Our coaches 


James Hester


I’m a qualified British Triathlon Federation Level 2 Coach.

I grew up as a runner and bike racer and naturally fell into triathlon in the mid 90’s – taking part in the London Triathlon in 1998.


I started back in the mid



2000s after a bit off a layoff and managed to finish 4th in my Age Group at the 2015 Bristol Triathlon.


I’m a professional musician by trade and teach music at degree level at University. I have a keen interest in the way we work on both a physiological and psychological level – how we can maximise our potential in a broad way – what we’re capable of how to improve with consistency and by looking at all the possible avenues to exploit!


I have the experience of over 70 triathlons and countless running (track, road and ultra marathons) and bike races, including time-trialling and cyclocross. There’s nothing like ‘pinning a number on’ and gaining new experiences and I love to help people achieve their goals.


Alongside my Triathlon Coaching qualifications, I am a Mental Health First Aider and have a PG Cert Ed.


You can contact me directly by email




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Jackie King


UKCC Level 3 Competitive Swimming Coach

BTF Level 2 Triathlon Coach

Swim England Advanced Level 2 Open Water Swimming Coach


Having coached for PAC Tri since its infancy, my area of expertise is in coaching swimming for adults, youths, junior swimmers and triathletes, across all distances, environments, even channel swims.


I lead a thriving and progressive number of training sessions every week for all abilities of the swimmer.

I also support and coach where there is a demand for training, across all three disciplines and transitions.


I am a coach first and an athlete second. My passion is helping others to enjoy, progress and ultimately succeed with their sporting ambitions. Whilst this is mainly in group activities, I offer a private coaching service and can be contacted by email 


My background is in swimming, since childhood, to regional standard and now also enjoy swimming outdoors. I have competed in various running events up to half marathon and in recent years, participated in sprint and olympic distance triathlon events and cycle sportives.


Personally, I prefer training for fitness and personal wellbeing than for competition. Professionally, I have helped many to improve confidence and ability to achieve sporting success.

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Andy Jeal


I'm a level 1 BTF qualified coach starting out in coaching. I qualified in 2017 alongside James.


As a competitive athlete I like to take part in events that I find 'interesting', these normally provide me with the opportunity to train as part of a team or to do something that I enjoy/find challenging. 


Nowadays, I am more of an avid trainer rather than a competitor, having spent much of my younger years competitive swimming. 


Several years ago I joined a local Masters swimming group, re-found my love of swimming, and now spend a lot of time either swimming or helping out with Clevedon Swimming Club where my children swim.


My coaching experience is currently under development, I am starting my swimming coaching awards, qualifying as J1 swimming judge and looking to progress my Triathlon qualifications throughout the upcoming year to build on my Level 1 BTF qualification. 


For those who know me, my main skill area is in the swimming pool, where I have a lot of knowledge that I am happy to share. 


I reluctantly run, but do so as I find it is an easy solution to fit in a quick training session around and busy family life.