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Meet the Tristars  Coaching Team

Steve Wilson


I have been helping coach at TVTristars since 2009.  I also help cover some of the adult club sessions. I am a British Triathlon Level 2 Coach. I started triathlon in 2009 when my children took it up and joined TVTristars.  I like to contribute to the sport by coaching younger triathletes to help them reach their full potential in a fun atmosphere, at whatever level they chose.  I competes in triathlon at all distances but focus mainly on long distance events and hilly courses.

Derek Bowley

I set up TVT in 1982/83 and during the early 1980s was involved with the set up of BTF coach education system. I am a BTF level 3 coach and a british cycling level 1 coach. I have coached an age group gold medalist and a European long course bronze medalist. I am currently head coach of the club. I have raced triathlons upto and including Ironman but am currently not racing due to a long term injury problem. I am currently involved in cross country skiing which I started because I wanted to try a winter triathlon. I had planned to be involved actively with the junior section to provide advanced cycling skills but because of Joyces involvement I seem to stay and help most weekends.

Robby Elson

My daughter Evie (TS3) joined TVT before me in 2014. As a professional personal trainer and sports coach specialising in running technique, Tessa and Steve invited me to help out on the track. Things seemed to spiral and in 2016 I completed my Level 2 Triathlon Coaching qualification.

I enjoy short triathlons and very long runs. I like rivers and trails but dislike swimming pools and treadmills. My latest passion is a mix of open-water swimming and trail running – SwimRun. I also coach football and kickboxing and during the 2016/2017 season I’ll be coaching the Youth triathletes.

Joyce Martindale


I joined TVT in 2012 on a “if you can’t beat them join them” approach after spending many years holding various bits of kit and cheering people on at triathlons.

I am a British Triathlon Level 2 coach, an ASA Level 2 Swimming Teacher and British Cycling Level 1 coach. I coach with both the TriStars and the adult section.

Am currently keeping fit (run, bike, swim included) for cross country skiing and may eventually (many, many years hence) attempt a winter triathlon.

Debbie Wilson

I first became interested in triathlon when our children joined the junior club, about 10 years ago. My first triathlon was a sprint distance in Warwick where our whole family competed. I have mostly done sprint distance triathlons as I am not a very good runner! I really enjoy swimming and over the last few years I have done some long distance swims 10-14km.

I started coaching TVTristars in 2013. As Steve was already coaching I decided that I would go and see what it was all about. I qualified as a Level 1 coach in early 2014. I went on a para-triathlon training day as well and would love to have para-triathletes in the children’s club.

I enjoy watching all the children grow and develop and move through from Tristarts to Youth.

Susan Martin

My history with TVT goes back to 1986 and for the next 20 years I was a competitor and coach for the club. I gave it all up in 2003 to have my children and started back with coaching this September. I am a Tristars swim coach



Jenny Gale


I did my first triathlon in 2013 and caught the bug! In 2014 my eldest started with TVTristars and recently I have been helping out with admin and now coaching – I have my British Triathlon Level 1 Coaching and currently help with the TS2 group.

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