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Meet the TCL Sports Team
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TCL Sports was founded by Mike who has over 25 years of experience in Triathlon as both a professional triathlete and National Champion and a coach to elite triathletes. He is a former World 10km Masters Champion, former British Record Holder for Ironman, 10 Times National Japanese Triathlon Champion and an elite Triathlon Coach. Mike is now making a 'come back' juggling business with high performance sport. His ultimate aim is to become the first British man over the age of 45 to do a sub 30min 10k. We are all eagerly watching his progress!
Rieko had a good grounding in business, working in the toughest market in the world in Tokyo. She was a saleswoman for Japan TV before helping to form TCL Sports in 2005. Her official title is Company Secretary, although many think of her as the unofficial boss. On a daily basis she is looking at the finances and cash flow and working on strategic planning. Rieko was a very good swimmer as a child and at university started doing triathlon. Her tenacious character has helped her train and complete 3 Ironman triathlons, although her real passion is short distance pool swimming.
In 2008 Mike rowed his way into the record books by making the fastest recorded crossing to Antigua from La Gomera and the fifth fastest crossing of the Atlantic from East to West (37 days, 5hrs, 53 minutes). It was also the first, and will no doubt be the only, crossing by a five man crew. Mike is now rebuilding his body and putting the ground work in for another triathlon season. An aim of a sub 9.5hr ironman has been set and considering his performance pre-Atlantic, it is just a matter of time.
Charlotte joined the TCL Sports Marketing Department in 2012 after graduating with a law degree and Masters from Oxford and Birmingham Universities. An experienced runner and triathlon novice, Charlotte's 2012 will be spent dealing with TCL Sports' advertising and sponsorship opportunities, and trying to run a sub-18 minute 5k.
Nick has been working with TCL Sports for a number of years and joined full time in September 2010 to manage TCL's ever-growing portfolio of websites and online marketing. With over 12-year's experience of internet marketing in a variety of vertical markets including telecoms, insurance and charity, Nick works with TCLs sales and marketing teams to ensure TCL's online presence delivers to our retail partners and customers. Nick is also a trustee of Tri4Japan, the UK registered charity set up by Mike and Rieko and manages the tri4japan.com website and online fundraising initiatives for the charity including the August 2011 eBay auction. Nick is a keen runner and looking to beat his 1:32 half marathon PB in early 2012. In 2011 he completed his first full marathon and first Olympic distance triathlon.
Matt used to compete as a junior for GB in modern pentathlon. After injury and a spell at university got back into training and started triathlon. Since then I have completed two Ironman's and the London marathon, and represented gb in my age group at the world champs in Vancouver. Goals for this year are to learn my new role at TCL complete another Ironman and do a 24hr mtb race.
Buster played rugby for 13 years with 113 league games for London WASPS first XV and the last three years as a professional. He has 2 England 'A' caps and 5 caps for Barbarians. He is an RFU Level 3 qualified coach and also a member of the RFU disciplinary panel for the past 6 years. Buster works with the TCL sales team to widen our brand's reach into new sports.
After playing rugby for 14 years and representing Club, County, School and University John moved into triathlon in 2010. Representing the University of Leeds he had some success in the BUCS competitions, contributing to a team bronze in the biathlon event. John graduated in Sport and Exercise Science with an industrial placement in Sports Development. He is passionate about all sport from grass roots to elite performance and has worked with athletes of all abilities as a Sports Massage Therapist. John manages all the Southern retailer's accounts as well as working towards developing our brands in new sports. Feel free to contact him with any questions or queries.
Rie plays a vital role in the TCL Sports team. Working part-time in the office she undertakes a very large proportion of those time consuming jobs and always ensures that the last minute dash to the post office is met. Joining the team early this year, Rie is never without a smile on her face and a spring in her step, bringing with her a little bit of sunshine every day. With a hidden competitive streak, Rie enjoys playing tennis with her friends on a regular occasion.
To join the TCL Sports team, keep an eye on our recruitment
page where we advertise current vacancies.