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Nico Sterk

Nico heads the academy with a strong team of coaches, administrators and partners.


He has years of experience racing as a professional athlete in various endurance sports. His understanding and ability to coach athletes to reach their full potential has become second nature.


He has more than 12 years of coaching experience and hundreds of his athletes have successfully achieved their goals at events such as elite level triathlon, Ironman, 70.3 Ironman, mountain biking and other endurance events. Adding to his coaching experience, he also coaches multiple national and international level athletes in various sporting disciplines.


Nico has also developed the unique skill of teaching adults the correct form of freestyle swimming, especially for those who can't swim at all and have to learn in order to compete in different swimming events.

Personal Achievements

Xterra World Series
  • 15th at Xterra World Series Scanno, Italy 2018.

  • 20th at Xterra World Series Prachatice, Czech Republic 2018.

  • 4th at Xterra World Series Grabouw, RSA 2018.

  • 4th at Xterra World Series Reunion, France 2017.

  • 5th at Xterra World Series Buffelspoort, RSA 2015.

  • 2nd at Xterra World Series Buffelspoort, RSA 2014.

  • 4th at Xterra World Series Guam, USA 2014.

  • 6th at Xterra World Series Saipan, USA 2014.

Member of the South African Triathlon Cross Tri Elite Team
  • 3rd at South African Nation Cross Triathlon Championships 2015 and 2019.

  • 1st at Rock Man Cross Triathlon, RSA 2015 and 2016.

  • 17th and 19th respectively at Cross Triathlon World Championships Elite Men, 2011 – USA, 2012 Spain.

  • 1st at ATU Africa Cup Cross Triathlon Championships 2011.


  • 2nd Age Group 30 – 34 at Ironman Africa Championships Nelson Mandela Bay PE, RSA 2021 (Time – 8h34min, *shortened swim).

  • 2nd Age Group 30 – 34 at Ironman 70.3 East London, RSA 2021 (Time – 4h16min, *shortened swim).

  • 17th PRO Challenge European Champs Tonsberg, Norway 2016

  • 15th PRO Ironman 70.3 East London, RSA 2012.

  • 11th PRO Ironman 70.3 East London, RSA 2010.


  • 1st Top of the Waterberg MTB Challenge, RSA 2022.

  • 3rd Namib Desert Dash Stage Race, Namibia 2021 (Two-man Team).

  • 10th Cullinan 2 Tonteldoos MTB Stage Race, RSA 2021.

  • 2nd Namib Desert Dash MTB Stage Race, Namibia 2020 (Two-man Team).

  • 2nd Magalies Monster MTB Classic, RSA 2014 and 2016.

  • 3rd Team at Coronation Double Century, Swellendam RSA, 2016.

  • 3rd Joberg2C MTB Stage Race Solo Men, RSA 2013.

Trail Running

  • 2nd Mixed Team at African X 3-Day Stage Race, Houw Hoek, RSA 2021.


  • 1st Woolworths Xtri Buffelspoort, RSA 2022

  • 2nd Dual X Cross Duathlon Hakahana, RSA 2016.

  • 2nd Dual X Cross Duathlon Legends, RSA 2015.

  • 4th Dual X Cross Duathlon Van Gaalen, RSA 2015.

  • 2nd at Afriman Duathlon Babbas Lodge, RSA 2011 and 2013.

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