Kelly van der Toorn – Team Tissink’s new Cape Town based coach
Raynard and I have each been involved in the sport of triathlon for almost 30 years now, be it in a racing, managerial or coaching position.
We run Team Tissink Triathlon from our home base in Port Elizabeth, and as yet, have never brought on any official assistant coaches.
We have always believed that if you sign up with Team Tissink, you do so for a reason, and will be coached by either Ranard or Natalie directly. As such, we’ve also limited the number of athletes we take to a maximum of 80.
Kelly is one of our longest standing athletes, and has recently completed her Level 1 coaching course. Kelly has already been assisting us for a while now by running some coached group sessions in Tableview, which has been hugely beneficial to all current CT athletes.
We are very excited and proud to bring Kelly on now as our official Cape Town based Team Tissink coach.
Kelly has been involved in swimming, cycling and running most of her life, and became a competitive triathlete in 1993. She has been an incredible ambassador for our team.
She has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with athletes and will be a huge asset to our Coaching Academy.
Kelly will be running weekly coached swim – bike and run sessions in the Tableview area in Cape Town.
If you are keen to sign up with Kelly and Team Tissink, please contact Natalie at firstname.lastname@example.org
I grew up in a competitive swimming and cycling family, with mom teaching and coaching swimmers since I was young. I spent summer holidays assisting with learn to swim programmes, and took my assistant teacher/ swimming teachers certificate while still at university.
I became a competitive triathlete in 1993, and was a British National Junior champion in my second season of triathlon. I have competed internationally, in 6 World Championships, in Triathlon and Duathlon at all distances.
I have worked with many coaches over the years, and have gained knowledge from highly recognised personalities, including Dr Sarah Springman, Joe Beer, Steve Trew, Jack Maitland, Heather Williams, Chris Jones and John Dargie in the UK and Raynard Tissink and Lucie Zelenkova since living in SA.
I am considered one of the old guard in the sport, and have been around long enough as a club athlete to train with up and coming youngsters such as Jess Harrison (GB junior squad), Will Clarke (Cambridge Triathlon Club), Charlotte McShane, Marc Austin (Glasgow Triathlon / Fusion) and have lead swim lanes, bike groups and run groups for as long as I can remember. Before my triathlon ‘career’, I swam competitively, biked competitively and ran competitively….in short, I have always either been the apprentice or the guide.
In SA, I started up a social ladies learn to run group – informal and unpaid. I have mentored a number of CT based athletes (on behalf of my coaches at Team Tissink), some completing their first 70.3 and Ironman events. I have also led Team Tissink Cape Town bike and run sessions, in the build up to this year’s Ironman, and acted as a coaching assistant on the club training camp in March.
I have, again informally, helped many swimmers with a weekly technique swim session, and am a frequent ‘go to’ person for guidance in the sport.
I have given of myself freely and would like to begin an official coaching journey in order to ultimately a)bring more youngsters into the sport, and b) create an identity for myself beyond competitive athlete.