Natasha van der Merwe | Pro Team


2015 Schedule & Results

Jan 12: Rogue 10k - 1st
May 3: Rookie Tri - 1st
May 25: Life Time Tri Cap Tex - 2nd
June 21: Lake Pflugerville Tri - 1st
July 12: Couples Tri - 1st
July 26: Waco Tri - 1st


Natasha's Story

I am more than just a professional triathlete. I am a Christian, a wife, a daughter, a sister and a friend.  I, like many others, am chasing a dream, and I am grateful for the opportunity God has given me to chase that dream fully. I have an amazing husband, family, and support system that allow me to engage in this triathlon endeavor.

God blesses everyone with certain gifts. One of mine is an athletic ability complimented with dedication and a big competitive drive. But more than that, I feel like I have been given the gift of being able to encourage and inspire others to fulfill the purpose to which God has called them. The Bible, in Romans 7:4, says, “Now you belong to him … in order that you might be useful in the service of God.” When I use my God-given abilities to help others find their purpose, I feel like I am fulfilling my calling.

I am excited to be a part of the Tri4Him Elite Team with the goal of “completing the race” not just for myself, but for God.

There is much more to life than being a professional triathlete. My priorities are God, husband, family, and then triathlon. While triathlon certainly is a significant part of my life, it is not the most important.

I thank you for your interest and encouragement, and I hope to be able to offer you the same.



Athletic Background

Natasha is a former professional tennis player. She was the top-ranked junior in South Africa and top 50 in the world. As a professional, she was top 200 in the world and represented South Africa in World championship events. Natasha also competed in swimming, cross country, field hockey, and biathlon at a highly competitive level as a junior.


Personal

Natasha is the daughter of the late Allen van der Merwe and Dot van der Merwe...Born June 5, 1981 in Kimberley, South Africa...Has two sisters, Tanya and Nadine.


2014 Results

Feb 26: Cowtown 10k - 3rd
Mar 4: Army Half Marathon - 1st
Apr 7: Ironman 70.3 Galveston - 9th
May 18: Memphis in May - 6th
May 26: Life Time Tri Cap Tex - 9th
June 9: Ironman 70.3 Kansas - 8th
June 29: Challenge Atlantic City - 3rd
July 27: Challenge New Albany - 9th
Aug 24: Challenge Penticton - 7th


2013 Results

Apr 7: Ironman 70.3 Galveston - 17th
May 18: Ironman Texas, The Woodlands, TX - 11th
May 27: Capital of Texas Triathlon (Oly), Austin, TX - 6th
June 23: Ironman Coeur d'Alene - 12th (PR in swim & run)
Aug 4: Jacks Generic Tri, Austin, TX - 1st OA female, 2nd OA 
Sep 22: Ironman Lake Tahoe - 11th
Nov 2: Ironman Florida - 17th of 32 pros


2012 Results

Jan 22: Spec-Savers Ironman 70.3 South Africa - 28th
Mar 25: Statesman Capital 10K, Austin - 4th
April 1: Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas - 27th
April 22: Ochsner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans - 17th
May 7: Rookie Tri - 2nd
May 28: Capital of Texas Triathlon (Oly) - 14th
June 10: Ironman 70.3 Kansas - 9th
June 24: Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake - 6th
July 15: Avia Ironman 70.3 Vineman - 13th
Aug 5: Ironman 70.3 Boulder - 16th
Aug 19: Ironman Mont Tremblant, Canada - 6th
Oct 7: Toyota U.S. Open, Dallas - 13th
Oct 28: Ironman 70.3 Austin - DNF
Nov 3: Ironman Florida - 16th


2011 Results

Mar 26: Champions Tri Olympic -3rd
Apr 10: Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas - 21st
May 8: Skeese Greets Tri - 1st
May 15: Rohto Ironman 70.3 Florida - 12th
May 30: Capital of Texas Triathlon - 11th
Jun 12: Ironman 70.3 Kansas - 9th
Jul 17: Ironman 70.3 Vineman - 14th
Aug 7: Ironman 70.3 Boulder - 9th
Sep 5: Avia Austin Triathlon (Oly) - 4th
Sep 11: Ironman World Championship 70.3 - 23rd
Oct 23: Ironman 70.3 Austin - DNS, Injured
Oct 30: Ironman 70.3 Miami - DNS, Injured


2010 Results

Apr 25: Lonestar 70.3 – 7th
May 16: Skeese Greets Triathlon – 1st
May 31: Capital of Texas Olympic Triathlon – 3rd
Jun 6: Kansas 70.3 – 3rd (earned pro card)
Jul 10: Couples Tri – 1st
Jul 18: Ironman 70.3 Vineman – DNF
Sep 6: Avia Austin Triathlon – 10th
Sep 19: Ironman 70.3 Branson – 6th
Oct 17: Ironman 70.3 Austin – 19th
Nov 13: Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 – DNS


2009 Highlights

Finished the year as the best amateur woman in the SMW Region and a USAT All-American triathlete. Won the Regional Championships as well as 7 triathlons in Austin, including Jacks Generic, Couples Tri, and all the Red Licorice events Triathlons.


2008 Highlights

First year in triathlon, winning first ever triathlon – Pflugerville tri. Competed in only 2 other triathlons placing top of her age group.

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