The Sussex Tristars team.

Sussex Tristars is run purely by volunteers.  The membership fee and weekly charge received, along with any other donations and sponsorship, is used to pay for the facilities that we use, for the coaching equipment, Triathlon England club membership (and insurance), DBS checks and for the continued coaching and welfare education of these volunteers.  We are very lucky to have a superb team who dedicate their time completely free of charge to the club.  Each one of the committee members and coaches is DBS checked and mentored by a more experienced coach.  They all love the sport and love coaching and looking after children.

Please read the Sussex Tristars Policy Statement on Safeguarding Children

We are always on the look out for more volunteers to help when the Team's own family commitments conflict with training sessions so if you would like to get involved, please just have a word with any of the coaches or email

Matt Honey, Head Coach & Welfare Officer (Level 2)

Matt has been coaching triathlon since 2009.  He has two children, Ella and Guy, who are both active participants at the club (their own choice, honest!).  

Matt sits on the Triathlon England National Council, chairs the Triathlon England South East Committee and co-founded Brighton Tri Club

He is passionate about sport and loves seeing the children finish the sessions with a big, yet exhausted, smile still on their faces.


Sophia Cox, Coach (Level 2)

Sophia’s boundless enthusiasm and informed delivery always gets the most out of club members; children and adults alike.

As a Level 2 coach with 3 years of practical experience Sophia is both the youngest, and one of the club’s most experienced coaches.

Sophia plans to coach professionally in the future, and has been accepted to study Sports and Exercise Science at Bath University from September 2017.

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Kevin Hancock, Coach (Level 1)

Kevin started racing triathlon after the 2012 Olympics, its never too late you know.
Taking pleasure from his own training, and still enjoying racing for club and GB Age Group teams, Kevin also enjoys developing the new talent and helps coach, particularly at Sussex Tristars.
Three of his children (Johnny, Edie and Grace) are now also keen on multisport and attend the club.

He takes pleasure from seeing everyone giving their all, and then coming back for more. 

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Paul Farrant, Coach (Level 1)

Whilst a lot of children come to triathlon because of their parents, with Paul it was the other way around. His daughter, Jessica, has been at Sussex Tristars since 2011. After a few niggling injuries from long distance running, Paul decided it was time to see what all the fuss was about and needing a new challenge after the Brighton Marathon in 2014, decided to enter a triathlon at the end of the season.

Since Falmer Triathlon in 2014, he joined Brighton Tri club and started training for the 2015 season becoming the “Novice veteran champion”, something that still causes excessive amusement for his daughter.

After helping as a parent for a couple of seasons, Paul completed his Level 1 training in 2016. 

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Andy Main, Coach (Level 1)

Andy has been actively involved in sport for many years, achieving county levels in both football & Golf. More recently he has competed in the Go Tri Pell’s Pool Aquathlon super sprint series, and hopes to rise to the challenge his daughter has set to compete in his first triathlon in 2017.

Andy started swim coaching about 6 years ago when his daughter, Rebecca, joined a local swimming club in Brighton. Rebecca also enjoyed taking part in many running events and so it seemed a natural progression to enter her first triathlon. On crossing the finish line, she said ”can I do it again !!”  He realised that triathlons were where her interest lay.

Rebecca joined Sussex Tristars in 2013 and since then Andy has helped to coach the swimming sessions and in 2016 gained his Level 1 triathlon coaching qualification.


Sam Liddle, Coach (Level 2)

Sam is a mother to Max (a Sussex Tristar) as well as a personal trainer for children and adults.  She loves keeping fit and working with children.  She's also very competitive!

She has been a registered childminder for over 4 years and has run a number of children's 'fit clubs'.

Racing wise, she has run the London marathon twice and has been competing in triathlons for over 5 years.  Her funniest achievement was winning half a sheep in a 60km mountain bike race in Africa!


Paul Hedger, Coach (Level 2)

Paul originally set the Sussex Tristars club up with Sophie Greengrass and Mark Wild in 2000.  He ran the club admin and coaching for many years before handing over to Matt. He is passionate about making triathlon accessible and fun for children. 

He can now be found developing his Hedgehog Tri kids and adult events business in between touring local schools extolling the virtues of our sport. 

His experience in the area of children's triathlon is second to none so we won’t let him go completely!

Paul also sits on the Triathlon England South East Committee as the Young Persons Co-ordinator.