Press Releases 2014-2015

The Wales Institute of Physical Literacy aid Triathletes for Ironman World Competition


The Wales Institute for Physical Literacy at The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has been supporting two triathletes in their training for the Ironman World competition in Kona, Hawaii, this weekend. The Wales Institute for Physical Literacy at UWTSD was set up to promote physical literacy throughout life and is a co-founder of the International Physical Literacy Association (IPLA).

Following outstanding performances in last year’s Ironman Wales and Ironman UK events, triathletes Nigel Merrony and Aled Smith will join over 2,000 athletes on October 10th in Kona, Hawaii, to embark on a 140.6 mile journey that presents the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit to earn the title of Ironman.

Nigel and Aled came to the Physiology Lab at the Wales Institute for Physical Literacy at UWTSD Carmarthen for help to prepare for the World Ironman Competition. Aled took advantage of the facilities available by going through a time trial in similar conditions to those he will experience in Kona to assess the impact on his heart rate and hydration in the heat and humidity.

Nigel was keen to discuss the findings from UWTSD Lecturer, Dr. Peter Herbert’s recent research which had identified the importance of rest and recovery time between training sessions for older athletes.

 Nalda Wainwright, Director of Wales Institute for Physical Literacy said, “It is great to support athletes from local clubs such as Tenby Aces, who are an extremely active club supporting the development of cycling and triathlon for all ages and abilities. Physical literacy is about enabling people to choose physical activity for life and we welcome these opportunities to partner with community leaders promoting physical literacy across the lifespan.”

The Wales Institute for Physical Literacy has a team of highly experienced staff with expertise in the fields of physical education, outdoor education, sport development, health and exercise, physiology, nutrition, sports therapy, early years motor development, inclusion and special educational needs and exercise psychology.

The institute works in collaboration with a team of academics and researchers of international renown from across the world to ensure that the work is based on robust research evidence.

The work of the Institute at UWTSD has includes the development of exercise referral programmes for local clubs and athletes, research into the impact of high intensity training in an aging population and  the highly successful establishment of a community gym, training of local people to run, maintain and purchase the provision, with 25% of the community as members, 50% of these over 50.

For more information on the Wales Institute of Physical Literacy at UWTSD visit

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 07449 998 478 or via email at
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014