There was a time when I couldn't swim a length of the pool without stopping for breath, hated the thought of running, and couldn't understand why anyone would want to ride a road bike for any length of time. A year later, I was an Ironman.
It's a life changing event, and it has become a way of life for me.
TriDot has played a big part in my success in Triathlon, so it was natural that I would join them when I qualified as a coach.
I am very fortunate in that my job as an Anaesthetist (Anaesthesiologist in 'Murican!) pays the bills, so coaching is all about passion - I get as much from my athletes as they get from me. If I didn't love it, and didn't feel I was helping my athletes exceed their expectations, I would stop.
For relaxation, when I'm not researching the latest in performance science or analyzing my athletes' data, I can be found trail running or mountain biking through Australia's wilderness.
I was born in South Africa where I studied medicine in the stunning city of Cape Town. I immigrated to the United Kingdom where I specialised in Anaesthesia, and spent 16 years getting rained on, before moving to Australia in search of sunshine and vast open spaces to play in.
I live in Newcastle, New South Wales, where I've discovered a fantastic community of runners, cyclists and triathletes.
I am co-event director for one of our local parkruns (a free, weekly, timed 5km run).
I specialise in data-driven, efficient training, that is optimised for a busy lifestyle; I aim to be a complete coach - from planning individual sessions tailored specifically to my athletes' needs and ability, to nutrition (what should you eat during your general prep phase to promote a fat-burning metabolism? What should you eat and drink immediately after a workout? How about breakfast on race day?), to the psychology of performance and racing. My aim is for you to arrive at your race with a toolbox of skills that will allow you to deal with anything you're faced with.
I have a particular interest in the science and practice of maintaining and even improving performance as we get older.
I work with athletes training for their first 5k run, to athletes facing the grueling 3 days of an UltraMan
Ironman Certified Coach
Triathlon Australia Accredited Development Coach
Ironman All World Athlete Gold 2016
I am a medical doctor specialising in anaesthetics
My passion is fitness (particularly Long Course Triathlon) as a way of life and a path to continued health and performance no matter how young or old we are
As someone with a demanding career and busy life, I know what it takes to fit the demands of Triathlon training and racing into the time limits we all have
People who say It cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it
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