Open Water Swimming Coach
Sam Gardiner's athletic career started with cycling in 1987 at the age of 12, with his first international selection in 1993 to the world championships in Metabief, France (the first of 6 cycling world champs I’ve done). The highlights of his cycling career were winning 3 national titles on a Mountain bike, winning a stage in the Tour of the Low Countries in Belgium and being part of the winning pro team at Mountain Mayhem 24hr race (the biggest prize purse in UK mountain biking). As well as Mountain biking, he raced all cycling disciplines such as cyclocross, track and time trials and had a couple of international selections for road racing.
Sam Gardiner, Open Water Swimming Coach and Triathlete took up the sport of triathlon in 2005 and in his first triathlon season he managed to win 13 races, including the prestigious Vitruvian Half Ironman. In 2006 he turned away from the road triathlons, deciding to use his Mountain bike experience and concentrated on the European Xterra (off road triathlon) series and came 7th overall in the series. Since then he has won 6 Global tour races, Xterra Saipan three times, Xterra Japan twice and Xterra Philippines. In 2009 he was 3rd in both the European Champs and the season long European tour. In 2011 he turned back to Middle and Long distance racing, winning the Monster Middle Half Ironman, getting top Brit and 14th overall in Alpe DeHuez triathlon and getting 10th Pro at Challenge Henley. He also beat Lance Armstrong and Olympic Triathlon Champion Jan Frodeno at the Xterra World Championships in Hawaii where he finished 11th.
With a mixture of first hand knowledge from 18 years international racing experience and theory gained through his physiology degree at University College Chichester, he is in a good position to offer advice to other athletes. He has been coaching for 10 years now, with great results and improvements from all athletes he has worked with.