Glenn Cook burst onto the embryo triathlon scene from a swimming background in the National Youth Squad in 1984, becoming one of the early stars of the sport, after taking it up at the tender age of 21.
In innumerable appearances over a decade in the British team, he won his first European medal for Great Britain in the early form of the triathlon mixed team relay in 1985 in Mansfield, followed by two European titles at the half Iron distance in 1987 and 1992. Probably his most impressive performance was as the inaugural World silver medallist at the first ITU Triathlon World Championships in Avignon in 1989, in the year that the International Triathlon Union (ITU) was formed. On retirement, he demonstrated clearly that ‘podiums change careers’, and developed a highly successful coaching business in Eastbourne, forming British Triathlon's satellite centre around star medal-winning triathletes and duathletes. Known for his philosophical approach, and unique, laid-back style, Glenn is not afraid to question the coaching status quo in pursuit of performance advantage! Recognising these traits, British Triathlon appointed him as British Triathlon's Olympic Head Women's Coach in June 2011, and as an Olympic selector in 2012. Subsequently, he led the British women’s team to their best ever performance in an Olympic Games in Hyde Park.