UWTSD Student selected to represent GB in European Triathlon Championships in Estonia was inspired by university event

15.05.2018

UWTSD’s Guto Morgans, a 2nd year BSc Sport and Exercise Science (Outdoor Fitness) student has qualified to represent Great Britain in his age-group at the European Triathlon championships in Estonia in July.

 

Guto was inspired to train for and enter the championships after taking part in UWTSD’s Swansea triathlon in SA1 last year as part of his university course. Not only was this his first triathlon, but he also personally trained Gruff Ifan, a member of staff, to take on his first triathlon too. Since then, Guto has continued to compete in triathlons himself, and has continued to coach Gruff. They have both developed significantly, with Gruff having entered a half-ironman and now seriously considering Ironman Wales this year.

They are both competing again this year, alongside staff and students at the UWTSD Swansea Triathlon in SA1 on May 20.

Geraint Forster, Programme Director - BSc Sport and Exercise Science said: "Our aim within the Sport and Exercise Science degrees is to give students the opportunity to develop professional and vocational skills alongside their academic knowledge. As part of his Personal Training module in the first year, Guto was required to work with a client towards achieving a fitness related goal. 

"Guto’s client was keen to take part in his first triathlon and Guto and the client were each provided with free entries into the UWTSD Swansea Triathlon as a result of the University’s sponsoring of this event. As a result of the positive experiences both had, they chose to continue to work together beyond the triathlon, and Guto is still training the client currently. The Personal Training award Guto achieved alongside the module has ensured that he has the relevant vocational awards to do this.”

Geraint added: "As a result of this partnership, the client has progressed from completing his first triathlon last May, to entering Ironman Wales this year – one of the hardest triathlon races in the World. Guto’s passion and commitment to triathlon has also resulted in him being selected to represent Great Britain in his age-group at the European Triathlon Championships in Estonia in July.

"Guto’s experiences of training a client for triathlon has also resulted in him gaining part-time employment at a local cycling/triathlon training company alongside his studies, with the aim of moving to full-time employment after graduation.”

Guto said: "The course has enabled me to research, learn and develop key training, coaching and racing skills. Having the resources within the fitness testing lab at the University has helped me understand more about training techniques and developed my fitness. Working with other athletes through the University and with Cycle Specific  has also increased my understanding of the sport.”

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