Coaches

Our friendly team of coaches have all your triathlon bases covered. Meet Brad, Manuela, Kirsty and Nathaniel. They each bring unique expertise, which you can read about in more detail below.

BRAD SEMPLE-TRIATHLON AUSTRALIA FOUNDATION COACH

MANUELA BESOMI - Strength & Conditioning Coach (Physiotherapist)

We are lucky to have Manuela as our Strength & Conditioning Coach. Manuela is a Physiotherapist from Chile with clinical experience in the management and prevention of running-related injuries. She is passionate about running, in particular trail running, and outdoor sports. She graduated from the Universidad del Desarrollo (2012) and completed her Master’s in Clinical Epidemiology (Universidad de La Frontera, Chile) in 2016. She has recently submitted her Ph.D. thesis (The University of Queensland, Australia) looking at tissue mechanics applied to running research. She has completed a number of post-professional education, such as running injury prevention, strength and conditioning, and exercise rehabilitation.

Manuela is the health director of a triathlon/running club (Runnit Chile, www.runnit.cl), and provides expert consultation in running injuries and performance. Manuela works as a researcher and lecturer at the Universidad del Desarrollo and is the lead investigator of the SeRUN® project (www.serun.cl) in Chile. She has recently joined The Running Clinic team as a speaker. Manuela has run several trail running and triathlon races and hopes to keep running well into the future.

KIRSTY SHEEHAN - TRIATHLON AUSTRALIA & AUSCYCLING ACC COACH

Kirsty has spent twenty years as a Dietitian and Sports Dietitian. She been a keen endurance athlete for the past twelve years. She has several strings to her athletic bow including seven Ironman finishes (PB 10:01 IM WA 2013), three Kona qualifications, holder of the current  female double-marathon course record for Ultraman Australia (7hrs 40mins), and multiple Age Group triathlon Championship titles.

Kirsty has been an Accredited Triathlon Australia Development Coach for the past four years and more recently gained her Auscycling Foundation Coaching qualification. She is currently a full time triathlon coach, but heads back to the University of Queensland in 2021 to juggle this role with studying Exercise and Sports Science.   

 

NATHANIEL WELLS - Swim Coach

Nathaniel is an ultra-marathon swimmer, marathon runner, triathlete, and all-round lover of anything swimming related. He has taught swimming to children from ages 5 up to 15, coached young swimmers at their first squad session ever, as well as adults who swim for fitness. Nathaniel has completed the Rottnest Channel Swim solo and he swims 10km for fun every Christmas! He is passionate about passing on his love for swimming and helping swimmers get faster in the water.

Nathaniel is also a registered psychologist with a keen interest in performance psychology. In his day job, he helps adolescents with their mental health, and elite performers with the mental aspects associated with their chosen pursuit. Whilst Nathaniel has not been employed by the club as a psychologist, he is able to use his knowledge of mental processes like motivation, resilience, and mindfulness, in his role as a coach.

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