The Club Coaches

Our club coaches bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and of course qualifications to ensure that you are training optimally for improvement, enjoyment and most of all safety.  Injury and illness kills consistency and as we always say, consistency trumps everything else.

All of our coaches are volunteers but we confess that it’s not entirely altruistic.   We coach because of the immense pleasure we get from seeing happy, smiling (and sometimes tortured) athletes pushing their own personal boundaries and building confidence in their abilities.


Arsiyanti (Yanti) Ardie

A self-confessed “complete idiot who’s made all the mistakes so you don’t need to” Yanti’s experience is only outdone by her incredible modesty.  Quite literally not a week goes past that you don’t learn something new about what this woman has achieved, though sometimes you wish you hadn’t!

With a number of world firsts and records to her name, 10+ years as a triathlon coach and instructor level qualifications in…well just about everything.  All of these pale in comparison to her greatest achievement of marrying her husband Kingsley Bugarin in the middle of an Ironman race and both of them surviving the subsequent years (relatively) intact and (somewhat) sane.  Perth Hills Triathlon Club is incredibly lucky to have Yanti on board.


  • Ironman Certified Coach
  • Triathlon Australia Development Coach Candidate
  • World Open Water Swimming Association Coach & Official
  • Triathlon coach 10+ years (inc. blind & other disabled athletes)
  • Marathon group coach (AIDS Marathon Training Program, Los Angeles) 2004–2007
  • Education Editor and Spinning® Coach at SPINFitness® World Headquarters (inc. consulting coaches Joe Friel & Troy Jacobson) (2006–2009)
  • Bachelor of Science (biology, chemistry). Tutor/TA for all levels of biology & chemistry at University of Redlands (California) inc. for blind & learning-challenged students
  • Physiotherapy tutor (class, clinical, licensing exam) 1997–2001
  • Emergency medicine instructor-certifier (ACLS, PALS, Basic & 12-Lead EKG, BLS/CPR/First Aid), provider certifications inc. NPR, phlebotomy, Certified Flight Paramedic
  • Clinical & research internships in oncology & hematology, interventional radiology, toxicology (1997–2001) at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Stanford University Medical Center, and Genentech, Inc.
  • Writing Instructor & Writing Program Coordinator (2002–2005) University of Southern California (its largest academic department/ school). Program’s and University’s top teaching awards in 2003 & 2004
  • Dog sports trainer (protection, obedience, agility, watersports)
  • Canine aquatherapy physiotherapist


  • National ranking in badminton, women’s singles, USA (1995)
  • Martial arts / sportfighting pro athlete (7 U.S. national & world titles) and coach (athletes also won world titles) 1997–2002 (inc. blind & other disabled athletes)
  • Moderator, writer, mentor, top contributor at (since 2007)
  • Peer/session coach, OWS & beginner group ride, Los Angeles Triathlon Club (2008–2009)
  • Founder, Bali Triathlon Club
  • Coach, Triathlon Buddies (Indonesia’s largest triathlon club with 3000 members)
  • Board Member, Bali Sports Foundation (for disabled athletes)
  • Bali Quadrathlon (swim-bike-run-paddle) RO & RD, 2013
  • VIP Guest, Tour de France 2016 (Command Center, race helicopter, on-course car Dimension Data)
  • (World Record) Most Elvises to run a marathon (San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, 2008)
  • (Indonesia) 1st female Ironman (2013)
  • (World) 1st female to swim from Gili Air island to Lombok island mainland (2014)
  • (World) 1st to officially marry while participating in an Ironman triathlon (2014)

Coached Athlete Achievements


  • Multiple qualifiers for USAT Nationals (triathlon), ITU Worlds (triathlon), and Ironman 70.3 World Championships
  • Many AG winners (international triathlons & 70.3)
  • 2 multiple-time OA winners (inc. duathlon)
  • Several OA podiums international triathlons, duathlons, aquathlons
  • Many half-distance and full-distance first-time finishers


  • 3 Boston Qualifiers
  • Many AG and several OA podiums, 5K/10K road races
  • Many first-time marathon finishers


  • 1 cycling Cat 1 cyclist, 2 Cat 2 cyclists, multiple Cat 3 cyclists (many podiums and wins)
  • USA Junior Olympics qualifier (cycling—road)


  • Many Masters pool & OWS podiums
  • USA Junior Olympics qualifier (swimming)

Martial Arts (traditional & mixed/sportfighting)

  • Many local open tournament division & category winners/podiums
  • Many national titles (USA)
  • Several world titles


Travis Bentley

In the 1903 play Man and Superman, George Bernard Shaw wrote “He who can, does; he who cannot, teaches.”  Now it’s never been proven that time travel exists but this solitary line of text may indeed be evidence that Mr Shaw had access to it and spent some years observing the activities of coach Trav.

Travis is what mothers the world over euphemistically call a “real trier.”  With a keen interest in sport from an early age his severe lack of co-ordination resulted a broken arm (twice) and a stint as part of a “horse-riding for the disabled” program in spite of the lack of a physical disability.  Eventually his nervous system caught up with his body and he discovered basketball at the age of thirteen where his height, rather than ability, saw him play at a representative level until twenty years later when he scalped himself in a tragic dunking accident and was forced to retire due to an irreparable hairline injury.

After two years of getting fat and unfit Travis finally found the sport he was destined for, where over-thinkers abound and co-ordination is scarcely missed.  While it would be a stretch to suggest that he competes there is no doubt that he participates with a method and enthusiasm that at times both inspires and horrifies others.  Always willing to test his limits he believes that nothing is impossible, it’s simply a matter of working out the how.

A somewhat casual demeanour belies the eternal curiosity under the surface which generally results in Travis being deep in thought or deep in trouble.  A believer in informal education he is a voracious reader and has developed a knowledge base that has been variously described as “exceptional”, “interesting” and “bizarre.”  To supplement this he’s also got a couple of qualifications and is looking ahead to more.


  • Triathlon Australia Development Coach
  • Athletics Australia Level 2 Intermediate Coach – Recreational Running
  • Athletics Australia Level 2 Advanced Coach – Recreational Running


  • Science of Exercise course by University of Colorado Boulder on Coursera


  • 9 time Ironman finisher
  • Numerous half-distance finishes
  • Founding president, Perth Hills Triathlon Club
  • Representative TWA Club Advisory Group
  • 3rd overall T2 – Ironman WA 2016
  • 2nd overall (1st male) T2 – Ironman Cairns 2016 & 2017
  • Ironman Western Australia Beer Mile organiser and MC – 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018


Mike Burns

Mike is what you would probably call an old-school triathlete.  He first found the sport when few others knew it existed back in the 80’s when everything was fluoro and men wore crop tops (it’s been suggested that this may also be what drew Yanti to the sport.)  As a junior Mike found some success in short-course triathlon though his close friends from the time suggest his running had issues, most likely because his legs weren’t long enough to reach the ground.

After a brief 25 year hiatus to concentrate on other things, he says work and studies but we’re fairly sure it was women and booze, Mike picked up his old budgie smugglers (he still wears size 16 youth, but only from the $5 discount rack) and returned to his roots.  Picking up where he left off but with longer legs Mike has found himself on the age-group podium regularly since 2015.

With a strong background in science, teaching and training Mike is a fantastic complement to the coaching team, though being a teacher spelling and grammar needs work.  We give Mike an A-.


  • Bachelor of Science (Biology)
  • Graduate Diploma in Education
  • Cert IV Training and Assessment
  • Junior Sport Development – Department of Sport and Recreation 2008
  • Accredited Blue Earth Trainer 2008
  • 8 years experience teaching primary school physical education


  • 7 years swimming with Maida Vale Dolphins
  • Multiple Blackwood Marathon Schoolboys podium places
  • Assistant coach of St Brigid’s Swim team 1988 through 1990
  • Multiple AG podium places in Sprint Triathlons
  • 3rd place AG in Dunsborough X Adventure Short Course 2016
  • 11th place overall 2017 Rotary Tour of the Blackwood cycle race (130km)


Rob “Slim” Wiles

He might not look it but “Slim” is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding triathletes in Western Australia.  For twenty four years he’s been out standing on the pool deck, in transition, in the penalty box and in all weather conditions with a huge smile on his face and an encouraging word to say.  If you can find a single triathlete in WA that hasn’t had at least one positive interaction with this man then you can bet they’re so untrustworthy that they probably only do duathlons.

As a technical official, coach and triathlete who has had his share of issues Rob is perfect person to guide our novice athletes as they dip their toes in the water of triathlon.  After years of dedicated service at both Perth and Stadium triathlon clubs we’re very proud that Slim has decided to move a little closer to home and join the Perth Hills coaching team.

On the rare occasions when Rob isn’t doing something related to triathlon he occupies his time with working on his hot rod, visiting Disneyland (he’s been there four times and lists it as his most favouritest place in the universe) or dreaming about yet another series victory for his beloved Queensland in State of Origin rugby league.  You’d think he’d be tired of it by now…


  • Triathlon Australia Development Coach
  • Level 2 Triathlon Australia Technical Official


  • 20 years service as a TA technical official
  • TO at Brisbane Goodwill Games (2001)
  • Ironman New Zealand finisher (2008)
  • 14 time half-ironman finisher
  • 10 time Noosa Triathlon finisher
  • 11 time Mooloolaba Triathlon finisher
  • Best friend of Formula One driver Jensen Button (well he’s met him and they seemed to get on)