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Colorado Wild Women

TEAM CWW

1341 W Caley Avenue

Littleton, CO 80120

 

teamcwwinfo@gmail.com

 

Meet Our Coaches

JEANETE SORENSEN HICKOK
Coach

I learned to swim, bike and run when I first moved to the USA from Sweden in 2000. I joined CWW in 2001 and that was a turning point in my life. With no athletic background, I started competing in triathlons in my 40’s. I quickly became a triathlon enthusiast and maintained a CWW membership for 10 years. Today I have completed in over 45 Sprint and Olympic races, multiple 70.3 Ironmans, several marathons and eleven 140.6 ironmans. I am an Ironman Kona Worlds finisher and an AWA Gold athlete. 

Over the years I became a mentor and inspiration to fellow friends and athletes. I decided to change my career and took my USAT coaching, Personal Trainer certification, health coach certification and became a health and fitness coach. I have coached beginner athletes to experienced athletes in all distances. My passion is to keep inspiring others and help them achieve their goals in life. I am beyond excited to be back with CWW, the circle has closed. 

BARB PERKINS
Coach
I am an elite age-group triathlete, 2 time Kona finisher, 6 time
Ironman 70.3 World Championship qualifier, and 2-time Team USA member. I am currently ranked 16th in the world in the 30-35 AG for Triathlon.  I can utilize Hudl video software to film your swim technique and help you perfect your swim. In my professional life, I am an Assistant Swim Coach at the University of Denver. I was the assistant swim coach at the United States Air Force Academy. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking with my husband Matt, cooking, reading and exploring the world on adventures as much as

possible.

Certifications:

USA Triathlon Level 1

NCAA Division 1

USA Swimming Level 1

Masters Swimming Level 1 & 2

Certified Pool Operator, CSCAA, ASCA, BFS
Strength & Conditioning

CPR/AED

DEB ARMSTRONG
Coach
On November 14, 2017, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. While I had done triathlons and marathons several years ago, I was now sixty pounds overweight and a physical mess. After my treatment was complete, I decided it was time to get back to a healthy lifestyle.  I was a swimmer in high school and college and coached swimming for a few years. (Still, I hyperventilated when I saw a fish during my first open water swim!)  My first triathlon was Irongirl Syracuse. I was hooked! I am a four-time 70.3 finisher and am registered for Ironman Lake Placid in 2020.  I have also completed numerous half and full marathons as well as a few 5k open water swims. I am a fundraiser by profession but always wanted to get back to coaching.  I am now a USAT Certified Level 1 coach and so very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of CWW and your finish line journey!
CELESTE CALLAHAN
Coach

I was not allowed to be an athlete when I was child or a young woman. I did not do school sports. So when I see you bravely head toward that first buoy at the pond on your virgin voyage through cold, dark, murky water, I am redeemed for all the times I dared not try something new, something hard, because I was not allowed to.

When I was a young woman I was expected to find a man to marry who would take care of me implying that I could never take care of myself.  I went to college first, then got married and had my children. I started triathlon to soothe my soul with a busy husband building his business empire and three wacky middle school-aged children.

At my first Masters swim clinic I was laughed at. I was left behind within the first block of my first group ride, pedaling furiously on my girlie bike complete with a basket. Undaunted, I continued to train and in my first race, won the female 35 and older category. I was 43 at the time and there were no official age groups.

I have pretty much done it all now; 11 marathons, four Ironman triathlons, the Race Across America (RAAM) three times, the Race Across the West (RAW) and too many sprint and Olympic triathlons to count.  My dearly departed friend, fellow triathlete Judy Flannery, inspired me to create Team CWW for all the women who want to try something new, something hard.  On the day I lost my friend Judy April 2nd 1997, Team CWW was born. It has been a privilege to help women of all ages and abilities and all walks of life dare to try new things, push their boundaries and be more than they dreamed possible.

I am blessed with wonderful children and grandchildren, a semi-retired husband and Henry the wonder dog. Because I am a life-long learner I have recently earned a PhD in Biblical Interpretation.

Education & Certifications

USAT Level 2 Coach

USAT Board Member

 USOC Level 2 Race Director

Level One Coach Stacey Bankston

I have been racing triathlon for the past 2 years and have fallen in love with the camaraderie, adventure, and spirit of team CWW. Coming from a non-athletic background, this was a bit of a leap for me but it has been a lot of fun and I have learned more about myself and that I am a lot stronger than I think!  I do not race for the glory or the podium but rather to achieve goals I never thought were possible and to meet people I would not have known in any other capacity.   Last summer I was able to  obtain my  biggest goal to date - to complete an Olympic distance triathlon!!

This journey has given me the opportunity help other women see the potential they have below the surface and to enjoy the process which leads to an unbelievable achievement.  To cross the finish line of your dreams!  You will find me at most practices with a smile on my face and a few encouraging comments. Be sure to say hello!  

Level One Coach Amy Jackson

If you had told me 6 years ago that I would be participating in triathlons, I would have laughed in your face.  Then I would have called the local mental institution to have you committed.  In my youth, I never liked exercise.  Ever.  It was hard and sweaty and I didn’t like it.  I coasted through life, being young and fabulous but not super active.  In 2011, a very traumatic life event inspired me to start exercising regularly to lose the extra 40 pounds I was carrying around.  After a year, the endorphins of my mild elliptical workouts became necessary for life.  I wasn’t doing anything particularly challenging, but I needed those endorphins.

When I was 29, I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.  I did my obligatory years of treatment and reconstruction, but this is not my sob story.   I don’t see the cancer as this terrible, horrible thing that happened to me (don’t get me wrong...it was AWFUL).  But it was my springboard into outdoor activity, healthy living, competition, and adventure!  Since cancer, if a crazy opportunity presents itself, I take it.  And that is how I found triathlons…  I signed up to train with CWW without the ability to swim a stroke, incapable of running 3 miles, and having a terrible fear of open water.  It was awesome and now I’m hooked.  I love watching my body get stronger and accomplish things I never would have imagined.

I’ll be at as many practices as my schedule of child wrangling and cramming for college exams allows.  Look for me!  I promise I’m good for a funny comment and some dry humor.  Just because it’s hard doesn’t mean we can’t laugh about it and have fun!

Level One Coach Michele "Mac 'n' Cheese Robinson

Michelle (aka Mac N Cheese) Robinson is our favorite PA on the team.  Mac N Cheese joined CWW as a way to curb her MNC addiction and found that she actually loved to workout and RACE.  Although she misses her late-night snack, she has found a suitable replacement - US! You will often find Michelle at the water's edge wondering what we all wonder "can I swim that far?"  The answer is YES!  Michelle has fantastic coaching abilities and is a friend to all who are hesitant or uncertain.  She has an impressive race resumé but her specialty is getting timid athletes out the door and on the way to discovering a new addiction.  Look out Mac N Cheese, here comes the team!

Level One Coach Joy Carreno

Joy brings joy, 'nuff said.  Always with a smile and a kind word, Joy is the perfect level one coach.  She is able to encourage and support our athletes coming from a place of positivity and caring.  Joy is a life survivor.  Having battled cancer twice, she understands the desire to push living to the max.  Joy is a seasoned triathlete and has just discovered the joy (haha) of riding a road bike made in heaven, also how to pump her own tires!  Joy is enthusiastic and loves to share her knowledge about sport, life, and just plain having fun! She is also really great at crying tears of JOY!!

Level One Coach Becky "Big Ring" Robinson

Becky (aka Big Ring) Robinson is not only an accomplished triathlete but is also known for her operatic singing.  If you can't find Becky swimming, biking, or running you will find her at one of her many gigs around the country.  If you want a musical accompaniment to your workout, just ask Big Ring for a tune or two.  Taking her fame in stride, Becky has really stretched her athletic potential with the team and is looking forward to coaching others to her special kind of nirvana.  If you want to find out what makes Big Ring, Big Ring - come and ask!