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 2018/19 committee members. If you have any queries or to get in touch, visit the contact us section.

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.


"I really have enjoyed being Chair and especially getting to know my committee who I’ve heavily relied on and they’ve never let me down. Its been an honour heading up this great club. - the Chair is elected for a one year term at a time and unfortunately I am unable to volunteer next year but would encourage anyone who’s got a passion for our clubs continued success to step forward." Mark Sealy (current Chairperson)

Coaching support


This is a role 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 and health and safety officer(s)


These roles are required by British Triathlon but are small in terms of time commitment. 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.

 

"I have been in the role as Treasurer since the last AGM, and would like to now relinquish this to focus on other interests and give someone else the opportunity. I am happy to discuss the role further with anyone interested in becoming Treasurer, and will also provide an overlapped handover to help anyone settle into the role." - Paul Bagot (current treasurer)

 
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). 

 

"I have really enjoyed this role but I am going to be short on time over the next year so am stepping down. I am more than happy to offer training and back up support to the new person in this role as and when needed." Emily Subden (current web and newsletter officer) 
 
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.

Mark Sealy

Club chairman

I joined the club in August 2016 after trying a super sprint and loving it, but more of a way to meet people locally than anything else. 

I was lucky enough to have done triathlons and played waterpolo at school but hadn’t done much more than the occasional Parkrun for about a decade.

The friends I quickly made, the high standard of coaching, the encouragement everyone gave me, but above all the fun I had, blew me away and I’m now very proud to be a part of AVTC.

If you are thinking of joining, whatever your abilities or goals please get in touch or have a chat to us at events, I’m the tall guy in the brightest pink shirt, can’t miss me. 


Favourite Biscuit: all the biscuits in vast quantities

Emily Subden

Web & newsletter

 

I'd always liked biking and swimming - and have always forced myself to run to keep fit - so I thought I'd give triathlons a go.

I did my first sprint tri in 2016 after moving back to Oxford from Paris and wanting a new challenge. I joined the club in early 2017 as I wanted to meet some new people and to try to improve my sprint triathlon times - which I'm pleased to say I did twice in 2017! I also completed my first Olympic distance in 2018.

I love the short distance triathlons because you can do lots in the same season and they are always good fun and well supported.

I'm happy to look after the club website in my spare time so let me know if you have any comments.

Favourite biscuit: a Club biscuit (or is that classed as a chocolate bar?)

 

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

Welfare officer

 

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

 

 

Sorrel Williams

I joined the club in October 2011 from a cycling background and couldn't swim a stroke, meaning I know exactly how you feel when you say you are scared of putting your face in the water.

 

I passed my BTF Level 2 qualification in March 2014 and regularly coach swim, bike and run sessions.

 

I also have a Level 3 qualification in Sports Psychology and am keen to use this to help any club member progress with the mental side of triathlon on top of the physical side and exactly how their mind and thoughts can help (and hinder) their performance.

 

When not coaching or training, I can usually be found tinkering with my bikes or cooking up a culinary storm in the kitchen.

 

Favourite biscuit: Dark chocolate hobnob

Kevin Sharp

General committee

member

 

 

From coaching youth rugby too 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.

Liz Frazer

Membership officer

Joined the club in 2017 after moving to Abingdon and meeting Danny Simpson (Kit officer) at parkrun!

I’ve always been into sport and played competitive netball for years but switched to running when we moved abroad.

When we moved back to the U.K. I needed  a new challenge, and as a recreational runner who did a lot of spin classes for cross training, triathlon seemed an obvious next step!

I did my first pool based sprint tris last season, bought a road bike and a wetsuit and will be doing my first open water events this season! Then hopefully building up to Olympic distance next...

Favourite biscuit: Do flapjacks count? 

Danny Simpson

Kit officer

I joined the club 3 years ago having come from a "laying on the sofa" background.


I had done some swimming, biking and running but joined the club along with my daughter as she wasn't happy at a swimming club and she wanted to do something else.


We have both been hooked ever since.
 

I was born with a dogs dinner for a left leg and this year I was classified at a PTS5 paratriathlete by British Triathlon.

If you want to look great in club kit I'm the man you want to talk to!

Favourite biscuit: Any free ones 

Paul Bagot

I wanted to become a better swimmer, which was one of the main reasons for me joining the club in 2017, after a couple of attempts at some sprint triathlons.

 

Over the last year I've chalked up a few more triathlons, and I've definitely starting to notice an improvement after all the great coaching we have at the club, along with enjoying the events a lot more!

 

AVTC has such a vibrant, fun mix of friendly people, and taking part in the club's sprint triathlon in Newbury was a real highlight.

 

I'm now responsible for looking after the club's accounts as treasurer, so if you have any questions/suggestions for how we use the club's money, get in touch.
 
Favourite biscuit: Dark Kitkat chunky

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 & minutes taker

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, but this is my fist time as Welfare and H&S Officer.
 
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….)

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