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Lydia Gurley (pro cyclist)

“Damo coached me in triathlon initially and then specifically in cycling. Damo has been instrumental to my progression in competing in cycling at an international level providing not only excellent, structured advise but also encouragement and the confident to pursue my goals. As an athlete himself, completing multiple Ironman triathlons, Damo is well aware of the challenges involved in competing. He provides no-nonsense, educated advice and under his guidance I improved significantly and achieved results in triathlon and road racing. I would highly recommend Damo as a coach he knows what he is talking about and if you do the work you’ll see the gains :)”

Chris Gollings (GB AG Athlete)

“I have known Damo since 2006 when I first started triathlon. Over the years he has been the source of lots of great tips and advice. He became my coach officially in November 2014 coaching me through 2015. At the end of the season we set the goal of getting me to the world age group championships in Cozumel 2016 and getting me into the top 50 for my age. We achieved both. I now swim better, bike 10% faster and achieved a PB in a 10k run at the age of 54. So if you want a coach he’s your man.”

Lee Renshaw. (IM athlete)

“Mission Impossible were the first words I ever said to Damo. I told him I was looking for a coach, as I had just signed up to compete in Ironman Lanzarote which was in 8 months time, but there was a catch. I had never competed in a triathlon and I couldn’t swim…He smiled at me and told me straight that it was possible, but only with consistent training and hard work. The level of coaching I received from Damo was second to none. Over the next 8 months he seemed to know when I needed encouraging and when I needed to keep my feet on the ground. He was always very calm and straight to the point. If ever I was unsure of anything he was always there to answer my questions. He was very patient when coaching me to swim and was always upfont with where I was at with my progression. The training programmes were made to fit around my work life. In May 2016 I crossed the finish line of I.M Lanza in a time I never thought possible, Thanks to Damo’s coaching I went from mission impossible to Ironman finisher. If you are looking for a coach put you trust in Damo I promise he will not let you down.”

Vicky Smith (Elite Cyclist)

“If you’re considering a coach, I can’t recommend Damo enough for the job. I debated approaching a coach for around a year and now wish I had made the decision earlier! I’ve seen improvement very quickly and it is a weight off of my mind to know that someone experienced is handling my training; which I struggled to organise by myself around a challenging work rota. Damo made starting and following a training plan, incredibly easy and straightforward. He asked the right questions about my goals, sporting history and my other commitments to quickly develop a personalised training programme around my busy and alternating shift pattern and he continues to adapt it to my requirements as I develop as a cyclist. Damo has helped me a lot and I’m looking forward to continuing to work him to discover how far I can go in cycling.”

Matt Warnock (IM Athlete)

“Over 18 months or so, Damo coached me to personal best times at both the half Ironman and full Ironman distances. He was supportive, communicative and knowledgeable, providing sessions that were always achievable but challenging. I found it reassuring to be coached by someone who knows the sport from the inside and has been there himself before.”

Jorge Mascaro (IM athlete)

“From my days of school, sport was around me and I felt happy being an athlete. Always challenging myself and improving for competition. Time was never a problem. However trying to be an athlete with a busy job and family life was pretty difficult, until I met Damo. First as a friend then as coach he has been able to give structure to my training. Not only he has organised it for me but also he has work out the way to fit everything around work, family and injury. With his coaching abilities I have now completed 4 ironman race, have learn how to swim competitively and have seen progressive improvement in my Swiming, cycling and running. Today I look back and feel again as an athlete as I was during my school days and there is no doubt that I wouldn’t have achieved what I have as a senior athlete without the coaching abilities, dedication and understanding of Damo.”

Russ Hall (Brat V Chairman)

“Damion has been coaching the BRAT Club Triathlon Junior Academy since it’s conception and was chosen from a group of level 3 qualified coaches who applied for the position. Damion’s commitment to the junior academy has been unwavering, attending races with the academy athletes and always willing to talk through training issues with the athletes or parents. Using the latest training techniques, combined with an encouraging one to one coaching style the academy athletes have had some great successes in triathlon and running events and had great fun along the way.”

Rich Hindle (IM Athlete)

“Damo is an excellent coach, who has ‘been there and done it as an athlete himself which gives you a lot of confidence. His training plans were detailed and clearly focused at improving my weaknesses. He gives you very clear feedback and isn’t afraid to give you a bit of kick when you need it!”

Nick Murphy (IM Athlete)

“I have known Damo Littlewood for over ten years. I have trained and raced with him many times, even going to Kona together. This year I decided to put my faith in him as a coach. We worked out the aims for the season together in the Autumn and he built a flexible training programme around my complex life. He uses Training Peaks software for the session diary which works really well, giving the opportunity for immediate feedback and it summarises and charts your progress. He kept me focused when motivation was lacking and provided support and morale through injury. There is little he doesn’t know about current training ideas and he understands what it takes to achieve your own personal goals.”


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