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Coach - John Newsom

Coaching Credentials / Achievements

  • 2010/2011 Triathlon New Zealand Coach of the year
  • Level 2 Tri NZ Coach
  • Performance Coach with the Triathlon New Zealand High Performance Programme
  • Full time endurance sports coach since 2004

Services Offered

  • Consultations
  • Camps
  • One on One or group technique analysis

Other key information

  • Happy to work with athletes of all levels from first timers to elite athletes
  • Lead coordinator for the Canterbury Triathlon Club Junior Programme
  • Married with two kids – I understand the demands of balancing family, work and training. 
  • Co-host on popular podcasts IMTalk & “Legends of Triathlon”

Racing Career Highlights

  • Professional athlete 1998 – 2001 with international wins in France, Hong Kong, Philippines and India
  • Sub 9hr ironman (8:51 at Challenge Roth)
  • Multiple NZ Representative at Junior and Elite Level on ITU World Cup
  • Hawaii Ironman finisher


My first experience of triathlons was as a part of a team triathlon at the age of 15. From this initial experience I went on to win my first NZ Junior triathlon title at age 17 and moved through the representative ranks competing at World Championship and Word Cup level then on to Ironman success. 
From my first day in the sport I have been surrounded by the best athletes and coaches in the world. This has helped me develop as an athlete and as a coach. Over time it became very clear that every athlete develops in different ways. If you give two athletes the same program one may improve 25% the other may only improve 10%. Programmes do need to be personalised and our team as Fast Forward can ensure you have a programme that suits your personal requirements.
Having worked with a wide variety of athletes since 2004 I have a developed a great understanding of how to balance training, work, family and social demands. When I work with athletes I want them to have a programme that is going to ensure reach their goals whilst keeping their life in the balance that desire.