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Ian with his partner Nora and daughter MilliePhoto of Coach Steve Gurney

Need a Sports Coach?

The answer to the age old questions of how to train for events is different for every person.  There are many variables to take into consideration to be sure that your body and schedule are able to enjoy the new routines as they take shape over the next few months to a year.  For the best results, we highly recommend Professional Training Programs that are tailor-made for YOU!

Steve Gurney  has combined the talents of the best in the field to bring you a wonderfully unique coaching service to help you meet or exceed your sporting aspirations be it

  • The Coast to Coast
  • Orienteering
  • A 5km fun run
  • A triathlon
  • or just getting off the couch and doing something!

Your time is precious so make the most of it by being coached by the best in the business - Be guided by the GurneyGears Gurus!!!

Whether you want to have fun, beat your mates or get on the podium - make it happen with the help of a proven track record.

We discuss together what is best for your training and Steve then will guide you through goal setting, strategy & removing hurdles coaching for $200 per 90 minute session.

What are the benefits of a mental excellence coach?

  • It's personal, tailored to your level, background, lifestyle, needs, goals, family and work commitments
  • Guidance from someone who's been there and done that and has experience
  • If you have someone to answer to you are more likely to be committed
  • Maximise your training time
  • Overcome mental blocks such as a fear of water, or other stumbling block

What should you look for in an excellence coach?

  • Someone who's been there before
  • Someone you can communicate with
  • Someone that understands your level and background

Service Structure:

Please note that very limited spaces are available for the GurneyGears coaching service.

The first step is always the hardest so here's a leg up.

  1. Contact steve at
  2. Steve will collate relevant information from you.
  3. You and Steve will meet in person or on SKYPE for your excellence session
  4. Steve may recommend other daily coaches in your area for further training
  5. You're on your way to a rewarding endurance experience.
  6. Ongoing fine tuning/feedback as necessary

About the coaches

More than half of completing or winning any race requires psychological control and excellence.  This is the area where Steve excels and specialises in coaching.  

For day to day training after your mental excellence training, Steve can recommend a specialised trainer in your area for your sport(s).

Coaching Testimonials

The programs and literature I received was exceptional, fun, easy to follow & got the results. Ian gave me the direction I needed to get me out of a big "Motivational Downer" I was experiencing at the beginning of our tenure, say no more!! Cheers Ian. You guys are cool! S.B. Taupo

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your help, advice and of course the programme over the last few months. It has been invaluable. All the supplementary notes were fantastic also. Overall a great service! If you need a reference for the website I would be more than happy!
N.W. Christchurch

I provided Ian with an idea of the amount of time I could commit to a training programme. He provided me with a program that was both achievable given my other commitments and yet prepared me for the event I had entered. R.H. Taupo

I feel the service is good value for money and has helped me immensely. This is my first C2C and at the ripe age of 43 with only a couple of years of half marathons and half ironmans behind me I found the coaching program extremely valuable and motivating. The results so far are great. K.M. Hastings Hastings

The Coast was a fantastic experience. You made the impossible possible and I am still not sure how you did it. I want to thank you so much for your programme. I worried that I wasn't doing enough training as you know but obviously I was as I felt great the day after the event. V.R. Auckland

Thanks for all your help and support over the last year or so, you run a fantastic service and with my self-motivation levels would have had me watching from the side lines by about May!!!! I'm wrapped to now be in the best shape of my life and look forward to setting my next challenge for 2006. P.Y. Christchurch

Thank you so much for your support, being coached by you has been very uplifting when I have felt very disheartened at times! J.M., Christchurch

I have found it excellent and am passing the web address on to a friend who wishes to use it. A.G., Greymouth

Prompt delivery of coaching programmes, easy to follow, and any issues/queries are always quickly resolved. C.G., Leeston

We were really impressed with the standard of coaching we received through GurneyGears and will definitely continue to use you and recommend you in the future. S.G., Auckland

Very knowledgeable and reliable. T.S., Christchurch

Absolute value for money. T.V. Christchurch


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