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Coaching Awards

The coaching awards recognise triathlon coaches who have demonstrated a commitment and dedication to coaching Australian triathletes, and who have helped Australian triathletes to achieve significant competition success at both the age group and the high performance level. 

Congratulations to the following coaches who have been shortlisted for the 2015 award. The winner will be announced at our Celebration of Champions awards dinner.


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Jamie Turner

This award was established to acknowledge coaches who have coached professional Australian triathletes to outstanding achievements in international level competition. Over the 2015 season, Jamie Turner coached elite athletes to achieve the following:

Rio – Olympic Test Event 2015 
Aaron Royle – 6th Elite Men + 2016 Olympic Qualification Spot 

ITU World Triathlon Series Rankings 2015 
Ryan Bailie – 5th Elite Men [1st Australian] 
Aaron Royle – 9th Elite Men [2nd Australian] 

ITU World Triathlon Series 2015 Podiums 
Aaron Royle – 3rd Stockholm 

ITU World Championships 2015 – Chicago 
Jake Birtwhistle – 1st U/23 Men 
Aaron Royle – 7th Elite Men [1st Australian] 
Ryan Ballie – 10th Elite Male [2nd Australian] 

 Jamie Turner & Jake



Corey Bacon

Performance Triathlon Coaching

Corey Bacon is the founder and head coach of Performance Triathlon Coaching (PTC), a professional, fast growing and highly successful club training out of Canberra. PTC caters for athletes of all ages, abilities and distances and is the home of Canberra’s elite juniors, numerous national age group athletes and some of Australia’s best para-triathletes.  Corey has worked tirelessly over the past 4 years to raise the profile of para-triathlon across Australia and throughout the world and he has been appointed head coach of the Australian paratri team for the Rio Paralympics. 
Corey has also gained recognition as a State Performance Centre for his continued work in developing elite juniors.

  Corey Bacon 2016 

Stephane Vander Bruggen,

Stephane originates from Belgium and spent many of his early years racing triathlon there. A natural competitor Stephane became a student of the sport always searching for ways to give him an edge over his competition. This constant study and striving for improvement has naturally progressed into a passion for coaching triathlon and it’s individual disciplines.
In 2014, he helped produce 4 Australian Age Group Champions, 2 ITU Age Group World Champions and 5 ITU medallists.

  Stephane Vander Bruggen


Nigel Pietsch
West Lakes Triathlon Club

Nigel is the Club Coach of the West Lakes Triathlon Club in SA. Last year, the club had a record number of members who qualified to represent Australia at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, many of which had the coaching expertise and guidance of Nigel. Nigel has a passion to educate athletes towards their goal, regardless of ability and continues to inspire and take many athletes to greater heights.

  Nigel P 

Ross Pedlow

Exceed Triathlon Club

Ross is the founder, Head Coach and President of Exceed Triathlon Club. With the motto “if you build it they will come” he has built a training squad and club that leads the way in performance and culture in WA. The Exceed Club boasts World, Australian and State individual and Series Champions and are annually crowned Club Champions for the past 6 years. With Exceed now having a full development pathways from Trystars, Juniors, Open/Elite, Age-group and Seniors, Ross also trains new coaches to take on new initiatives within the club.


Ross Pedlow 2016      

Trent Patten

Red Dog Triathlon Training

Trent Patten is the founder and head coach of Red Dog Triathlon Training.  He trains age group world, national and state champions; and has helped countless novices prepare for their very first triathlon.   Trent has a unique ability to tap into the things that drive individuals and use them to motivate commitment, effort and performance.  Priding himself on creating a fun, friendly and competitive training environment, Trent is driven to help his athletes, of all abilities and ranges, maximise their individual potential.

  Trent Patten 


Guy Creber

Macarthur Triathlon Club

Guy competed for 10 years and represented Australia. Coaching triathlon for the last 5 years catering for all ages and abilities through his GC Multisport business. He also runs the highly successful TRYstars program through his club – Macarthur Tri Club. The last 2 years he has been instrumental in establishing and running the South West Sydney Academy of Sport Triathlon Scholarship Program for 12 of the top junior triathletes in the region. Guy coaches around 20 age group triathletes, many achieving representing Australia, podiums and victories. His key drivers include a desire to foster and “add value” to junior development and to work closely with age group triathletes.

  Guy Creber

Congratulations to the joint winners: Corey Bacon and Ross Pedlow