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Coach: Kelsey Abbott

Kelsey has always been hyperactive. Growing up, she played every team sport she could, and, after her dreams of being a gymnast were crushed by genetics, soon found her niche in competitive swimming and water polo. After more than 14 years of competition, including four years at Bowdoin College, Kelsey tried to walk away from the pool. She didn’t get very far. Desperate for a new athletic adventure, she discovered triathlons while in graduate school in North Carolina. She has competed at the local, regional and national levels, and recently qualified for the 2012 World Championships in New Zealand. Kelsey has been teaching group fitness classes for five years and has more than 10 years experience in coaching swimming and water polo. When she’s not training, coaching or playing outside with her husband and dog, Kelsey writes about science for the popular media.

Education and Certifications:

  • A.B., Bowdoin College, Maine
  • Master of Environmental Management, Duke University
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • Spinning Certified Instructor
  • TRX Instructor
  • USA Cycling Level 3 Coach


Athletic Experience:

  • Top 5 Age Group Finisher USAT Sprint Nationals 2011
  • ITU Sprint World Championships Qualifier
  • 2011 USAT All-American Honorable Mention

Podium and Top AG Finishes Include:

DAM Triathlon – 2nd Elite Female (2011)

Colby Triathlon – 3rd Overall (2011)

Polar Bear Triathlon – 1st in AG (2010, 2011)

Gloucester Fisherman Triathlon – 1st in AG (2009, 2010, 2011)

Urban Epic Triathlon – 1st Overall (2010)

Mill City International Distance Triathlon – 1st Overall (2010)

Pirate Triathlon -2nd Overall (2010)

Pumpkinman Half-Ironman – 3rd in AG (2010)

Celebrate the Clean Harbor Swim – 1st in AG (2010)

Peaks to Portland – 2nd in AG (2008)

Kelsey is available for coaching athletes of all abilities with an emphasis on swim, run, triathlon and core/ strength development.  For more information please email