Our Committee Members

 

The AVTC Committee is selected at each year's AGM, typically at the end of each season. Below are the details of the 2019/20 committee members. If you have any queries or to get in touch, visit the contact us section.

I joined the club in 2015 in an effort to meet like-minded people, lose some baby weight and maybe build up to entering a triathlon or two.

 

The coaches are endlessly supportive and with their help, I have even managed to complete a track running session, something I would have found impossible a year or so ago.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about welfare and safeguarding then please leave me a message.
 
Favourite biscuit: fig roll

Tamsin Evans

Club Chairperson & Welfare officer

Emily Subden

Web & newsletter

Sara Freeman-Brooke

Club Secretary & 

Coaching Support

Favourite Biscuit

 

BTF Level 2 coach,

ASA Level 2 teacher & ASA Level 2 coach

Teddy Brooke

I did my first running event (a 10k) in 2016 after getting inspired watching the London Marathon, and then wanted to do something a bit more exciting, so I bought a wetsuit, borrowed a bike, and 4 weeks later did my first triathlon. 

I like to test myself by doing new things, so over the next two years I did some sprint triathlons, then some Olympic, then up Alpe d’Huez?! (Maybe that was a stretch too far 🙂).

I joined the club in Spring 2018 to get better at swimming, meet tri-minded people, to get motivation for training and to get inspired to do more things I didn’t think I’d ever be able to do.

 

And it worked! I got great swim coaching, I met lots of lovely, friendly people, training is FUN (most of the time), and (much to my surprise) I ran a marathon!

Favourite biscuit: Chocolate fingers

Social officer 

Head Coach

 

 

Matt Shepherd

I joined the club when I was about 17 and came from a background of football and running at school. I soon fell in love with the world of triathlon and have not looked back. I joined the club to develop my swimming, to which I started in Lane 1 and moved all the way up to Lane 3 with the help of the legendary Coach Ginge. 

I raced for the club for many years (being club champ in 2011ish) before moving to my beloved Swansea University whereby I became an avid member and eventually a committee member at the Triathlon Club. I achieved the dizzying highest of the first Swan home at the British University’s Championships and completing three years of the beer mile. I was also awarded club drunk and personality of the year… I feel I did Uni correctly (with minimal studying and maximal triathlon). 

Since leaving University I have raced in many triathlons from sprint to Half Ironman. Some of the more notably races have been the Helvellyn Triathlon which actually goes up and over the mountain. I have also raced in an epic 8 hour Swim Run race across the Gower Peninsula in Wales and one across Loch Lomand in Scotland. 

I became a level 2 coach to give something back to the club, and to share my knowledge of the sport. What really motivated me to become a coach was when one of my uni friends thanked me for the time I put into helping them improve their triathlon times. Becoming a coach felt like the most natural progression for me. 

I find triathlon has helped me develop as a person so much, I want to share and encourage others to develop in the same way. I also like the club's reputation for its cake and ale consumption… to which I more than uphold at socials. 

Favourite biscuit: Chocolate covered hobnob 

Kevin Sharp

Coaching Liaison

 

 

From coaching youth rugby to triathlon! An obvious move at 49!!!!!

 

I completed two sprint tris in my first season and - with great coaching and belief from the fun and friendly club members - progressed to complete my first half iron man at the end of this, my third, season!

 

Please do come along - whatever your goal - and have some fun doing it!

Favourite biscuit: Any with chocolate on.

Neil Mowforth

Membership officer

I’ve been a member since 2010 (with a break in the middle for family life) since completing my first sprint, the Radley Tri, and loving it.

I originally started mountain biking, which then turned into road cycling and running.  Instead of buying separate running & cycling magazines, I subscribed to a triathlon magazine.  It wasn’t long before I then entered Radley.

After that I immediately went big and entered Challenge Henley for the following year, and have been competing ever since.  With that in mind I have a whole host of races & experience under my (race!) belt.

I’m membership officer, so feel free to ask me any questions about membership or renewals.  If you enquire about membership on the online form then it’ll come to me.

Favourite biscuit: Chocolate digestive with peanut butter on top!

Paul Bagot

Kit officer

Paul Sherman

I joined the club in 2016 after attempting my first Sprint Tri and failing dismally. Didn't have a clue what I was doing and just did it with some friends - I finished 2nd to last! 

As I am a stubborn so and so and don't like being defeated I decided to actually train sensibly, join a club and learn properly. I can safely say I have loved it and can't imagine training any other way with any other club.

By the way, I went back to that same Sprint Tri Event the next year and took 35 mins off my 'PB'!

Favourite Biscuit: Shortbread

Treasurer

Ben Knott

PR & social media officer

 

 

I joined the club in 2018, having completed the Blenheim Super Sprint with some friends in June. Over the last few years I'd taken part in various Tough Mudders and similar events, and a handful of half-marathons. But I got the biggest buzz and a real sense of satisfaction and achievement from the Blenheim Tri. 


So I contacted AVTC soon afterwards to try out a swim session (which was my weakest discipline by a very long way). I got a really warm welcome from everyone I met, and was so impressed by the quality of the coaching and the difference that even just a few sessions made to my technique.

 

I'm still firmly and happily in the slow lane, and am looking forward to putting my training into practice in 2019! 


Favourite biscuit: shortbread

Pam Stokell

General committee member

Oldish lady in 50s having a sort of midlife crisis, in denial about being this old!
 
I joined the club in Nov '15, having spent many years as a spectator, supporting my youngest son at Tristar triathlons, and thinking to myself: "I should be doing this myself".
 
I come from a swimming background, but have always enjoyed cycling and running. I have spent time in other sport club committees doing all sorts of roles.
 
Favourite biscuit: choc chip shortbread.

Kate Williams 

Club charity coordinator

 

 

I joined the club 3 years ago at the age of 66. I was (and still am) the oldest member of the club, but I have to say I’ve always felt welcomed and part of the club.

 

I have been active all my life but never a serious competitor until I discovered age-group triathlon! I managed to qualify for Team GB in my age group and I have now competed at three World Champs.  


This year, our charity is Mind, in particular, Oxfordshire Mind (see our Club Charity page). I am a great believer in the power of exercise to improve mental wellbeing, whatever your age.  Look out for charity related activities throughout the year.


Favourite biscuit: Custard creams (when I allow myself….)

Committee Roles

Chairperson
 
The Club Chairperson oversees the running of the club as a whole. You will be aware and across most significant activity being undertaken by the committee members and there to assist and cover where required.


The Chair arranges the committee meetings as well as the AGM to help keep things moving and running smoothly. More specifically you will be responsible for our membership to the British Triathlon Federation as well as oversea that essentials such as insurance are maintained by the Club Secretary. You’ll need to work closely with the Club Treasurer to assist with financial decisions too and be at hand should any issues arise within the club.

Coaching Liaison & Club Secretary / Coaching Support


These are roles in the Committee created recently to allow coaches to focus their efforts on the coaching. The main area is to book our training venues which tends to happen twice a year as we switch between seasonal schedules. BTF membership and insurance needs to be updated on an annual basis. It is helpful if the person in this role is able to attend coaches meetings and help organise any subsequent actions.

Welfare Officer


The Welfare Officer is available for any club member who may have well-being concerns and also maintains our accredited status with BTF which is needed for all clubs with junior members. The officer is also responsible for ensuring the coaches’ DBS certificates are up to date. The Health and Safety role involves keeping the risk assessment documents up-to-date for all of the venues we train at and reporting injuries that occur in the course of AVTC training.

Treasurer

 

The Treasurer provides a key role supporting the club, paying for any expenses (pool hire fees, club kit orders), tracking the club's overall finances and depositing money into the club account. This latter task is normally from the Thursday swim hat - this however is under review and there will be a chance to help the club streamline its memberships in 2020. 

Being treasurer gives you the opportunity to be right at the heart of some of the club's key decisions, such as organising training sessions, supporting coaching and activities such as trips, socials and kit orders.

 
Web and newsletter officer
 
This role involves keeping the website up to date and sending out weekly newsletters to all members. For the newsletter, each week you will need to compile the email with information on training (provided to you by the head coach), updates on club member achievements, and any other content requested by members (such as race reports, training updates, events). You will then need to add it to the newsletter template and send it out on a Monday to the subscriber list.
 
For the website, regular updates include adding posts/race-reports to the blog, changing the images on the site to keep them current, and adding and editing the training schedule. This role can take up as much or as little time as you want to put in. The site has been recently updated but there are still plenty more improvements that can be made if you have the time and inclination (and patients with using Wix). 
 
Social media and PR officer
 
This post requires a member to take charge of the club’s social media presence - Twitter, Facebook (page and group), Instagram and Strava - making sure regular updates are posted to them including lots of photos. The role also requires running Facebook ads at certain times of the year to attract new members. 
 
In addition to the online activities, the person in this role is also responsible for looking at other promotional opportunities including having fliers and banners (where possible) at training venues and events and contacting local media about club achievements and events.

Social officer

As Social secretary you are responsible for fun! We have a reputation of being a friendly social club. Social  secretary is responsible for organising social events (parkrun meets, events where we aren’t in Lycra, helping with charity events and the highlight of the year that is the Christmas party and awards night). 

Club kit officer

The kit officer is in charge of both technical and casual kit orders and supplies.

Members officer

The members secretary is the first point of contact for all new enquiries to the club, arranging trial sessions, and setting people up with membership. Each May, the members secretary is also responsible for collecting club members subs for the year (working closely with the Treasurer), and issuing membership cards.

Club charity coordinator

The charity coordinator is in charge of electing a club charity, promoting the chosen charity to club members, and arranging fundraising events throughout the year.

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