Brendan Peeters has over 20 years of experience in the sport of track and field, as both a high level athlete and coach. As a junior, Brendan competed in both athletics and cross country events all throughout his schooling years, representing the Peninsula region, Queensland and Australia on numerous occasions. After high school, Brendan moved away to the Gold Coast to pursue his track and field dreams, specialising in the demanding sport of the Decathlon and making it as far as Captaining the Australian Track and Field team at the 2008 Oceania Games. Unfortunately, a series of badly timed injuries saw an end to Brendan’s track and field career in 2012. Ensuring that every cloud has a silver lining, Brendan took to coaching, where he has found his passion of passing on his experience to the new generation of rising track and field superstars.
Having always had that fire in his belly to compete, Brendan is now an avid triathlete, having competed in both the 2014 & 2015 Ironman Cairns, 2015 Ballarat Half-Ironman, 2016 Western Sydney Half-Ironman and 2017 & 2018 Cairns Half-Ironman, where he finished 4th (age-group) and qualified for World Championships. Brendan also won the 2017 Coral Coast Triathlon, crossing in a blistering time of 1:01.54.
As a proud Indigenous Australian, Brendan was fortunate enough to be one of 5 young men from across Australia to be selected in the 2014 Indigenous Marathon Project. This provided Brendan with the opportunity to run the New York City Marathon and become a strong, passionate and inspirational role model not just within the Indigenous community, but to all who meet him. Since doing so, Brendan also ran the Gold Coast Marathon in 2017 running a Boston Marathon Qualifying time.
Brendan currently holds the following qualifications:
Level III IAAF Sprints, Hurdles and Relays
Level II Athletics Australia Coach Sprints, Hurdles and Relays
Level II Club Coach
IAAF Kids Athletics
Certificate IV Health & Leisure
Certificate IV Massage
You could definitely say that Brooke wasn’t born a natural athlete! Her running started all the way back in Primary school as a way to lose weight and improve her overall health. Not long after, Brooke’s love of running was born and she joined the local running group (Cairns Road Runners) as a junior to find some more like minded young people. The more time and passion Brooke put into her running, the more she got from it, representing both Peninsula and Queensland throughout her high school years. Although running was where she started, Brooke also fell into triathlon, where she found her true love of endurance sports.
To date, Brooke has completed two Ironman Triathlons, two half-Ironman triathlons and numerous club races across the years. She loves the feeling she gets when crossing the finish line and the comradery all competitors seem to have with one another.
Brooke has a Masters Degree in sports science, majoring in Skill Acquisition. In 2011, she was given the opportunity to continue her Masters research at the Australian Institute of Sport where she worked with both coaches and athletes looking at way to enhance skill learning within the training environment. This involved work with the Australian Swim team, Australian Track and Field team, the Matildas, the Diamonds and Queensland Firebirds, men’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, canoe/kayak and cricket. This opportunity gave Brooke the skills and experience from a wide range of different coaches and sports to tailor training sessions around the athlete’s specific needs and develop a scientifically sound approach to managing training loads, physical and psychological preparation for each individual.
Brooke and Brendan have a three children (two boys and a girl)! They both feel so blessed to have all the families of ASPIRE around them to share their own family’s journey with.