Athletes

Athletes’ Testimonials

Past & Present Athletes

Team Dillon is all about athletes – from beginners to age-groupers to elites.  Here, some of our athletes, past and present, talk about themselves, why they chose to be part of Team Dillon, and what the coaching has done for them.


Stuart Hayes

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Stuart is an Olympian triathlete whose major victories include ITU World Championship Series Kitzbuhel, the London Triathlon, Chicago Triathlon, Malibu Triathlon, Windsor Triathlon and Blenheim Triathlon.

A regular on the ITU circuit read moreREAD MORE


Jodie Stimpson

Jodie-Stimpson

Team Dillon coached Jodie between 2008 and 2012.

I have been in triathlon since I was 9 years old and Michelle Dillon was a name that every one knew in the triathlon world! Mish was the athlete I wanted to become read moreREAD MORE


Dan Falconar

Dan Falconar

2009 was my first season of triathlon and was particularly tough as I only learned to swim front crawl in March. My cycling background and determination to succeed allowed me to achieve some good results, but my unstructured approach to training was clearly holding me back. read moreREAD MORE


Zoe Morrisett

Zoe Morrisett

Mish has changed my life! She has gently coaxed me from thinking that, one day, I might possibly finish a triathlon to realising that I was quite mistaken about where my limits are! I’m now looking at achieving a decent time for my first tri next month, and as for London read moreREAD MORE


Mark Rossi

Mark Rossi

Michelle has revolutionised my training and in only a few weeks I can genuinely see and feel the difference. I had been overtaken about 12 times by Michelle at Monaco 2006 on the run alone and hence witnessed at first hand her talent. Subsequently, when I recently learned read moreREAD MORE


Peter Curry

Peter Curry

In the early months of making the transition from rugby player to triathlete I really missed not having the support and guidance of a coach. Luckily towards the end of 2008 I was fortunate enough to find Michelle, who has since been a revelation to me. In addition to being a fountain read moreREAD MORE


Chris McCarthy

Chris McCarthy

Having been slightly above-average at a number of sports I was determined to push for excellence when turning to Duathlon and achieve the age-group GBR vest i’ve always wanted. A strong coach-athlete relationship is fundamental to most successful athletes and with Annie read moreREAD MORE


Truusje Gamlin

Truusje Gamlin

I came to triathlon following a Catherine Tate “I can do that” moment in 2009 at the age of 55. I was lucky enough to qualify for the World Championships with my first Olympic distance triathlon and went to the Gold coast as part of the GB team. That was enough to get me hooked. read moreREAD MORE


David Anderson

David Anderson

Coming from a mountain biking background and falling into Triathlons a few years ago, I decided to find myself a coach after delving through many web sites and talking with several prospective coaches I opted for Team Dillon. I have been training with Annie and Team Dillon read moreREAD MORE


Chris Hayward

Chris Hayward

I have been training with Team Dillon for around 6 months now. The improvements I have made in all 3 disciplines have been huge. Under Michelle, my swimming stamina has increased by at least 300%. Before I would struggle with a 1500m set and now I am regularly read moreREAD MORE


Catherine Liversidge

Catherine Liversidge

Since training under Team Dillon I’ve been enjoying my training far more than ever before and have seen improvements in my performance in training alone. Having my training plans prepared for me has meant I’ve pushed myself so much more than I would have done read moreREAD MORE


Cris Swinhoe

Cris Swinhoe

Craig Twigg has been coaching me since January 2010. At the time I had been training hard since the previous October for Ironman France at the end of June, working on my usual principle of if some is good more must be better!” Craig has focussed and structured my training read moreREAD MORE


Jack Loveday

Jack Loveday

After coming back from a fairly long-term injury I felt I needed a bit of guidance to help me reach my full potential – I was putting in a lot of volume, but got to a point where I wasn’t really getting any faster. After being coached by Annie Emmerson for only a short time, I am already read moreREAD MORE


Mark Butler

Mark Butler

I started this season as a complete novice to triathlon & decided to join Team Dillon after finishing my first ever race in a time of 1hr 41. I’d put in a lot of hours in the gym but figured that just pounding the treadmill & putting in lengths in the pool probably wasn’t the best use of read moreREAD MORE


Mark Statham

Mark Statham

I had always dreamt of being made hot and sweaty by a sexy Olympian, and now Im living the dream!!!! Is it all its cracked up to be??
Well yes, let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to be coached and mentored by a superstar? Having struggled through several Ironman races on my own read moreREAD MORE


Richard Todd

Richard Todd

Mish’s coaching is awesome. Each week you smash it harder than the week before and hit splits you didn’t think would be possible. Mish is always there to offer feedback and advice which massively increases your confidence in what you are doing.


Ruth Pogonowski

Ruth Pogonowski

I remember my first triathlon vividly 2 years ago, it was at my gym, 20 lengths of the pool, 8 miles on the stationary bike and a 2 mile run round the carpark – it took me nearly an hour and I came dead last but I was hooked! Unfortunately becoming a barrister got in the way of training read moreREAD MORE


Patrick Hardy

Patrick Hardy

I first met Michelle at pilates on the Gold Coast a number of years ago during one of her summer returns to Australia. At that time I was a social runner [with recurring injuries] competing in half and full marathons around Asia and Australia. I decided to move the following year read moreREAD MORE


Craig Sharman

Craig Sharman

You’ll be made to drink ‘orrible green glup, lost on long runs, get bigger shoulders from all the swimming, turn your house into a homage to triathlon, have legs that permanently feel like they weigh twice their normal weight. Cycle, cycle and cycle a bit more. But read moreREAD MORE


Tay Abhyankar

Tay Abhyankar

I have been training with Michelle since the end of October 2008, after a couple of years of marathons and then triathlon this summer. For me, it’s all about taking part and having fun. I enjoy my training and wanted a coach who understands me, and that I have a life to lead as well read moreREAD MORE


Pete Stock

Pete Stock

Perry is a terrific coach and amongst the very top people I have worked with in any aspect of my life. I had total confidence in him to deliver me to the event in the best shape I could be in. He did that, and gave me the confidence to deliver in the race. He anticipated my needs and answered read moreREAD MORE