Support & encouragement

"Under the guidance of Coach Kate at Triathlon Adventures Geelong, I have improved and achieved well beyond my expectations physically, mentally and in self confidence.

The support, encouragement and friendship of this amazing group of athletes gets you through the ups and downs of achieving goals." 

Diane Shiells

Strive for individual goals

"Kate was recommended to me by someone who knows I have high standards … and I have definitely not been disappointed! With Kate as my coach I have improved in technique, speed and stamina – and achieved things I never thought were possible, including a sub-40 min 10 km run, my first Ironman 70.3, and a bunch of podiums. But, just as important, it has made me happier, healthier and more fulfilled.

Kate deftly combines her experience as a world-class multi-sport athlete, skills as a teacher and advanced high-performance training to build, deliver and maintain a program of training that is specifically tailored, but also interesting and enjoyable. What stands out is her genuine interest in every athlete, their aspirations, and their life – so that their program is fit-for-purpose and sustainable, supported by good feedback and encouragement.

Not surprisingly this has meant that Kate has attracted a wonderful group of athletes into Triathlon Adventures Geelong who share the same approach, creating a perfect environment for all to strive for their individual goals."

Alister Ward

Above and beyond

"Coming from a sole football background with little to no swimming or riding experience Kate has been amazing in coaching and supporting me over the last 12 months build towards my goal of becoming a competitive age group triathlete.

Her guidance in helping me back from my ACL reconstruction was amazing now 14 months later, I am fitter than I ever have been before.

She goes above and beyond to fully understand my rehab, consistently attending physiotherapy and strength appointments. The Triathlon Adventures team could not have been more welcoming with every group session targeted to each individual but also super enjoyable."

Lachie Wright

I qualified for world champs!

"I have been coached by Kate for over 3 years now. She provides me with excellent support and guidance around the many facets of the sport, from the basics of teaching me running, swimming & riding techniques to management of niggles, and how to avoid them altogether.

Kate’s flexibility in designing my program has meant I have been able to achieve goals well beyond my expectations, competing at the World  Triathlon Championships in 2019.

More recently she has taught me to mountain bike, gradually teaching me new skills as I gained confidence and also pushing just that right amount to step up to more  challenging tracks.

I would recommend Coach Kate to anyone looking to improve their running/riding/swimming/mountain biking skills, and to 100% achieve their goals."

Katie Hayes

Individual needs and goals catered for

"I decided to join Kate in March 2019 after seeing the enjoyment and success my wife was achieving as a result of Kate’s coaching, with the goal of competing in longer format triathlons.

Kate is a fantastic mentor and support, with the skills, ability and experience to coach across multiple sports, including running, swimming, cycling, mountain biking and trail running to name a few.

Kate continues to provide me with programs and coaching which are focused on my individual needs, goals and development. Kate’s approach to tailoring my program to consider my goals and the competing priorities in life (such as home and work) ensures I have the best possible chance of managing home, work, training and competing. It certainly isn’t 'one size fits all'!! This is made possible by regular communication from Kate to check on how things are going and make changes where required.

Recently Kate established Triathlon Adventures Geelong (TAG), which has been hugely successful. TAG caters for athletes of all abilities, with varying goals and motivators, across multiple sports. The aim of TAG is to have fun and enjoy the activities. Under Kate’s leadership, the fantastic group of people who make up the TAG team ensure that aim is met. Of course if you want to put your head down, work hard and achieve some great results, TAG is the place to go! And importantly, TAG has a number of social activities where everyone can get together and have fun.

Through TAG, Kate provides group sessions which enable her athletes to stay connected, supported, motivated and challenged. Group sessions include social sessions, technical and skills work and sessions tailored to upcoming events. Kate also provides some individual sessions to TAG members to work on specific items.

I thoroughly enjoy Kate’s coaching and being part of TAG, and highly recommend to anyone considering getting active while having fun to contact Kate."

Chris 'Heyzee' Hayes

Dramatic improvement in technique & fitness

"Last year I decided I wanted to better my running technique. A friend recommended I speak with Kate. I explained to Kate that I was a recreational runner but was keen to tackle some more challenging trail runs.


Working with Kate has dramatically improved my fitness, running form and confidence. Now in my 40s, I’m running faster than I was in my 20s. Kate is an excellent listener, is encouraging and provides helpful advice and feedback. 

Being part of the TAG team has also allowed me to meet a great group of people who are happy to have a coffee and a laugh after a training session. I’m very glad to be a member of the TAG team and would highly recommend Kate as a coach."

Alison Godbehear

Lifelong friendships

"In 2017, I was referred to Kate from a friend when I wanted to tackle the Ironman Geelong 70.3. She was the perfect balance for me – a highly experienced performance coach and athlete with a friendly personality and most importantly, she understood my busy family and work commitments.


It was a 6 month build up and I was super happy with my result. I was a weak swimmer and cyclist but in 6 months, I was swimming over 2km, riding 50-90km and gaining confidence in all things triathlon. I had a great race and exceeded my own expectations. I enjoyed the training, coaching style and social aspect so much that I have continuously stayed on program with Kate.

We are constantly setting goals and I enjoy working together to do make it happen.  In 2018, I wanted to represent Australia at the 2019 Age Group World Triathlon Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland.  Having experienced this world class event herself many times, Kate set out a plan and program for me to achieve qualification. This has definitely been the highlight of my short triathlon journey and I would not have been able to do this without Kate.

Not all great athletes make great coaches but Kate is definitely an exception to this. Her wealth of knowledge in triathlon, running, cycling, swimming, mountain biking (to name a few) balanced with her fun nature creates a team environment that pushes you to be the best version of you. There have been days where I wondered how on earth did I – just an ordinary person – get through that set?  Training is always highly organised  and our safety is always at the forefront of Kate's mind.

I have made lifelong friendships through being a part of Kate’s crew and I love that everyone is super supportive and encouraging regardless of what level you are at.

Anhthu Nguyen

Life changing experience

"Joining Triathlon Adventures Geelong has been such an incredible life changing experience. The group training and support is like nothing I have ever experienced before. The group are so supportive and welcoming. The members range from all ages and fitness levels. Everyone has fun and supports each other to reach their individual goals.

Coach Kate is such a hands- on, supportive and experienced coach! I have learned so much from her and so many new skills. Kate keeps you accountable and has supported me to push myself to new limits. Kate personalises your program to meet your individual needs.
Once you set a goal, Kate is committed to getting you there. I am so grateful to Kate and the team for their continued support and guidance! First triathlon completed and ready for the next!

Karen Barker