Royden is a North Regional Development Academy Coach, a British Triathlon Federation Level 3 coach, a REPs registered Level 3 Personal Trainer and a former Community Coach of the Year winner at the Wales Sport Awards. Royden was awarded Denbighshire community coach of the year in 2014. In 2015, he was a finalist at the National Sports Coach awards and followed this up by winning the, Sports Wales Community Coach of the Year for 2015.
He is also Head Coach of Denbighshire Triathlon Club and Ruthin TriStars Junior triathlon club, having founded the club back in 2010.
He adds: “Having always been involved in sport in one guise or another from cross country skiing, to athletics, through to rugby league, I got involved in my first triathlon in 1994. Like most triathletes I started off with a local sprint event before eventually hitting the dizzy heights of Ironman. I have a real passion for triathlon not only as a coach, but as a tutor, race organiser, and athlete. My motto is ‘Ready for Anything’ which means’ your needs and wants will always be my top priority.
“Over the past few years I have continued to develop my knowledge and skills as a coach. I have been fortunate enough to work with a lot of fantastic athletes, both novices and through the Welsh Triathlon Regional Academy as the regional coach working with elite youths and juniors.”
Where other sports have had their ups and downs, triathlon is still a relatively new sport (although it’s been around since 1974) to the general public, only showcasing in the Olympics in 2000 at the Sydney Summer Olympics.
Royden says: “Triathlon has a wonderful inclusiveness that you don’t really see in a lot of sports! All ages, shapes, sizes, abilities, race, religion, gender can participate and it’s you against the clock. Triathlon encompasses it all and has continued to grow throughout the world offering opportunities to all. How many other sports allow amateurs and professionals to compete in the same race?”