Stellenbosch - Head Coach
Vicky Van Der Merwe
Vicky is a product of Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof in Stellenbosch where she proved her talent and potential by competing and excelling at a National and International level. This 4-time SA Junior Triathlon Champ and 3-time African Junior Champ represented SA at the Junior World Champs 4 times and earned provincial colours in 7 different sports. After school Vicky spent two seasons racing the Australian Triathlon circuit to gain valuable international training and competition experience, and has since raced in more than 40 different countries.
Vicky’s return from Australia came along with long-term injuries that hampered her progress and resulted in hip surgery in 2013. After returning from the Rio Olympic Test event at the end of 2015 she was diagnosed with glandular fever, which took much longer than anticipated to recover. Now healthy and fully fit, Vicky is looking to make her mark as she works towards long-term goals like the Olympic Games.
Vicky has completed a LLB Law degree through UNISA and is the owner of her own business, the Stellenbosch Triathlon Squad | www.triathlonsquad.co.za The squad provides structured , coached group training sessions and programs to over 180 Athletes and has been a great success since inception in November 2014.
Vicky is also a brand ambassador for Specialized Bicycles, PUMA, Oakley, TomTom, Speedo and Elana Meyer’s Endurance academy, EnduroCad.
Awards & Achievements:
- 1st Knysna Half Marathon and the Big 5 Challenge: 80km MTB, 2km swim, 17km trail run, MTB and Half Marathon - 2018
- 1st ITU Cape Town Triathlon - 2018, 2017
- 1st WalkerBay Xtreme Big6 – 2018, 2017
- 1st Knysna Half Marathon – 2018, 2017
- 1st Knysna Big 5 Challenge - 2017
- Selected for 3 x SA Elite teams: Road Triathlon, Cross Triathlon and Xterra - 2017
- 2nd Xterra SA Champs - 2017
- 3rd Elite SA Road Triathlon Champs - 2017
- 2nd Xterra Reunion - 2017
- 2nd CPT Marathon Trail Run - 2017
- 4th Elite Gun Run Half Marathon - 2017
- SA team to Rio Olympic test event - 2015
- 2nd Elite SA Champs - 2015
- 4th Elite African Champs - 2015
- 4th ITU Continental Cup Cape Town - 2015
- 1st in Local Races Slanghoek, Clanwilliam, Jailbreak - 2017, 2016, 2015
- 2nd ITU Riga Latvia European Cup - 2014
- SA team Winning Brazil Fast Tri - 2012
- Sports Illustrated Beauties of Sport - 2008
- Raced in over 40 different countries
Current & Upcoming:
- Various local and international races
- Continue to be SA’s most versatile female athlete
- Tokyo Olympics 2020
- Focus on giving back to the community and the sport of Triathlon by creating a healthy, structured environment where athletes can each their potential through her business: Stellenbosch Triathlon Squad