And one for all

Our team share a common approach founded in a love of sport, of first class facilities and of a tailored, holistic, training model. Each member brings their own expertise and sense of fun to our team, creating an enjoyable, energetic and challenging atmosphere.

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Elite Triathlete

I am proud to have represented my country at the Beijing, London and Rio Olympics and to have become ITU Elite World Champion twice. I have been an elite athlete for over 15 years and spent time with coaches and athletes from all over the world. Triathlon has given my family and myself a great life and I’ve made lots of friends and great people along the way.

I love training and sport and even when I stop competing I hope to carry on swimming, biking and running and to be able to show my daughter what I did for a career. I also love live music, nice hotels, great restaurants and great food - a bonus you can afford when you train as much as I do.



Elite level Coach

I have been a professional athlete or coach since I was 17 and raced at the Athens Olympics and two Commonwealth games. After stopping racing due to illness, I started coaching Helen in 2007. When she stands on the start line she is one of the most consistent performers in the World over short course racing.

Even after racing I still love to keep fit and train with Helen. No matter where we go we always look for places to swim, ride, surf and, if our bodies are in good enough shape, run. While triathlon has been my career it is now also my pastime. We also love great hotels, food and music; especially in the off season.

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Like many I returned to sport in my late 30's, catching the 'triathlon bug'. In 2013 I even decided to go back to 'Uni', graduating 3 years later with a first class degree in sports science.

I founded Group Evolution with my wife, Becky, to help youth and age group athletes benefit from a level of training that is usually the preserve of elites That, and to have a little fun at a gorgeous Chateau along the way!

I continue to be a keen age grouper and have completed over 60 events, my personal highlight being Challenge Roth. I am not fast, but definitely enjoy the journey!




With a goal-obsessed husband (look left) and a teenage daughter playing international representative sport, I had little choice but to sink or swim ... literally! So I joined in the fun and have since completed two marathons and numerous triathlons (up to half-ironman).

Being a commercial property lawyer, I tend to add a little sanity to proceedings, organising both our lives and our Chateau (it does help that I speak fluent French).

Having 3 teenagers, I am also very interested in healthy nutrition and am often found adapting recipes to maximise their benefit. I enjoy working with our nutritionists to come up with retreat menus that are as tasty as they are healthy.



Clinical Consultant

Martin O' Connell is a highly regarded chartered physiotherapist who has worked in elite sport for over 20 years.

Martin specialises in soft tissue functional asymmetries and complex dysfunction. He pioneers the 'Fibrolysis' technique which has led to him being known as 'Mr Hookman' in the elite football and rugby world.

Martin shares his clinical time: consulting in professional football, whilst also heading up Symmetry Performance, a multi-disciplinary, high performance clinic offering support to all levels of athlete from a multitude of sporting backgrounds.

In his spare time Martin is a very keen single figure golfer.




I am best described by others as a jack-of-all trades and by myself as a master of many. I aim to ensure your stay at Chateau de la Motte Henry is interesting, enjoyable and hassle-free.

I am very proud of the Chateau, particularly the lakeside decking, walled gardens, new swimming pool and woodland trails on all of which I have worked.

I stay at the Chateau all year round. During retreats I am on hand to point you in the right direction, show you some of the amazing flora and fauna, or simply solve an issue you might have.

Train hard and relax well, see you around!

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Multi-sport Coach

Will Usher is an award winning, full time multisport coach and runs the Precision Race Team comprising of nearly 100 athletes in the top 1-5% of their age groups.

Will has competed in over 200 triathlons and duathlons across all distances including World and European Age Group Championships. Originally a swimmer and runner, Will moved over to Triathlon whilst at university.

Will was formerly a Captain in the Royal Military Elite Close Protection Unit and is married with two children and a cat. He fully understands the challenges of training and balancing life’s priorities!



Multi-sport Coach

Raya is a full time BTF and Ironman certified coach. She runs the Precision Race Team alongside Will Usher.

A former Canadian International Alpine ski racer, Raya understands the pressures and physiological demands placed on athletes. She utilises her experience to help push, but at the same time support, her athletes to achieve their goals.

Raya has competed at all distances but has settled on longer course racing. She has raced the Ironman World Champs 70.3, European and ITU champs. Her next sights are set on Kona.