Sonja Otto - Founder

about me - Sonja picTriSport, was established in 2011 in the Southern Cape and has since expanded to include various sporting events and tours. Trisport specialises in event management, sport travel, adventure, coaching, training clinics, sport tourism and sporting technical gear. Trisport was the brainchild of Sonja Terblanche-Otto. Sonja was born and raised in the Eden District. She matriculated at Point High School in Mossel Bay and earned her academic qualifications at the University of Stellenbosch, University of Cape Town and the University of Pretoria. She has 4 degrees, BSc Nature Conservation, BSc (Hons) Zoology, BSc (Hons) Exercise Science and MSc Exercise Science. She is also a PADI Open Water Instructor, as she loves the marine life, introducing people to under the sea and teaching them to scuba dive. She received her national colours in triathlon and duathlon for the 1st time in 1992 and the years thereafter. Between 1997 and 2002, she competed at the highest level as an Elite/Professional athlete for South Africa.  In 1998 and 1999, she was recognised as the South African Long Distance Triathlon Champion for both years. She competed in 6 international Ironman races – South Africa, Hawaii, Lanzerotte, Germany and Canada, and raced globally in numerous Half Ironman and Long distance triathlon races (California, Japan, Germany, Hawaii, Sweden, France, New Zealand and the UK). Sonja’s best time the Ironman (Germany) was 10hr 50min and her best time for a Half Ironman (California) was 4hr 35min. After her semi-retirement from professional racing in 2002, Sonja work together and organised numerous sport and adventure racing events with her husband Hano through his company Adventure Centre of Excellence. She was also the co-founder of the South African Ironman Event in Gordon’s Bay in 2000 and 2001. With her passion to help people achieve their personal goals, her experience as a professional athlete and her academic qualifications, she has been able to ensuring that her training programs and coaching are based on the most updated sport scientific research.

Hano Otto - Race Director

HanoHano has been a ‘sport freak’ since he can remember. At a very young age he already excelled in various disciplines with rugby and athletics (cross country was his main focus).
After school he spent some time in the army (special forces), before going to university to study law. He then started working as PA for one of the High Court judges, where he focused more on road running and made numerous achievements: 12 Comrades Marathons (5 silver); 2nd place in Rhodes Mountain Marathon and 9th place in the Karoo 80km Marathon (sub 6 hours). In 1999 he was introduced to adventure racing and his first race was the Cederberg 500km, which the team finished – Hano hates quitting. He was invited to race with the only SA team competing in the Borneo Eco Challenge, with it being his second adventure race, after more than 11 days of racing through the jungles of Sabah and losing 10kg in body weight, the team finished in the top half of the field. After 11 years of practicing Law as a State Prosecutor in the Drug Court, the opportunity arose to start his own sport business, Adventure Centre of Excellence in 2001 together with the love of his life, Sonja. Together they organised numerous adventure races, national as well as international races. They organised the Bull of Africa event for 3 years in South Africa, an International Adventure race that were part of the World Adventure Racing series. Hano has experience in corporate team building, training and personal development. He has a passion for adventure racing, people, sports and developing personal skills in young leaders. In 2010 Hano and Sonja ventures took them to Mozambique where Hano was the Resort Manager at Ponts Malongane, a Dive resort. When they return to South Africa he was excited about getting stuck in as the course director for TriSport, focusing on one of the flagship events “the afb Southern Cross 3 Day Trail Run (www.soxtrailrun.co.za) with the motto: “changing your way of living forever!” Hano has obtained various qualifications:
High Ropes Director (Ropes Course Development – UK),
Abseil Supervisor,
Rope Skills Instructor,
River Guide,
Skipper (40 nautical miles),
Advanced Scuba Diver (PADI),
Sailing – Competent Crew (8000+ nautical miles), and
Various Facilitation Courses.

Janine Swart - Events Manager South Africa

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Janine Swart is the Events Manager for the Trisport team. In short: whenever anyone want something, looking for something or inquire about something, her name and number will be mentioned at some time.
Janine’s background for the last 14 years was in the Corporate Events and Procurement field, but being a sports fanatic, her first love and interest was always in the leisure sports field. A year ago she made the best decision of her life: to leave the corporate world behind, move to the most beautiful area of South Africa and following her passion by accepting a position with the Trisport team.
Janine love the outdoors and will, whenever the opportunity and time off allows, explore the trail routes around the Garden Route and areas where a Trisport event takes place. She finds working with sport lovers very uplifting and always look forward to registration to put faces to voices and to welcome back our regulars. Her role requires the smooth running of events and she takes great pride to ensure specifically the admin and logistical requirements of our athletes are attended to in the highest standard. Nothing is too small or too big and there are “no problems, only challenges”! The impossible takes just a bit longer to complete.
Team work is very important and her role is to assist fellow Trisport team members to create memorable sport events for all participants to enjoy and come back to take part again and again.
Please contact Janine (janine@trisportinternational.com) to make your Trisport event experience the best.

Dave Sullivan - Coaching and Training

About me - Dave PicWingman Multisport Athletics provides coaching services to athletes around the globe for an impressive array of events, from road running, open water swimming to road or mountain bike cycling. Based in South Africa, the team of coaches specialises in triathlon coaching, including the Ironman 70.3 and Ironman distances.
By capitalising on the intersection between individual ability, the science of athletic performance and the latest technology, Wingman Coaches work with each athlete to help them not only set, but also attain their personal sporting goals. Personal programmes are created for your unique level, fitness and available training time.
Slowest to fastest, biggest to smallest, beginner to pro –  there is a programme that is not only designed for you, but is responsive to your body as you train. Weekly feedback is provided using the leading online platform, Training Peaks, to design, deliver and adapt each athletes programme. The user-friendly nature of the application and its seamless integration with other training equipment and platforms ensures that going high tech with your training does not mean going high maintenance.
The value of this innovative, individually responsive approach is illustrated by the high levels of success attained by the Wingman athletes at events across the country – with multiple podium positions and countless personal bests smashed. Per illustration, a recent study on 70.3 Ironman (East London) athletes showed that Wingman male athletes performed significantly better than their non-Wingman counterparts in the event.

Dave is the Head Coach and Co-Founder of Wingman Multisport with a firm conviction that coaching is not only an art, but also a science. Dave combines his years of coaching experience with the latest technology to ensure that each athlete trains on a programme that is most aptly suited to both their physical condition, their personal goals and their lifestyle.

Dave’s dedication and skill in coaching is clearly highlighted by the regularity of his athletes on the podium. He has coached multiple athletes to qualify for Ironman World Champs in Kona (Hawaii) and even more from couch to finish line.

Stephan Weyers - Coaching and Training

about me - Stephan picStephan is the Co-Founder of Wingman Multisport specialising in online coaching. A Sports Lawyer by trade, his multisport journey took him from Ironman “bucket list” wanna-be-athlete to multiple Ironman finishes to coach.  Leading by example through his dedication to training and continuous improvement, Stephan has built a core of athletes who have consistently been able to beat their personal best times at events. Cheerleader at heart, but firm in approach Stephan masterfully combines a data-driven approach with the wisdom and insights of his own personal journey to help you tap into your fullest potential.  During 2015 Stephan qualified Ironman Certified Coach. Fully embracing the motto that “Genetics loads the gun, lifestyle pulls the trigger” Stephan’s coaching secret is a powerful combination intellectual know-how and unshakeable commitment to seeing you at the finish line.

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