Published Date: 13 January, 2022

In our new series, we will meet some of our awesome coaching team. First up is Tammy Reed one of our top High Performance coaches, who has recently been selected to be part of the HPSNZ’s Te Hāpaitanga coaching initiative in 2022. Te Hāpaitanga is a key pillar of HPSNZ’s Women in High Performance Sport (WHPS) Project.


Tammy has been part of the Triathlon NZ coaching team for five years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience which has led her through her coaching career. She is supported by her loving family, son’s Lucas and Dylan and husband Shane Reed, who was part of the Tri NZ Team at the 2008 Olympic Games. Tammy is from Palmerston North and has been coaching since 2014. She is an integral part of the Tri NZ HP team, but also juggles her own successful triathlon and swim coaching business, local events coordinating, Tri NZ Regional coordinator, Manawatu Tri Club Junior team coach and works part- time at My Ride Palmerston North.


Let’s find out a little more about what drives Tammy.


What do you find is the most rewarding part about coaching? 
Being part of a person/athlete’s journey of growth and discovery. Every athlete’s journey is very unique and requires a lot of creativity and self- reflection from both athlete and coach to work out what way is the best way for the athlete so they can progress, perform and thrive for the long term. I really enjoy developing an athlete’s triathlon skillset (technical, tactical and mental) whilst ensuring they are enjoying sport for life, developing their triathlon fitness progressively as well as ensuring each athlete is working towards goals beyond swim, bike and run.


What are your goals for both yourself?
Lead a women’s triathlon Camp – Sept 2022.
Attend key international events with the TriNZ team– 2022 /2023
Support other female coaches working in the junior development space and/ or striving for High Performance coaching – Ongoing.
Work with TriNZ to enhance an athlete thriving/wellness policy – 2022
Complete a Mental Health and Wellness Diploma – 2023
Triathlon NZ High Performance Coach 2024


How would you describe your role to someone thinking about becoming a coach and working with young athletes?
Understanding what each person/athlete wants from the sport, as many are involved for so many different reasons. Understanding of the skills required of the sport and creating sessions so that the athletes are continually improving their skills, learning about the sport, encouraged to make decisions, building confidence and most important having fun. Creating an environment where sport is for life.


Sum yourself up with three words?
Patient, Creative, Supportive


Tell us what it means to you to be asked to join the Te Hapaitanga HP coaching group and how will it help your journey?
Like athletes learning never stops, it is the same for coaches – I am delighted to grow alongside the other 15 female coaches in this scholarship and learn from the High-Performance mentors involved in this initiative. Female coaches are a rarity in all sports across the world, the goal is to develop my coaching capabilities that will enable me become a future High-Performance Coach for Triathlon New Zealand.


If you would like to know more about coaching for Triathlon, we have some great resources here.


Coaching accreditation here.