Australian Ironman Hall of Fame inductee Belinda Granger has announced a new and improved partnership with Chris “Macca” McCormack’s global team MaccaX. This partnership will result in the development of women-specific triathlon training sessions and programs offered on MaccaX’s online coaching system.
Women have been participating in the sport of triathlon since the first modern-day triathlon was held in 1974, and numbers continue to increase as the sport grows worldwide. Belinda, who has finished 50 ironman races and won 15 of them, aims to encourage more women to enter triathlon. She says, “One of the things I am most passionate about in triathlon is introducing more women to the sport and helping them realize that they are more than capable of achieving anything they put their minds to.”
A little bit more about me…
“I have been in the sport of triathlon for over 25 years (16 years as a professional) and have competed in more than 21 countries.
“With 50 Iron distance finishes and over double that in half’s, I have considerable experience in how to train and prepare for an event.
“I have trained and raced with some of the sports best athletes and coaches and have developed my own opinions on what is the most effective methods to follow.
“I have also coached my wife Belinda Granger (50 IM Races & 15 Wins) over the last 15 years and have a very strong sense of what works well for women vs. men.
“I first started coaching some 10 years ago and now enjoy sharing my all experiences and coaching skills with Team MaccaX.”
A little bit more about me …
Sergio Borges has dedicated the last 20 years to studying the ART and science of triathlon training. During this time, he has competed in hundreds of races of all distances including 21 Ironman races around the world (9:38 PR), over 60 half ironmans (4:12 PR), qualifying for the Hawaii Ironman World Championships seven times. Sergio has also been nominated as “All American” by USA Triathlon, 9 times. After over 10 years of investment banking, he decided to apply his expertise to personal triathlon coaching.
Sergio’s history in triathlon has contributed to the emergence of many of today’s top California-based Pro and Age Group talents. Backing his hands-on success are credentials that stand out on the busy California triathlon scene, including:
- Level III USA Triathlon coach
- Level II ITU Triathlon Coach – Junior and U23 Development
- Level II USA Cycling coach
- Head coach of the UCSD Triathlon Team (#1 Women Team 2006-2010)
- Former Head Coach of the UCI Triathlon Team
- Head Coach, USA Team (Elite, U23 and Junior) at the 2008, 2004 and 2003 Duathlon World Championships
- USAT Coach at Collegiate National Camps and Recruitment Camps
- USAT Lecturer at Coaching Level I and II Clinics
- Contributor to three sport magazines
- Over 120 athletes qualified for IM World Championships in Hawaii
Sergio is known for “thinking outside of the box” when it comes to triathlon training, in 2004 he developed his own method – Inverted Training Periodization and have since perfect it making Ironman Champions, Top 3 in 70.3 Races and many AG podiums around the World. Sergio combines his vast experience coaching athletes of all ages and abilities with a fundamental belief in the need for an individualized and realistic training plan for each athlete achieve his or her goal — from staying healthy to becoming a champion!
A little more about me…
“My name is Brenton and I’ve had swimming in my genes for longer than I can remember. My grandfather was a swimming coach for most of his life and ran an outdoor 50-meter pool in the Gippsland area. I grew up around pools, with my dad being a dedicated swimming coach and my mum teaching children to learn to swim. Now my parents own a learn to swim business and continue to coach at the local swimming club which has had huge success for a country club.
“In my own swimming, I’ve made national finals and competed at a national level for 8 years. Two years ago I found my passion for coaching. I love helping other people completely change their swimming, and the look on their face once they finally ‘get it’ is invaluable. Sounds corny? Maybe, but I can tell you that the hundreds of swimmers I’ve helped over the past 7 years has been incredibly satisfying and the results they’ve got have been outstanding.
“If you’re only starting out or if you have 20 years experience makes no difference. With the right knowledge and the right skills, anyone can achieve the level of success they desire in the pool. I’ve seen it happen no matter what age, body shape, body type, height or sex you might be. If you really want to swim like the top 5% who do it well and leave the 95% behind, it can be done.
“Once again, congratulations on taking the first step on your journey of learning to swim like a champion! I look forward to working with you for years and years to come.”
When swimmers and triathletes want to get faster in the water it’s not often a matter of training harder. Fitness can only take a person so far in swimming. The most effective way to increase speed and endurance is by improving your technique. Brenton takes the drills, techniques and training methods used by the best swimmers around the world and makes them available to athletes of all levels.
These methods have been used with athletes and teams who have:
- Broken National and World Masters records (Kelly Higgins, Jenny Bucknell, Brenton Ford plus many more)
- Made National swim teams (Sam Ashby)
- Competed in the Olympics in triathlon (Samantha Warriner, New Zealand)
- Won back-to-back National Masters titles (Powerpoints MSC)
- Win open water races (Too many to mention!)
- Improved efficiency and smoothness of their stroke (you don’t have to be a top level swimmer to benefit)
More about Brenton:
- Australian National Age Finalist (400 IM, 200 Breaststroke, 200 IM)
- National Masters Record Holder
- Australian National Masters Coach of the Year (2012)
- Australian Masters National Championship Coach (2009, 2012, 2013)