Mark has been in triathlon since the age of 12 and is now one of the top 70.3 athletes in the world. In the past 2 years he was ranked inside the top 20, on the 70.3 points ranking system (2015) and in 2016 raced the 70.3 world champs where he placed 16th. Mark has multiple Ironman 70.3 podiums and also a win. Nationally Mark has placed in the top 5 at the NZ Half Ironman champs 4 times and also won the Taupo Half Ironman once and the Auckland Half Ironman 4 times.
The Half Ironman distance is not the only distance he races. In the last few years the lucrative Hy-Vee triathlon was run Mark qualified and raced against some of the best short course athletes, placing 23rd and 20th.
In 2016 Mark stepped up to the full distance at Ironman NZ and produced a very impressive debut ironman of 8.29 on one of the tougher courses around the globe.
Mark understands the work/training balance as early on in his career he studied Chemical and Material Engineering and gained first class honours all while training as much as possible and working at the local steel mill in the summers. It was during his studies (2009) that he became the 20-24 ITU long distance world champion after just turning 20.
Mark has been shaped by some great coaches; Frank Clarke, Gordon Walker, Nathan Richmond and Mark Bone. But also had the pleasure of training with a lot of the best in the world, such as; Cameron Brown, Terenzo Bozzone, Tim Berkel, Helle Frederiksen, Alicia Kaye, Josh Amberger, Sebastian Kienle.
His knowledge of the sport, scientific mind and experience will help him greatly in becoming a good coach. Mark really wants to share his knowledge and is looking forward to helping athletes smash their PB’s and achieve their goals.