Funding will help Pete keep head above water!

Swimmers training on beach

Pete can't wait to get back to this type of training - Credit: Submitted

A triathlon coach from South Devon has received vital funding from the Swimathon Foundation.

Pete Wilby, founder of Teignmouth-based PeteWilby TriathlOn, a triathlon and open water swimming coaching service, applied for the grant as part of Swimathon Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund to fill the void left upon the suspension of coaching and access to open water.

Pete, a triathlon coach and former University of Exeter student, began providing personal triathlon coaching and swimming lessons at his local pool.

He said that the fund will be extremely helpful during the first month to get the club up and running again:

He said: “One of the first things it will allow me to do is get insured once again. Usually there would be money coming in to pay for those things. As a self-employed business, you end up paying out quite a lot and need the sessions to be happening for you to be able to balance the books."

Pete applied for the grant mitigate loss of income whilst pools are closed.

The organisation coach juniors and adults in triathlon and open water swimming, and cater for beginners right up to competitive levels. The pandemic has caused a huge loss of income, as expenses have continued while income has dried up, and no government support was available for a long time.

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Through the Swimathon Foundation grant, the organisation will be able to continue their Staff Stars programme, where swimmers nominate staff members for awards which can be earned monthly and annually. The organisation also received funding in the 2020 Covid Relief Fund.

Pete said: "I feel very privileged to receive funding once again from Swimathon Foundation. We have adapted to work during the pandemic but it has been really tough. I was pleased to secure a government backed bounce back loan in September and finally, in January, nine months into the multiple lockdowns I was helped out with government grants. But most business outgoings remained the same and some increased a lot.

“I cannot wait for the pools to reopen now, and for us and all our students and classes to get back in the water."