James Owen

Performance Coach

Kia Ora, I’m James Owen – A health and fitness enthusiast who loves the challenge of goal setting, the thrill of big dreams and the immense satisfaction of learning, training, and putting a plan in place to achieve them.

I have been involved in sports and recreation from a young age with my family and have spent many hours out in our beautiful country on a bike, on the snow, in a boat, in a plane, in the water, or on two feet. My journey has taken me from roles in a health and fitness centre, playing and coaching team sports including Cricket and Basketball at regional and national level.


My endurance sports journey started when my brother and I completed the Queenstown Marathon in 2014. It really was a fantastic experience and not something I’d ever considered or participated in before, I was hooked! The energy and positivity of the crowd, the sense of achievement, the lessons I learned, and the hurdles I overcame; I knew I wanted more of it!

My most memorable events include completing the full distance Challenge Wanaka and Ironman New Zealand, Port of Tauranga ½ Ironman, and racing the sprint and standard distance triathlons as part of the New Zealand Age Group team. Fast and action packed, this experience was a real highlight of my racing career. I completed the Crater Rim Ultramarathon in 2019 which was a very special day out. We’re so fortunate to live in a place that offers so many unique racing opportunities right on our doorstep.


I joined the Team CP coaching team in 2017 after a few seasons being coached as an athlete by Richard Greer. I’ve really enjoyed my time coaching and working with athletes from all walks of life with many different goals. As your coach you can expect that I will pass on my knowledge and experience and help you manage your work/life and training/life balance. I’m a qualified Personal Trainer and Outdoor Leader through Skills Active and Tai Poutini Polytechnic. Outside of coaching I travel a lot as an airline pilot for Air New Zealand and always have a pair of running shoes in my bag to shake out the jetlag by exploring the hidden gems around New Zealand. Management of time and resource is important. Getting the balance right is a skill that needs continual refinement. Match your training with adequate recovery, hydration, and nutrition, and you’re well on your way to achieving your goals!


I love getting out into the hills and exploring our back yard. Adventure lies around every corner and I encourage athletes to learn about what excites them and to do what they enjoy. You only have one opportunity in life to pursue your goals and challenges. Don’t wait for the “right time”. Make time, create change, build strength, develop good habits, assemble a framework that allows you to best that YOU can be. We all have challenges to face and responsibilities to juggle. Together we can manage these and develop a strategy that is right for you.


I look forward to working with you.

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