My journey into coaching started when I joined my local running club. I was invested in by some great people and wanted to give something back – so I did a triathlon qualification to enable me to volunteer by leading some sessions for my club. This led to delivering coaching more often and eventually to setting up DS Coaching with my husband.
I wasn’t sporty when I was younger and only got into running in my 30s (expanding waistline and a desk-based job made exercise a must!). I was keen to do a triathlon but couldn’t swim and was frightened of water. I faced that fear and learned to swim, but was limited still by a fear of open water. I have now learned how to manage that fear, completing a number of middle distance triathlons and so far one full distance triathlon, Ironman Switzerland. I love taking part in events and have my second full distance booked for 2023.
My own journey into sport undoubtedly informs my coaching and means I have strong skills to support people who think that they could never do something, are maybe afraid and need a patient, understanding and knowledgeable support.
I am passionate about coaching, whether this be with beginners or experienced athletes, from a range of performance levels. I have a great eye for detail and enjoy exploring technique. I have a background as a counsellor and find this comes in very useful when working with people on the psychological aspects of training and racing.
So this is me. If you would like to see information about my qualifications, please see our About Us page. If you want to see what others say about me, take a look at our testimonials.