Phoenix Tri-MK Coaching Team

We have a coaching team that is second to none, our coaching team are professional, supportive, competent, committed and experienced in all 3 disciplines, from keen amateurs to international athletes we have it covered.

Stuart Sams

Chairman / Co-Founder

British Triathlon Level 1 & Level 2 Coach


Speciality areas

Cycling, Transition


I am proud to be a co-founder and chairman of this amazing club.


Most of the work that goes on behind the scenes to make the club run smoothly is completed by our amazing committee, coaches and volunteers and it's my honour to lead these inspirational individuals.


I have competed in competitive sports for 30 years including rugby union and a keen cyclist for 35 years.


In 2017 I started to race triathlons with several top 3 age group finishes to my name.


Cycling is my field of expertise and I take great pride in conditioning our athletes to be race ready for this discipline.


Time saved in transition can be the difference between 1st and 10th place. My job is to ensure nothing is left to chance.


Crispin Watkins

Club Co-Founder \ Club Secretary \ Club Treasurer 

British Triathlon Level 1 Coach


Interest Areas:



As the other co-founder of Phoenix Tri-MK, I came into the exhilarating sport of Triathlon by accident.  


Both of my sons are very keen swimmers but wanted to try something different for which their swimming talents could be utilised, a sport that offered a pathway from swimming.  


Triathlon appeared to fit the bill and so a club was joined.


That club as it transpired failed to have the ethos, I wanted my sons to follow. Consequently, Stuart and I stupidly thought we could do better !!


Initially it was nothing more than just banter, but four years later, Bronze Accreditation achieved from BTF and sponsorship from a talisman name, such as Trek, has meant we have travelled very far from our humble beginnings.  


Of course, we have not done this alone, the support and input from volunteers, coaches, members and most importantly our members parents have brought the club to where it is today.


Naturally from my background, I am biased and out of the trilogy of Swim, Bike, Run, the swim element is my area of interest.  But as you can see from my piccie, I’d be lying if I said I was, or had any specific desire to be a sportsman, though I did complete my first Novice Triathlon in 2019 !!


My focus however is on and for our members, and to ensure they get as much enjoyment out of the sport as they can, whether they wish to compete or to just train with us, but for me as the area of most importance is the camaraderie, the team spirit, the fun with your mates which is fundamental to our success, ensuring the club is where members want to come not dragged to attend and not just to train and learn (which of course they do !!) but to be with their mates..


Our ethos, tag line, mission statement, whatever you want to call it, is our mantra, and that is Phoenix Tri-MK is about Finish Lines NOT Finish Times… 

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