I started coaching back in 2011 after being involved in triathlon as an athlete for 3 years. Originally I became involved to help out friends and fellow club members but as things progressed, it soon became my passion and now, a large part of my future.
As an athlete since 2008 I have progressively been improving my skill set and results. I have achieved this through working alongside other coaches, athletes and being coached by various styles of coaches. This has enabled me to become a better coach and athlete, realizing that the most important aspect of coaching is that one shoe does not fit everyone. My goal as a coach is to provide a program that takes into consideration: the individual, their lives/commitments and goals. Working together is the most important aspect of coaching, which means lots of contact and feedback to scaffold and provide a quality training program. For me, it’s all about balance. So finding that equilibrium between work, family, social life and of course, training is vital. I believe that in order to achieve success and reach your goals, all areas of your life need to work in unison. If one area is stressed, then the others will suffer- we want to avoid this.
In what can be such a selfish endeavor, it gives me great pleasure to work with athletes to achieving their goals and at the same time, pass on all the information and training methods I have adopted over the years.
Nothing is sweeter for me than seeing my athletes nailing their training, day after day and week after week in the lead up to a race. I talk with my athletes and read their feedback from training sessions and races and want nothing more than to get out there and join them on their next adventure.
Racing and goals are great to have, but for me, it’s all about the journey. And for me as a coach, it doesn’t get better than getting to share that journey over and over again with the various athletes, across the various disciplines, that I coach.
I’m in this because I love it and I want nothing more than to give me athletes the best possible chance at achieving their goals and ‘living their potential’.
Coaching a veteran of 10 Ironmans to his first Kona qualification
Coaching the outright winner of the Blackall 50km event
Coaching a dedicated athlete to a 15 min PB at the Sydney Marathon
In saying that these results are my highlights, it is very hard to choose. The biggest highlights I get are the mails I receive from athletes thanking me for helping them achieve their goals, no matter what the event or how big or small the goal is. It’s what makes me want to be a coach, educate and keep helping people to become better all round athletes.
Personal athletic achievements:
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship Qualifier
Winning my age group at Ironman New Zealand and qualifying for the Ironman World Champs in Hawaii.
Finishing the Ironman World Champs in Kona. On a day where nothing went right for me, it was the toughest thing I have ever had to do just to finish. Although I was disappointed, looking back, this is one of my greatest achievements.
Winning the Overall Championship and setting a new course record at the Blackall 50km. Such an honour to race and win in my training grounds. Nothing beats running around in the bush with a bunch of like minded friends.
Qualifying for the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championships
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