Tiree Fitness founder: Will Wright
Hi I’m Will and welcome to Team Tiree. I’ve lived on the island since 2003, during which time I’ve gone from working behind the bar at the Lodge, teaching windsurfing at Wild Diamond, and eventually setting up Tiree Fitness in 2006 and building it up to everything we do today. I have a passion for sharing my love of the outdoors and the positive impact that physical activity can have on all elements of health and wellbeing.
Tiree is such a beautiful place I’ve also found myself drawn towards environmental awareness and what we can do to tread more lightly on the earth. The simplicity of running, the joy of open water, and the delight to be found in the natural environment inspires me to help share these things in the activities we do.
I’m hugely grateful for being able to do this on Tiree.
Qualifications: Premier Diploma in Personal Training, REPS Level 3, Sports Massage Therapist, Kettlebell Instructor, Triathlon Coach, Advanced Windsurf Instructor, Sports Nutrition, Circuit Training, Exercise to Music and Core Stability.
Experience: 15 years as a Personal Trainer, plus experience gained from 10 years of racing triathlon finally ending up qualifying as Pro athlete at ironman distance. I’ve raced mountain bikes, run marathons, ultramarathons, skyline, adventure races…. and all training done on this tiny Scottish island with no swimming pool. And yet I’m still scared of jelly fish!
“The funny thing is, I spent 15 years racing but it wasn’t until I stopped that I realised the real fun is to be found when you slow down, when you connect with the place and the people around you, and when you appreciate the joy of simply being alive in the place you are. Through our training camps, events and fitness sessions I hope to share that enjoyment and share the wonderfully inspiring place of Tiree.”
Meet the Team
Our instructors have a range of different qualifications and backgrounds; each member of the team brings their own experience, method of coaching and personality to the activities.
Bella is a qualified gym instructor with a wealth of experience in the Pilates method and movement based flexibility. Before she came to Tiree she was a professional animation artist, so has a keen eye for detail and for observing movement patterns. Bella’s classes are amazing for stretching as well as challenging the whole body. You’ll love her Pilates on the Beach classes – soothing yet challenging and leaves you feeling blissful.
David travels over from Iona and brings with him a vast array of knowledge about pretty much everything island related. He’s a super strong runner and has done every training camp we’ve hosted on Tiree. David runs his own business guiding walks around Iona so he’s a fascinating guy to listen to. He’s also got a talent for painting and photography – you can check out his work on his Etsy shop here.
The original Tiree Polar Bear – Louise set up this open water swimming group and has now completed several seasons of year round swimming on Tiree. Louise is an inspiration for enjoying wild swimming and can help introduce you to getting into the cold water as well as finding the best places to swim. She’s also involved in marine wildlife rescue, so if you like seal pups, dolphins and creatures of the sea she’s a great person to hang out with.
Peter’s professional career has been as a science teacher, and if you walk along the shore with him you’ll be introduced to a story that has been billions of years in the making. Peter helps reveal the geology of the shore in fascinating ways, it’s a pleasure to be in his company and learn fresh insights about the world around us. He’s a talented artist as well and he’s able to help you connect with the landscape through creativity. Lighthouse keeper, fisherman, lifeboat crew – he’s got plenty of tales of west coast adventure to share with you!
Throughout your time on Tiree you’ll meet local residents, witness a way of life that retains something special that has been lost in so many places. Our leadership team and the many event team volunteers will encourage and inspire you in your pursuit of Hebridean adventure and experience.