Millfield has become one of the first schools in the UK to appoint a full-time Triathlon Coach as the multi-discipline sport grows in popularity.
Level 2 Triathlon Coach Christian Brown started working with athletes at the top sports school in late 2019 and joined Millfield from the prestigious Leeds Triathlon Centre programme. The appointment shows the school’s investment in individual sports such as running, cycling and swimming.
Christian has experience in professional triathlon, having competed in the British Super Series Triathlon for four years, as well as training with the Triathlon Centre programme in Leeds and with the North East Triathlon Academy, Yorkshire Triathlon Academy and the Yorkshire Talent Squad. Triathletes at Millfield have a bespoke programme tailored to their individual needs, with typically over 10 sessions per week. Full use is made of Millfield’s Olympic-sized swimming pool with athletes regularly competing in swimming events in addition to triathlon, and cyclists benefit from regular sessions on the Wattbike’s in the school gyms. Athletes visit the Human Performance Lab at Bath University for physiological testing to guide and inform training and competition preparation, and they also have the opportunity to go overseas for up to two training camps per year.
Millfield’s Triathlon programme is run by British Triathlon Level 3 coach, Peter Guthrie and assisted by experienced triathletes and cyclists. Millfield Triathlon is an affiliated club and enters pupils for the British Triathlon Super Series events, European and World qualifiers and local triathlon and British Cycling events where athletes are supported by school coaches.
Millfield School in Somerset has seen several recent successes in individual events, with a number of athletes selected for regional and national performance pathways in cycling and athletics. Current Lower Sixth hurdler Lucy-Jane Matthews has been selected for the British Athletics Olympic and Paralympic Futures programme, and Upper Sixth cyclist Jen Sykes has been selected by British Cycling for the regional development squad in sprint cycling.
Christian says, “I’m so excited to be a part of the Millfield community and can’t wait to continue growing the sport of triathlon and turn Millfield Triathlon into not only a national centre for youth and junior triathlon but also put it on a global scene of triathlon.
As a coach the focus for me is to develop the skills and understanding for a junior and youth athlete to progress to a senior level, as well as love the sport they do. I want to inspire athletes to be the best they can be, whether that is participating in local triathlons or striving to be an Olympic and World Series athlete in the future.”