Coaching team

Head Coach: Stephen Chambers Lv 2 Triathlon Coach
Steve Chambers, our Head Coach: “I was involved in the pre-BTC set-up meetings with Bassetlaw District Council and BPL on whether it was possible to start a triathlon club within Bassetlaw in 2012 (Olympic year). I went as an advisor on triathlon as I had been doing triathlon for many years before. I remember saying at the time  “I haven’t got time to get involved with the running of the club”…… Many of you will know I’ve been here from the beginning to present day and have loved every minute of it. My role of head coach is is one I’ve really been privileged to have and great working with a dedicated team of coaches and athletes.  The club is now based on a solid foundation- financially and structurally. This is down to the hard work of the coaching team, committee and the members who give the club time when we need them to support club activities.  My life has always been based around sport, health and wellbeing, soft tissue massage and strength and conditioning. These skillsets hopefully support my level 2 qualification in giving the members a positive triathlon experience.  My days are probably numbered now on the competition circuit but the sprint triathlons have always suited my body and time commitment the best. I was privileged to take the Midland series AG win (30-34 years 😁 (Ed. Note – Dream on!…….😂😂)) in 2018 and hopefully I’ll be close again this year.  I’m not a person to look back and would rather focus on the next challenge ahead. I was involved in the Mansfield Town squad that beat Bristol City in the Freight Rover final at the old Wembley stadium in 1987 in front of over 55,000 fans” Thank goodness Steve somehow found the time he thought he didn’t have to get involved with the running of the club – I think most of us who’ve been involved since the early days know that the club wouldn’t have flourished without Steve’s dedication. In 2017 he deservedly won the East Midlands Participation Coach of the Year prize. I’m sure I speak on behalf of all of the members when I say a massive ‘THANKYOU’ to Steve for his continued dedication to the club. (30-34AG…….😂😂)
Cat Harrison Lv 2 Triathlon Coach
I’m Cat Harrison, one of the club’s Level Two coaches. I qualified as a Level One coach in April 2013, and as a Level Two coach a year later in April 2014. At the moment, my only coaching sessions are the Tuesday morning swim technique sessions, although in the last six years I’ve coached all disciplines, including beginners triathlon sessions, run technique, Monday night spin sessions, and supported cycle rides. My job as a GP also gives me background interest in Sports Medicine, including nutrition, biomechanics and injury, sports psychology, anti-doping and sports performance. I’m always happy to answer questions from club athletes on any issues, and although not able to treat you as a patient, can guide you to the right place/person to get the right management. I love training regularly, but I’m terrible at racing! I’ve never managed to apply my Sports Psychology interest to myself and am usually so crippled with pre-race nerves, that I prefer to avoid racing all together!! I’m definitely not an adrenaline junkie! I’ve only entered three events this year! I completed the 100 mile Velo Birmingham sportive in May, I’ll be swimming the 5km ‘Big Swim’ at Holme Pierrepont in July, and I’m finishing the season with the 70.3 distance Outlaw X in September. One thing you won’t know about me is that as a kid, I earned a coveted Blue Peter badge for interviewing, on TV, the then education secretary Kenneth Baker about his unpopular education reforms. I also appeared on the Saturday morning ITV show, the Wide Awake Club, putting custard pies in my teacher’s face in the ‘Bonk and Boob’ spelling quiz!! My career in TV sadly never materialised after these brief appearances!
Gaz Hughes Lv 2 Triathlon Coach
Gaz Hughes, one of three Level 2 coaches in the club. He began coaching in 2016, completing his Level 1 and then Level 2 qualifications in quick succession. Gaz is an experienced triathlete, and having started triathlon in 2009, felt it was time to give something back to the sport and help club members achieve their goals. With his ten years of training and racing experience, and now with the coaching qualifications, he has honed his skills to guide and support all our members, from beginners to more experienced athletes. Gaz continues to race and represent the club, and his main race this year is Challenge Roth in July, a race which is not easy to secure an entry. If you’re interested, ask Gaz for his top tips to get a place at this iconic race! When I asked Gaz to give us an interesting fact about himself, he admits to having a bit of a crush on British 70.3 athlete Holly Lawrence 😍, but shhhh don’t tell Danielle!…… Here he is in uber-coordinated club colours!
Yannie Duven Lv1 Triathlon Coach
I have been a coach for 7 months since the end of October 2018 and a Community Activator for about 15 months.
I joined the club in May 2014 and started as a volunteer on the committee as Membership Secretary 4 years ago. A year later I found myself doing the job of Club Secretary.
As a coach I enjoy covering a mixture of sessions. And after only 7 months I find it too early to say what I enjoy most. At the moment, I like the variety as it develops me as a coach.
Members will see me at Monday evening Clumber sessions, alternate with Matan the swim sessions on Tuesday morning technique sessions and Saturday morning endurance sessions. As someone who did my first triathlon only 4 years ago I like to help and chat especially with beginners. I enjoy seeing and being involved in the progress that some make coming through beginners to freestyle course and getting more confident on the bike.
As an Triathlete my main Event this year is in July ETU Champs Middle distance in Romania and in September a full Ironman Distance Challenge Almere. My strongest discipline coming from a swimming background is the swim but I am constantly developing my bike and run.
Before moving to England, I left Holland to work for 3 months on a Kibbutz in Israel. To cut a long story short I never went back to Holland to live. I met my husband, and we worked together on the Kibbutz, where I milked cows, helped with the lambing including being the scrub nurse at a caesarean on a sheep, worked in the cotton fields, among many, many other jobs.
Today I am a proud mum of three adult children, I try and juggle a busy life by spending time with my family, do my own training, work, coaching and volunteer for the club.
Mark Motley Lv 1 Triathlon Coach
Mark Motley who has been a Level 1 Coach for 5&1/2 years, and is an integral part of our Saturday morning swim coaching team. Over to Mark to tell you more about his sessions:
“I support our Head Coach Steve Chambers in running a six week course for beginners to freestyle to encourage new members into the club who find swimming the most challenging of the 3 disciplines. The students can swim but find freestyle difficult and find breathing the most troublesome skill to master. After this course I take the people into my beginners lane which is run every Saturday morning and with the support of a level 2 coach, we build and develop their strokes from the drills taught on the course. This is very rewarding and I have seen many people pass out of my lane and become very strong freestyle swimmers within the club representing BTC at many levels. I try to make each week different and try to make swimming up and down a 25 meter pool for 90 minutes as much fun as possible”
A couple of our beginner swimmers provide insight into how rewarding they have found their coached Saturday swim sessions with Mark:
“Mark is a great coach who definitely gives you individual attention and really watches how you are doing, and gives tips on how to improve. He always has time to talk and his sessions are always fun….”
“Mark makes Saturday mornings something to look forward to. His coaching sessions are fun, active and sociable.  With his help I have grown in confidence. He’s helped me to improve my technique and endurance. I truly believe that without Mark I would not be completing triathlons. A BIG THANK YOU to Mark.”
The photo is of Mark after taking part in the Mallorca 312 ride in April 2018.

Gav Toulson Lv 1 Triathlon Coach
Gav Toulson, who has been one of our Level 1 coaches since November 2017 and a club member since 2013. In his own words “I enjoy seeing people progress, mainly through consistency and hard work. I’m committed to long course triathlon and will be racing at ironman UK next month. Rather than name a pointless fact, I’d like to chuck in a few tips…… 1. Be Consistent. 2. Have Patience ( Rome wasn’t built in a day) 3. ENJOY THE PROCESS!! And yes it’s Wiggo’s bike👍”
Matt Horsfield Lv 1 Triathlon Coach
Matt Horsfield, who handed over to the current chair (Gary Sylvester) a few months ago after a successful tenure and overseeing the club growing in size and strength in recent years.
Matt has been a Level 1 coach for the last 3 years, and tells us more about himself here: “I enjoy coaching swim, analysing swim technique and suggesting minor improvements. Its great to get feedback from club members following improvements in their pool and race times. I’ve raced all distances from sprint to Ironman. My favourite distance is Standard (Olympic). For the remainder of 2019 I have entered York sprint and Sundowner middle distance. My favourite discipline is by far the swim, then I bike and run as quickly as possible to maintain/minimise position losses. Outside of triathlon, I work for the National Trust as a Facilities Manager based at Hardwick Hall (Chesterfield). Its a great job and everyday is different! My office is inside a 400 year old grade 1 listed building which is something quite unique!”
Dale Bloomer Lv 1 Triathlon Coach
Dale has been a Level 1 coach for 8 months, and he is enjoying helping others improve their own technique, particularly in running and swimming. Dale says “I race all distances but am concentrating on Middle and long distance at the moment however a shoulder reconstruction after falling off my bike in February means I have had to defer my IM event in Switzerland to next year. I still intend competing in a middle distance in September. I am a Qualified Mountain Leader and Climbing Instructor representing British Mountaineering at 10 Downing St in 2010. I was Vice President of the Fell and Rock Climbing Club in 2016 – 2018” Dale is a man of many skills who is a great asset to our coaching team. Here he is after the Outlaw 140.6 enjoying a well-deserved post-race recovery drink!
Matan Duveen Lv 1 Triathlon Coach
Matan has been one of our Level 1 Triathlon Coaches for 7 months, and also a community activator for 15 months. In case that’s not enough, he is also working very hard as Bassetlaw Sprint Triathlon Event Coordinator. He been on the club committee for 4 years.
As a coach, he enjoys coaching swimming – particularly the endurance, long swim sessions on a Saturday. He likes helping members with questions about the sport, especially how to start triathlon as a beginner.
As an athlete, his main event this year is the long distance Outlaw full race in July – a huge challenge and ‘bucket list’ race. His favourite, and strongest, discipline is the bike.
Matan’s other interest outside of triathlon is working in the theatre. He’s had the pleasure of working with Sooty and Sweep, and The Chuckle Brothers amongst others!