Meet our Coaches
COACHING QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
- Swim Smooth qualified coach
- Triathlon NZ Level 1 coach
- Over 30 years’ experience
- Over 10 years coaching experience
Simon has been part of the fitness industry for 15 years, beginning as a strength and conditioning coach and building his passion for coaching and personal development. He has worked with a wide range of athletes and clients from general weight loss and strength gains, to coaching elite triathletes to world class level competition. He continues to up-skill with the ever-growing technology and scientific approaches to training and nutrition.
His own racing has amassed over 30 Ironman finishes with multiple top 10 results including 4 x podiums in international professional Ironman events. Also, recently placing 3rd overall at the Tarawera Ultramarathon 102km event. Having raced at the world championships many times himself, this experience helps you get ready and into the right mindset for success!
Mike started competing in triathlon in his 30’s after signing up for Ironman NZ as his first triathlon event (first time was postponed due to broken bone weeks out from the race). After signing up for Ironman he decided on a shorter distance and entered Rotorua Half Ironman (aptly named 'Suffer'). It rained all day, he got a puncture & his clip on aero bar extensions separated from his bike. That day he discovered endurance events seldom go to plan & that elusive 'perfect race' is a hard nut to crack.
Since then, Mike has become a 6x finisher at Ironman NZ - PB of 9:25, 2x Kona finisher - PB of 9:44, 20+ half Ironman’s - PB of 4:18, & many shorter distances.
Mike has achieved this while working full time & raising a young family & he understands the time pressures & commitments being competitive requires.
Mike holds his Tri NZ coaching qualification & is keen to help others find enjoyment & long term involvement & success in the sport. Foot Traffic Coaching