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Embark – your multisport journey starts here

Taking that first step towards your chosen fitness goal is always intimidating for beginners. Whether it be a half marathon, a triathlon, or even just getting a personal coach, Embark can offer help in all these areas.
Embark was launched in 2010, specifically to coach and guide beginners through their first triathlon. Over the years we have diversified, and now run a full years program incorporating an array of goals that we help our athletes each annually. Weekly coached sessions in swim, bike and run are facilitated in groups, providing a safe and motivating environment and encouraging a healthy competitive spirit. We have group training in Atlantic Seaboard, Northern Suburbs, Somerset West, Blouberg, Southern Suburbs and in 2014 we have our first group coaching in Johannesburg.
Whether your goal is to complete your first triathlon or take on the challenge of a half iron-man and ironman, Embark offers all year round goal-orientated group training. Embark also offers one-on-one triathlon coaching as well as personal training, in private gyms, homes or the great outdoors.
Do you have a fitness goal or challenge, but you just don’t know where to start? Do you need to learn to swim, or yearn to be part of a swimming squad? Do you need to learn to ride a bike, or aspire to complete the Argus Cycle Tour in under 3hours? Is completing your first triathlon just a dream?
“I trained with Embark as a complete beginner last year. I never thought it was possible to complete the 70.3, but after a couple of months of consistent training the dream became more of a reality. I ended up completing 70.3 and feeling great! Cant wait for next year! “

Meet the  head coach and Atlantic Seaboard tri coach – STeve Attwell

STeve’s passion for all things triathlon was sparked while working in the UK as a product specialist for Nike, overseeing group training across London for Nike’s popular annual 10km ‘Run London’ events. After competing in a number of triathlon, duathlon and cycling events in England, with two London marathons under his belt, he decided to move to sunnier climes and pursue his love for the sport in Cape Town.
STeve represented the South Afrian Duathlon team in France 2013. He has also competed at the World Triathlon Champs in Switzerland (2007) and Germany (2008), and is an annual Western Province representative at both SA duathlon and triathlon champs. This year he completed his second Ironman.
In addition to be a TSA accredited Level 2 Triathlon coach and a certified IRONMAN coach, STeve is also Chairman of the ATC Multisport, a multisport club he set up with a fellow triathlete in 2006, which is now South Africa’s largest club with an impressive 850 members. ATC prides itself on attracting new and beginner athletes to the sport, whilst at the same time having some of South Africa’s top multisport athletes as members.  Click here for further information www.atcmultisportco.za
Realising that triathlon can be an intimidating sport for beginners, Steve set up ‘Embark’ in 2010, specifically to coach and mentor beginner athletes and give them the confidence to become triathletes.
You can follow steve on twitter on @atlanticsteve

 

 

 

 

Meet the Atlantic Seaboard running coach – Garth Dorman

I live by the motto: “Dont let your head tell you that you cant do this. You can and you will and I promise I will get you there”.

I have been with Embark for a few years first as an athlete and now as a coach and run the very successful Atlantic Seaboard\City Bowl Half Marathon and Full Marathon training programs throughout  the year.I have had success with nearly all of my athletes that stick with the basics of the program and attend most of our training sessions,be it starting to run or running personal bests times.
With my Level 1 ASA certification, I concentrate on each person to make sure that the group training we present is suitable to bring the best results according to that persons individual needs. I want running to fit into your current life in a comfortable and fulfilling fashion and I look forward to being part of your running journey.

Live for your run.

 

 

 

Meet the Atlantic Seaboard beginners coach – Taschyana Hurter

Tasch is a Level 1 Certified Triathlon coach. She has always been a sports enthusiast and excelled in athletics in her youth, mainly athletics.

From there, she’s always believed in staying fit and took up long distance running beginning of 2010, where her focus was on 10km / 15km and 21km races.  Being involved in the running side of Embark since June 2013, Tash decided to take up the triathlon challenge in 2014 and did the Freshpak Fitness Festival duathlon, due to no available triathlon entries, but she raced hard and finished as 1st lady in.

She then started her triathlon journey competing in her 1st Ironman 70.3 in 2015 and there was no stopping her since then. She completed the gruelling Mr price Charity Ride last year, where she cycled with a group of 40 other people from Nigel to Durban, covering 660km over 2 days.
Tasch believes that you can achieve anything if you pour your heart in it, commit, train hard, belief in yourself and most importantly never give up. Tasch will be looking after the beginners on the Atlantic Seaboard side!

 

 

Meet the Southern Suburbs tri coach – Patrick Lawson

 

patPatrick is the triathlon facilitator in the Southern Suburbs. Patrick played competitive 1st league cricket for many years, before taking up cycling after retiring from cricket.

Since starting cycling 15 years ago Patrick has focussed his attention on many endurance events on both road and mountain bike, completing 10 x Argus Cycle Tours (in 2016 officially completed 2 x tours on race day); 3 x Sani to Sea and 6 x Wines to Whales events to name but a few.  In 2015 Patrick road from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth to raise funds for charity.

Whilst cycling was Patrick’s first love he also is an avid runner enjoying road and especially trail running. Patrick started triathlons in 2015 and wished he had found the sport many years ago as this sport tests the whole body and the mind. Patrick loves nurturing and developing people, taking them on a journey beyond what they thought they were capable of.  He believes anyone can do anything they put their mind to; all it needs is a plan, discipline and action!

 

Meet the Southern Suburbs beginners tri coach – Gareth Dragt

Gareth was born In Durban and grew up on Umhlanga Beach as a Rocks lifesaver.

He started surf lifesaving at age 6, and swimming training at age 12.

At 14 he did his Surf Lifeguard certificate and followed it by becoming a surf lifeguard certified instructor, IRB crewman, driver and joined John Rolf Helicopter rescue.

From Age 15 to 24 he won numerous KZN, Western Cape and SA lifesaving titles for swimming. I have competed in 3 Lifesaving World Championships and made finals for Surf swim and Tube rescue.

He began Triathlon as a form of cross training when he was 17, in the 5fm Triathlon series and went on to do many sprint and Olympic distances with 10 half Ironman distances and 3 full Ironman.

He has a degree in Sports science from The University of Stellenbosch, where he specialized in Triathlon coaching in his 3rd year.

Gareth has a passion for the sea and helping people challenge themselves.

Meet the advanced Blouberg coach – Eduard van den Heever

Eduard van den Heever started out as a 400m track athlete and competed at provincial level for several years. Jacqui, his wife, convinced him to take up cycling, and after completing his first 94.7 Cycle Challenge, it was only natural that a sprint triathlon would follow. This first race’s swim was disastrous and took as long as standard swim will take these days.
With dedicated training and hard work, Eduard has evolved into a competitive Tri- and Duathlete, having represented Triathlon South Africa as an Age Grouper at World Championship Level. He has also completed several half-ironman events, Argus Cycle Tours, African-X stage races and a Sani2C.
As a husband, dad of two sons, with a full time job, Eduard understands the challenges that any Age Group Athlete faces of multi-tasking and juggling priorities and responsibilities.
Eduard is a qualified TSA Level 1 Coach, Lyno Therapist, Personal Trainer a member of Team Kelfords and a First Ascent Brand Ambassador. He brings the same dedication and commitment, which has made him successful in his sport, to others and want to help them reach and improve on their goals.
You can follow Eduard on twitter @ed_embark

Meet the Blouberg beginners tri coach – Nicol Muller

Nicol has been a keen road runner from the age of 10, inspired by her father, she had a passion for fitness from an early age. Of course naturally the feel good effect from being fit evolved the desire to be healthy. Living a fit and healthy lifestyle has always been one of her top priorities.

She was introduced to triathlon by supporting her father in PE doing the IRONMAN South Africa. The bug bit and in 2014 she took part in her first triathlon. Since then, Nicol has not only participated, but also mentored and helped many more inspired people to get active and get into triathlon training. Nicol is a personal trainer and coach, and is a very active member in her local triathlon club, Club MSM in Blouberg.

Pushing the boundaries and believing you can achieve whatever you set your mind to, are two key elements in my own training and the training of others.

 

Meet the Northern Suburbs coach – Camm van Rensburg

cammCamm has always been a sports enthusiast, and excelled in cricket and rugby in his youth. At the age of 23, whilst playing rugby abroad, a knee injury forced him to retire. A decade later, the inactivity and less healthy eating habits took it’s toll… He was diagnosed with hypertension, cholesterol and classified clinically obese.

He refused that this was to define him. Strong willed and focused, he changed his eating habits and began to exercise. At the age of 36, he started training for triathlons, and four years later, he completed his first full ironman.

Camm knows what it feels like to start from scratch. His commitment and passion for the sport is contagious. This lead him to start coaching, as he realized the need for athletes to train safely in groups and learn from other’s experience. Any athlete training with Camm, be it a new comer to the sport or veteran, will benefit from his ability to analyze and interpret their performance.

Camm’s motto is “ anything can be accomplished when you believe in yourself and hard work”

 

Meet the Paarl/Wellington Coach – Marcolette Stander

Marcolette is a married mom with 2 beautiful girls #mytribe. She is  privilege to call the magnificent #heartWellington her home town for the past 23 years. The beautiful vineyards and surroundings in Wellington are her everyday playground and gym where she works out to live her dream.

She has been a dedicated swimming coach for past 10 years and believes in each person’s uniqueness and potential. She strives to create a passion and love not only for swimming, but also for life.
Marcolette has run many marathons and is a regular cyclists in and around the beautiful Wellington area. Her biggest hope is that her zest for live and to accomplish her goals will inspire others to know that they also can do it! #LIVEyourdreams.

 

Meet the Somerset West Coach – Kylo Sole

Kylo’s passion for Physical Activity led him to pursue a Bachelor of Sports Science & Psychology at Stellenbosch University.

After graduation, he ventured off to see the world and finally settled into South Korea for 8 years, whilst in Korea he picked up cycling again, and rode for a mostly expat team in the Korean Elite Cycling Tour. In 2013 Kylo competed in his 1st triathlon and instantly bitten by the “Tri-Bug”

Kylo went onto Ironman 70.3 races’ in 2015, racing to 3 podiums, climbing to a rank of 17th out of almost 15,000 athletes in his age group, earning the distinction of AWA Gold awarded to the top 1% in age category and qualifying to the 2016 World Championships in Australia.

Distractions in 2016 led to injury and disappointing results which motivated a return to South Africa. The consistent weather and access to facilities in the Helderberg and Winelands region make for ideal training & coaching conditions.
“Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.” Buddha

Kylo now takes the reigns in Somerset West and Helderberg and looks very forward to inspiring and motivating the athletes in the area!

Follow Kylo on Instagram @imkylosole #imkylosole

 

 

 

 

Meet the PERSONAL PROGRAM coach – Michael Redington

mrMike began his triathlon journey back in 2008 having been a competitive runner since the age of ten. He  had always owned a bike and swam a bit. He eventually put all 3 together in 2008 and did Jailbreak as his first race. He did a few Xterras thereafter and in 2012 did his first Ironman 70.3 in East London. He was hooked and his competitive streak started to kick in. This culminated as he competed in the Ironman 70.3 World Champs in 2014 and in the Ironman World Champs in 2015.
He has always trained with structure and feels this is a critical component of achieving an athletes set goals. He has  very strong strategic and tactical skills and is keen to share these with athletes looking to gain an edge over their competitors. He has also learnt that triathlon is as much mental as it is physical and knows that his experience in this sphere will be beneficial to athletes of all levels.

He has raced on 4 continents and has a wealth of knowledge on how best to choose, plan and execute a race abroad or in unfamiliar surroundings. He is a great motivator and likes to understand what makes different athletes tick and how to get the best out of them.

Achievements:

Ironman World Championships Kona 2015
Ironman 70.3 World Championships Mont-Tremblant 2014
PB: Ironman: 9:22 (Melbourne 2014)
PB: 70.3: 4:28 (Durban 2015)

 

 

 

Meet the Moms2Tri and 50+ Coach – Tracy Wiehahn

 

Tracey will be heading both the Moms2tri and 50+ weekly groups. Tracey is an experienced coach and instructor, armed with more than two decades of helping people to increase their quality of life through physical fitness.

Her mantra is: ‘The key to a fulfilled life is simply taking care of our bodies!’

Tracey’s main incentive to being a teacher is her desire to try and be an inspiration to others. She seriously wants to help anyone interested to lead a better life through physical activity. She professes that you don’t have to become obsessive about it, counting calories or trying to win a competition. Daily activities simply make you produce endorphins, and you will be looking at life smiling all way through!

With Tracey, you are going to get your individual workout that is entertaining and challenging, but above all: One that makes you want to come back for more!

 

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