My early sporting life back in New Zealand was spent playing hockey (on grass back then) and then crossing into rugby as most young New Zealand boys do. Moving around a lot meant that sport took a back seat for a little while until high school and I started playing hockey again and ended up coaching the junior school team in later high school years.
When the pressures of university came into the fold I unfortunately gave up playing a team sport and moved more into an individual sport, in this case running. My foray into running was participating in the annual Auckland Round the Bays fun run. A nice little 8.4km flat course around the picturesque bays in Auckland. Back then I think my fastest time was about 60mins.
When I came to Australia in 2007 I continued running basically to try and keep the waist at bay with all the fantastic food I encountered on my work trips. I started out hitting the Bridge to Brisbane and eventually the Gold Coast Half Marathon.
Cycling came into the mix when my car broke down and before long running and cycling were regular fitness activities. Then I decided to give triathlon a go.
The Bribie Tri was my first attempt and despite the best preparation I had a terrible swim, average bike and even more average run. In spite of those challenges, I was hooked.
A couple of Noosa’s, some duathlons and quite a few more Bribie’s under my belt I decided to get involved in being a Technical Official for Triathlon QLD. It was great to be able to give back to the sport in a volunteer capacity and also to learn more about the sport I dabbled in from time to time.
I’ve been lucky enough to be personally coached by Pat for my running over the last few years which has really seen my running improve from what I used to all those years ago. I’ve always thought of being a coach/personal trainer as a backup career in case aviation was superseded by teleportation (it’s only a matter of time I tell you) so I decided to get involved in the community coaching course that SBTC offered last year as another way of giving back to the sport.
When the club said they were looking for volunteers I thought, “What the heck, why not” and here we are.
I think my coaching style is one of collaboration with the athlete, what you want to achieve, let’s figure out how to get you there type of thing. It’s about setting realistic goals with a little bit of stretch in there and then being consistent with your training.
To get the results you need to turn up, simple equation. With a bit of motivation and a solid plan everyone has a chance to succeed. We already have a great bunch of coaches in the club so it’s an added bonus that I get to combine all of their powers together to pull together fantastic generic training plans for our clubbies that want it.