Meet the Coaches

Dave Savage Head Triathlon Coach

  • Age 43
  • Lives – Southampton, UK
  • BTF Level 2 Triathlon Coach
  • Medicot First Aid Certified

Triathlon background and achievements

Dave has competed in triathlons at the highest level – 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games!

“I remember my first race vividly. I used a friend's old mountain bike and had a great time. So much went wrong with the race but didn’t care and was hooked from that moment. The growth of the sport and changes made over the years has been dramatic but the sport is as friendly now as it ever was. Thankfully the fashion and equipment has improved dramitically!”

Andy Smith

  • Level 5 Remedial & Clinical Sports Therapist
  • Level 3 Personal Trainer
  • Diplomas in Nutrition for Sports & Exercise, Weight Management, Client Psychology & Motivation, Core Training, Advanced Fitness Trainer, Circuit Training
  • Level 2 British Triathlon Coach (prospective!!)
  • First Aid Trained

Triathlon background and achievements

Andy has been competing in triathlons for over 11 years and has successfully completed 6 Ironmans with a personal best finish of 10 hours 44 minutes.

Andy’s achievements include Winner Fareham Triathlon 2013 and 2014, Andover Triathlon 2013 & Forestman Half Ironman 2013



  • Doing my first triathlon and Ironman
  • Qualifying for and completing the Ironman World Championships, Hawaii

Why I coach? 

I had considered joining a tri club for years but thought I'd get laughed at as I had no swim bike or run background. 

I decided to enter my first triathlon (&Ironman) as part of rehab from my 8th knee operation but even then I didn't consider joining a triathlon team as I just assumed that I would need to be 'good enough' before I could consider being part of a club. 

So I learnt the hard way (on my own) making all the mistakes possible and while I had fun along he way it wasn't until I 'manned up' and joined a local tri club that I realised what I had been missing out on. 

Not just the knowledge from the coaches but the support, friendship and camaraderie from everyone involved. 

I regret not getting involved sooner so I want to help make sure others don't make the same mistake. I'm certainly still learning both as an athlete and a coach but I hope that I can pass on some of my experiences and enthusiasm for the sport that's taken over my life (in a good way!)