A failed rugby coaching stint was the first step in Hawke's Bay's Tim Jardine becoming Triathlon New Zealand's first Level 3 Accredited Coach.
"I think I was more of a baby-sitting service ... we lost every game and I thought I wasn't very good," recalled Twyford's Jardine as he reflected on his stint with a Hastings Rugby and Sports age-group team.
"I slowly drifted into the fitness side of things and I was feeling a lot better."
Twelve years after being hooked into the Hawke's Bay Multisport Club scene Jardine has his level 3 coaching accreditation.
"It's been a slow process but a worthwhile one ... I'm pretty chuffed," Jardine, who won TNZ's coach-of-the-year award in 2009, said.
"The accreditation gives a bit of confidence to the athlete. I'm not sure what it will lead to ... coaching at Olympic Games level has got to be a goal and I've got some good young guys with the potential to get there," Jardine explained.
His squad of 18 has been divided into two age groups - 15 years and above and 12-15 years.
"I've just started the younger age group and it's been like a breath of fresh air," Jardine said.
Jardine, 49, has qualified to represent New Zealand in the 45-49 years sprint distance - 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run - at the October World Cup grand final in Auckland.
"Because of my coaching I haven't had much time to train ... I'm more of a coach than an athlete these days," he added and his latest success reflects that.
TNZ's coaching manager Brett Reid has worked with Jardine throughout the accreditation process, and watched his progression over the past few years.
"I'm very pleased Tim has become Tri NZ's first Level 3 Accredited Coach as he's engaged in many of the activities Tri NZ believes help build effective coaches," Reid said. "Not only does Tim coach across age groups and in all three disciplines, but he has shown a real commitment to learning. Tim has identified development opportunities around the country and has then made the effort to get there.
"In short, Tim is a great example of a triathlon coach who drives his own learning, reflects on what he's doing, and seeks to get better all the time. As such, Tri NZ is proud to accredit him at Level 3."