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British Triathlon Technical Committee

The British Triathlon Technical Committee is a Committee of the British Triathlon Board. The committee acts as a technical advisory group to the British Triathlon Board, concerned with technical conduct of the sport, education and development of Technical Officials and appointment of Technical Officials to domestic Major Events.

To view the Technical Committee Terms of Reference, please follow this link: Technical Committee Terms of Reference

Howard Vine – Chair of British Triathlon Technical Committee

My Role(s): I have been a TO for 26 years and- have qualified to ITO Level 3. I have also been the Deputy Chair for World Triathlon Technical Committee since 2012. Former roles include: BTF Age-Group Team Manager, Director of Age-Group & Triathlon England Board – Southern Representative.

My Journey: I’ve been involved in Triathlon in some capacity since 1989. Whilst racing and training, I identified that I wanted to get involved in both officiating and coaching, so I qualified as both a TO and club coach.

Highlights & Accolades: Technical Delegate for 3 x World Triathlon Championships, 3 x World Cups, and 3 x European Events. Technical Delegate for Abu Dhabi World Championship Finals 2022. TO at 2 x Olympics, 1 x Paralympics, 3 x Commonwealth Games and 9 x Grand Finals.

Greg Warnecke – Deputy Chair

My Role(s): I am currently the BTF Independent Non-Executive Director for Major and National Events. I am the Chair for the BTF Events Committee & I was the Head of Sport at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. I’ve also attended many events across various sports as both a non-executive & an executive or leader.

My Journey: I have a passion for identifying and providing Parasport opportunities and formerly coached wheelchair basketball nationally and internationally. I’ve helped to grow the sport of triathlon over multiple events. I played an integral role in planning the delivery of the Mixed Team Relay Event at the Commonwealth Games which was a trailblazer for it’s Olympic debut in Tokyo.

Highlights & Accolades: Commonwealth Games x 2, World Master Games & Other Major World Events across multiple sports.

Duncan Hough – Home Nations Representative Triathlon England

My Role(s): I am qualified to ITO Level 3 and have been a TO for 24 years. I am currently a Europe Triathlon Technical Committee member & Triathlon England Director for Events, Rules and Technical. I was also a member of World Triathlon Multisport Committee previously.

My Journey: I have been involved in the sport for 32 years in total in various capacities and continue to help grow the sport.

Highlights & Accolades: Technical Delegate for 3 x World Triathlon Series in Stockholm, World Multisport Champs Fyn, 3 x European Champs. Technical Official at 2 x Olympics, 2 x Commonwealth Games. Team Leader - ITU Zofingen Powerman Long Distance Championships.

Lynne Lauder - Home Nations Representative Triathlon Scotland

My Role(s): I am qualified to CTO Level 2 with 9 years of experience. I was previously the Director of Events for Triathlon Scotland.

My Journey: I am an Area Manager for a Leisure Trust and have been involved in organising Triathlon events for over 12 years. My passion is to encourage and develop Technical Officials to be the best they can be and to ensure competitors and Organisers see Technical Officials as a real asset to events.

Highlights & Accolades: Officiated at Local, National and International events over the past 9 years.

Tom Roberts – Home Nations Representative Welsh Triathlon

My Role(s): I have been a TO for 22 years and qualified to CTO Level 2. I’ve been a member of BTF Technical Committee since 2011. 

My Journey: I first got involved in 1986. My passion for the sport grew when running the Runner’s Centre at Cobra Sports in Covent Garden. I even had my own column in 220 magazine called, “Tiny Tom’s Triathlon Training.” Became a TO as part of one of my roles within Welsh Triathlon where I worked from 1996-2018.

Highlights & Accolades: BTA Official of the Year x 1. WSA Unsung Hero of the Year x 1. Technical Delegate for 4 x European Events. Assistant Technical Delegate in races across Europe. Current appointment is to the 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea. TO at London 2012 and the London Grand Final in 2013.

Tony Smalley – Motorcycle Officials Specialist

My Role(s): I’ve been qualified as a TO for 10 years & qualified to NTO Level 1. I have been riding motorcycles since 1987 for pleasure and work (Police Motorcyclist). I am the Chair of Shrewsbury Triathlon and the Moto Coordinator for West Midlands and North Wales.

My Journey: I’ve been involved with Triathlon since 2004 and have raced from Sprint to Ironman distance.

Highlights & Accolades: 2016 Technical Official of the year for England, Scotland & Wales.

Bex Stubbings – Paratriathlon and Disability Specialist

My Role(s): I am qualified to CTO Level 2 with 12 years TO experience.

My Journey: I have been involved in triathlon for 12 years as a recreational athlete, a coach and a Technical Official. I did my first officiating course to help a local event & have been involved since. I currently coach 3 paratriathletes as part of my day job as a Personal Trainer, Triathlon and Swimming Coach. Outside of officiating, I co-founded the Arctic One Foundation which helps provide opportunities to people with disabilities to get involved in sport.

Highlights & Accolades: I was the Technical Delegate at the World Triathlon Grand Final in Lausanne & the Head Referee at the Youth Olympics in 2018 in Buenos Aires. 

Sarah Taylor-Hough – Secretary Europe Triathlon Technical Committee

My Role(s): I’ve been a TO for 14 years & progressed to ITO Level 3. I am part of the Europe Triathlon Technical Committee. I am also the Triathlon England Director for Western Regions & the Triathlon England Council Representative for West Midlands Region. In addition to this, I am a Level 3 BTF Coach and also a BTF Coach Educator.

My Journey: I used to run for club and country, then I got involved with triathlon over 20 years ago. I started as a TO due to a lack of TOs locally and I wanted to support my region and put back into the sport and get more women into the sport.

Highlights & Accolades: Technical Delegate for World Triathlon Series Grand Final in Rotterdam 2017, World Paratriathlon Champs 2016 and European and World Cross Triathlon Champs Sardinia, European Champs and several other events.

Dave Rigby – Deputy Home Nations Representative Triathlon England

My Role(s): I’ve been qualified as a TO for 19 years and have progressed to CTO Level 2.

My Journey: I started participating in triathlon in 2001, participating in every race distance. I then raced at Age Group Level with the Great Britain Age Group team in the Long Distance World Triathlon Champs Canberra 2007.

Highlights & Accolades: SFTO at various locations across Europe. I have had 4 roles as a Technical Delegate in European events & have officiated across the UK to officiate at all manner of events.

Robert Myler - Deputy Home Nations Representative Triathlon Scotland

My Role(s): I’ve been qualified as a TO since 2015 and progressed to NTO Level 1.

My Journey: I raced my first Duathlon in 2013 up in Fort William and I was immediately hooked and even appeared in the 220 Triathlon Magazine that month. I realised there was no club within my local area, so I took matters into my own hands to set up Grangemouth Triathlon Club. I’m very passionate and enthusiastic about growing the sport. I became a TO so I could help to support this fantastic sport even more.

Highlights & Accolades: AJ Bell 2019 & 2021 World Triathlon Championships in Leeds.

Phil Kethro - Deputy Home Nations Representative Welsh Triathlon

My Role(s): I qualified as a TO in 2016 and progressed to NTO Level 1.

My Journey: Completed my first triathlon in 2005 and then continued to be involved in the sport both as a participant and then as a TO.

Highlights & Accolades: Welsh Triathlon Official of the Year x 2. 5 x World/ European Triathlon Events. I have been a Chief TO on numerous Elite Races. I have also been a Race Referee at Elite Events.

Gareth Barker – British Triathlon Technical Manager

Gareth is the the Technical Manager for British Triathlon Federation, having joined in 2015. Responsible for the management of the officiating program and is the organisation’s lead for the British Triathlon Competition Rules, with additional responsibilities around insurance and risk management,

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