From athlete to head coach


A successful athlete in her own right, Vicky Johnston is now helping shape the future of Welsh triathletes as Welsh Triathlon’s Pathway Head Coach.

When she was younger, Vicky took part in a range of sports, including swimming and running, before progressing into pentathlons. Injury struck and after months of swimming and cross training she gave triathlon a go.  

Unsure what to expect, she entered a local race and was the first across the line breaking the race record and that set her on her way to a lifelong career in the sport.   

Her coaching career began at the age of 17, helping at her local junior club to gain experience and add extra activities to her university applications.  

The following years she followed her passion for coaching and supported local clubs and academies, passing on her experiences while growing her expertise. She continued as an athlete, but in 2018 she became a full-time coach, after supporting the Cardiff Performance Centre while some of the coaches were in Australia for the Commonwealth Games.  

Since then, she has gone from strength to strength and is now Welsh Triathlon’s Pathway Head Coach and was part of the coaching staff at the 2022 Commonwealth Games where a team of Iestyn Harrett, Olivia Mathias, Dominic Coy and Non Stanford won a silver medal in the mixed team relay. 

Click here to read Welsh Triathlon’s Q&A with Vicky 

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