Lee Holloway, the Officers’ Association (OA) Chief Executive, is swimming for the OA in the OA Inter-Services Triathlon at the end of July. We interviewed him to find out more.
This year the triathlon is organised by the RAF Triathlon Association and sponsored by the OA. The Army, Navy and RAF will compete at the annual event, in individual and team categories, including Male, Female and Veteran. In addition to the Armed Forces, the emergency services, the OA and guest teams will participate. The OA will have a relay team, with a different person completing each discipline.
I joined the OA as Chief Executive in August 2013, after serving in the Royal Navy and working in the private sector. I joined the Royal Navy in 1973 at the age of 15 as a Junior Seaman, and saw active service in Egypt, Northern Ireland, the Gulf and the Falklands conflict, before being commissioned in 1986. I left as a Lieutenant Commander in 1993, and then worked in the financial services sector, followed by the Defence and Security industry.
How many triathlons have you competed in?
This will be my first.
What makes a triathlon tough?
I was a competitive swimmer, so the challenge is training to a reasonably decent level aged 60.
What is your training programme?
I swim four times a week: two sessions of 1.7km and two sessions of 1km. I want to swim 1.5km in under 30 minutes, which I can currently complete in 29 minutes. I sometimes follow a swim with sprint training.
What advice would you give to someone competing in a triathlon?
Train. Prepare. Train. Repeat.
What makes the OA Inter-Services Triathlon challenging?
The other competitors’ high level of fitness and commitment.
What does it mean to be part of the OA triathlon team?
It demonstrates our commitment to going a bit further in supporting the Armed Forces. The OA does not just talk about how we help the military community – we get involved. I look forward to taking part.
About the OA Inter-Services Triathlon
The OA sponsors the OA Inter-Services Triathlon to celebrate the high levels of physical fitness, mental determination and self-discipline that competing requires. These are qualities that will support Service leavers when they make a successful transition into civilian life. The OA offers all transitioning officers free one-to-one career consultations. To book an appointment register with the OA, or call 0117 906 3580.