part of our 'Equally Inspiring: Women in Triathlon Participation Initiative', Triathlon Ireland are committed to encouraging more women to take up leadership roles within their triathlon club. Becoming a Tri Leader is the first step on the coaching ladder and a great way to become more involved in your club, helping out at club training sessions.

The one-day Tri Leader course takes place on Sunday, 26 May at the National Sports Campus, Dublin 15. For all the details and to register click here

Ever wondered what it is like to be a coach? Read the stories of two Triathlon Ireland Level 2 Coaches, Maxine Strain and Olivia NiShuilleabhain, below.

Maxine Strain
Naas Triathlon Club

Maxine Strain

How long have you been involved in coaching?

I have been involved in coaching for just over 18 months. It feels a lot longer than that as I have managed to fit so much in during that time!

What age groups do you coach?

I coach juniors and adults both within Naas Tri Club and as an independent coach.

Why did you get into coaching/What inspired you to?

Having retrained as a swim instructor a few years ago in order to have a better work life balance, I realised that the saying "if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life" was really true! I was enjoying swim teaching and had started to get involved with triathlon as a sport for myself. I remember reading a piece just like this one on the TI Facebook page about a female club coach and how she got involved in coaching. She seemed ordinary, just like me. Her article inspired me to do the Tri Leader course and see what it was all about. It was intimidating at first but with the support of the wonderful tutors and coaches at Triathlon Ireland, I went on to complete Level 1 and Level 2 coaching. I am passionate about what I do and I am always learning new things.

What is your favourite thing about coaching?

I love to be around people and I am passionate about helping them achieve their goals and ambitions. I appreciate that every person is unique and they require a different approach. Many people think that coaching is just about training plans and sports science but the human element is the most rewarding aspect for me. Triathlon is a wonderful all-inclusive sport and you can get involved no matter what level you're at.

What advice would you offer to someone looking at starting their coaching career?

Get out of your comfort zone and you will be greatly rewarded! Triathlon Ireland has been very supportive with education and advice and I would suggest getting a friend or two in your club together and come along to a Tri Leader course as soon as possible.

Olivia Ni Shuilleabhain
Athlone Triathlon Club

Olivia NiShuilleabhain

How long have you been involved in coaching?

We set up a junior triathlon club in June 2018 and I have been involved in coaching this group.

What age groups do you coach?

Children from 8-15

What inspired you to get involved in coaching?

I myself only got involved in the sport of triathlon in 2012 (I couldn't swim), I was petrified of water.  I guess i wanted to help out others who want to get into the sport of triathlon and encourage them just like I was encouraged out when I first started out.  It is a fantastic sport and I have made some wonderful people through the sport. I just want to give a little back. Also would love to see our junior club progress, we need to get the youth involved, its the future for our clubs.

What is your favourite thing about coaching?

It’s not always easy, especially on the track on the cold wet winter evenings, but the children can be very funny sometimes, you get the whole life story!! I guess seeing the kids with the club gear on at the first ever junior club outing at the Athy Duathlon this year was a proud moment.  They never gave up the dug in and smiled coming across the line. These days make it all worthwhile.

What advice would you give someone starting out with their coaching career?

I would say its a continuous learning process, never think you know everything, share ideas, make it fun, and believe that you can make a difference to someone with their sporting dreams.