A triathlon coach from Teignmouth has received vital funding from the Swimathon Foundation.

Pete Wilby, founder of PeteWilbyTriathlOn, a triathlon and open water swimming coaching service, applied for the grant as part of Swimathon Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund, announced last month, to fill the void left upon the suspension of coaching and access to open water.

PeteWilbyTriathlOn was formed in 2014 when Pete Wilby, a triathlon coach and former University of Exeter student, began providing personal triathlon coaching and swimming lessons at his local pool. His coaching repertoire now includes working with triathletes who have competed all over the world as well as coaching swimmers who have completed long distance swim events such as Dart 10k and the English Channel.

Wilby, who holds the position of junior coach at Exeter Triathlon Club, aims to deliver triathlon and open water swimming coaching for everyone but without the ability to coach due to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions, required a short-term solution to stabilise his finances. 

Wilby himself said that the fund will be extremely helpful during the first month to get the club up and running once again:

“It’s going to be really helpful getting the funding as one of the first things it will allow me to do is get insured once again. Usually there would be money coming in to pay for those things. As a self-employed business, you end up paying out quite a lot and need the sessions to be happening for you to be able to balance the books before you get any money.”