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OUR COACHES

Stephane Vander Bruggen Triathlon Coach

Stephane Vander Bruggen – Coach

Stephane originates from Belgium and spent many of his early years racing triathlon there. 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

Racing

  • 4 x AG World Champion (Aquathlon, Sprint, Olympic & Long Course)
  • 5 times AG World Championship Bronze Medallist (sprint x3, aquathlon & off road tri)
  • 15 wins as a Junior Elite (1988-1996)
  • Belgian Junior Champion 1996
  • 16 times ITU World Championships Belgian representative
  • 15 wins as a Professional (1998-2002)
  • 72 wins as an Age Grouper (up until June 2017)
  • 8 Ironman Finishes (Ballarat, Nice, Port Macquarie twice, Melbourne, New Zealand & Busselton twice)
  • 5 times Kona Ironman World Championships Qualifier
  • 5 times Australian Age Group Champion
  • 7 times Victorian Age Group Champion & series winner 2016
  • National Series Age Group Champion Olympic Distance 2012 & 2014 & 2016
  • 1x Victorian Champs Age Group Cross Triathlon
  • 3h05min Great Ocean Road 45kms Marathon
  • 74min Half Marathon
  • Most Impressive Performance Triathlon Victoria Awards 2015/2016 for IM NZ finish
  • 9.06hr Ironman Western Australia 2016
  • Asia Pacific Triathlon Champion AG 2014 & 2017
  • 9.14hr Ironman Kona World Champs 2018
  • XTERRA Maui World Champs Finisher 2018

Coaching

  • Full Time Level 2 Performance Triathlon & Swim Coach
  • 30+ years experience
  • 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 9 athletes to Australian Age Group Champions
  • Coached 7 athletes to Gold Medalist World Championship
  • Coached 6 athletes to Silver Medalist World Championship
  • Coached 8 athletes to Bronze Medalist World Championship
  • Coached multiple Victorian, National and Gatorade Series winners/champions
  • Coached 14 athletes to IM Kona qualifier
  • Belgian ITU Worlds AG Team Manager 2016 & 2018
Kate Bramley Triathlon Coach

Kate Bramley – Coach

Kate has a long history with sport, competing in swimming until her late teens. As a sport lover, she followed Australia’s success in triathlon through the 2000s and after studying Physical Education teaching at uni, she did her first triathlon at age 25. Since then, Kate has quickly risen the ranks to become a successful age-group triathlete across all distances and formats. With over 10 years of teaching and coaching experience it was a natural progression into triathlon coaching.

Philosophy

“I’m a passionate and competitive person, always striving for my best. My aim as a coach is to challenge your boundaries within a safe and supportive environment.”

Triathlon Victoria

“Fabrizio Andreoni and Kate Bramley were jointly awarded the Age Group Coach of the Year Award 2017-18, celebrating their considerable success on the National and International Stage with their respective athletes. Fabrizio and Kate both emulate a passion, drive and dedication to the sport and their athletes, and have supported many Victorian triathletes to achieve their goals of racing nationally and internationally.”

Racing

  • 3 times Age Group ITU World Champion (Sprint x2 & Cross Triathlon)
  • World Champion ITU Mixed Relay (Age Group & Elite Team) Cross World Championship
  • Age Group ITU World Silver (Sprint Draft Legal) and 2 time Bronze Medallist (Sprint Non-Drafting & Standard)
  • 2 time National Age Group Champion & 2 time silver medallist (Sprint & Standard)
  • 14 time Australian representative at ITU Age Group World Championships
  • Victorian Champion Elite Sprint Distance 2015
  • Second Place Age Group Ironman Western Australia 2017
  • Kona Finisher (Top 20) 2018
  • XTERRA Maui World Champs 5th 2018
  • Winner Female Amateur Kona/XTERRA Double Award – lowest combined time for IM and XTERRA World Champs 2018
  • Winner Age Group Challenge Shepparton 2017 & Challenge Melbourne 2018
  • Third Place Age Group Ironman New Zealand 2016
  • Third Place Open Goondiwindi Long Distance 2016
  • First Place Age Group & 2nd Overall Busselton 70.3 in 4.32hrs
  • 70.3 World Championships Qualifier 2017
  • Finalist in Triathlon Victoria Inspiring Performance Award 2015/16 for Chicago World Champs 2016 performance
  • Winner Victoria State Series F30-34 Category 2017/18

Coaching

  • Full-time Triathlon Australia Development Coach
  • Triathlon Australia Performance Coaching Qualification (pending)
  • Qualified & experienced Physical Education, Outdoor Education & Science teacher
  • Athletics Australia Intermediate Recreational Running Accredited Coach
  • 11 ITU Age Group World Championship Qualifiers
  • One Kona Qualifier & Finisher
  • 21 Ironman/Long Distance Finishers
  • Two Australian Champions Duathlon
  • Winner Triathlon Victoria Age Group Coach of the Year 2017/18
  • Finalist Triathlon Australia Age Group Coach of the Year 2017/18
  • Finalist Triathlon Victoria Age Group Coach of the Year 2015/16
  • Finalist Triathlon Victoria Club Coach 2016/17
  • 15+ Years coaching & teaching experience
Peri Gray Triathlon Coach

Peri Gray – Coach

I first took an interest in Triathlon whilst at high school. I quickly fell in love with the sport and competed in my first race at the age of 15. At the age of 21 I took a 3 year break to complete other life goals.

When I returned to the sport at 24 I found my desire for competition and to train hard had grown. This was reflected in my performances and results, the highlight being winning the Australian Multisport Championships in 2014. In 2006 at the age of 28 I was starting to look for new challenges. I was introduced to some off road racing and adventure racing. I instantly became hooked and this is where my focus has been since.

My dedication and hard work has awarded me with some top results over the years and it has been an amazing experience. The sport has offered me some fantastic opportunities to travel and along the way I have met some wonderful people. I’m keen to remain within the sport by continuing to race and at the same time by helping others by passing on my knowledge and experience gained over the past 10 years.

Racing

  • 7th Elite Female 2015 Cross Triathlon Oceania Championships
  • National Elite Multisport Champion
  • Winner Elite Lorne Adventure Festival, Women’s Adventure Junkies Race, Elite Mainpeak Multipart Championships, Elite Marysville to Melbourne Multisport Championships, You Yangs 3hr MTB Night Endure, 42km Simpson Desert Charity Marathon & Forrest Trail Half Marathon
  • Winner & third place Elite Mt Baw Baw Winter Seasons of Pain
  • Third place Geelong 70.3, Gold Coast 70.3 & Shepparton 70.3
  • Third place 2014 Elite Saipan 70.3
  • Represented Australia at 2009 & 2018 ITU Age Group World Champs Gold Coast
  • Silver medallist ITU Age Group World Championships (sprint draft legal)
Graham Tedoldi Triathlon Coach

Jonty Kenny – “Tri Me” Beginner Program Coach

I have a long and vast history in sport, that includes competitive swimming, surf lifesaving, water polo, football, basketball, cricket and running. I started in triathlon when I was looking for a new challenge after finishing football, with my enjoyment of swimming and running I decided to turn my attention to triathlon.

In 2013, I started with an enticer distance program called “Try a Tri” in Geelong and was hooked. I have completed multiple sprint, Olympic and 70.3 distance races.

With working full time and a family I know the importance of family, work and training balance. I will work with you to achieve this, along with achieving your training/racing goals.

The aim for the beginner squad is a mix of fun and some “efforts”, we also encourage the rest of our squad and the whole of GPC to achieve their goals.

Kate Bramley Triathlon Coach

Neil Taylor – Coach

I grew up playing rugby and spent most of my youth riding BMX and then surfing. Since finding triathlon at the age of 40 I have been continually inspired by the people within the community and the challenge of getting the best out of myself, while pushing my limits beyond what I thought possible of myself.

After being convinced by a mate to try an off road sprint distance triathlon in 2010, I completed my first Ironman in December 2011. My journey to the start line included losing around 40kgs and overcoming a knee injury, that surgeons said I would never be able to run again.

Until recently I have worked in a full-time demanding job in industrial project management, which has taught me many things about balance of work, family, training, racing and rest. I hope to help others achieve their goals in the sport and realise their potential.

Racing

  • 10 time Ironman finisher
  • 21 time 70.3 / Half Ironman finisher
  • 2 time Ultra Marathon finisher
  • 11 time Marathon finisher

Coaching

  • Triathlon Australia Development Coach
  • Ironman Certified Coach