Monday, February 16, 2009

New Role with British Triathlon

The news of my new role as Head Coach with British Triathlon has been out for a couple weeks now. I've wrapped up my duties with Triathlon Canada and am now preparing for the move from Victoria BC to Loughborough UK. Lots of things to get organized but very much looking forward to getting started on the ground in March.

I'm excited to be working with a world class team of performance staff at British Triathlon, including Performance Director Heather Williams, Performance Manager Mark Pearce, Head Coach Talent Development Ben Bright, and Performance Development Manager Simon Mills. I'm also looking forward to backing some exceptional athletes in the Podium and Academy Squads, from the veterans like Tim Don, to the young talents like Hollie Avil.

Here is a bit from the BTF release:

After a world wide search to find a leading international coach with a proven track record of success, Canadian Joel Filliol has been appointed as the new Head Coach and will provide support to athletes and coaches identified in the Olympic Podium and Academy Squads to convert them into medal winners.

Filliol is one of the world’s most experienced and successful triathlon individuals having been involved in the sport since 1989, both as an athlete and a coach. He has worked for Triathlon Canada since the 2002 Commonwealth Games and was their Senior High Performance Coach during the 2008 Olympiad. He was also the personal coach of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games silver medallist Simon Whitfield.

Joe Filliol commented:
“I am so excited to be taking on the new head coach role with British Triathlon. Heather Williams and her team have done an outstanding job building the foundation for future international success, and I look forward to leading the coaches and athletes toward delivering medals for Team GB. My first few months will be spent observing, talking with coaches and athletes, and developing the plan to get the right results in 2012.

“The standard of International Triathlon has never been higher and is continually improving. Winning medals at London 2012 will be tougher than at any previous Games. However there is no greater incentive than a home Games, it is up to our team to meet that challenge and ensure British athletes enjoy a hugely successful London 2012.”