Coaches

Meet the Pinnacle Fitness Coaches

The coaches at Pinnacle Fitness are dedicated to helping you achieve your very best. Our coaches are all certified and have a wealth of experience from coaching first-timers to coaching at the Olympic Games. Our coaches have helped many of their athletes achieve goals they never thought possible – whether it was finishing an Ironman, a new personal best time or qualifying for a world championship even

Online Coaches

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PAUL REGENSBURG

Paul is a former National Team Coach for Triathlon and has coached at the Olympic, Commonwealth and Pan American Games.  He has a degree in Physical and Health Education from the University of Toronto and a diploma from the National Coaching Institute where he was designated a Master Coach (the highest possible level of certification in Canada).  Paul also has coaching certifications in running, cycling and swimming.


Paul is a published author and in 2000, he also provided color commentary for CBC's Olympic coverage of Simon Whitfield's historic sprint finish in front of the Sydney Opera House that brought Canada the gold medal in the Olympic debut of Triathlon.


Paul has assisted dozens of professional and amateur athletes qualify for the Ironman World Championships in Kona and in recent years has coached 5 Age Group World Champions including the fastest time ever recorded by an amateur woman in Kona.


Specializations: Amateurs looking to Improve/Qualify, Developing Elites, Busy Professionals

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BRUCE REGENSBURG

Bruce brings over 20 years of experience in endurance sport; coaching, managing and competing. He is a natural teacher and mentor who during his career taught engineering at the University of Alberta. His engineering background brings an analytical approach to developing training programs. Bruce is a Certified Coach in Triathlon, Ironman, Swimming and Cycling. As an athlete, Bruce has competed at all levels of Triathlon, including 15 Ironman Races where he has won his division and qualified for the Hawaii Ironman 6 times. 


Bruce's philosophy is that anyone can complete a Triathlon, including an Ironman, if they have a good training plan and a positive attitude. He is a strong believer in the power of progression; that is, incrementally increasing workout effort, and the length of the workout over time. This method has successfully helped first time athletes and experienced athletes achieve their goals.  He has also had success at rehabilitation of injured and sick athletes by this method.


Specializations : First-Timers, Athletes over 55, Ironman athletes

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JANET NIELSEN

Janet Nielsen is an NCCP certified Triathlon Coach and holds degrees from the University of Victoria in Recreation and Health Education and a Bachelor of Education. Her coaching experience includes coaching successful on-line athletes, cross-country running programs, Master’s swim programs, Youth Triathlon Camps and other various triathlon, swimming and running programs. 


Janet has extensive experience in endurance sport including being a member of the Canadian National Junior, Under 23 and World Age Group Triathlon Teams. She was awarded “Academic-All-Canadian” for her studies and involvement as a member of the Varsity Cross-Country Running team and trained in the early 2000’s at the National Triathlon Centre where she was surrounded by high-performing coaches and motivated athletes.  Janet made a successful transition to Long Distance racing where she had numerous Elite Podium finishes in the Subaru Western Triathlon Series. Janet now has over 20 years of endurance training experience and enjoys the lifestyle that it offers.


Specializations: Women Athletes, Youth, First-Timers, Shorter Distance Events

Local Program Coaches

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DAN SMITH

Are you from Victoria or visiting Victoria? If so, you will probably meet Coach Dan at one of our local training sessions. Dan is a NCCP and Ironman University certified triathlon coach with over 20 years of coaching experience. He has been around endurance and high-performance sport his entire life, and has also coached/instructed sailing, boardsailing and snowboarding. 


In addition to coaching, Dan is a top age group contender in all distances of triathlon having qualified for and competed at the Hawaii Ironman World Championships along with the Ironman 70.3 and Xterra World Championships. Complementing his extensive sport experience is his technical knowledge, especially in cycling, having been involved in that industry for many years.

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KYLIE ACFORD

Kylie is a certified triathlon and swimming coach that has a passion for sport. Active living and racing have been a huge part of her life from a young age. Her parents entered her in her first triathlon when she was 7. Since then she has competed in swimming, running and triathlon events but fell in love with coaching when she was 16 and now has 14 years of coaching experience.


Kylie has worked with many triathlon clubs and coached a wide range of age groups and abilities from novice to professional athletes. Kylie strives to keep her technical and coaching knowledge as current as possible - she is an enthusiastic student of the sport. Kylie continues to be an avid competitor in triathlon events consistently leading her age group and recently qualified for 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Championships.