Who We Are

At Precision we have a full team of coaches, medics and specialists.  We are all full time industry professionals our entire focus to help you achieve your goals.  You will have your lead coach but we regularly consult on athletes to make the best use of the team's experience in coaching which covers the full spectrum of working with novice athletes all the way to Olympic athletes and World Champions.  This sharing of knowledge is really effective to ensure strong results for the athlete.

Coaches

WILL USHER – COACH & FOUNDERRAYA HUBBELL – COACH & PARTNERHENDRIK DE VILLIERS – COACHRHYS JONES – COACHLIZI DUNCOMBE – COACH

Specialists

DR JOHN ALLEN – PHYSIOTHERAPISTCASSIE PATTEN – SWIM SPECIALISTALICE TOURELL-NORTH – STRENGTH & CONDITIONING SPECIALISTJAKE YARRANTON – BIKE FITTER

WILL USHER – COACH & FOUNDER

Will is a full time coach and has been coaching Triathlon for 21 years now and over this time as both a coach and athlete he has had the good fortune to work with and learn from some legendary coaches. The lessons learnt he has implemented into his coaching guiding over 200 athletes to Great Britain Age Group success with numerous Top 10, podiums and champions across the whole range of ITU World, European, IRONMAN and Challenge Family races along the way.

Will is the Head Coach and Founder of Precision Race Team the current UK and EMEA No. 1 IRONMAN Team.  The team was rebranded in 2018 from ONE Triathlon RDS which was also an award winning team at ITU.  The team is largely made up of top 1-5% Age Group athletes with well over 100 Great Britain Age Group international athletes as well as several World and European medalists.

Will coaches across the full spectrum of beginner to elite and enjoys the variety of challenges that comes with that.

Over the last two decades Will has also coached and supplied expert knowledge to brands and publications such as HUUB, Speedo, Gordon Ramsay, The Times, The Telegraph, The Mail on Sunday, ITV’s Good Morning Britain, 220 Triathlon as well as numerous online publications.

The truth is every athlete is different and deserves an individual approach. Will offers strong guidance and entirely individualised targets. However, feedback is vital. Coaching is a relationship and as with any relationship communication is key. Will encourages as much feedback and contact as an athlete can give but will also work with the athlete to educate them as to the really important information to feedback on from a performance perspective as well as the information important to them as an individual.

Will has competed in over 200 triathlons and duathlons across all distances ranging from local races to multiple World and European Age Group Championships from sprint to long distance generally placing in the Top 10.

Still competing, his current focus is IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3.

Asked last year what it was that kept him in the sport he explained that it was the people and the community both the one created wit PRT but also the wider triathlon family.

Originally a swimmer and runner, Will competed to a National level and then moved over to Triathlon whilst at university. He quickly established himself in the sport and has now been competing to a high level for over 20 years.

Formerly a Captain in the Royal Military Elite Close Protection Unit, Will works to a very high standard with meticulous attention to detail.

He is a family man with two young children and a dog so fully understands the challenges of training and balancing life’s priorities!

RAYA HUBBELL – COACH & PARTNER

Raya is an Ironman certified coach assisting athletes competing in ITU and longer distances. Having been a former Canadian International Alpine ski racer, Raya understands the intensities, pressures and physiological demands that are placed on athletes no matter what level they are competing. Raya capitalizes on her international sporting background to help push but at the same time support her athletes to their desired levels, whatever those goals may be.

Raya truly believes in the “Precision Way”. Our approach is very much athlete focused and driven. Every decision made is centered around each individual athlete. Raya takes the time to develop strong relationship with each of her athletes so they feel they can communicate openly and get the best feedback possible to help structure an athletes training.

Following a long break from sport due to injury Raya went into business. She had her own consulting firm focused on Emerging Market Finance before selling up to work full time in the triathlon industry. She can very much relate to the everyday pressures and strains placed on athletes trying to deal with work, life, balance and sport! Raya has been competing in triathlon since 2015 and has competed in all distances from Sprint to full Ironman distances. She had podium at Ironman races and has qualified and competed in ETU, ITU & Ironman 70.3 World Championships.

HENDRIK DE VILLIERS – COACH

Hendrik has been coaching triathletes and other multisport athletes since 2001, back in University days. He dipped into triathlon in the late 90’s in a relay team for a first go at the sport. Hendrik started racing Triathlons in 2000 and turned pro in 2002. Hendrik represented South Africa from 2004 – 2012 and was in the South African 2006 Commonwealth Games and 2008 Olympic Games teams. With major wins, like the London Triathlon in 2006, first African to ever win an ITU World Cup race (2007), he had 60 ITU (International Triathlon union – now World Triathlon) pro ELITE starts, 14 podiums and 6 wins in total and many more other races and wins under his belt. Some of his claims to fame in triathlon is, having beaten all former Olympic Champions and a 17 streak win Nationally in the Sprint series in South Africa, a 70.3 Ironman top 10 Finish and 2nd place in another brand’s half distance race. He was also a 3 time Biathle World champion and 1 time Biathle Junior men Champion.

Hendrik raced in German (lived in Germany for those summer months) and French teams with the best – Brownlee’s, Javier Gomez, Daniel Unger, Tim Don and many more. Special mention to friendly arch rivals and super humans Tim Don and Jan Frodeno. Hendrik has also beaten all the past Olympic Champions, unfortunately, just not on that big day – but he believes everything that does not break you, makes you stronger and his biggest victories are still lying ahead of him (not necessarily on a podium for himself – but does not discount that).

As an athlete and coach Hendrik has been privileged to work with the best in the sport. He primarily had two personal coaches during his competitive Triathlon career but elite sport is a team sport and he tapped into advice and teaching and input from many, including having trained at 2 British National Triathlon Centres, German National Triathlon Centre, South African and Australian National Triathlon Centres.

Coaching successes: Hendrik coached and mentored some age-group Ironman 70.3 champions, ITU Triathlon World Championship medallists (age-group). He formerly coached a now 2-time Elite Pro X-terra Triathlon World Champion and multiple top 5% Ironman finishers in their categories. He has worked with athletes as young as 3y of age (Learn to Swim) and some into the 60’s categories (and a few, much more advanced in years if he counts spinning instructing in).

Hendrik has a very balanced approach to life and coaching. He has certainly pushed some boundaries and personal beliefs and physical, mental and spiritual limits to achieve what he and some of his athletes has. Pushing those boundaries does not come without setbacks and paying a price – therefore his coaching is based on sustainability within each individual athlete’s framework, time availability and personal goals. Finding a flourishing (win-win) scenario with minimum downside risk of injuries, exhaustion or burn-out, is in the forefront of his mind. Putting overall wellbeing first, Hendrik shows empathy and sincerely cares about his athletes, but he can also call a bluff/ ”little lazy-or-soft-2-day”. He can crack the proverbial whip when needed, with motivation and inspiration build in to his approach.

With everything in mind Hendrik likes to keep it simple, but can also go into the finest detail once the basic level of achievement and understanding is there – backed by experience, a B.Comm Chartered Accounting degree and a few Certificates in swimming, cycling and Triathlon Coaching.

Frequent and open communication is vital for coaching and athlete success.

“The super human team and community within Precision Coaching, athletes, partners and sponsors, immensely helps both athletes and coaches in the value proposition delivered.” – Hendrik de Villiers

Hendrik is a happily married family man with three children and has recently started coaching fulltime with Precision Coaching. A South African, having relocated to the UK in 2019, has a zest for life, adds value and thrives on making a positive impact however and whenever he can in his daily walk of life.

He is grateful for opportunities and people, past and present and comes with an arsenal of stories on racing, travel, life and so much more. He has an optimistic outlook and “carpe diem” approach and knows even if one cannot always see it, every dark cloud has a silver lining.

RHYS JONES – COACH

Rhys has been competing and coaching in triathlon for 20 years. Starting off in Welsh development squads, progressing into the Bath High Performance university squad, home nation representation at an elite level, and 7 welsh national triathlon/duathlon titles before moving onto a coaching focus. Rhys is currently Head Coach at a Swimming Club in Bridgend South Wales, coaching athletes from beginners to elite level. Rhys has also coached Cardiff Metropolitan University triathlon squad for several years and has coached individual athletes to 70.3 and ironman world championships. He has countless age group wins to his coaching CV across all distances.

Rhys has coaching experience from top elite level to beginners and applies a mix of data driven training and a strong focus on a work life balance. All athletes are different and Rhys will always strive to make each hour spent training the most effective. He works from an open clear feedback driven philosophy and enjoys being involved in the development of his athletes to their desired goals.

2020 is a return for Rhys to racing, he has a long term goal to race in Kona and is excited to apply his knowledge to his own training. The challenge of balancing a competitive goal with strong work life balance is the perfect experience to guide athletes in the same position to achieve their goals. Rhys will have completed every swim, bike, or run he asks of any athletes so he shares your pain!

LIZI DUNCOMBE – COACH

Having worked in the industry for over a decade Lizi is an Ironman certified coach with a clinical sports rehabilitation background. Lizi has raced the World Championships in Kona and several 70.3 World Championships. Her most recent success came at Ironman Argentina South American Championships where she took the win and broke the tape as the fastest female athlete.

As an Age Group athlete, Lizi understands the pressures and commitments of those that have to balance work life with tri life and so she commits to getting to know her athletes on a personal level to get the best performance possible which is why communication is a key priority.

Lizi has a diverse range of sports experience from bodybuilding and crossfit through to Ironman which is where the understanding of physiological adaption is a key role in her programming.

DR JOHN ALLEN – PHYSIOTHERAPIST

John started the first Sports Council injury clinic at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, and subsequently three British Olympic Association accredited clinics.

John’s experience is extraordinary.  A three times Olympic athletics coach he has since been the lead consultant physiotherapist for Team GB athletics at a further six Olympics.

Further to this he is:

–       Lecturer and clinical tutor to post-graduate doctors, MSc in Sports Medicine, London University.

–       Clinical tutor and examiner, Physiotherapy MSc, Sports Rehabilitation BSc, London Universities.

–       Doctorate in musculo-skeletal screening; incorporating implementation of musculo-skeletal assessment for elite UK athletes.

–       Senior Clinical Fellow Hertfordshire University.

–       Fellow of the Royal College of Medicine.

–       Neurology Specialist.

Further to this John provides:

Coaching education to senior coaching level in all track and field events including coaching to achieve athlete’s Olympic selection.

Expert witness for physiotherapy medico-legal reporting.

John is very strictly evidence based.  Not much more to say here.  If it isn’t proven it isn’t on John’s radar.  He is driven by the cause of a pathology or injury and not distracted by treating symptoms.

John has represented Great Britain at elite level in Athletics being ranked No. 1 in the UK at the height of his career.  More recently John has represented Great Britain at an Age Group level in triathlon multiple times and is currently qualified for Europeans and Worlds for both 2018 and 2019.

CASSIE PATTEN – SWIM SPECIALIST

Cassie is a full time coach and speaker.  As an Olympic medalist & international swimmer over 200, 400, 800 1500 & 10k across 3 disciplines, Cassie is uniquely qualified to help any level of swimmer. An ASA level 2 coach, Cassie coaches junior competitive swimmers, masters and Triathletes across the full spectrum of ability as well as Open Water swimmers who want to focus on their technique.

Cassie has had some outstanding results since starting full time coaching in 2011.

Cassie draws on her vast experience of coaching and competing across all levels.  Evidence based training is very important to her keeping up to date with the latest developments in swim coaching she is able to cut through attempts to reinvent the wheel and focus on what really works.

She is flexible and personable which is extremely important as no one athlete is the same.  She utilises her experience to adapt her coaching to ensure results with whomever she is working with.

One area that Cassie is particularly strong at (unsurprisingly) is helping athletes get comfortable in Open Water.  This is something that many athletes struggle with be they confident swimmers or not.

Where to start?  Probably with her Olympic Bronze Medal in the 10,000m Open Water Swim.  Backed up nicely with two World Championship Silvers, a World and European Cup win.  Cassie also made history as the first swimmer in the world to both final in the pool and medal in the open water events at an Olympics.  She represented Great Britain at an elite level for over 10 years. Cassie is simply one of the best swimmers that Great Britain has ever produced.

Her passion for swimming is unsurpassed and in particular swimming outdoors.  The only thing she is more passionate about is her lovely dog Daisy and maybe her partner Martin. 😉

ALICE TOURELL-NORTH – STRENGTH & CONDITIONING SPECIALIST

Alice is a UKSCA Accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach with a sustained record of achievement in providing support to elite, youth & developing athletes including Olympic & Paralympic Swimmers for the past 8 years.

After graduating with a first-class degree in Sports Science, Alice pursued a career in Strength & Conditioning achieving her UKSCA accreditation in 2012. She was responsible for the training of both an Olympic Swimmer & Paralympic Swimming double bronze and silver medallist for the London 2012 Games and since then has coached numerous swimmers to podium success at the European and World Junior championships, Youth Commonwealth Games and multiple National Championships.

Alice has also worked with organisations such as Portsmouth Football Club, British Swimming, Swim Ireland, Surrey Country Cricket Club, GBR Ice Hockey and McLaren to name but a few. As a triathlete herself, Alice has helped a wide range of athletes develop and implement a comprehensive conditioning programme into their endurance training plans with an emphasis on injury prevention and maximising performance.

Alice’s main question for any athlete is “are you moving correctly?” Her emphasis on correct technique ensures that all training programmes are bespoke to each individual athletes’ needs as well as the requirements of each specific sport. Alice’s training programmes focus heavily on using exercises that will ensure that you are as efficient as possible to maximise your race day performance and when correctly implemented into your training schedule, Strength & Conditioning can be the training element that gives you the extra edge come race day.

Alice had always had a background in competitive sport having been a dancer and swimmer growing up and is now a member of the Triathlon team Artemis Tri. Alice started competing in Sprint Triathlons in 2014 where she qualified for her first AG World Champs in her second ever triathlon. Since then Alice has represented GBR in the 2014, 2015, 2017 & will be competing in the 2018 World Championships in both Sprint and Standard Distances and also the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 European Championships. She also tried her hand at Elite racing in 2016 which is something she is looking to go back to in 2019 as well as being bullied by Will to step up to the 70.3 distance. 😉

JAKE YARRANTON – BIKE FITTER

Jake has enormous experience in the cycling and more specifically bike fitting world.

The preferred supplier for Specialized UK Jake has worked with numerous athletes to ensure performance, aerodynamics and comfort.

Don’t tell him we said this but we have heard him called a magician…

Jake used a Retul bike fitting technology but importantly is able to apply this to the individual not just letting the computer do the work but endeavours to ensure the fit is fit for purpose, pun intended, be that to the bio mechanics of the individual or the riding needs – racing, triathlon vs critical racing, sportive, leisure riding and so on.

Jake grew up racing bikes, indeed he still does.  However, he always had a passion for the technical side of cycling which motivated him to study and develop his very successful fitting business.