Back in September I recorded a small chat with Nadia, who is a Triathlon coach. Nadia also founded the BAD Tri club in Bristol more than 15 years ago, and only just last year has stepped down as President of the club.
Here is Part 1 of the mini interview, where she explains how she got into Tri, how the club started, and who inspired her 😀 .
- How did your interest in Triathlon begin?
Nadia: “It began as I grew up doing a wide range of sports, but I was quite mediocre to moderately ok at lots of things. So as I was going through my teenage years, picking up a bit of running, I had done some competitive swimming and I’d done a little bit of cycling for fun. And I did a few other things as well like play water polo, and netball and hockey, you know all sorts of sports that I enjoyed, and I started to hear about triathlon.. and I thought that’s perfect because I don’t excel at anything and I’d love to have a go at something that combines a number of things that I like. So that’s how it started. There weren’t many triathlons around when I started. I did my first triathlon in 1998.
. - Can you tell me a little about how the BAD Tri club was formed?
Nadia: “I had already done some group exercise teaching ever since my university days, so I was already involved in wanting to get other people involved in sport. I was never particularly interested in just myself being involved in sport, I’ve always been interested in getting others involved as well, so that’s why I taught all sorts of sports exercise classes, which included teaching spin classes, which I still currently teach. After I went through a phase of doing all the others, like ‘bums, tums n thighs’ and all those other sorts of things. But what I also started to do because I had a competitive swimming background is on Saturday morning's I had a group of friends that would join me for a swim and I would always sort of coach them, and tell them what to do so they’d show up and I’d tell them what to do, and that was just around the time that I started to hear about triathlons and wanted to do one, and started to rope people into starting a club in Bristol.... .
Part 2 to be continued....