Simone Plews

I joined the SMART Coaching team in 2015 seeking some training guidance for the bike leg in a Half Ironman team and potentially stepping up from sprint distance triathlons.

Belinda was extremely helpful and knowledgeable about triathlon training and excited to be part of the challenge I’d set myself. One of the things that most impressed me was that she understood the pressures I faced as a mother of two young children who worked full-time.

She designed a program for me around my work hours and family life that was both manageable and rewarding. It included indoor bike sessions, swim squads, run groups and triathlon-specific training weekends.

In the past two years, I’ve trained with a range of athletes as part of the SMART Coaching team and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the support and encouragement we’ve received along the way. It doesn’t matter if you are starting out in the sport of triathlon or training for an Ironman – everyone is made to feel welcome and a valued member of the team.

My SMART journey has seen me improve my bike leg times considerably over the 2015 and 2016 Port Macquarie 70.3 events and complete my first half ironman distance event – the 2017 Tweed Enduro.

I had the perfect race on the day despite challenging weather conditions and I can’t thank Belinda and Ben enough for having faith in me and helping me to tick off a goal that I had thought was beyond my capabilities.

Belinda and Ben are both generous with their time and advice and genuinely care about their athletes. Their personalised service guides you along your chosen journey and gives you the push needed. I can’t recommend the SMART Coaching team highly enough.