Cliona has been part of the club since the age of 14, where she was introduced to Triathlon through Jan Sword who coached at her swimming club.
After starting triathlon, she was quickly picked up by the Triathlon Scotland youth development team and competed as an elite youth through the country in the British Series. When she finished school, illness hampered her progress to junior elite triathlon, so decided she wanted to give back to the club that gave her so much support.
Cliona soon after, completed her level 1 coaching qualification and has primarily coached the junior section of the club in swimming, but after completing her Level 2 in 2018, she has been coaching other aspects of the junior club and also began assisting with the coaching the adult section of the club.
In 2016 Cliona was awarded “Young Volunteer of the Year“by Triathlon Scotland;
“Cliona has been volunteering for four years, and is a Level 1 coach. Not content with that she is currently completing her Level 2, which she fits in alongside her full time university course and triathlon training. Cliona shows great maturity and delivers training sessions to an exceptional standard, actively ensuring that she keeps people engaged. A very caring individual Cliona makes sure she nurtures the club’s young athletes, offering advice and using her connections to seek professional opinions when required. Her hard work and caring attitude makes her a very worthy recipient of this award.”
In Cliona’s own words:
“I absolutely love it and hope I will be still be coaching in the club for years to come.“