Athlete Testimonials

I started coaching in 2015, this is what a few of my athletes have had to say about working with me. 

I enjoyed every session you had set for me, challenging yes but so worth it. I would not hesitate in recommending you, such a wonderful supportive coach! This was a 28 year dream for me and you tweaked me into the athlete I needed to be. Thanks again so so much. We now knuckle down to tackle Kona! (Shannon Lum after qualifying for Kona 2018).

I am fortunate to be one of the first athletes Gina started coaching at the beginning of 2016.I had entered Taupo Ironman in March and although I had competed in over a dozen Ironman events, my times had not differed a great deal as I was mostly self taught and basically just did lots of mega miles with little improvement. 3 months out Gina prepared a specific programme that concentrated on improving my strength and speed and allowing me to get off the bike feeling strong and confident about running the marathon. I completed Taupo Ironman in 12.07. The fastest I have ever gone and an improvement of over 20 minutes from the previous year. And that was just in 3 months! Gina seems to know when to contact her athletes. She has this amazing ESP and knows exactly what to say at the appropriate time. I love her calming nature, her knowledge,expertise and encouragement.I love her programmes! (Barb, 60-64 Age Group champion IMNZ 2016 and Kona Qualifier).

I would not have achieved the results I did without having Gina Crawford on board. You go above & beyond all the time. I am endlessly thankful for your contribution & a very lucky athlete to have had you on course for my first race. I'm thrilled to have got this result for you. You're a beautiful human. (Sarah, first Ironman, 11.58 after 5 months on the programme).

Can't say thanks enough to you, never ever in my wildest dreams did I think this was possible, I was aiming for 1:30 today and I knocked it out in 1:14:20, and got a 3rd place in my category. (Deon, beginner triathlete 2 months into his programme, working towards Challenge Wanaka or IMNZ 2017).

Super happy with my result which was a PB for me over the half distance and I was 5th female overall. This time last year I had awful injury problems and have found it hard to have the confidence to push myself in the sport since, today was the first time since that I've felt really good racing again. Big thanks to my amazing coach Gina Crawford.
(Sophie after first race on the programme May 2017)

Thanks again for helping me make the huge improvements I've managed this year. It's been such an amazing season!
 (Sophie after finishing her first Ironman 70.3 World Championship event with a PB!).

It has been just fantastic for me to have you as a coach albeit for a brief time and you are a truly inspiring person and have such a lovely understated and humble way despite your great achievements. I have learned a lot of little but very important things over a short time alongside my training schedule which seems to have suited me well. I cannot thank you enough for all this and you have always made yourself available and come back to me.
(Stewart before going into Ironman after 12 weeks on the programme).
Last year I did the same race without your guidance, 5:44 my time. Is just crazy how much improvement we have done. Thank you for getting me where we are now, and excited to see more of it.
(Art after Half Ironman PB of 5.12)
I cannot thank you enough for your advice, guidance and wealth of knowledge that you have shared with far....I've still got more to learn and definitely more to give!
(Gail after winning age group at Challenge Wanaka 2017)
Am still buzzing that I had such a good race! Thanks for all your support and help, I’ve learnt some really great tips and am really excited about my next season (whenever that may be!). Thanks so much again for your great work, have really enjoyed the way you’ve coached and being able to email at any time and know I’ll get a quick response.
(Whitney after PB at Challenge Half 2017).
Thank you for your plans and getting me through the event feeling so good right until the end. It’s the first time I have not cramped in the last half of run.
I'm stoked with my time. Had a good swim and bike. Thanks so much for your epic coaching and support.

Learnt some great lessons this year from you. Especially consistency and creating good habits. It has really exceeded my expectations. (Simon)

Overall, I’m happy to conquer to the most challenging 70.3 ironman course, with all the obstacles that i have to handle. I also want to say thanks so much to you, for the train plan, inputs, assistance, gain my knowledge/ skill.