Kyran McManus (Lead Coach)
Kyran has been a triathlete for around 18 years. From a young age he has predominantly been a swimmer. Moving into triathlon at the age of 12 led on to his selection for the national junior squad where he competed for 5 years. Since growing old and finding that magical first grey hair Kyran has turned his hand to coaching and obtained his level 2 UKCC triathlon coach in 2015. He also has a ridiculous obsession with pizza.
Much like the McManus above, Ashleigh is primarily a swimmer, zwifter and pizzaaddict. Ashleigh was introduced to Triathlon as part of a team doing our very own Relay Wild event after coming from a swimming background. She immediately caught the bug, bought a road bike about 3 days after the event and started having fun and competing. Being an active coach of a Swim club and with a few years Triathlon experience Ashleigh hopped right into her level 2 Triathlon coachingqualification in 2019.
Coming from a running background, Andy has been taking part in Triathlon for over two years and has raced for the club at Sprint, Olympic and Middle Distance level. He joined the Perth Triathlon Club coaching team in March 2017 and is keen to help club members improve their performance with triathlon specific training sessions. As well as triathlon he enjoys hillwalking, rock climbing and making sure everyone signs up to Strava!
David was county and district champion on the running track before switching focus to volleyball where he was a member of the famous Kilmarnock team which won many national trophies in the late eighties and early nineties. On retiring from the court David returned to running on a recreational basis before discovering the sport of triathlon, completing his first triathlon on a mountain bike and swimming breast stroke. Triathlon has provided a variety of challenges and David has competed at all distances from novice to long distance. While taking part in events primarily for fun, David also enjoys the challenge preparing for events and the satisfaction from reaching new targets. David has recently completed the first stage of the triathlon coaching programme and is keen to help athletes of all abilities get the most out of the sport by coaching sessions or discussing ways to improve performance and helping athletes set and progress towards achieving their goals.
Paul started playing rugby at school and continued with the sport until 'retiring' in 2009. After a couple of years doing nothing sports related, he realised something was missing and turned to triathlon around 2015. Since then Paul has taken part in triathlons, running events, and sportives and enjoys the variety of training required.
Shona comes from a swimming background albeit a long time ago! She joined the club as a way of meeting new people and getting fit at the same time. Shona has completed novice and sprint triathlons and last year took part in open water swimming for the first time, which she really enjoyed. She has recently completed level 1 coaching course and says “Triathlon is a fun way of keeping fit and is open to anyone who is willing to give it a go. It is such an inclusive sport that provides opportunities for athletes whatever their aim in the sport may be.
Shona qualified as level 2 Coach earlier this year
Ella started running after suffering PND 6 years ago with the usual 5km and somehow she ended up at 100km! After watching her husband Joe take on triathlon, she decided that she could do that too! Ella set about learning to swim and took the stabilisers off her bike (but she tells us she kept the basket for snacks!). Ella said "I love encouraging people of all ages to get more active and just do something."
After many years of playing Rugby at a social level, and finally succumbing to age and injury, Steve was introduced to triathlon through some friends. After learning to swim and ride a bike, his first series of events in 2007 left him hooked on the sport, following which he joined PTC and gained Level 2 coaching accreditation in 2012. After a short spell abroad, Steve returned to PTC in 2015 and resumed coaching and triathlon activity. Steve prefers to focus on Sprint distance events and is particularly keen on open-water swims.
Andy joined the club in 2019 has since taken part in a number of sprint tris, as well as a standard tri at Knockburn at the end of 2021. Around the same time he completed his level one coaches badge and will continue to progress to level two. He loves to see new people from every background trying triathlon and interestingly... he spent 6 months working as an entertainer at a holiday resort in Mallorca in his 20's! We look forward to seeing some of these skills at our sessions!