Verna Cook-Jackson


Coaching Experience

  • Been coaching triathletes for over 15 years.

  • Coaching marathon runners for well over 20 years.

  • Coaches either short & long distance triathlon athletes.

  • Specialises in coaching Ironman distance triathlons for age groupers.

  • Varied coaching experiences over the years – have coached both 21 year old to 71 year olds to compete in Ironman events.

    • Once coached a group of 27 women with ages ranging from 19 to 72 to complete their first ever women's only triathlon.  Most could not swim and had never owned a bike since leaving childhood.

    • All who began the training finished the event.


Coaching Qualifications

Level 1 TriNZ Coach


Specialist Knowledge       

  • Beginner adult triathletes who lack the confidence but not the drive to achieve.

  • Beginner half Ironman & full Ironman.

  • Improving age grouper half & full Ironman.


Personal note:

Original background was athletics – cross countries, road racing, half marathons and marathons.  Was a total non-swimmer and had never owned a bike until aged 40 when began to learn to swim and finally purchased my own ten-speed bicycle.  Knew zero about swimming and biking – never learnt to change a bike puncture until well into mid-40’s.  However within two years completed in my first NZ Ironman in Auckland – so understand the physical and mental mind sets required to overcome the fear of swimming and fear of riding on New Zealand roads.

Have since learnt to change a puncture – and become a competent swimmer.


Check out Verna's OWR website.




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