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Your Oxford Tri Committee

The club committee is made up of volunteers who are elected each year at our January AGM. They give up their time for free to help make the club better, so if you see them give them a pat on the back (they are also a good source of info)!

We'd love to hear from you if you have an interest in getting involved with the running of your club. We have a broad range of core and non-core committee roles available each year, and we always need volunteers to help out at our club events. For more info, please get in touch with our Chair at chair [at] oxfordtri [dot] co [dot] uk.

 


 

Tracy Makin
Chair

I entered my first triathlon, Geneva, after a bet with my sister following one too many cocktails. There was only one problem – I couldn’t swim!  Despite taking myself off for lessons, my first attempt at a sprint distance was unsuccessful when I had to be pulled out of the lake.  If I’d finished that race it might have seen the end of my triathlon adventures but I became all the more determined to succeed and entered the same event the following year, finished and have been hooked ever since. I’ve gone on to compete at all distances. I am proud to say that with the help of the fantastic coaches and support at Oxford Tri I have competed twice as a GB age grouper at the long distance European Championships. I am very pleased to be able to give something back to the club by being on the committee and acting as one of the captains this year.

Jon Marsden

I came to Triathlon in 2016 and complete my first middle distance in 2017.Having also been involved in coached Orienteering the step into coaching was a logical one and I completed my L1 coaching award in 2018.

Lucy Dighton

I am a relative newcomer to triathlon having taken it up 18 months ago to prove to my daughter that it wasn’t just boys that do triathlon. The original plan was to train enough to get through a super sprint distance and then move on with life. Instead I got hooked and this year I am training for the London marathon in April and am currently deciding which middle distance Tri to enter. 

Alain Torri
Club Captain - General Committee Member

I joined OxfordTri initially just to get some cofidence in open water swimming as I had entered my first event: the Blenheim Triathlon. I was immediately sucked into the world of triathlon and got addicted to training and racing. Since then I competed in countless events including 2 full distance (IronMan) races and met many friends in the club.

I am very proud to be part of the OxfordTri coaching team and represent it as one of the captains this year.

Sarah Spruytenburg
Daniel Anderton
Club Captain & Website Officer

After moving to Oxfordshire from Devon and many years in athletics, the move was also a great time to try something new as well as a way to meet new people in the area. Triathlon ended up being that calling and i have been hooked since!

After going alone for a few years i decided it was time to join a club and i have not looked back. Training with a group has transformed my training and enjoyment of the sport, and being on the commitee is just a little way of giving something back!

 

Katherine Clarke
Membership Secretary

Having competed in Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons for a number of years under my own steam, I joined OxfordTri in 2017 after moving to Oxford. 

I enjoy our swim and track sessions, along with BARTTs in the summer, and the social events! Everyone at the club is welcoming and easy to get along with.

My role on the committe involves keeping track of our annual membership and issuing membership cards. I am also avilable to answer any questions from those who are considering joining the club.

Harriet Bowyer
Publicity Officer

After taking up cycling during my Erasmus year in Grenoble in 2012, I started triathlon in my final year at university and after a bit of a break joined my local club at home (TVT).  I got more and more keen to the point where joining OxfordTri was the first thing I did on moving to Oxfordshire in 2016 and I think it's one of the best decision I've made! I can't believe how far I have come in triathlon, going from my first 28 minute 5k to representing GB in the European Middle Distance Championships and none of this would have been possible without a great and supportive tri club!

I love being part of the club, making great friends and welcoming new members. After a few years in the club I wanted to do something helpful so thought I'd put my marketing skills to good use by standing for Publicity Officer.

Chris Hickman

I like to think of myself as a triathlete for "mere mortals": I started late, having never been very sporty, after a company medical turned up high blood pressure. I was so irritated by this I entered the Super Sprint at Blenheim in 2011 along with a friend. We both finished, but I was hooked! I'm now signed up for the Cotswold 113 middle distance race in June :)

In addition to being a general committee member, i'm also the club's kit officer, so if you need kit, or have suggestions for gear we should carry, do let me know (kit [at] oxfordtri [dot] co [dot] uk or grab me if you see me at a session!)

Outside of triathlon, i'm also Grand Master (President) of Oxford Hash House Harriers (the "drinking club with a running problem") and can be found fettling computers for a living.

Rob Parle
Club Secretary

Like most triathletes, I try to train as much as I can, don't train as much as I should, and sometimes make steady progress on the road to becoming quicker and climbing up the age group rankings. I race mostly middle distance and try to get along to the BaRTT on the weeks when the fast guys aren't going to turn up.

secretary [at] oxfordtri [dot] co [dot] uk

Jonathan Tindall

I recently relocated to Oxford from Cairns, Australia where i have been living since 2010. I am looking forward to joining the triathlon scene here and contributing to the OxfordTri club. I have been running marathons and ultras for a while, and then took to triathlons in 2016 not knowing how to swim. My goal was to finish the Cairns Ironman 70.3 (except I couldn’t swim). I successfully completed the 70.3 in 2017, qualifying for the 70.3 World Championships. Since then I have enjoyed a variety of middle and long-distance triathlons and have recently qualified to represent GB at the Duathlon World Champs in April.

Non-committee club roles

Jane Bell
Welfare Officer

1st Tri Blenheim 2005 on borrowed bike and hired wetsuit - got hooked. Seemed I was much better triathlete than runner! Joined Ox Tri 2007, coach Mike Dunmore showed me how to train and still astonished that after 4 worlds I have 5 medals. Love Sprint/Standard and Half Iron Man distance. Love Ox Tri. Love swim coaching and helping others to improve.

Best achievement....apart from getting Gold at Worlds Emoji receiving Oxford Tri Triathlete of year award!

welfare [at] oxfordtri [dot] co [dot] uk