Chairman, Webmaster & Welfare Officer
I joined CPT in December 2000 after watching the triathlon at the Sydney Olympics and thinking 'I can do that!'. I'd never run more than 5k before and have worked my way through the distances, including the marathon and two Ironman races, UK in 2005 and Austria in 2010 (never again!). My Mum comes to watch whenever she can, as she can't believe the child who refused to run for the bus now enjoys training and continually trying to achieve PBs! I've also made a lot of good friends at CPT and enjoy the social side as well as the training.
I joined CPT in 2012, after picking up the triathlon bug from my husband, Rob. In a short space of time I've gone from racing around East London on my fixie, to spending half my life clad in lycra! I have a long line of sporting stars in my family, and having spent my childhood in Melbourne and Sydney, I've always been around outdoor sports. I have always been into running, cycling and swimming, so triathlon was a natural progression. I enjoy training with like minded people - especially at the run session on a Wednesday. My aim over the coming year is to learn more about the sport, and work on getting my times down in all three disciplines. Oh, and learn how to use my gears ;-)
I have been a member of CPT since 2004 and was appointed to the Committee at the end of 2008. I compete at all distances and have completed several Ironman races, including Ironman Austria in 2004 and again in 2008. I also enjoy the Club cycling holidays to Italy, attend Club social events as well as regularly swimming on a Thursday.
Crystal Palace Triathletes is the best tri club around! I joined the club as a triathlon novice in 2009 as I enjoyed swimming, cycling and running independently, but my sporting background was in rock climbing (it may seem a bit random, but I’m convinced the years of pulling myself up rock faces has helped me improve my swim pull!) The club has given a focus and structure to the sports I love, as well as aspirations - I’ve done things I never thought possible. The coaching at CPT is excellent, as is the social side of the club (I especially look forward to the annual Ride to Rye, Summer BBQ and our club relays). As Run Coordinator since 2011 I've contributed to articles in Women’s Running magazine, promote running races to members, and organise running events and challenges. I’m also completing my BTF Level 1 coaching.
I joined CPT in the summer of 2009 shortly after having completed the Club’s triathlon. My main aim was to improve my swimming. I still have that ambition but if the brilliant CPT sessions can’t help nothing will. It’s a lovely friendly, sociable Club that has helped me make some great friends. I’m looking forward to helping the Club develop further in whatever way I can. Though I’ll need to keep up my training as my two fellow triathlon obsessed brothers with whom I’m incredibly competitive seem to have stepped up their games of late.
Junior membership coordinator
I joined CPT in June 2009 after watching my two children Alice and Luc swimming, cycling and running for over a year. I decided to give it a go and completed my first triathlon in Sept 2009. I am looking forward to many exciting challenges in 2013. I have loved my time with CPT seeing the junior section grow from just a handful of children to over 50 members has been especially exciting.
Sally Kidson I joined CPT in 2008 to make the move from parent chauffeur to triathlete in training! As ever one thing leads to another – I found I enjoyed the training sessions (even the running!) and then re-discovered the fun of taking part in competitive events. The Junior and Adult Training sessions offered by CPT are underpinned by an Annual Training Plan and delivered by a strong Coaching team. As the sport becomes more sophisticated and increasingly competitive it is important that CPT's Coaching and Training continues to develop. The Coach Coordinators have a key role in ensuring the delivery of the Club's ambitious weekly programme of sessions AND encouraging the Club to be pro-active in staying competitive. It is very clear that a strong and active club is a huge benefit to all our athletes - and this is certainly what we are about at Crystal Palace.
I competed in the first London Triathlon in 1984 and have been a member of the Club almost since its inception. I am a Level 1 coach (soon to be Level 2) and hope I can pass on some of my skills and experience to members of both senior and junior sections of the Club. I have taken part in various events including Ironman and my daughter Abi is an active member of the junior section.
I joined CPT in 2007 after my previous club closed down (luckily for me as it turns out, as CPT is way better!). I didn't really swim much before joining, and run training was a bit hap hazard, but the excellent training provided by CPT, combined with the race league and championships structure, gave me the focus and determination to get into a routine and steadily improve in the three disciplines. I finished the 2012 season on a high, racing for the GB age group team at the world champs down in New Zealand. Looking forward to more GB action in 2013; helping to defend CPT's London league mob match title, and hoping we can do one better on our 2nd place in the team league.
Kati Pusey -
Junior training coordinator
I joined CPT in April 2009 after a friend entered me for a triathlon and told me to sort out my swimming. At the time I could not swim for more than 100m front crawl without stopping and feeling totally exhausted. I was made welcome from day one and everybody was very supportive and encouraging. All my family are CPT members now thanks to the brilliant mixed Adult and Junior training arrangements. We enjoy training as a family and enjoy the social side too, having made many friends. It is great to see our Club going from strength to strength and I am especially proud of how the Junior section has grown and developed during the last year. I am excited to be able to contribute more to the Club as a member of the committee.
I enjoy taking part in all distances, whether the quick one after work, the 'standard' night out or the all day event! As well as a social drink, I also get involved with every triathlon distance from sprint to IM.
CPT not only has seriously good training and an annual race to match but is a fun Club to be part of.
My role is to enhance the social side and put on fun events where we can celebrate the outcome of all that hard training.
Cycling and Junior planning coordinator
Having joined CPT in 1997 I have seen the Club develop from a membership of 30 to over 150 whilst retaining its friendly atmosphere. In 2008 I was part of the team that built our very successful junior section. I sit on the London Region committee organising the junior series. I have coached since 2002 taking a more active coaching role within the Club since 2005. I have enjoyed racing at all distances in triathlon and look forward to the 2013 season.
I joined CPT in September 1995 and have seen many changes in the Club in the last 17 years.I have taken my Level 1 and 2 coaching exams and am now a qualified Level 2 coach, taking regular training sessions with the adults and juniors in the Club, and the Region squad. During the summer I was a Games Maker for the Olympic Games and marshalled at the triathlons and cycling events and will be marshalling at the World Champs next summer. My own participation has been fairly minimal over the last five years due to injury but I am now training regularly and hope for a full season in 2013. Crystal Palace Triathletes have always been an amazingly friendly Club and remains so to this day. It is a pleasure to be a member.
Junior planning coordinator
I am a BTF Level 1 coach and mainly assist with the junior bike sessions as my two sons are members of our junior section. I have represented GB at both the European and World Duathlon Age Group Championships but am yet to do a triathlon, something I plan to put right in 2013.