Nurturing and developing SKC Cyclists and Triathletes to succeed to best of their ability.
TYDSCI and the SKC Triathlon and Cycling community strive to support students, parents, teachers and coaches in inspiring and motivating young people to join in with their friends and peers in a fun, challenging environment. Whilst giving them the chance to test themselves against the best in numerous local, regional and national competitions.
Our vision is to ensure Cycling and Triathlon success and numbers of athletes competing at SKC will be so highly regarded in NZ, that all other schools will benchmark their achievements against us.
Nathan Richmond - SKC Head of Triathlon & Cycling
Firstly, I am delighted to be appointed the roles of Head of Cycling and Triathlon for Saint Kentigern College.I have a rich history having been an old boy of St Kentigern College (from 1992 – 1997) during which time my sporting strengths lay in Swimming, Middle/ Long Distance running and ultimately Triathlon. I was awarded Dux Laudorum (Major individual sporting award for outstanding performance) during my time at the College.
During my 17 year career I represented New Zealand as a Junior Elite and Elite athlete from 1995 until 2008 consecutively. Highlights include: winning all Junior and Senior Secondary School Titles in Triathlon and Duathlon consecutively during my time at St Kentigern (1992 – 1997), winning the World Junior Elite (under 16) Triathlon Champs in 1995 (Mexico), winning the ITU Cornerbrook WTS race in 2004(Canada). Qualifying and competing at the 2004 Olympic Games (Athens – athlete #945) – 33rd place (with team mates Hamish Carter and Bevan Docherty winning Gold and Silver), winning and breaking the New Zealand record at the New Zealand Half Ironman Championships – 2005 (Port of Tauranga Half Ironman – Mt Maunganui -3.47.48).
I have been involved in Triathlon Coaching since 2009 and my stable has included – Daniel Hoy (2014 Youth Olympic Games Silver Medallist, NZ 1500m Junior Athletics Record Holder (3.57.42) and 4th Junior Elite Men – 2016 ITU World Champs –Cozumel, Mexico) , Katherine Badham (member of the NZ Junior Elite Team) and 27th Junior Elite Women – 2016 ITU World Champs –Cozumel, Mexico and both are current Members of the NZ Talent Triathlon Squad, Matt Franklin (Elite 70.3 athlete), Finnian Orr (5th 2019 World Age Group Duathlon Champs - Pontevedra, Spain). I am an enormous advocate of creating a team culture within my squad, with our core values reinforced frequently:
· Respect yourself
· Respect your fellow squad members
· Respect your competition
· Above all “have FUN”
I believe a successful group is built on the fact - “that it is athlete based and coach driven”
Having been to the Olympic Games as an athlete I understand the dedication, determination and discipline required to make it to the top in sport. I have experienced success and been alongside potentially the greatest Olympic moment/campaign in New Zealand history. I am passionate about people and their ability to achieve no matter what their ability level. I am task and goal orientated with an absolute desire to achieve the greatest outcome with each opportunity presented.
My personal goal is to build on the fantastic opportunity of Saint Kentigern’s vision to create a fun and successful Program within Cycling and Triathlon, ultimately opening up the gateway for our next generation to succeed. I look forward to working each of you in future.