windrush committee


Get in touch with any of the committee by clicking on their name below or you can email us


Chairperson / Dave Synott

Chairperson / Emily Robinson

Emily (A Kiwi living in London by way of Canada) joined Windrush in Jan 2016 to make friends and keep active. This developed into a full on Windrush obsession as she loves the training, the people and the club spirit, not so much actually doing triathlons. As a swimmer she is working hard to get her cycling and running up to standard but her favourite race was Breca Swimrun in the lake district last year. Her next challenge will be some long distance cycling and filling the large shoes Dave, the last chair left!

Secretary / Rob Weinert-Aplin

Secretary Ellie Riley

Ellie’s job is to manage the admin side of the club to make sure the club continues to run smoothly, as well as being a sounding board for club members to voice any concerns.

Ellie joined Windrush at the beginning of 2017 as a keen runner looking to do "a" triathlon. Eighteen months down the line, with a number of triathlons under her belt from sprint distance to Ironman, local races to age group championships, she definitely has the bug. As Secretary, Ellie is hoping to continue keeping the club running smoothly, with as many happy members as possible.


TreasurerStefan Schmid

Stefan looks after the club accounts and keeps the finances flowing. He assists the committee through making sure we can finance all the great plans we have for the members.

Stefan joined the club after completing the London triathlon in 2017, as a novice triathlete he was attracted to the inclusive club catering to all abilities. With the support of the club and members he has since completed numerous triathlons up to middle distance and has aspirations to complete an ironman next year.

Junior Coordinator / Lara Bonici

Junior CoordinatorLois Barmby

Lois founded Windrush juniors back in 2014 and has enjoyed watching the squad grow from around ten to over fifty athletes. Her day job is in marketing which she’s used to help recruit new joiners and attract some excellent sponsors who have helped keep session prices low making the club truly accessible. Lois started her own Triathlon journey in 2010 and enjoys it more the older she gets. Having encouraged her entire household to join Windrush she is always keen to encourage those who think they can’t do a Triathlon because with the right help everyone can.

Welfare Officer / Raya Hubbell

Welfare OfficerSaffron Pineger

Saffron aims to help Windrushers through good times and bad. She’s there for all members, both adults and juniors, from complete beginners through to experienced athletes. Let her know if you need help with issues which may impact your club life and she will do her best to help you or find someone who can.

Saffron was new to triathlon three years ago and completed her first race in 2015 simply with the aim of crossing the finish line. Since then she has trained hard, tried out all the distances and is now working to improve her time in standard and middle distance as an age grouper, and learning how to mountain bike.

Membership Secretary / Áine Cassidy

Membership Secretary & Website OfficerColin Merton

Colin is the membership secretary so usually the person you'll get if you email He joined the club in 2017 (and immediately rivalled Rory for Windrush Best Beard) having previously been a keen runner then an even keener cyclist and was looking for a new challenge. Since joining he's competed in a bunch of sprint, Olympic and middle distance events, and was proud to represent Team GB in the 2018 European Championships in Aquabike. 2019 promises to be a big one for Colin as he trains for his first full Ironman in Austria. Out of all the sporting clubs he's been a member of, Windrush by far has been the most fun & social.

Marketing Officer (interim) / Becky Goodwin

Head Coach / Becky Goodwin

Becky found triathlon in late 2015 and hasn’t looked back, since having competed in local races to age group championships. She loves every part of the sport especially the transition leg and thinks that Windrusher’s are the best support crew as well as the ones to race against with lots of fun, cheers and smiles!

Aquathlon Director / Rory Kemper

Aquathlon DirectorRory Kemper

Rory, the self styled bearded wonder and winner of Windrush Best Beard 2015/2016,  joined the club in 2014. More suited to endurance events, he can be found either taking part in long distance races or supporting from the sidelines on the shorter ones. He is actively involved in the bike packing race community and undertook the role of Safety Direct for the Transcontinental Race. Being easily persuaded he took on the role of the Aquathlon Race Director in 2016 and with one event under his bely he hopes to build on the excellent foundation already in place. 


Marketing Officer Emily Birch

Emily joined Windrush in early 2018 after a naive and misguided entry to Barcelona Ironman for later that year. Many races, socials and cake stops later, she almost feels she can call herself a triathlete. Emily's background before triathlon is competitive swimming, and she still moans a lot about cycling and running, but enjoys it really. Emily is responsible for the marketing of Windrush; promoting it to the local community and showing the rest of the triathlon world how wonderful we are! You’ll find Emily on the club WhatsApp forums as Birchyboi.