Coaching Accreditation and Recognition

From 2018 all Tri NZ Accredited Coaches complete the following annually:

  •  Achieved the minimum operational standards of coaching Triathlon in New Zealand
  • Acknowledged and agreed to comply with the minimum industry standards related to Health & Safety and operations
  • Agreed to and comply with the ‘Tri NZ Coaches Code of Ethical Behaviours’ and ethical obligations
  • Successfully undergone a Police Vetting check

Coaching Framework Overview

Our coach development structure has been revamped to reflect a global shift in coach development methodology and best position the accreditation framework to protect and safeguard athletes. The programme is designed to create a clear minimum operating standard for coaches and complete core health and safety requirements.

Prior to 2018, the development framework consisted of four levels of development – Tri NZ Coaching Level 0, 1, 2, and 3. Coaches were awarded certification levels that represented their progress through the pathway after completing increasingly more challenging courses.

Coaches that have completed these courses prior to the changes are still able to promote themselves as their respective level, but are required to complete annual coaching accreditation to do so.

Tri NZ Membership & Coaching Accreditation

Tri NZ Paid Membership (TRIBE)


Tri NZ has a paid membership framework that was implemented on 1 November 2016. This membership requires all participants in Triathlon to hold a membership either direct with Tri NZ or via an affiliated club. Triathlon NZ members include club members, technical officials and coaches.


Coaching Accreditation


Coaching Accreditation takes place annually. The Coach Accreditation requires coaches to complete the following annually:

  • Achieved the minimum operational standards of coaching Triathlon in New Zealand
  • Acknowledged and agreed to comply with the minimum industry standards related to Health & Safety and operations
  • Agreed to and comply with the ‘Tri NZ Coaches Code of Ethical Behaviours’ and ethical obligations
  • Successfully undergone a Police Vetting check

All Tri NZ affiliated clubs are only able to utilise Tri NZ Accredited Coaches.

  • Annual Coaching Accreditation is $32.50 (excl. GST), including a Police Vetting charge of $7.50
  • TRIBE Membership is $25.00 for club members, and $50.00 for non-club members (including international)
  • Total cost – $57.50 for coaches who are club members, and $82.50 for non-club coaches or international coaches

Coaches who have no previous accreditation are required to complete a Foundation Coaching Course, a one off off cost of $95.00 (excl GST) before they can under-go accreditation.

Coaching Membership Partner Discounts

  • Option to uptake competitive Coaching Insurance Cover, currently covering:
    • Public & Products Liability – Limit $2,000,000; Excess $500
    • Statutory Liability – Limit $500,000; Excess $500
    • Professional Indemnity – Limit $500,000; Excess $2500
  • Training Peaks 20% Coaching Discount
    • 20% discount off the cost of Coach Edition subscriptions


Professional recognition by Triathlon New Zealand as an Accredited Coach

  • Ability to submit a Coach Profile to be featured on our website
  • Ability to use all relevant coaching logos and brand identity associated with Triathlon New Zealand
  • Ability to coach at affiliated clubs domestically


Coach Group or Business to be officially recognised by Triathlon New Zealand

  • Ability to submit a Coaching Group Profile to be featured on our website
  • Eligible for the 2018 Coach Group of the Year award


Supporting your coaching community

Your membership supports coaching development and implementation of acceptable standards nationally, as well as the ability to offer coaching accreditation workshops around the country.

Foundation Coaching Course

The Foundation Coaching Course is designed to provide Triathlon coaches or induvials leading Triathlon training sessions, with the skills necessary to do so. We model the workshop on key coaching methods / theories and bring this learning to life through discussion and knowledge sharing.


The Foundation Coaching Course is a one-off mandatory course required to be completed before you can undertake Annual Coach Accreditation (unless you have previously completed a Tri NZ Level 0-3 Coach Accreditation).

Foundation Course dates will be announced through the TRIBE newsletter and included on the website.

Target dates for foundation coaching courses:

  • Before the triathlon season commences
  • After the triathlon season concludes
  • At the National Secondary School Championships

Each Foundation Course workshop is approximately 3-hours. Additionally, the course requires approximately 6-hours of follow-up material that is submitted for review post the session.

Course registration is $95.00 (excl. GST)Please note: TRIBE Membership is required prior to registration, which is $25.00 for club members and $50.00 for non-club members

These are facilitated by Triathlon New Zealand appointed Regional Coach Developers

Unfortunately not – we are now focusing on our domestic coaches and can no longer offer a development pathway for new international coaches. An alternative pathway is available through the ITU Coaching Courses – for further information visit their website here

All international coaches that are currently accredited are still eligible to register each year

What further development opportunities are available?

Triathlon New Zealand are very committed to the ongoing development of coach capability. Targeted coaching workshops and forums will be available and delivered through the Regional Coaching Leads.


Further information on coaching development opportunities will be advertised via the TRIBE newsletter, promoted to accredited coaches and available on the website.


All coach development opportunities available through Tri NZ will only be available to Tri NZ Accredited Coaches.

Who manages Tri NZ Community Coaching

The coaching development pathway is overseen by the Community Director – Anna Russell. Additionally, appointed regional coaching leads are available throughout New Zealand to deliver Foundation Coaching courses and support local coach development.

For further information or if you have any questions please contact

Coach Group of the Year


Our inaugural Coach Group of the Year for the 2016/17 Season was won by Capital Sports Performance of Wellington, closely followed by O’Hagan Sport and Foot Traffic Coaching, both from Auckland.


For 2018 we are seeking nominations from the community to appoint the Coach Group of the Year-  make sure you tell us why you’re coach group should win this season!

Accredited Coach Directory (as at Nov-17)

Andrew MackayGene McNaught
Anthony BeaumontGreg Fraine
Barb KramerJames Kuegler
Benjamin EitelbergJenny Rose
Bevan McKinnonLouise Dumée
Cameron LamontMerryn Johnston
Chris WillettNikki Edwards
Craig MooreRichie Lambert
Dave DwanSarah Walker
Geoff HolmesTamara Reed
A - DE - KL - RS - Z
Ainslee RoughanEmma CachemailleLawrence OldershawSam Warriner
Alan FletcherEmma MackieLee GreerSandi Kaio
Alex DoddsEva BlushLiam ScopesSara Ng
Ali HollingtonFabian WilliamsLiana CostelloSarah Coales
Alice WilsonGareth WrightLini KazimSarah Cushing
Alison BoggsGary FaheyLoh Chwan ChyinSarah Walker
Alix SinclairGayle ClarkLouise DumeeScott Larsen
Amir HashmiGene McNaughtLucy CotterillScott MacDonald
Andrew AbakhanGeoff HolmesLyndy WickhamScott McGregor
Andrew MackayGeoff MartinLynley BrownSean Cox
Annabel RamseyGeorge HilgeholtMark GrammerShane Harrison
Annette LeeGerrard SmithMartin MacKerethShane Kaio
Anthony BeaumontGiannis PsarelisMegan ArthurShane Reed
Armando GalarragaGillian KrzanichMelanie RydingSharon Khoo
Axel ReiserGraham ParkMerryn JohnstonShayne Nation
Barbara KramerGreg FraineMichael CalwayShena Dale
Ben ChidgeyHamish TaylorMichael LyonsSheridan Buchanan
Ben EitelbergHelen O'ShaughnessyMorgan DeeganSheryl Mclay
Ben PulhamHelen RatcliffMurray AshleySilas Cullen
Ben VisserJacky ToepferMurray HealeySimon Cochrane
Bevan McKinnonJade WinterMurray O'DonnellStephen Farrell
Brad DixonJames CotterNathan RichmondStephen Sheldrake
Brenda WottonJames KueglerNeil FlemingSteve Lawry
Brett ReidJane Heather-SclaterNic MerrileesSteven Nadollek
Bruce HunterJane PowellNick CroweSue Brewster
Cameron DurnoJeff McGrathNikki EdwardsSusan Mudford
Cameron LamontJen RoseNikki FieldTamara Reed
Carolynn MarganJennifer GelukOliver CharltonTeresa Adam
Catherine DavidsonJo KnightPaul LeitchTheresa Knight
Cathy SimpsonJohn ForrestRay BoardmanThijs Hubber
Chris WillettJohn HellemansRebecca BondThomas Henderson
Clark ElliceJohn LeeRichard GreerTim Brazier
Colin O'SheaJohn NewsomRichard KingsfordTim Jardine
Cor StoryJohn ScottRichard MurphyTina Syratt
Craig BullochJonathan LinyardRichie LambertTony O'Hagan
Craig JohnsJosh WhiteRick FauldingTracey Trass
Craig KirkwoodKaren MarkinRick WellsVal Burke
Craig MooreKathy MillerRob DallimoreVanessa Woodger
Craig RadleyKen McLarenRosemarie BegbieVargin Yeke
Dave DwanRoss LockeyVerna Cook-Jackson
David BisharaRussell Harrison-KirkWalter Thorburn
David PlewRussell SmithWendy Casterton
Wendy Chrisp
Will O'Connor