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Stephane Vander Bruggen Triathlon Coach

Stephane Vander Bruggen – Coach

Stephane originates from Belgium, where he spent many of his early years trying to become a model, which obviously failed so he started racing triathlon. It is in Belgium through the influence of his parents that he fell in love with the sport. A natural competitor Stephane became a student of the sport always searching for ways to give him an edge over his competition. This constant study and striving for improvement has naturally progressed into a passion for coaching triathlon and its individual disciplines.

Philosophy

“As level 2 Performance Triathlon and Swimming Coach, I’m always glad to share the knowledge and experience I gained through 30+ years of competitive triathlon. At the end of the day, it is all about enjoying your training, trying to have fun with it, and be supported by the squad you are training in.” – Stephane

Listen to "Episode 39: Stephane Vander Bruggen - Belgium Age Group Triathlon Champion" on Spreaker.

Racing

  • 5 x AG World Champion (Aquathlon, Sprint, Olympic & Long Course)
  • 5x AG World Championship Bronze Medallist (sprint x3, aquathlon & off road tri)
  • 15 wins as a Junior Elite (1988-1996)
  • Belgian Junior Champion 1996
  • 20x ITU World Championships Belgian representative
  • 15 wins as a Professional (1998-2002)
  • 90+ wins as an Age Grouper (up until June 2018)
  • 11 Ironman Finishes (Ballarat, Nice, Port Macquarie x3, Melbourne, New Zealand, Kona & Busselton x3)
  • 6x Kona Ironman World Championships Qualifier
  • 6x Australian Age Group Champion (2x sprint, 2x long distance, 1x standard, 1x cross tri)
  • 9x Victorian Age Group Champion & Series winner 2016/17
  • National Series Age Group Champion Olympic Distance 2012 & 2014 & 2016
  • 3x Victorian Champs Age Group Cross Triathlon
  • 3h05min Great Ocean Road 45km Marathon 2013
  • 2h50min Melbourne Marathon 2019
  • 74min Brussels Half Marathon 2001
  • Most Impressive Performance Triathlon Victoria Awards 2015/16 for IM NZ finish
  • Asia Pacific Triathlon Champion AG 2014 & 2017
  • 9.14hr Ironman Kona World Champs 2018
  • 8.59hr Ironman Western Australia 2018
  • XTERRA Maui World Champs Finisher 2018

Coaching

  • Full Time Level 2 Performance Triathlon Coach
  • 34 years experience and 10 years full time coaching
  • Finalist Triathlon Victoria Coach of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • 2015 & 2017 Triathlon Victoria Club Coach of the Year
  • 2016 Triathlon Victoria Coach of the Year and finalist in Triathlon Australia Coach of the Year
  • Coached 12 athletes to Australian Age Group Champions
  • Coached 7 athletes to Gold Medalist ITU World Championship
  • Coached 6 athletes to Silver Medalist ITU World Championship
  • Coached 8 athletes to Bronze Medalist ITU World Championship
  • Coached multiple Victorian, National and Gatorade/2XU Series winners/champions
  • Coached 23 athletes to IM Kona qualifier
  • Belgian ITU Worlds AG Team Manager 2016 & 2018

Liam Green  – Beginner Program Coach

Liam has an obsession with all things triathlon.

Liam grew up as a state swimmer, bike rider, runner and playing Aussie Rules football, but at the age of 21 decided to put everything into triathlon.

He loves the challenge of the sport plus all of the physical, mental and social benefits that can result from it. Has also completed a Diploma in Sport Development, Bachelor of Sports Science and Masters of teaching.

Liam has great deal of knowledge in sport science and has applied this his coaching. Being a Physical Education and Health teacher has influenced a passion to guide and share this knowledge as he believes that in order to be reap the benefits of triathlon you need to keep things fun, purposeful, challenging and with others.

Results:

  • Ironman Busselton finisher (10:14)
  • 5 time half Ironman Finisher (PB Challenge Melb 4:33)
  • 2019 3rd place 25-29 Victorian Sprint distance Championship
  • 2019 2nd place 25-29 Victorian Olympic Distance Championship
  • 2016 3rd Place Overall Victorian Open Water Swim Series

Daniel Hopper  – Beginner Program Coach

My passion for endurance sports started at the young age of 9, when I started competing in athletics, continuing on to cycling at age 12. It was around this time that I first fell in love with triathlon and multisport thanks to the original F1 series. Over the years I competed at a both State and National level in these sports before making the transition into Multisport in 2012, with my primary focus on long course duathlon.

Over my time of both racing cycling and multisport at high levels, I had to learn to balance the demands of working a full time job that had an every changing schedule with training for these races. There was some out of the box thinking that was required to make this happen. This was only possible thanks to the help of some very experienced coaches, which I was able to learn a great deal from.

Since 2017 I have been focusing more on the coaching side of the sport with the aim of passing on what I have learnt from the coaches I have worked with over the years. I spend a large amount of time studying both coaching and the sport science side of endurance sports to provide the best possible service the clients I work with.

Racing

  • 20 years experience in cycling across Road, Track and Mountain Bike disciplines
  • 2x Ironman Finisher
  • 2x member Triathlon Australia Age group team
  • 2x Top 5 Powerman Zofingen Finishes (3rd place 20-24 A/G 2012)
  • 1st 2018 Mount Martha Sufferfest Duathlon
  • 1:24.30 Half Marathon PB.
  • Multiple National Cycling Championship Appearances
  • Multiple NRS cycling stage races

Coaching

  • Triathlon Australia Foundation Coach
  • INSCYD metabolic testing provider
  • TrainingPeaks University 2017
  • TrainingPeaks “Fundamental Physics of Cycling” course
  • TodaysPlan Coaches Webinar Certificate course
  • Support staff for a number of Australia’s top cycling teams