Plymouth Triathlon Club has a large and dedicated team of Coaches who are constantly striving to improve not only your performance and enjoyment of Triathlon but also their own Coaching Performance.

We are extremely lucky to have this kind of support for our members and any feedback or support you can give is more than welcome.

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Heather Booth - Head Coach


She’s a snowboarder too! 

Matt Searl


I have been involved in Triathlon for over 20 years and completed many events from small Aquathlons to recently undertaking Ironman Lanzarote three times, with all the distances in between under my belt at some point during my sporting career. My main background sport was Swimming / Water Polo which I enjoyed for many years of my youth.

I was one of the founders of the Plymouth Triathlon Club, holding various positions i.e. Chairperson, Head Coach, Webmaster.

I first became a coach in 2004 and undertook my Level 2 in 2007. Since then I have undertaken CPD which includes:-

Open Water Swim coach, Swim Smooth Coach, Sports First Aid, Sports Coach UK Safeguarding and Protecting Children (Enhanced DBS checked), Certificate in British Triathlon Safely coaching static bike sessions and coming soon British Triathlon Strength and Conditioning.

As a coach I enjoy seeing new people coming into the sport and positively encourage them to undertake an event, achieve to the best of their ability and further develop their skills in the three discipline sports of Triathlon. As I like to say “Triathlon, a simple formula: Swim, Bike Run!” 

Terry Harvey

LEVEL 2 BTF Coach (undertaking LEVEL 3)

Originally from a running background I entered a triathlon in 1992 for a bet and was immediately addicted. I have raced every season since then over all the distances making my way to four World Championships including Hawaii in 2019. I joined PTC in 2003 & other than work taking me away from Plymouth have been a member ever since. I have held committee positions over the years as Head Coach and Treasurer.

Formally a swimming teacher and scuba diving instructor I started coaching triathlon in 2005. Since then I  have completed CPD courses including Strength and Conditioning, Open Water Swimming, First Aid, Sports Coach UK Safeguarding and Protecting Children.  Currently I’m studying on the BTF High Performing Coaching Program for my Level 3 coaching qualification. 

Dean Crow


An early bird when it comes to training

Neil Minion


Favourite piece of training equipment is a snorkel 

Fiona Verney


ASA Swimming Coach

I think people will know me as a swimmer! 

A total love of the water!

Started swimming as an adult but had a great coach in Cambridge who inspired me to teach and coach.

I have my level 3 Swim England swim coach (and my British Triathlon Level 2) and swim coaching was my job in Cambridge.

I was coerced by the triathletes I met to do triathlon - my first one was in 1994 and went to 3 standard distance Age group world champs. 

After setting up the swimming at Cambridge Tri club I the moved to the South West in 2000.

I’ve been in Plymouth since early 2022 and love the tri club - lots of people who want to ‘do’ things!

Everyone knows I like to swim and win but really if I can encourage others to love the sport half as much as I do that would be great.

Swim run is my new thing although I might get my bike out this summer.

Happy to give swimming tips to anyone who’ll listen!

Ella Kerswill

LEVEL 1 BTF Coach (undertaking LEVEL 2)

New kid on the block for coaching. A club member who has come up through the junior ranks. 

Ella's Tri Coaching includes BTF Activator Course. BT Level 1 and she is just finishing her Level 2 course.

Lucy Pascoe


Ken Holder

LEVEL 1 Foundation BTF Coach

New to coaching, Ken has just completed his Foundation course and currently supporting some of the current coaches. 

Ken, currently leads the Zwift sessions on a Wednesday Night

Simon Porter

I’m a level 1 coach, I mainly coach the Junior Swim and running sessions and have done so now for almost 3 years. I come from a running background however since finding two wheels I find there’s nothing better so is my favourite discipline.  


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