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Dr Carol Austin


Role: Founder and Director of ACTIVEWORX
Qualifications: MBBCh, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa 
MMedSci, University of Newcastle, Australia
USA Cycling Coach
Carmichael Training Systems Coach
NASN Primary Sports Nutritionist
Profile: Carol is a medical doctor with a passion for endurance sports. As a competitive athlete she has experienced first hand, the value of science-based, individualized coaching.

Carol has competed in endurance sports for more than 15 years, in South Africa and the USA. As a runner she raced 10k, half and full marathons. As a cyclist she has experience in one-day and stage racing both on the road and on MTB, here favourite experience being the ultraendurance 8-day, 800km Cape-Epic MTB stage race. As a Coach, Carol combines her scientific knowledge and athletic experience to maximize her athlete's performance and enjoyment of their sport. Through her work and results with amateur through Olympic level she has demonstrated the effectiveness of her coaching methods.

As a Team Manager, Carol takes an athlete-centered approach with the goal of creating a supportive environment for individual athlete and team development and performance. She leverages her corporate business experience and management skills in high performance program strategic design through to tactical implementation. In 2007 Carol was appointed High Performance Director and National Team Manager by Triathlon South Africa. In this role she has facilitated the development and performances of SA's top triathletes in local and international competitions. The team's successes were highlighted by their historic performances at the 2008 ITU Triathlon World Championships in Vancouver, including SA's first ever World Championship Medalist. She was the South African Team Manager for Triathlon at the Beijing Olympic Games, and  awarded her Protea Colours for in this role.
Since 2008 Carol has coached the elite cyclists of South Africa's largest and most successful team, MTN Qhubeka in the disciplines of Road and MTB cycling.
Coaching Philosophy: Embrace your talent. Live your dreams. Success is hard earned and requires years of patient practice. Set progressive goals, persist and persevere. Enjoy the journey!
Favorite Quote: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." - Aristotle 384-322BC