Chris Jones Performance Report 2007 Welsh Triathlon AGM
Head Coach Chris Jones
Assistant Coach Rick Velati
Commonwealth Games 2006 Summary
International Competition Report
Long Distance Triathlon
National Development Athletes
Inter Regional Championships 2006
TID Model and Regional Performance Program
Swansea Performance Centre
Commonwealth Games Summary
WT – Team Wales athletes preparation was based in Geelong, Leanda Cave, Helen Tucker and Anneliese
Heard (coach Chris Jones, team manager Steve Trew).
Due to injury and illness both Leanda Cave and Marc Jenkins had to undergo fitness tests prior to the race
known as ‘fit to compete’ – 2 x 2km off 60 secs rest at a projected race pace.
Helen Tucker had a slight hip problem that interfered with the intensity of her training but was able to
prepare missing only a few key sessions.
Expectations prior to games were:-
Helen Tucker 5th-6th
Leanda Cave 8th-10th
Anneliese Heard 11th-12th
Marc Jenkins 15th
Commonwealth Games results:-
AH/HT/LC all made front pack of the swim
Cycle section – lap 2 HT touched wheels with AH/NZ. Helen managed to get back on her bike after
suffering whiplash to her neck and abrasions to her hip. This was her first games and a huge learning
The run standard reflected in what was to be a year of reviews for Welsh athletes not now able to compete
at Championship level.
MJ made the front pack on the swim and was competitive on the cycle section but was not at the level to
compete at his normal standard on the run.
Achieved all he set out to do in making his 2nd Commonwealth Games.
Support staff WIS.
Manager Steve Trew – independent report sent to WT committee
Welsh athletes who gained international representation in 2006.
HT after a slow start to the year started the main part of her race program with a 2nd place ITU points race
in Portugal (Vanessa Fernandez 1st)
Mexico World Cup 7th
Madrid World Cup 5th
National Championships 1st
European Under 23s 4th
Achilles injury ended her season. After 8 weeks treatment and rest HT is now back to full training and won
a small training race in Australia.
Aims 2007 – European championships and Olympic selection event.
AH competed mainly on the French GP, average position 11th.
National Championships 3rd.
Salford WC 18th.
Beijing WC DNF due to medical problems.
AH had her end of year review with GM/CJ.
Gained support from Elite Cymru.
After consideration of where the standard has now moved to, AH has now changed sport and is now a
member of the British Cycling women’s road team. We wish her every success in her new sport.
It is very important to recognise the commitment and achievement AH made to Welsh Triathlon.
Junior World Champion 1999 and 2000
International points win 2004.
LC (2002 World Champion)
After a season of injury and disappointment LC once again had success at both Olympic distance and
Hungary WC 3rd
ITU Long Course World Champs 4th.
Return to form has now encouraged LC to plan to race Championship races and gain selection for Beijing
2008. LC is now part of our professional athletes support package and is currently our 2nd ranked British
athlete on the Olympic ranking.
After 18 months of illness and injury gained 3rd place at the ITU race in Austria.
MJ is still supported by the SCW program while building back to international competition.
Domestic athletes representing in International Competition.
Aled Thomas – German Junior Champs 15th
Dan Beynon – ITU Poland 31st
National Development Athletes.
Athletes selected onto the regional program:-
Ben Powell (duathlon)
All athletes gained the required 150 points to gain selection onto the regional program. This was the
required entry level for Welsh athletes allowing compensation of 10 points, expectation was to move to a
higher level by the following April allowing 6 months work to make the national development standard
level 160 points.
Only 2 athletes made the required performance level.
Dan Beynon as a senior athlete is now based at Swansea.
Oliver Stanley is Loughborough based
Eloise Crowley is Loughborough based
Inter-Regional Championships Glasgow 2006
Joanna Freeman 7th
Ffion Hughes 16th
Manon Williams 18th
Luke Watson 15th
Greg Helliwell 17th
Alex Matchett 14th
Jake Watson 18th
Overall results – Wales 5th out of 11
Seek out exceptional talent
Profiling tools – regional swim/XC and track results (nat. performance scales 160 points)
Escorting process, performance staff, support staff
Coach education, what is exceptional talent? Senior coach workshops
Long term development model – 6 year opportunity to establish talented athletes in the performance
One to one athlete coach delivery
Important for Welsh junior athletes to gain international experience
Strengthen our regional delivery by 50% increased coaching time
Build strong relationships with single sport coaches
Swansea Performance Centre
Athletes based at Swansea:-
Lisa Norden (Swedish international student)
Supported regional athletes:-