THE Absa NMMU Athletics Club have been given a boost with the acquisition of top triathlon coach Jono Rumbelow.
Rumbelow has been heading Triathlon South Africa's Junior Development Academy, with the aim of securing the maximum number of athletes allowed – three males and three females – on the starting line for the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games.
His coaching methods were behind NMMU's Emile van Niekerk's success during his 2011 and 2012 campaigns.
Van Niekerk won the South African men's 20-24 age-group title last year and was selected to represent South Africa in that category at the Barefoot and Thompson World Triathlon Championships in Auckland, New Zealand, in October.
In welcoming the move, Eastern Province Triathlon said: "NMMU could not have secured a more passionate coach in the sport. He has revolutionised the way people train and had a huge impact on the sport in the UK, where he was previously based."
NMMU athletics officer Nellis Bothma said the enthusiasm and vision Rumbelow had to grow the sport were exactly what the club were looking for, and they were excited at the prospects for the coming year.
A former SA triathlete and duathlete, a provincial biathlete, and Triple S High Performance Coaching Clinic owner, Rumbelow will take over the administration and coaching of NMMU multisport athletes from today.