Craven Energy has a team of dedicated club coaches delivering sessions for both adults and the Junior Section. All coaches are either BTF, ASA or British Cycling qualified or a combination of these.
Club members are encouraged to voice their interest in joining the coaching team, and can start as a mentored volunteer assistant where appropriate
Coaching Team and Key Sessions
Carol Young: Head Coach, Level 3 BTF; Junior Bike Team Leader, Junior Swim, Thursday Adult Swim, Monday Mobility Strength and Conditioning
Mike Horsfield: Level 2 BTF; Saturday Swim Improvers
Kate Whittaker: ASA Swim England: Saturday Junior and Adult Swim, Open Water Swimming
Adrian Dunbar: Level 2 BTF: Monday night Beginner/Improver Swim, Tuesday night Track, Saturday Adult Swim
Emma Green: Level 2 BTF; Tuesday night Junior Track, Transition Sessions and Adult Swim cover
Stewart Newberry: Junior Section Lead, Level 2 BTF, Level 2 British Cycling; Saturday Junior and Adult Swim
Anthony Morton: Level 1 BTF, Saturday Junior Bike Team, Ad Hoc cover adult sessions
Mick Young: Level 1 BTF, Saturday Junior Bike Team, Tuesday night Junior track
Andy Pettit: Level 1 BTF, Tuesday Adult Track, Thursday and/or Saturday Adult Swim. Junior Bike Team
Donna Hill: Level 1 BTF, Saturday Junior Swim
Julie Tiffany: Tuesday Junior Track
Archie Minto (Junior Member): Saturday Junior Swim
In 2002 I discovered there was a sport I could take part in as an older adult competing with other women in my age group and acquit myself better than I would in each of the individual disciplines – TRIATHLON! A perfect conduit for my love of cycling and fell running and a newly found enthusiasm for learning to swim frontcrawl.
With my enjoyment of taking part in triathlon and a leaning towards working with people (physiotherapy background) I soon became drawn to coaching and completed the Level 1 Assistant Coach Award in 2006 when I was a member of Leeds and Bradford Triathlon Club and spent some time coaching with that club. By 2009 I completed the Level 2 Club Coach Award which happily coincided with setting up Craven Energy Triathlon and Multisport Club along with like-minded local triathlon enthusiasts. And so we brought the club format of the wonderful sport of triathlon to the residents of Skipton, South Craven and surrounding area and not looked back since! I completed the Level 3 Performance Coach Award in 2012 which has allowed me to coach individual athletes in addition to coaching group sessions
My experiences of coaching for Craven Energy have covered all three disciplines plus Strength and Conditioning and I continue to be an active coach with both adults and Juniors.
My personal philosophy is to encourage and facilitate aspiring and active triathletes in meeting their goals whatever their age and ability and deliver training sessions that are enjoyable, stimulating and productive. Being a yoga teacher brings an added influence and perspective to my coaching. It is also import to me to be part of a coaching team where we can support and learn from each other.
Over the years I have competed in all triathlon distances and represented GB as an age group triathlete on a number of occasions. I am now less active competing in triathlon events but continue to enjoy open water swimming, cycling, and walking in some of the most beautiful areas of the UK (Yorkshire in particular!) and abroad.
I qualified as a Level 1 Tri coach in December 2015 and I mainly coach with the junior bike team and cover adult swim improver and track running sessions. I bring my personal experience of triathlon into my coaching and as my main background pre-triathlon was running I can bring added value to this discipline
I remember watching a friend of mine compete at the Ripon Olympic tri in 2005 and thinking I fancied a try! My first triathlon was the Skipton Sprint Tri the following year, (way back) in 2006.
I have since worked up through the distances and took part in the 2013 edition of Ironman UK in Bolton and Triathlon X in 2016. I am the event manager for the annual Junior Triathlon and I am also involved in the adult GoTri events.
When not running about you can sometimes find me treading the boards at Bingley Little Theatre or Keighley Playhouse.
Michael Horsfield (Level 2 Triathlon England coach): Enjoyed recreational cycling from age 14. This was mainly driven by the love of cake stops rather than the desire for speed, watts and glory. He started triathlon in 2005 with Leeds & Bradford Triathlon Club and then helped form the club in 2009. He has previously been involved on the committee, run the website and then joined the coaching team in 2012. His other job is being a doctor and he does some sessions in the local musculoskeletal clinic. As far as triathlons go, he has neither speed nor endurance, so won’t be appearing in the club hall of fame. He still enjoys the odd cake.