Meet Our Coaches

Justin Robbins (Head Coach)

Justin is a British Triathlon level 3 coach and GB age group triathlete. Justin took part in his first triathlon in 1996 and started coaching in 2013. He has completed five Ironman distance races with a 9:45 PB and is an age group winner at Ireland 70.3 and a 70.3 world championship competitor.

His coaching philosophy and approach is to equip athletes to enable them to make sensible decisions about their training. He encourages ‘smart’ training for athletes with busy lives rather than clocking up ‘junk’ miles.

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Clair Stenning (Saturday Swim Sessions)

Clair swum competitively at County, National and District level in a variety of distances and strokes. She also ran for the County in both track and cross country events.

Clair’s involvement with triathlon began when she was asked to be the swimmer in various triathlon relay events. After getting the bug for the sport she competed in a few triathlons but, due to a distinct lack of bike skills, has hung up her cycling shorts and focused on swimming and running instead.

An active member of Swindon Tri Club since 2006, Clair is a qualified swim teacher and coaches our Saturday sessions where she enjoys focusing on improvement and technique.

Jo Montgomery (Monday & Thursday Swim Sessions)

Jo first fell in love with swimming when as a 4 year old she learnt to swim at Thamesdown Swimming Club, now known as Tigersharks.

Her enthusiasm for, and her commitment to, the sport developed and grew through her teenage years. She enjoyed a lot of success competing at County, District and National level. During that time she learnt from swimming under some great Coaches at the club including David Lyles who went on to become the National Coach of China. He is now in the same role in New Zealand.

The sport also gave her some great opportunities to travel and when she was eighteen she spent a year in California swimming with the world famous Santa Clara Club. The following year for three months she coached age groupers at Fort Lauderdale Swim School in Florida. Saturday’s always included a one mile swim up the beach in the Atlantic with her swimming and trying to control and ensure the safety of sixteen young swimmers.

On returning to the UK she fulfilled the same role coaching age groupers back at Tigersharks.

She says one of the many benefits of a lifelong involvement in the sport has been that she has made some fantastic lifelong friendships along the way.

In addition to coaching at the Tri Club session and passing on her extensive knowledge and experience of swimming, she also has a Swimming Academy teaching children from beginners to entry into club level swimming. Her enthusiasm and energy is motivational with swimmers from 5 to 50 years old! She no longer swims herself other than with her children, but enjoys playing netball at a competitive level, plus running and cycling when she gets the time from her two girls.