ABOUT ME - SIMON BERGNER

SIMON BERGNER – STRENGTH COACH

I am a strength coach because I love coaching people. I have extensively coached many athletes in golf and skiing, however for the past 10 years I have primarily focused on strength training.  I have always placed emphasis on expanding my knowledge to become a better coach that will get the most out of my athletes. I am able to share my passion of teaching people and assisting them reach their goals, often surpassing what they thought they were physically capable of achieving.

In the last 10 years I have coached Powerlifting at the highest level (World Championships) and more recently, I have coached Para Powerlifting at the highest level as well (Commonwealth Games). Being involved in both powerlifting disciplines has been so rewarding and showed me as a coach what the human body is capable with our brain being the weakest link if the belief is not there.

My coaching approach is multifaceted, I coach the body but also the mind. I am results driven and work towards building and increasing strength and confidence. I strive to have all my athletes moving more efficiently, lifting heavier weights but to also believing in themselves and being the best version of themselves. I work with each athlete to be dedicated and committed to the process and believe me it – it flows over into all areas of your life. It teaches you the true meaning of resilience and that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

Vincit qui se vincit” is a latin phrase that resonates with me deeply and means “He Conquers Who Conquers Himself“.  I believe that when an individual overcomes their weaknesses or failings and are able to control their emotions and actions, will win life’s most important battles. Kostya Tszyu was one of idols when I was growing up. I loved boxing, particularly the determination and commitment that goes hand in hand with the sport. I read Kostya’s book when I was 15 and that’s where I came across the phrase and it has stuck with me ever since. You can keep beating someone physically but if they don’t conquer their mind, they will be stuck at a dead end.

Keep pushing forward and believe in yourself, if it’s hard or you fail, getup and try again – the journey is long – never stop working – enjoy the challenge and let nothing hold you back.

COACHING HISTORY & ACHIEVEMENTS INCLUDE;

Commonwealth Games
– 2018 Commonwealth Games – Gold Coast, Australia
Position – Head Coach of Para Powerlifting

World Championships
– 2017 IPF World Open Championships – Minsk, Belarus.
Position – Senior Coach
– 2017 Powerlifting World Championships – Mexico City, Mexico
Position – Head Coach Para Powerlifting

Asian, Oceania and Commonwealth Championships
– 2016 – Oceania Powerlifting Championships- Christchurch, New Zealand
Position – Senior Coach
– 2015 – Asian/Oceania Powerlifting Championships – Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Position – Senior Coach
– 2013 Commonwealth (with Oceania) Powerlifting Championships – Auckland, New Zealand.
Position – Senior Coach

Blind Games
– 2015 Powerlifting World Blind Games – Seoul, South Korea
Position – Senior Coach

Other achievements
– Powerlifting Australia Level 1 Coaching Course 2016-2018
– High Performance Planning Powerlifting and Para Powerlifting for the Tuvalu Olympic Federation
– Invictus Games 2018 member of the commentary team for para powerlifting

Qualifications and Certifications:
– Sports Coaching Diploma
– Level 2 Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) Coach
– Level 2 Australian Weightlifting Accreditation (AWF) Coach
– Level 1 Powerlifting Coach
– Certificate I and II in Strength and Conditioning
– Cert III and IV in Fitness
–  International Para Powerlifting Referee