Meet your new Age Group Director!6th Dec 2017 | Written by Carolyn Reid
We would like to introduce to you our new Age Group Director, Penny Rother.
This new role on the Triathlon Scotland board has been created to provide insight and strategic leadership and advice to Triathlon Scotland regarding the area of age group development and age group selection on GB Teams.
Penny will represent the age group community in Scotland and sit on the British Triathlon Federation sub group committee to deliver age group team programmes.
Penny has been involved in triathlon for a number of years as both an athlete and a coach. As an athlete, she has attended over 13 world championship events and recorded a number of incredible results including a first-place finish in the 45-49 category in 2005 and most recently, a second-place finish in the Sprint distance 55-59 category in Rotterdam this year.
I was delighted to be put forward for election and would like to say thank you to everyone who voted for me… I hope I can do the job justice.
In addition to this, Penny has earned a string of coaching awards including; 2015 British Triathlon Coach of the year, Triathlon Scotland Participation Coach of the Year, sportscotland Community Coach of the Year and UK Coaching Awards Community Coach of the Year. While coaching a number of athletes to world championship events, Penny has also specialised in helping women balance the commitments of a career, family and triathlon training at Edinburgh Road Club.
With so much experience in the sport, and having retired from her role as a senior partner in a medical practice, Penny felt it was time to get even more involved in the sport.
Speaking to Penny about the role she said,
“My numerous appearances in a British vest mean that I understand the qualification process and the various hoops that require jumped through. I am also aware of some of the issues that age-groupers have regarding qualification, kit and race fees. With the numbers of age-groupers involved in the sport in Scotland, it seems only sensible that they have a voice on the TS board.”
She went on to say:
“I was slightly alarmed when I was invited to a job interview. Thirty-two years in the same job meant that this was a shock to my system. I was delighted to be put forward for election and would like to say thank you to everyone who voted for me… I hope I can do the job justice.”
Penny has laid out her three main priorities for her role as age group director going forward.
- Increase Scottish participation at World and European Championships.
- Have more Scottish Qualifying races.
- Educate clubs and athletes on ‘clean’ sport.
One such event that Penny hopes to increase the Scottish participation at is the Nottingham Sprint Triathlon in May 2018. Penny says that although she is keen to try and bring more qualifying events north of the border, the Nottingham sprint triathlon is a qualifier for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships which takes place on home turf at Strathclyde Park in May and an ideal opportunity to take advantage of racing in front of a home crowd.
Registration for Nottingham is open here.
To contact Penny, please drop her an email via firstname.lastname@example.org