Competed in the sport of triathlon for more than 22 years, competed in 33 Ironman races and achieved 4 Top 10 finishes at the World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
Eight IRONMAN titles
IRONMAN Korea in 2002 and 2007, IRONMAN Canada in 2003, IRONMAN South Africa in 2005, 2010 and 2011, IRONMAN Wisconsin in 2009 and IRONMAN Austria in 2005.
Another 12 top five finishes
IRONMAN South Africa (2nd in 2001, 2006, 2007 and 2008), IRONMAN Louisville (3rd in 2009), IRONMAN Austria (2nd in 2004), IRONMAN Western Australia (2nd in 2007), IRONMAN Malaysia (3rd in 2001), IRONMAN Brazil (4th in 2002), IRONMAN Florida (5th in 2002), IRONMAN Coeur d”Alene (2nd in 2003) 3rd at IRONMAN Florida in 2003
Four top ten finishes at the World Championships, in Kona, Hawaii
In the first ever finish at the World Championships in Kona, Hawaii; I became the first ever South African to finish in the Top 10. In 2005, I finished in 7th place. In 2010, I finished in 5th place.
Natalie is a past South African National swimming champion, a Springbok life saver and South African triathlete – with numerous victories both locally and internationally.
Natalie has started an online Team Tissink Coaching business in 2006 when Raynard was still racing professionally, and built up a steady following of athletes – many whom are still training with the Academy today.
She swam competitively from the age of 7 through until after matriculating, and started racing triathlons 2 years after leaving school.
Natalie started coaching swimming in Sandton at the age of 18. Her swim school continued to grow until she had 6 teachers working for her at Morningside Virgin Active. She then expanded the business and opened franchises in Cresta, Benoni, Northgate and at their home pool in Weltevreden Park.
After several years of racing professionally overseas for 4-5months of the year, Natalie and Raynard decided to move to PE for a quieter life-style and better training environment.
SO, in 2005, they sold the business and moved to PE. Health issues forced Natalie out of racing and she started the triathlon coaching business, and has been doing so ever since.
Natalie is a qualified swim teacher and coach, sports massage therapist and personal trainer.