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.
“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
- 4 x AG World Champion (Aquathlon, Sprint, Olympic & Long Course)
- 4 x AG World Championship Bronze Medallist (spint x2, aquathlon & off road tri)
- 15 wins as a Junior Elite (1988-1996)
- Belgian Junior Champion 1996
- 16x ITU World Championships Belgian representative
- 15 wins as a Professional (1998-2002)
- 72 wins as an Age Grouper (up until June 2017)
- 6 Ironman Finishes (Ballarat, Nice, Port Macquarie, Melbourne, New Zealand & Busselton)
- 3x 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 X-Terra 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 at Busselton in 2016
- Asia Pacific Triathlon Champion AG 2014-2017
- 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 8 athletes to Australian Age Group Champions
- Coached 6 athletes to Gold Medalist World Championship
- Coached 3 athletes to Silver Medalist World Championship
- Coached 5 athletes to Bronze Medalist World Championship
- Coached multiple Victorian, National and Gatorade Series winners/champions
I’ve been doing triathlons for almost five years. I started in a beginner squad with a mountain bike and no previous cycling of running training. I began initially to meet new people, stay fit & for a new challenge. My competitive spirit quickly took over and I started training more & more to improve & keep up with the squad.
I enjoy the variety the sport & training has to offer as we travel to many beautiful places near Geelong and around Australia & the world.
I have a genuine love for helping people eager to learn and I am excited to share my triathlon and exercise science knowledge and experiences with other athletes at Geelong Performance Coaching.
- 2x Age Group ITU World Champion (Sprint & Cross Triathlon)
- 1x Mixed Relay (Age Group & Elite Team) ITU Cross World Championship
- Age Group ITU World Bronze Medallist (Sprint)
- 2 time National Age Group Champion (Sprint & Olympic Distance) & 2 time silver medallist
- 9 time Australian representative at Age Group World Championships
- Victorian Champion Elite Sprint Distance
- Third Place Age Group Ironman New Zealand
- Third Place Open Goondiwindi Long Distance
- First Place Age Group & 2nd Overall Busselton 70.3 in 4.32hrs
- 70.3 World Championships Qualifier
- Finalist in Triathlon Victoria Inspiring Performance Award 2015/2106 for Chicago World Champs 2016 performance
- Level 1 Triathlon Development full time coach
- Qualified & experienced Physical Education teacher
- Master in technical analysis for swimming & running
- Numerous Victorian & Gatorade races AG podiums
- Numerous athletes to Ironman & Marathon finishes
- Finalist Triathlon Victoria Coach 2015
- Finalist Triathlon Victoria Club Coach 2016
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.
- 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 Age Group World Champs Gold Coast
After 25 years of triathlon I’m a bit unclear where and when I did my first triathlon but I know for sure from that moment on I was hooked.
Having been a competitive swimmer as a kid, swim school co-ordinator and competitive water polo player for many years, I was never intimidated by the most feared discipline of triathlon for newbies, the swim. I knew how to ride a bike and have always loved to run, so what was stopping me?
My fascination with Ironman triathlon dates back to the late 1970’s when media reports of this crazy endurance event first made headlines around the world. I have competed in 7 Ironman triathlons between 1998 and 2015 and hope to represent Australia on the Big Island in Hawaii at Kona, in the not too distant future.
After years of being rewarded by the social, physical and mental benefits of triathlon I have reached a point in my triathlon career where I would love to start giving back to the sport. My extensive experience along with a keen interest in sports science, training techniques and an Associate Diploma in Fitness Leadership has lead me to a coaching role at Geelong Performance Coaching (GPC).
I have learnt from one of the best in the business for the past four years, Head Coach, Stephane Vander Bruggen and can’t wait to pass on my passion for triathlon in GPC’s supportive, friendly and fun training environment.
Train Smart, have fun and enjoy the benefits of knowing you are capable of achieving your dreams. There’s plenty of evidence of that at GPC.
Graham did an Ironman PB in Melbourne in 2014 when he smashed a 9h55min at 54!