While studying towards at Bachelor of Phys Ed, and Bachelor of Science, Richard made the most of his study time and competed in many multi-sport events. He has had top placings in the Coast to Coast (2nd- 2 day individual, 4th Longest Day & winner of teams), so his race experience along with knowledge of physiology and exercise prescription makes him an expert coach.
When Richard returned to NZ after his OE in 2006, he found there was a need for a top quality coaching service that is able to work with athletes of all abilities- Complete Performance was born. Complete Performance will aim to service this need in Christchurch and New Zealand to allow people to receive the same services (such as Sport Psych skills training and Sport Science) that an elite athlete would need to complete on the world stage.Therefore with this support and the correct training that is matched to your needs and fitness levels, you will be able to achieve your “Complete Performance”.
Richard also works for the Southern Institute of Technology as the Programme Manager of the Sport and Fitness Department More Info
Rosie is our specialist kayak coach, who also coaches athletes competing in other events such as the Coast to Coast, and road cycling and mountain bike races.
"I have been nursing since 1999 and am passionate about health. in 2009 I also decided to start studying so I could begin to bring together all my passions: sport, coaching others and health. I finished the course in November 09 and it gave me a greater understanding and structure to my past 10years in the multisport and kayaking arena and more knowledge to help you achieve your goals! I am now in the process of doing a Sports Medicine diploma through Otago University which is fantastic. It gives me more knowledge towards working towards helping others achieve their dreams also!
I have had the pleasure of being on Board with Richard and the team at complete performance with Kayak specific technique work and since 2009 in a coaching role. I love the fact that I am involved with helping people and playing a part in them achieving their goals and dreams and having fun along the way".
Tramping, cycling, running, athletics, dancing, mountain biking, gymnastics....physical activity has always been, and will continue to be an integral part of my life. I aspire to use the knowledge and skills I have developed through these experiences and my studies to educate, motivate, and enable others to feel empowered through physical activity.
In 2009 I became a very proud owner of a road bike and fell in love with riding in the beautiful Dunedin hills. I completed Le Race in 2010, crossing the finish line exhausted, unable to remove the timing chip from my bike yet immensely inspired. The delight of completing the Taupo Challenge later in the year left me with a prominent thought “I love cycling”.......so two and a half years later I have a yellow jersey, polka dot jersey and NZ National Team jersey proudly pinned to my wall. Six months after commencing a structured training and nutrition program I placed 4th at the Elite National Road Championships and 5th in the Tour of NZ amongst a top international field; sound evidence of the impact a training and nutrition program (and a large dose of self belief) can make!
As a coach and nutritionist I will assist you in overcoming barriers, be it mental or physical, so you too can set greater goals and experience the euphoria of making the impossible, possible.
One of Jo's coaching focuses is Triathlon/ironman athletes, though with a broad background in multisport, she has the knowledge to accommodate any athlete of any ability.
"Returning from living and studying in the US where i had made the most of kayaking and mountain bike guiding jobs, I was talked into running the Kepler Challenge. This in turn led to an invitation to join a team for the 2003 Southern Traverse (5 day course). In preparation for the Traverse we competed in many events- Arrow 24 hr races, 24 hour rogaines, Gold Rush, Cyclic Saga, and some 12 hour mountain bike events. The University of Otago used our team as part of a study on muscles changes, heart rates and nutrition in endurance exercise. The Southern Traverse really was my ultimate adventure race. After the Traverse I took on the Motutapu Icebreaker Marathon, the Kaweka Challenge and the NationalMountain bike series (recreational category)". In 2011 I won the Physiomed duathlon series for my agegroup, then in October Nicky (CP coach) and I managed to get on the podium at the 6hr mountain bike race at Mcleans forest.
Now that I have a young family, I appreciate the times I get out for a run or ride more than ever before! I really enjoying my coaching work, and get my multi-sport fix through training my athletes. I am a Tri NZ accredited coach and also a Technical Official for them. I love sharing my knowledge of exercise prescription and racing experiences with other athletes and helping them to achieve their ‘Complete Performance’".
Karen our Complete Performance Specialist Running Coach, and we are fortunate her talents extend to other areas such as multisport and orienteering.
"My background includes environmental science and testing of software, which gives me a strong analytical and organized approach to the way in which I design training programs and coach running technique. Running Technique is one of my specialities and I work closely with many of the local physiotherapists, podiatrists and massage therapists helping their clients to stay injury free. A good running technique will help to reduce the chance of injury, enable you to run faster for longer and make running even more enjoyable!
I love to help people achieve their sporting goals whether it is to complete their first 5km fun run or a personal best for a multi day adventure race. I believe that training must be fun, specific to the persons needs, realistic and specific to the event. I enjoy the challenge of coming up with training simulations for the huge variety of events that are out there.
Some of my successes include; representing Canterbury in the National cross country champs, being awarded the GovenorsBay to Lyttleton E.M McCallum cup for fastest veteran woman, placing first at the Hanmer 10km and 4th in the Motatapu off road marathon. In multisport I placed 1st in my age group at the 2010 Coast to Coast Longest Day World Championship, Frostbuster and Teva Multisport events.
I have experienced many events in the South Island and love to take on a new race challenge each year. I am a member of Sumner Running and Multisport Club, Arawa Canoe Club, Plains and Peninsula Orienteers and the White Water Canoe Club.
Debbie enjoys coaching a broad range of athletes from beginner to elite.
Debbie's background is in medical research, so she understands the human body well. She has completed a certificate in Personal Training at the Southern Institute of Technology and has been working as a coach with Complete Performance for 2 years. During that time she has coached people for many different types of events including triathlons, Coast to Coast, Ironman, Le race, Spring Challenge, and both full and half marathons.
Debbie is a mother to Abigail (10) and Nicholas (8), and married to Dean. They share their passion for multi-sport and balance their training and racing with busy work schedules.
"One very important thing I’ve learnt from my coaching is that everyone is completely different and one training style or program does not suit all. Working with an athlete is a very personal experience and I try to find methods of training that are productive, motivating and enjoyable for them as an individual”.
“As a busy working mother who still loves to compete reularly in events I understand very well the need for a good training programme to fit with all the other aspects of an athlete’s life. I need to make the most of any training time I get. I aim to train efficiently, and to have a focus for every session, so that I get the best results I can with limited time available. Many of the athletes I coach are very busy people too, who appreciate an effective training programme that doesn’t involve doing huge training hours”.
I have been a qualified Vet for 20 years and for many years my main sport was rowing , competing widely in the UK and Europe at the top club level . The nature of the physical conditioning and training required lead me to experiment with other sports particularly endurance running and Ironman triathlon .
I have always enjoyed challenges and pushing myself ; in 2004 I completed the legendary Marathon de Sables and then in 2007 placed 3rd tandem kayak in the Yukon River Quest , the longest canoe/kayak race in the world , and then in 2010 completed the Comrades Ultra in South Africa .
I became a qualified PT in 2010 and have divided my time between veterinary and PT since then . I get a great buzz from seeing people achieve their goals and the pleasure that gives them , and my experience in different sports helps me in both my PT work and running coaching .
Nicky is our Mountain Bike Coach. She has a life- long passion for adventure based sports which have over the years encompassed: white-water kayaking; rock climbing and mountaineering to a present day focus on road and mountain biking; multi-sport races, trail running and rogaines. She is a qualified teacher and has worked for many years in a range of environments with adults and children as an Outdoor Educator.
“My experiences in life have shown me that the benefits of physical exercise can have huge positive effects on the whole being. Taking time out from busy daily schedules to breath, to digest life and focus for a time on personal goals is one way of creating calm and balance in life.”
“I have a passion for teaching new skills and theory, and an obsession for bikes. Mountain biking to me is an adventure full of mental and physical challenges peppered with fun and adrenaline.
“In working for Complete Performance many of my passions and experiences have come together. In coaching mountain biking, my goals are to teach the dynamics behind each skill set, giving clients an understanding of how they can stay rubber side down as their personal MTB challenges rise. I believe in setting challenging but achievable goals that respect the client’s aims, personal learning rate and style.”
Brett Leyden (MASc, BEd PE)
Brett has a background that includes competing in endurance sport and training student athletes. Over the last 10 years Brett has combined his role as a sport and fitness tutor with Aoraki Polytechnic with regular competition in road, mountain bike, mountain running and multisport events. His results include winning the Mt Somers and Arrowsmith mountain bike events and the Peak to Pub multisport. He has also won the vet class in the Routeburn Classic and Avalanche Peak mountain runs, and in the Peak to Peak and Mt Isobel multi-sport events.
Brett combines his professional knowledge of exercise science, biomechanics and sport coaching with his competition experience to offer great training support to Complete Performance athletes.
“I really enjoy working with such a broad range of personalities who share the common desire to challenge themselves through endurance sport. It’s great that people can combine an enjoyment of such healthy activity with a drive to meet personal goals and challenges. Being around people who are keen to push themselves is fantastic!”
“One of the things I have come to discover is that good training is in many ways like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. There are so many elements to consider and so many different ways to improve, or to go backwards, that it is really hard to do it effectively. Having a coach who can help you keep an eye on the big picture and help you use your time and energy where you get most reward is a real benefit for anyone looking to develop their performance.