MEET THE TEAM

Lindsey Parry – Head Coach

Coach. Consultant. Speaker.

With a passion for high performance sport – Lindsey Parry is one of South Africa’s most widely recognised coaches.

Having led a team to both the London and Rio Olympic Games as well as the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh and the Gold Coast, and coached both triathletes and runners onto podiums of some of the world’s most illustrious races, Lindsey has a unique ability to understand what it takes to succeed at any level and thrives on coaching, motivating and inspiring others to do the same – whether it’s on the track, on stage or behind a mic.

Lindsey’s 1-on-1 coaching services are massively in demand and he only takes on new coaching clients when a space opens up on his coaching roster from within the Coach Parry Online Community.

Lindsey Parry

Shona Hendricks – Strength & Conditioning Coach and Head of Athlete Success

Devlin Eyden

Shona is currently the Head of Sport Science at the High-Performance Centre, University of Pretoria. She returned from Madrid, Spain, in 2013 where she completed her MBA in Sport Management with Universidad Europea de Madrid (Real Madrid FC). She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Sport Science (MSc Med Sport Science) and she has also completed the NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) course.

Shona began her career at the Institute for Sports Research at the High-Performance Centre during her honours degree in Sport Science in 2007, where she was the lead strength and conditioning specialist for the SAFA Girls/ Basetsana U20/U17 National Ladies Football Academy. She has worked in all national levels of Women’s Football from u17, U20 and Senior National Team (Banyana Banyana). And has also worked with PSL teams such as Kaizer Chiefs, Moroka Swallows and Mamelodi Sundowns on a consultation basis.

Shona’s current work and interest lies in endurance sport (running/triathlon) conditioning and sport science working with elite ultra-endurance athletes such as Caroline Wostmann (2015 Comrades & 2Oceans winner).

 

Aside from football strength & conditioning, Shona’s other passion and expertise lies in endurance sport (running/triathlon) as well as Women in Sport. She has competed in 4 Half IronMan distance events and three 2Oceans Ultramarathons herself. She has also worked with other elite female athletes such as London 2012 bronze medallist in canoeing, Bridgitte Hartley.

Devlin Eyden – Cycling Coach

Devlin Eyden has passion for seeing his athletes grow and excel. From novice cyclists across all disciplines, to elite mountain bikers representing South Africa at World Championships.

In addition to helping you ride faster, for longer, Devlin also has the personal touch when it comes to your bike setup, aiming at improving the overall rider experience.

With his background as a Sport Scientist as well as a Strength & Conditioning specialist, cycling performance is Devlin’s main priority, be it in the gym, the lab or out on the bike.

Being a keen cyclist and having completed the Cape Epic among others, Devlin has first hand experience in what it take to reach your goals.

If you’re looking for a once off training program or ongoing, high touch support Devlin has you covered.

Devlin Eyden

Markus van Niekerk – Running Coach

Markus van Niekerk

Markus van Niekerk the athlete has qualified for ITU World Olympic Distance, ITU Long Distance and 70.3 World Champs. A sub 10hr Ironman Finisher and top 10 finish at ITU World Long Distance champs count as his highlights.

He regularly finishes on the podium at local races across all the Triathlon disciplines and understand well what it takes to achieve his goals working around a 9-5 job and raising a young Family

As a coach Markus has assisted multiple athletes qualify for 70.3 World Champs, ITU Olympic Distance World Champs and Xterra World Champs.

Lindsey has been coaching and mentoring Markus for the past 5 years and I felt the time was right to use Markus within the coach Parry Brand as he carries through the same philosophies that have helped me achieve the successes I have.

Rudolf Naude – Triathlon Coach

Rudolf Naude started triathlon for the fun of it as a 14 year old. Over the years he developed into a very competitive athlete and has raced around the world at Junior World Champs (21st), U23 World Champs (23rd) the ITU World Cup and World Triathlon Series Circuit.

Rudolf moved up to 70.3 racing in 2014 and has steadily moved up the rankings, taking 1 podium and several top 10 placings in the Pro Category around the World.

Rudolf has developed into one of the strongest 70.3 swimmers on tour, mixes it with the top pros on the bike and is making great improvements on the run. 2018 is turning out to be his breakthrough year on, and off the field of play.

With a postgraduate Degree in Sport Science, Rudolf has turned his passion for triathlon towards coaching. He was worked with Lindsey Parry since 2008 and continues to grow as an athlete and as a coach.

If you are looking to start triathlon or become more competitive, Rudolf has the skill set, passion and attention to detail that will get you to your goals.

 

Devlin Eyden

Nicki de Villiers – Sports Nutrition

Markus van Niekerk

Nicki graduated as dietitian at the University of Pretoria and completed a postgraduate diploma through the International Olympic Committee and a master’s degree in dietetics.

She has been working in the field of dietetics for around 20 years and have been concentrating on sports nutrition for the last 14 years and started working at High Performance Centre at the University of Pretoria around 10 years ago.

Nicki completed the IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition and a master’s degree in dietetics and also currently works as a private consulting dietitian at her own practice in Hatfield.

Nicki consults for various PSL teams, professional rugby teams, the Comrades Marathon Association and individual athletes at all levels.

Nicki is also a part-time lecturer in sports nutrition for students studying sports science, biokinetics, sports medicine and dietetics at the University of Pretoria. Her passion is working with athletes to guide them to optimal nutrition to support training in achieving their ultimate goal!