Training Camps

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Please diarize the following dates for Team Tissink’s 2018 IMSA Training Camp in Port Elizabeth.

The camp will take place on  2nd, 3rd and 4th March 2018:




Mid –morning:  Arrival Meet and Greet

Lunch time: Swim Session Pool: Intense stroke correction session, drills etc

Early pm: Run Session

Q & A


AM: Long Bike session – variation of intensities in session and how to incorporate them. (hills, speed work, Tt’s, Lt’s, Vo etc)

Brick run off bike with transition training


AM: Long Track Run Session – Warm up techniques, running drills

Sea Swim – Entry, Exit, Sighting and Breathing techniques

Please note this is a tentative schedule and may change or be adjusted, dependent on weather, time schedule and requirements from athletes. If there is anything specific that you would like us to cover, we will happily include it.

If you are interested in joining, please contact Natalie for more info on costs and to book your place.

Team Tissink Coaching Academy is made up of Raynard and Natalie Tissink, who jointly have more than 50 years of coaching and racing experience.

Based in the Ironman city of Port Elizabeth, Raynard and Natalie help athletes achieve their goals of crossing the Ironman finish line and hearing the words ‘You are an Ironman’

Both Raynard and Natalie have raced around the World and know what it takes to perform at the highest level.

They have helped Elite athletes achieve world records and have helped absolute beginners cross the finish line smiling

Raynard Tissink, 8 x Ironman Champion      

Raynard started competing in triathlons at the age of 16. He was successful from the start and immediately became hooked on this challenging multi-disciplined sport. He achieved success in all distances of the race, with numerous SA titles from Sprint Distance, Olympic, Half Ironman, and Ultra to Ironman distances.

His 1st Ironman was the Ironman South Africa event in Gordon’s Bay in 2000, where he finished 10th. From there he went on to Malaysia in 2001 and finished in 3rd place. Ironman South Africa in 2001, saw him finish 2nd behind multiple Ironman Champion – Lothar Leder. It was at this race that his immense passion and drive to excel in this challenging sport was fuelled.

In his 4th Ironman in Korea, he took his first Ironman win and went on to compete in 33 Ironman events.

He achieved 8 Ironman wins, 12 further podium finishes and 4 Top Ten finishes at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, with his highest placing 5th in 2010.

Natalie Tissink

I have been at Raynard’s side since 1994. We were married in 1996 and our children, Kade and Jordi, have been fortunate enough to share a lot of this journey with us.

I personally have been involved in competitive sport since the age of 6 and achieved the following:

  • South African National Colours for swimming and national swimming Champion.
  • Springbok Colours – Lifesaving.
  • South African National colours for triathlon
  • 30 years of coaching experience, and opened 5 franchise swim schools in Jhb (Morningside, Benoni, Cresta, Midrand and Northgate Virgin Actives)
  • Qualified swimming teacher and coach
  • Qualified massage therapist
  • Qualified personal trainer

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