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Dan Salcedo

Job Title: Performance Pathway Manager

Main Duties: To lead, develop and maintain a performance pathway that identifies, nurtures and develops triathletes who have the ability to win medals at the Olympic & Paralympic Games and major senior Championships.

Background: Dan has over 20 years experience working with international athletes and coaches in varied roles across a number of international sports and programmes. In this time he has worked for GB Boxing, British Diving, the English Institute of Sport and British Triathlon.

Lives in: Loughborough

Favourite Sportsperson:  Ole Einar Bjoerndalen – multi medal winning Norwegian winter sport biathlete.

 

Rick Velati

Job Title: England Talent Head Coach

Main Duties: to lead the England Talent Squad, working with athletes, support staff, coaches and parents. To lead GBR youth, junior and U23 championship teams. Recently appointed lead coach for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Background: English literature graduate from Loughborough University, UK Sport Elite Coach programme 2007-2010.

Lives in: Loughborough with wife Natalie and daughters Maddison and Harper.

Favourite Sportsperson: anyone committed, clean and leading by example. One favourite would be Mohammad Ali.

Fun fact: At age 19 I cycled 2,500 miles in 5 weeks round France with a map, tent, gas stove, panniers and a bit of cash!

 

Matt Divall

Job Title: England Pathway Manager

Main Duties: Management of the 10 Regional Skills Schools and 10 Regional Academies. Support of ETS Programme activities and co-ordination of Programme Practitioners.

Background: Matt joined British Triathlon in December 2015 from the British Judo Association, where he held the post of England Programme Manager.  A former British International Judoka, Matt has coached the Youth and Junior England & GBR squads and was England Judo’s Team Leader in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.  

Lives in: Bracknell, Berkshire

Favourite Sportsperson: Of All-time - Mohammad Ali, Current – Anthony Joshua and Sergio Garcia.

Fun fact: I was on the TV Quiz show “The Chase” in Dec 2016, being the only contestant to reach the final – didn’t win any money though L. This was my 3rd appearance on TV – the other 2 are for another time!!

 

Francesca Bolt

Job Title: Pathway Co-ordinator

Main Duties: provide logistical and operational support to the Talent Programme including camps, races, performance assessments and technical weekends. First point of contact for all athletes and parents in the talent pathway. Manage start lists for the British Youth and Junior Super Series races. Co-ordinator of the elite multisport programme.

Background: Francesca joined the British Triathlon in September 2019, working in memberships initially before moving over to the performance department. Francesca graduated from the University of Loughborough in 2018 with a Sport and Exercise Science degree, and then went on to complete her Masters in Sports Nutrition, graduating in 2019.

Lives in: Loughborough

Favourite Sportsperson: Jessica Ennis – A huge inspiration to all females in sport!

Fun fact: Likes to lift heavy weights in her spare time! During her MSc she took on the role of Head of Powerlifting at Loughborough University.

 

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