National Coaching Conference 2018

15th Jan 2018 | Written by Carolyn Reid

The Triathlon Scotland 2018 National Coaching Conference will take place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre on Sunday 25 February.

The conference is a brilliant opportunity for triathlon coaches of all abilities, from across the country to come together and explore a variety of important topics within coaching. This year’s conference will include both practical and discussion based sessions that are designed to give coaches the opportunity to reflect and discuss key topics covered in each of the sessions.

The Sessions have been designed to include information that is relevant to new level one coaches all the way through to level three coaches with a wealth of experience in Triathlon. Speaking ahead of the conference, Coaching Development Manager Susie Benson said:

“Our aim for the conference is for coaches of all levels to come together and share their experiences and challenges for the benefit of their own development and that of their athletes. It will be a fantastic opportunity for coaches to establish relationships with their peers, share ideas and collectively champion their development within a supportive environment.”

The conference agenda below outlines the schedule for the day.



Thanks to membership subscriptions, and coach development funding, we are able to offer conference registration at a subsidised cost of £45 per person. Coffee and a light lunch are included for all delegates. For help and advice about funding your attendance, please contact Susie Benson (01786 466 921).

Below you will find information about the exciting team of people who will be delivering different areas of the conference. In the coming weeks we will be announcing further members of the team, so keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for all the details!

Meet the Conference Team

Kurt Lindley

Kurt has worked in the sports industry for the last 18 years performing multiple roles including working as the  Coach Education Officer at British Cycling and a Lecturer in Sport Science, before joining UK Coaching where he spent 11 years developing his skills and interest in the ‘Science of Learning.

Kurt now runs his own Learning and Development Company (Be More – Learning and Development) offering a real mix of services from Pop up Education’, Executive Coaching and Mentoring, Storytelling in Learning and ‘Performance Based Learning’. He is also the People Development Manager with British Shooting with a key focus on – developing world leading people delivering world leading performances.

Kurt will be delivering the conference sessions on ‘What is Coaching? Challenging Perceptions and Unlocking Potential’ and ‘The Culture of Curiosity within Coaching’. Kurt will also be available at any point during the breaks for any questions you may have.

Evan Oliphant

Evan is a Scottish Cyclist with years of experience at the highest levels of cycling. Starting in grass track racing in the North of Scotland at 13, Evan progressed to become Scottish and British Champion in this discipline before moving onto the road and into the Velodrome while in University. By 2015, Evan turned professional and represented a number of UCI teams, winning races all over the world. Representing Scotland in the last three Commonwealth Games, winning multiple British Championships, seven Scottish Championships, and being the only Scottish rider to win the British National Road Series are only a few of Evan’s impressive accolades.

He is now passing on his knowledge and experience of cycling working with an International woman’s cycling team, Scottish Cycling Youths and Triathlon Scotland. Evan will be delivering the ‘Integrating Turbo and Rollers’ session at the Conference in February.

Fiona Lothian

Fiona is the Head of Performance at Triathlon Scotland and a former elite duathlete. She spends her time developing and ensuring the delivery of our performance programme is in alignment with the British Triathlon Athlete Development Framework. Fiona has extensive experience of coaching triathletes of all levels and is a level 3 coach. Her main passions in the area of triathlon coaching include skill acquisition and developing decision-making skills in athletes.

Fiona will be delivering the ‘Developing Transition Skills in Young Athletes’ and will be sharing ideas on how to be creative within your transition sessions for young athletes. She will also be around for the whole day if you have any questions or would like to have a chat about key areas within your triathlon coaching.

Finlay MacHugh

Finlay is the co-founder of Athlete Focused Sports Consultancy and, after taking some time away, is now returning to lead on their coach development and high-performance athlete programmes. Athlete Focused provides individuals, groups and teams with access to solutions for Training, Psychology, Nutrition and Physiotherapy.

Finlay will be delivering a practical workshop on the fundamentals of athlete profiling and programming for triathlon and providing an overview of strength training concepts with the aim of dispelling common myths. He will also be available all day for any questions you may have.


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