Head Coaches

Fen and A.M are excellent coaches. They know each of our thresholds and personalities and are able to give us key points to focus on, with just the right paces to push further... you can’t hide from their eyes!   Our swim sessions vary a lot and are never boring, and usually come with a few surprises too!  I always feel great when I finish my session.
M.K Triathlete

Head Coaches Annemarie Munk and Fenella Ng are lifelong friends and former teammates on both a Club and National level.  They were members of the small yet highly successful Hong Kong Country Club Team, which was also part of the larger Mantas contingent of Clubs coached under Harry Wright.  They later went on to represent Hong Kong internationally, competing together in the Olympic Games and beyond, under the expert guidance of David Haller and Bill Sweetenham, former GBR, AUS and HKG National Head Coaches.

When Annemarie started coaching a group of triathletes back in 2003, it became so popular that she roped Fenella in to help her out, and the rest is history!  They have been coaching triathletes and open water swimmers together ever since.  They launched the IHP Triathlon Program in 2007, founded the Tritons Triathlon Club in 2009, and in 2016 re-branded themselves as The Swim Lab.

 
 

Annemarie Munk, C0-Founder & Director

"A.M" fell into coaching back in 1996 because it was an easy and accessible job option right out of college after retiring from a competitive career which saw her compete at the Olympics at the tender age of 14.  Fast forward 20+ years, A.M has established herself as one of the premier triathlon & open water swim coaches in Asia.

During her competitive swimming career, A.M was one of HK’s most versatile swimmers. She held HK National records in IM, Fly and Breaststroke events at various times, completing her career as a 200m Butterfly specialist. She trained under Dave Haller (GB), Bill Sweetenham (AUS & GB) and Mark Schubert (USA), behemoths in competitive swimming circles.

After hanging up her suit in the 90's, A.M pursued a career as a Pilates Instructor and studied with one of the foremost Pilates authorities in the world, Rael Isacowitz in California.  Thanks largely to her swimming background and different outlook on movement in this dancer-dominated field, she excelled in her studies and was chosen by Rael to serve as one of his four Senior Faculty members between 2000-2007, teaching the BASI method around the world and presenting at various conferences and symposia.  During her studies, she met Mike Collins, whom she trained with on a daily basis during her "lunch breaks", learning more about Masters and Triathlon swimming as a result.  Mike introduced her to Gerry Rodrigues over at UCLA (hmm, A.M went to rival university USC) who today is very much considered by many to be "The Master" for all triathlon & open water swim specific knowledge.  In 2016, A.M was invited by Mr. Swim Smooth himself, Paul Newsome to take part in his Swim Smooth Certified Coaches program in Perth.    

A.M's coaching philosophy has been honed by this tremendous mentorship from not only some of the worlds’ greatest competitive swimming coaches, but also triathlon, open water swimming, and movement coaches.  Needless to say, much of the philosophy at The Swim Lab is what A.M considers to be a combination of "best practice" from the three best triathlon swimming programs in the world.  This unique, well rounded knowledge has benefitted many an athlete A.M has worked with in the pool (as well as on the bike and run).  It has given A.M great ability to understand how one's body should move in water and on land and more importantly, be able to translate that to swimmers of every level and discipline.  

A.M also serves as the Director of Programs for Splash, the Swim School for the Hong Kong Community where she is also one of the Head Coaches.  She has devised the teaching program and oversees all the Coaches Training & Education and "has learned plenty" about teaching swimming to adults who have never otherwise had the opportunity to learn such a valuable life skill.  Many of the Swim Lab Training Squad volunteer their time to Splash, which as founded by a "Slabber".  

A.M has done a number of triathlons from Sprint to 70.3, but took a long break from competing and is simply trying to “age gracefully” now.  She spends a lot of time running around after her three kids, Magnus, Mette & Elsa, as well as worrying about any potential accidents husband Marc may have either during training or while racing himself!  

Qualifications:

  • American Swim Coaches Association Level 5 International Coach
  • Swim Smooth Certified Coach
  • HK Triathlon Association - Level 1 Triathlon Coach
  • HK Life Saving Association - Bronze Medallion
  • Master Pilates Instructor, Body Arts & Science International (USA)
  • CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Endurance Trainer
  • National Strength & Conditioning Association, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS)

Swimming & Triathlon Achievements

  • 1988 Asian Championships - Finalist & Bronze Medallist
  • 1988 Olympic Games, Seoul Korea
  • 1990 Asian Games – Finalist
  • 1992-1995 Member of University of Southern California Women’s Swim Team
  • 1995 World University Games, Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1996 Asian Champsionships – Finalist
  • 1996 HK Triathlon 20-24 Age Group Champion
  • 2009 Deep Water Bay Ocean Swim Overall Champion
  • 2008, 2009, 2010 Clean Half Mixed Team Champion
  • 2010 70.3 Hainan, China, 10th Place Overall

Fenella Ng, Co-Founder

Competing in 3 Olympics, in a career that spanned over 20 years, first as a swimmer and later as a rower, Fenella is undoubtedly  one of Hong Kong's most decorated and longest serving athletes. Fenella is the only HK athlete to have medalled in 2 sports at the Asian Games level,  winning multiple medals in both sports, underlining her class and versatility. Career highlights include being the first HK athlete to qualify for the finals in the World Rowing Championship where she competed in the single sculls, as well as winning HK's first ever Asian Swimming Championships Gold medals when she was crowned a double Asian Swimming Championships Champion at age 15yrs in the 200m and 400m freestyle. Her background in multi-sports dates back to the mid 1980's, claiming the title of Overall Winner in the two inaugural HK International Biathlon Championships (she beat the entire men's field too!).  Twenty-five years later and long after retirement from the international sporting arena, Fenella discovered the joys of Age Group triathlons and competed in distances up to the 70.3 (only Half crazy!) events for a few seasons before stepping away due to a series of injuries. 

As a swimmer, Fenella started under the tutelage of Captain Harry Wright, then furthered her skills with internationally acclaimed Head Coaches David Haller (GB), Terry Dennison (GB) and Bill Sweetenham (AUS).  Fenella has coached on and off since the mid 1980's, covering every level of swimmer, from mother & infant, competitive junior swim teams, to competitive Masters & Age Group World Championship athletes. During the early 1990's, Fenella was appointed the head swim coach to the HK National Triathlon Team, working with HK's top triathletes for several seasons at the HK Sports Institute.

A desire to continuously update and her knowledge of the sport has driven her to organize and attend clinics, workshops and seminars with the greats like Shelly Taylor-Smith (7 time World Marathon Champion, Champion Mindset), Sheila Taormina (Olympic medallist, 4 time US Olympian in 3 sports) and the Brownlee brothers (Olympic Triathlon Gold and Silver medalists).  More recently, in order to hone in specifically on Open Water and Triathlon coaching,  Fenella embark on a journey to become one of the first Internationally Certified Swim Smooth coaches, undergoing extensive mentoring with the Swim Smooth guru himself, Paul Newsome.  Armed with various Triathlon and Strength and Conditioning certifications, Fenella is well equipped to guide swimmers both in the water and on dry land.

Without a doubt, Fenella possess exceptional feel and understanding of the the water, when in the water or in the rowing boat. With a background in Chemical Engineering, Actuarial Studies and a Masters degree in Finance, her inner geek manifests itself in her love for the analytical side of swimming and with this comes a great attention to details.  She's a great communicator who loves nothing more than to share her passion. Nothing brings her more joy than mentoring others to succeed, whether a novice athlete or a seasoned athlete alike.

Her dedication to HK sports over the years has seen her serve as President of the HK Triathlon Association and sit on the Executive Board of the Asian Triathlon Confederation, as well as on the HK Anti-doping Committee and the HK Olympic Academy.  Having previously been invited by IOPA to serve as a group leader at the IOCs International Olympic Academy in Olympia, Greece, in 2016 Fenella was further invited by the ITU's President to participate in the IOCs Women's In Sports Leadership Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Qualifications

  • Swim Smooth Certified Coach
  • AUSTSWIM Towards Competitive Strokes - Coaching Certification
  • American Swimming Coaches Association - Coaching Certification
  • ITU - Level 2 Triathlon Coach Certification
  • HK Triathlon Association - Level 1 Triathlon Coaching Certification
  • HK Life Saving Association - Bronze medallion
  • National Strength & Conditioning Association, Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT)
  • National Strength & Conditioning Association, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS)

Sporting Achievements

Swimming:

  • Olympic Games: 1984 Los Angeles and 1998 Seoul
  • Asian Games: 1982 New Dehli, 1986 Seoul - Bronze medal, 1990 Beijing, 1994 Hiroshima - Silver Medal
  • Asian Swimming Championships: 2 x Gold, Silver 2 x Bronze
  • Former HK Record Holder: 100m, 200m, 400m Freestyle, 200m Butterfly, 4 x 100m/200m Freestyle relay, 4x100m Medley relay

Rowing:

  • Olympic Games: 2000 Sydney
  • Asian Games: 1998 Bangkok - 2 x Silver
  • Asian Rowing Championships: Gold, 4 x Silver, Bronze
  • East Asian Games: 1997 - 2 x Silver
  • World Championships Lightweight Single Sculls: 1998: 6th place, 1997: 7th place
  • HK Rowing Championships Lightweight and Open Single and Double Sculls Champion
  • HK Record Holder in Lightweight and Open Indoor Rowing

Triathlon / Multi-Sport:

  • 70.3 Taiwan: 3rd (W40-44)
  • Laguna Phuket Int'l Triathlon: 3rd (W40-44)
  • HK Internation Biathlon Championships:  1984 Women's Champion, 1995 Overall Champion (Men & Women)

Honours

  • Flag Bearer for HK Team, Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, 2000
  • Torch Bearer for the Beijing Olympic Torch Relay, 2008
  • HK Sports Star Award winner:  1997, 1998, 1999
  • HK Swim Coaches Association "Swimmer of the Year"