MY STORY.

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Delivering a diverse set of skills and interests with a focus on people and sustainability.

Bringing together a selection of varied experiences and expertise, I offer a range of services that may be applied to any industry or sector.

I have the intellect and experience gained from working in both the corporate and consulting sectors, with a strong focus on collaboration, stakeholder management, and effective communication skills. My passion is people and the environment – sport, nutrition, the built environment and environmental work are merely the delivery mechanisms.

I have over twenty-two years of full-time working experience across multiple and very diverse career paths. Following a career in a very demanding corporate world whilst accommodating a passion for competing in endurance sporting events, as well as establishing a sports coaching business and a charitable fund in the latter years, I know first-hand the delicate management required to maintain a healthy and sustainable balance.

 

My work experience includes innovative and strategic delivery in three countries; South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. I am an early adopter and never afraid to trial new concepts, striving to establish long-term objectives in a structured and efficient manner.

 

A highlight of my career achievements to date are:

  • Establishing a retail property team for a major NZ telecommunications company to successfully deliver a complete rebrand and store redesign across a nationwide portfolio.

  • Initiating and delivering New Zealand’s first environmentally sustainable purpose-built retail premises.

  • Leading the creation and publication of a construction industry-recognised delivery protocol, subsequently endorsed by the New Zealand Property Council and Department of Building and Housing.

  • Selection to a High Potential Leadership Programme for a major Australasian financial institution.

  • Establishing a well-recognised and trusted endurance sports and plant-based nutrition coaching business.

  • Co-founding a not-for-profit organisation for the betterment of society.

 

As an athlete, I am a New Zealand age-group representative at aquathlon, triathlon, cross triathlon and XTERRA. I first achieved national representation for South Africa in 2003. I have also been appointed as Team Manager and Team Captain to various New Zealand triathlon teams. My focus now is centred on ultramarathon running and swimrun events.

 

Whilst coaching initially was a hobby to help friends, Fitness Locker was established in 2011 as a platform for me to fulfil my passion for helping people succeed through triathlon and other endurance sports. I have had unique opportunities to shadow world-renowned individual and team coaches, work with a vast range of ability and experienced athletes, and deliver training camps, workshops and clinics throughout New Zealand and parts of Australia. I have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with my athletes.

Launching The Lentil Intervention not only combines a number of my passions but allows me to fulfil my philanthropic ambitions of making a difference to our community and the world.

 

Veganism to me is an ethical and responsible way of living. We need to respect the environment that provides so much for us, we have no need to kill for food, function or pleasure, and we can certainly do more for our general wellness.

 

Using my personal journey and successes, I am also an avid advocate for a whole food plant-based lifestyle, not only as a means for athletes to improve their performance and recovery but for health reasons in general as well as reducing our impact on the planet.

I am well-travelled, educated across various cultures and multi-lingual thereby providing a well-balanced and softer approach to delivering solutions. I bring together experiences and skillsets from two diverse industries, creating new synergies that provide a unique approach to many situations.

 

 

Education & Certifications:

  • BSc Construction Management (Honours)

 

  • Triathlon New Zealand Level 3 accredited coach

  • Cycling New Zealand accredited coach

  • Triathlon New Zealand Open Water Swim Certified Coach

  • XTERRA Certified Coach

 

  • Sport for Sustainable Development Certificate

  • Vegan Nutritionist Diploma

  • Sports Nutrition Business Diploma

 

  • Foundations of Heart Rate Variability

  • No Exceptions Training Certified Coach (Halberg Disability Sports Foundation)

  • Functional Movement Systems Professional

  • Trigger Point Performance Therapy Certified Trainer

  • TRX Suspension Certified Trainer

  • Introduction to Aromatherapy

  • Introduction to Homeopathy

  • St John First Aid Level 1

 

Current Positions:

  • Member of the Triathlon New Zealand Age Group Selection Commission

 

Languages Spoken:

  • English (native/bilingual proficiency)

  • French (professional working proficiency)

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