Merle Maud

Endure IQ Coach

1:1 Coaching


Technique Analysis

Meet Merle Maud

Triathlon coach and EndureIQ resident swim expert. I coach athletes racing both full and 70.3 Ironman from novice to world championship qualification. With years of coaching and racing experience, I apply both practical experience and continued education to optimise performance.

Together, we set goals and use effective coaching methodologies to embark on the journey to achieve not only results but also a lifestyle that motivates us to remain active. I believe in using science to guide the structure but also understanding that the athlete is a person juggling with everyday life to become better.

As a competitive age grouper I’ve worked with Dan since 2017, attracted by his scientific approach to performance. Today I continue to broaden my knowledge, recently completing a degree in Sports Science and Coaching at the Auckland University of Technology.

I have an athlete centred approach to coaching. Grounded in experiences working with athletes from diverse backgrounds and cultures, having founded Swim Smooth squads in both Dubai and Singapore before settling in New Zealand.

I love working with people, and through sport, it is even more rewarding.

Graduate Certificate in Sport & Exercise
ITU Level 1 coach
Swim Smooth Certified 
Endure IQ LDT101, LDT102, LDT103, LDT104

"Perfect balance of challenging me but also knowing where my limits lie."

Merle and I have been working together for over a year now. In the last 12months Merle has helped me improve in all three disciplines whilst navigating around life, travel and competition. We have won National Middle Distance and National Duathlon Championship titles and have placed 4th and 11th overall amateur female in the IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships respectively. She has delivered me to every startline race ready. Each block of training we do has an overarching goal, however it is delivered on a weekly basis and is flexible based on feedback from me. Merle has a consistent and steady approach in the face of guaranteed ups and downs of training and that has been a big support to me. Merle understands me fully as an athlete and finds the perfect balance of challenging me but also knowing where my limits lie. She has empowered me through trust and has helped my confidence grow through encouragement but also through seeing myself improve based on the bespoke training we do. I feel very lucky to have found Merle when I did and thankful that she continues to help me level up in triathlon day by day.

- Hilary Hughes

1:1 Coaching

With 1:1 coaching, get training support from Merle to optimize your performance and achieve your training and race goals.



Get advice from Merle on your training plan, season planning, or any other performance related queries in a 1:1 virtual consultation.


Technique Analysis

Need to get your swim stroke checked out? Improve your swimming technique with swim stroke analysis from Merle.