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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 – Jonny Van den Berg


2016-01-17 09.09.22Jonny is our Level 1 Certified Triathlon coach for the Atlantic Seaboard Beginners Triathlon group. He started his triathlon journey competing in his 1st triathlon whilst living in London in 2012 and has been involved in the sport ever since. Jonny joined Embark as an athlete 2 years ago, and has been getting more and more involved as a mentor ever since. He has taken the step now, and will be facilitating the beginners group, under the guidance of STeve, this season.

Jonny believes that anyone can complete a triathlon and become a triathlete with a little bit of commitment, consistency and most importantly the belief in themselves. My favourite thing about coaching the beginner triathletes is to see complete beginners, some of whom can’t swim a length of the swimming pool, are terrified on a bike or cant’t run a lap of the track to start with, slowly build their confidence and complete their 1st triathlon within only 15 weeks of starting the program. It is always an incredible moment and immensely inspiring to see what people can achieve if they work hard and believe in themselves.

Most importantly, I believe that all beginners should have fun and enjoy being involved in such an amazing sport and community.

My main moto is “If you think you can, you will”



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 Blouberg Coach – Eduart 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 Northern Suburbs Facilitator – 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 Jozi North Coach – Dean Passmore

Dean Passmore Dean has been coaching for more than 15 years, and has been a competitive runner all his life. Multisport is a newer addition to his forte, but he is just as competitive in the 50-54 age group in both triathlon and duathlon.

He has received provincial colours on numerous accounts for numerous different disciplines.

Although Dean is still very competitive, his passion now lies within coaching and bringing out the ‘fire’ of the athletes. ‘There is talent and there is hard work’, and Dean knows he can inspire and motivate both of these attributes. He excels in the coached group environment and knows he will make an impact for the Embark Jozi North athletes. He looks forward to building the #rednblackarmy of triathletes in Jozi North.




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.


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)






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