OUR COACHES

Stephane Vander Bruggen Triathlon Coach
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.

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

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)
  • 100+ wins as an Age Grouper (up until March 2023)
  • 13 Ironman Finishes (Ballarat, Nice, Port Macquarie x4, Melbourne, Cairns, New Zealand, Kona & Busselton x3)
  • 9x Kona Ironman World Championships Qualifier
  • 8x Australian Age Group Champion (2x sprint, 2x long distance, 1x standard, 1x cross tri)
  • 11x Victorian Age Group Champion
  • 3x Tri Vic Series winner 2016, 2017 and 2023
  • 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 15 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 25 athletes to IM World Champs qualifier (Kona & Nice)
  • Belgian ITU Worlds AG Team Manager 2016 & 2017

Steph is also an author.

His autobiography, “I not built to break” is now available to order and will was launched in March 2024.

To read a sample, click on the book to be taken to his website.

Chris Chatham Triathlon Coach
Chris Chatham Triathlon Coach

Chris Chatham – Coach

Hi everyone,

I’m Chris, I’m based in the Ballarat region and I’m excited to be able to provide Triathlon and multisport coaching to those not only in the region, but also remotely to those who are after a personalized training program to help them achieve their goals.

I’ve been involved in running all my life and grew up playing team sports. I transitioned to triathlon a little over a decade ago and have raced across all the distances from sprint through to ironman. It’s the longer events that I really love because of the mental and physical challenge they provide not only on race day, but in the many weeks leading up to an event. It’s the discipline, adherence (and trust )in the program that leads to a great deal of personal satisfaction when you cross the finish line of an event you have worked hard for.

I was fortunate enough to compete at both the 70.3 and full distance world championships in 2023 which was the result of a lot of hard work over many years and the achievement of a very long-held goal. I really look forward to helping you achieve yours.

If you are someone who is just dipping their toe into triathlon, or are wanting to take the next step and progress your performances or complete that bucket list event , please reach out to me and I am more than happy to have a chat to see what we can achieve together.

I also do a podcast! I love hearing the stories about the everyday age group athlete(and not just triathlon), follow the link below to listen in.

Some of my achievements that I’m most proud of are:

8 x Ironman Finisher – Port Mac x 3, Cairns x 2, Busso x 2, Nice x1

All 3 Australian Ironman events in a calendar year (2022) and all sub-11hrs

Ironman and Ironman 70.3 World Championships Finisher (Nice & Lahti, 2023)

10 x Ironman 70.3 Finisher

Podiums at Trex Goldfields, Challenge Shepparton, Dirty Duathlon, Echuca Triathlon

3 x Noosa Triathlon Finisher

5 x Melbourne Marathon Finisher

2nd place in AG 2023/24 Vic Tri Series