Ben's Sporting Career
Ben Psaila has a lifetime passion for sports that was honed in the countryside and sea around where he grew up in Malta, then developed while serving in the British Army around the world. Ben has always been active and loves helping and encouraging others be active too.
"Sport doesn't build character. Sport reveals character. Sports heightens your perceptions."
Haywood Hale Broun
Starting off predominantly as a hockey player in winter and waterpolo player in summer, Ben has always been keen to try his hand at whatever is taking place at the time – and has usually been quite good at it. He won the British Army Long Distance Swimming Championships in 2003, represented the British Army at waterpolo, triathlon and open water swimming, the Royal Corps of Signals at hockey, and cross country and his Unit at countless other sports including football (soccer), basketball, mountain biking and bicycle road racing.
IRONMAN Certified Coach
In November 2015, Ben became one of the first coaches to complete the IRONMAN Certified Coaching course with the IRONMAN U, formalising his many years of sports and triathlon experience in both playing and coaching roles.
Ben completed the Leadership in Running Fitness course in February 2018. He has had the necessary police records check and is qualified and insured to take individuals and groups running.
Mountain Bike Leader
Ben is a Level 2 - Technical Mountain Bike Leader. This Mountain Bike Instructor Award Scheme (MIAS) qualification allows him to lead intermediate riders in technical (rocky / demanding) terrain and groups of beginners in non technical terrain (forest tracks, canal towpaths etc.).
Endurance Racing and Triathlon
Despite the odd triathlon, cross-country, road race, and open water swim, it wasn't until 2011 when he found himself in Timor-Leste (East Timor) that his love of endurance racing really exploded.
After completing the Dili Half-Marathon in June 2011, he set his sights on leading a relatively novice team in the Tour de Timor, a 6-day, 500km Mountain Bike race around the country.
Having devised a training programme for the team, he was incredibly proud to see all 8 team members complete the mountainous event and win the Security Sector Trophy.
In early 2012, Ben moved to the endurance paradise that is Australia. He indulged by taking part in numerous mountain bike marathons, adventure races (under the name Maltese Geordies, partnering with Anna-Marie Watson), cyclo-sportives, open water swims and triathlons, as well as his first IRONMAN 70.3.
A sub 5hr finish time at IRONMAN 70.3 in Canberra in December 2012 led to him joining the Moore Performance triathlon squad in Sydney. At the end of 2013 he qualified for his first IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships to be held in September 2014 in Mont Tremblant, Canada.
2014 brought on a move to Saudi Arabia and with it the opportunity to really begin his coaching career. Taking on the coaching responsibilities for three separate swim, bike and run squads, Ben introduced a structure to each of the squads’ programmes and then started working with individual athletes to provide specific sessions tailored to their abilities. He introduced regular testing days to their programme so his athletes could clearly see their improvements and take pride in their achievements.
A number of middle distance races in the Middle East and Europe in 2014 proved that Ben was in great shape, and he finished the 2014 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in the top 25% in a time of 4:37:16 - all the more impressive considering he was wearing a brand new wetsuit, trainers and a borrowed bike after Air France lost his baggage!!!
The 2015 focus was very much on moving back to the UK and completing a long distance triathlon - and what better place to do that then Challenge Roth in Germany - with over 250,000 spectators. Despite some serious cramping issues, Ben still managed to finish in a time of 11:18:18. A time simply begging to be beaten in the future.
After a steady training year in 2016 as Ben formalised his experience by becoming one of the UK's first IRONMAN Certified Coaches and also a Level 2 - Technical Mountain Bike Leader, he upped his training in 2017 proving just what you can do with some good quality structured training. Some excellent results at the British Army and Inter-Services Standard Distance Triathlons were sandwiched in between a Half-Marathon PB set at the 2017 Vodafone Malta Half-Marathon (1:17:31) and a new 5km PB set at the Heddington 5k (17:01) which led up to qualifying again for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in 2018, this time in Port Elizabeth, South Africa after a 13th place in AG at IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth.
With 2018 again focussed on building developing his running coaching qualifications, racing took a bit of a back seat, but not before a fantastic performance at the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships, rounding off the race with a 1:22 Half-Marathon to finish in a time of 4:33:06 and in the top 15% of the Men's Field.
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Sporting Career Highlights
Calne Aquathlon - Series Winner (3 x 1st place)
DBMax Chilly Duathlon (16th)
Xterra Gozo 50k Ultra (12th)
Army Sprint Triathlon Championships, UK (15th)
Royal Signals Sprint Triathlon Championships (3rd)
IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships, Port Elizabeth, South Africa (4:33:06, 32nd in AG)
Super League Triathlon Jersey, AG Enduro (3rd)
Super League Triathlon Malta, Aquathlon (2nd)
DBMax Chilly Duathlon (6th)
Malta Half-Marathon (1:17:31, 19th)
Highworth 5mile Road Race (29:05, 2nd)
Calne Aquathlon - 400m, 5km (24:00, 1st)
UK Inter-Services Duathlon Champs (1:04:27, 25th)
Blue Seventy #51Fiver Cotswold Tri (2:13:05; 11th)
Titan Brecon, Middle Distance Triathlon, UK
British Army Standard Distance Tri (2:09:27; 14th)
Inter-Services Standard Distance Tri (2:08:24; 21st)
Heddington 5k (17:01, 6th)
IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth, UK (13th in AG)
DBMax Chilly Duathlon (36th)
Questars 6hr Adventure Race, Dorset, UK (1st Mixed)
Questars 6hr Adventure Race, Cotswolds, UK (4th Mixed)
Hot Chilly Big T Triathlon, UK (10th)
Royal Signals Sprint Triathlon Championships (2nd)
Army Sprint Triathlon Championships, UK (13th)
Titan Brecon, UK (24th)
The Wales Swim, UK (43rd)
DBMax Mid-week Duathlon (3rd)
IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth, UK
Titan Weston Super Mare, Middle Distance Triathlon (9th)
DBMax Chilly Duathlon, UK (13th)
Sangcom Half-Marathon, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (3rd)
ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi Maxi Course, UAE (4th in AG)
Challenge Roth, Germany
Malta National Aquathlon Championships (5th)
Gower CTS Half-Marathon, Wales (8th)
Kendal Mountain Festival 10k run, UK (11th)
Mdina to Spinola Road Race, Malta (20th)
Abu Dhabi International Triathlon, Short Distance, UAE
Sangcom Half-Marathon, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1st)
IRONMAN 70.3 Pays D’Aix, France
IRONMAN 70.3 Luxembourg
IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships, Mt Tremblant, Canada
Dubai International Long Course Triathlon, UAE
Mdina to Spinola Road Race, Malta (15th)
Richie Walker Memorial Aquathlon (18th)
Tri The Gong, Olympic Distance Triathlon, Australia (2hr 11min 02sec)
Convicet 100, 50k MTB Marathon, Australia (95th)
Tasmanian East Coast Cycle, Australia
Kathmandu 12hr Adventure Race, Australia (1st Mixed)
Coogee Island Swim Challenge 2.4km, Australia
Bondi to Bronte Ocean Swim, Australia (16th)
IRONMAN 70.3 Canberra, Australia (10th in AG)
Capital Punishment, 50km MTB Marathon, Australia
Glow Worm Trail Half Marathon, Australia (6th)
Nepean Triathlon, Australia (67th)
Kathmandu 24hr Adventure Race, Australia
Highland Fling, 110km MTB Race, Australia
IRONMAN 70.3 Canberra, Australia
Dili Half Marathon, Timor Leste (18th)
Manali to Leh Cycle, India
Tour de Timor, 6 day MTB Race, Timor Leste
1999 - 2010
Army Waterpolo Player (1999-2005)
Royal Signals Waterpolo Player (2000 - present)
Combined Services Waterpolo Player (2003)
Army Open Water Swimming Champion (2003)
Bay to Bay Open Water Swim, Cyprus (3rd 2002, 1st 2003)
Bournemouth International Triathlon, UK (2007)