Natalie Lawrence (nee Barnard)
BSc Hons Sport & Exercise Science
Sport and health has been an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember.
I was a former National level swimmer until aged 16, where I was talent scouted at the National Schools’ Biathlon Champs, and instantly placed onto the World Class programme for Triathlon. I was a National Lottery / UK Sport funded and TASS University scholar athlete at Loughborough University, where I also undertook my degree.
I have represented Great Britain for Triathlon and Biathlon, both at World and European levels.
I was crowned World Biathle Champion (run-swim-run) in 2007 and European Champion in 2008. As well as achieving many National titles and competitions for swimming, triathlon, biathlon, duathlon, and cross country.
After leaving the World Class Potential Triathlon programme, I was able to obtain a professional racing license to compete for GB in the the half ironman triathlon championships. My greatest achievements have been winning Outlaw Long Distance 2023, The Long Course Weekend, Wales 2023, Ironman Weymouth 2022 & Ironman Egypt in 2021 AND 2022.
Along with my sporting and physical accomplishments, I have achieved many other things, my four children being the greatest of them all!
I understand, wholly and truly, as a mother to four children; that the demands are at times overwhelming and very time/ energy consuming. This is where I feel one of my USP's come from as a coach; I have and do live the day to day lifestyle of juggling a family, the needs of small people, as well as managing my own time to work and train - "me time."
It is of upmost importance to me, as your coach, to understand your whole profile: life, family, work, external constraints and commitments; the planning of sessions are the easy part...... It is more about knowing you as an INDIVIDUAL, not a drag and drop generic athlete.
I have also physically, mentally, and emotionally managed to over come disordered eating, which was a side effect of the high stress and elite performance expectations when I was a GB athlete. This has helped me to understand clients and in particular, female athletes on a much deeper scale. So much so that I have been fortunate enough to share my experiences and story across the country; NOW! magazine, The Telegraph, The Sun, Closer magazine, as well as appearing on This Morning Television (see link), and ITV Anglia News. Addicted To Exercise - The Rise Of Anorexia Athletica | This Morning - YouTube
I graduated from Loughborough University in 2007 with a BSc Hons Sport & Exercise Science degree and went on to gain further diplomas and qualifications;
I am a Mobile Level 3 Deep Tissue and Remedial Massage Therapist. I trained for this qualification whilst at my time at Loughborough. From there I undertook my qualifications to become a British Triathlon Coach, as well as my Personal Training and Nutritional courses.
I am currently undertaking a BTF qualification status in Child welfare in order to help to start up a Youth and Junior section within our local triathlon club.
My goal is to help people to get the very best out of themselves, whether it is mentally, physically or emotionally. They usually go hand in hand! Nothing gives me more satisfaction than coming away knowing that I have made a positive impact on someone.