Darren is a qualified and experienced Level 2 Triathlon Coach having been trained in the UK by the British Triathlon Federation (www.britishtriathlon.org). He describes his coaching as “an opportunity to facilitate learning, enjoyment and ultimately success in the sport of triathlon whether you are new to the sport or an experienced athlete.”
With a Masters degree in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) from the University of Greenwich, he has spent the last 15 years working as a freelance GIS consultant for a variety of large organisations (e.g. United Nations) around the world, often in challenging locations such as Nigeria, Russia and Pakistan. His “can do” attitude, professional and calm demeanour resulted in selection and involvement in the only rapid disaster response mapping charity (www.mapaction.org), able to mobilise overseas within 12 hours of an emergency, such as the Haiti earthquake in January 2010.
“Darren’s coaching made the absolute difference: motivating and inspiring me to commit to my training plan and see it through until race day. He managed to improve my fitness and, crucially, my confidence to attempt my first triathlon. Most importantly, his support, encouragement, expertise and skills, has made the experience of my first triathlon an utterly unforgettable one, and, perhaps most importantly, made me want to do another one! ” Cecily Mills (1st time triathlete, 2010, Brighton Marina triathlon).
After competing in Olympic and sprint distance triathlon events from 1987 to 1996, and organising the first student triathlon championships in 1992, Darren took up a new challenge, formation skydiving, gaining Silver at the 2004 national championships. A passion for this sport was superseded by a long-held desire to compete in an Ironman distance triathlon which he did in 2005. With 2 young children, Darren has learned that training SMART is both the only option but also the most effective where triathlon is concerned. He has completed two further Ironman events, achieving an hour’s faster finish each race, an ideal example of the benefits of coaching.
½ way at Austria IM 2008
Cormac is a qualified Life Coach and Neuro-Linguistic Programming practitioner (NLP) and professional member of the International College of Holistic Medicine (www.intchm.net). He is a trained Life Clubs host, www.lifeclubs.com, which is affiliated with the International Coaching Federation www.coachfederation.org. He describes his work as “a passion to support people to achieve their dreams and reach their greatest potential through clearer applied thinking.”
Cormac has developed and tested his passion and skills in interesting and challenging environments. Having gained a Masters degree in International Development from Oxford Brookes University, he spent 15 years working as an Urban Management Adviser for the British Government and United Nations facilitating learning and professional development of poorly resourced governments in developing countries, such as Ecuador, Lesotho and Sri Lanka. His professional, calm and aspiring approach has also inspired the start-up of small business (The Rag-Club – creativity with conscience for Kids) and corporate organisations (Eskimo garments) to improve their performance.
“Cormac’s greatest strength is his ability to maximise human relationships to achieve common goals. He is respectful, collaborative, analytical, strategic, committed to quality and a wonderful person to work with. The kind of colleague you remember!” Mary Healy (Line Manager, 2005-7, Trócaire).
When time allows Cormac loves nothing more than an adventure and Triathlon. Having completed his first Olympic distance Triathlon in 1987 he went on to successfully finish many more Triathlons and running events, such as the London Marathon. After a 15-year break from the sport he has re-engaged with his passion for Tri and will undertake his first Ironman distance event in 2011.
Cormac during Brighton 1/2 Marathon (2011)