Ben Gathercole, former High-Performance Director for Triathlon Australia and previously Team Director for the ACT Brumbies, has joined Spirit Multisport as Spirit University Director.
Ben will manage the administration and overall curriculum of the university, as well as direct content from highly successful coaches including Dan Lorang, Dr John Hellemans, Brett Sutton and Rob Pickard – with more coaches to be announced over the coming months.
Ben, who has extensive Olympic and World Championship coaching experience, will also contribute to the knowledge base of the university, which aims to capture the training expertise and knowledge of the world’s greatest multisport coaches and make it accessible to the developing coaches of the next generation.
Spirit University’s comprehensive coaching modules share the approach and training philosophies of the master coaches. These modules enable student coaches to learn methodologies that are being shared only through this program.
“My experience in triathlon as a coach for many years, combined with my experience as Team Director of a professional rugby team, the ACT Brumbies, has really broadened the way I think about things,” said Ben.
“Through this new role with Spirit University, I hope to use those experiences and expertise to contribute to the development of the next generation of world-class athletes, where-ever they might be in the world, by providing their coaches with the best information, methodologies and resources.”
Spirit Multisport Chief Executive Officer, Tom Sutton, welcomed Ben to the Spirit Multisport team – and confirmed the appointment at a personal meeting in Canberra last weekend.
“As a former Triathlon Coach of the Year, a bestselling author, a vastly experienced coach of Olympic and Commonwealth Games level athletes, and a skilled administrator, we are fortunate to have Ben as part of the Spirit team,” Tom said.
“Spirit Multisport’s purpose is to enhance the opportunities for professional, amateur and junior multisport competitors and to empower individuals to make healthy choices through sport.
“By developing a worldwide network of qualified, experienced coaches we aim to give athletes the opportunity to reach their full potential. More experienced and qualified coaches also means there are more opportunities for amateur athletes and active individuals to receive expert guidance and support to stay healthy and active. ”