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Husband and wife coaching team: Caroline Yarnell and Tony Wong

Husband and wife coaching team: Caroline Yarnell and Tony Wong

Sydney Striders is one of Australia original and most successful running clubs. A key pair in the development of this running institution has been the husband and wife coaching team of Run C&T - Caroline Yarnell and Tony Wong.

Monday, 26 February 2018/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (2469)/Comments (0)/
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Lindsay Watson - what an impact

Lindsay Watson - what an impact

Over the last couple of decades, Lindsay Watson has been one of the most curial coaches in the development of athletics, athletes and coaches in NSW.

Sunday, 3 December 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (3807)/Comments (0)/
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Mel’s move into coaching

Mel’s move into coaching

It is fascinating to learn how coaches started their careers. In this article with South Coast coach, Mel Mustapic we learn how she always had a passion for the sport and assisting and encouraging others. After a few years it became more formal when she started a squad. As a country coach she highlights the need to be able to coach across events. Mel’s coaching is a legacy and tribute to great NSW John Atterton, who passed away in 2016.

Sunday, 3 December 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (2689)/Comments (0)/
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Sporting Schools coaching with Andrew Byrne

Sporting Schools coaching with Andrew Byrne

Andrew Byrne is one of our NSW’s coaches helping deliver athletics to a different group of school children. He is one of our valued coaches in the Australian Sports Commission funded Sporting Schools Program. In this article he provides an understanding of this program and recalls a couple of rewarding moments for him as a coach which highlight the power of sport on wellbeing and confidence. Read more about this program here and his journey. Thanks Andrew for making a difference in the lives of these athletes.

Sunday, 5 November 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (2782)/Comments (0)/
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Spark for Sarkies

Spark for Sarkies

An interest to help people was all the spark RICHARD SARKIES needed to graduate from regular runner into coaching. A small group of athletes grew into a squad and club called ‘Hooked on Running’. Read about Richard’s development, motivation and philosophies as a coach and some practical advice to coaching colleagues.

Sunday, 17 September 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (4311)/Comments (0)/
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Fasttrack400 induction launch

Fasttrack400 induction launch

Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Wednesday, 23 May 2018/Categories: Coaching Articles

In a rare reunion both NSW Open 400m record holders, Darren Clark and Maree Holland, came together to share their knowledge at the “meet & greet” induction of invitees to the Athletics NSW Fasttrack400 coaching and mentoring program on Sunday 20 May.

Clark holds the National and NSW record with his time of 44.38s, and Holland’s best of 50.24s was also once the national record and remains No.3 all-time. They have held their NSW Open records for 30 years to date.

The former training partners set their career fastest times in reaching their respective final at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. They had not seen each other for a decade but were reunited by the common effort to advise and encourage the new generation of one-lap sprinters who have signed up for the Fasttrack project.

A free service, Fasttrack is now celebrating its 10th anniversary. The project is celebrated nationwide by 400m sprint officionados who have either registered to receive the weekly themed coaching emails or have joined the closed group of the same name on Facebook where training and competition videos as well as coaching articles and opinions are constantly uploaded.

The Fasttrack squad gets together every Sunday morning in the Sydney area where those personal coaches in attendance collaborate closely and set the daily training agenda, exchanging ideas and learning from one-another in a friendly, fun environment.

If you are aged 12 or older and feel you have a claim to inclusion in the Fasttrack400 training group but did not receive an invitation – perhaps because, due to injury or illness, you didn’t reach the 2018 NSW state title final in 400m, 400m hurdles or 200m – then please reach out to the program leader at mikehurst400@gmail.com and let’s see if we can help you.

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Fasttrack400 induction launch

Fasttrack400 induction launch

In a rare reunion both NSW Open 400m record holders, Darren Clark and Maree Holland, came together to share their knowledge at the “meet & greet” induction of invitees to the Athletics NSW Fasttrack400 coaching and mentoring program on Sunday 20 May.
Wednesday, 23 May 2018/Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Number of views (760)/Comments (0)/
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Coaching pioneer Dawes

Coaching pioneer Dawes

Andrew Dawes is undoubtedly one of Australia’s finest ever coaches. His early work has been pioneering, setting the standard and a pathway for others to follow. His athletes have included three of the world’s finest Louise Sauvage, Kurt Fearnley and Christie Dawes.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (2205)/Comments (0)/
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Belinda’s back in the sport as a coach

Belinda’s back in the sport as a coach

Belinda Cosgrove was a very a competitive sprinter who ran against Cathy Freeman and Melinda Gainsford-Taylor in their junior years – and she could match them! Career and family followed for Belinda, but as her daughters showed interest in athletics, she returned to the sport, initially coaching them and as often happens it grew from there into a squad.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (2719)/Comments (0)/
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Coach Angela Leadbeatter

Coach Angela Leadbeatter

Did you know one of NSW’s leading distance runners over the last decade Angela Leadbeatter is also a coach? In this article you can read her views and approach to coaching, highlighting to us all what a great asset she is too our coaching ranks. She particularly notes the need to nurture the very young athlete, including limited training loads, cross training and rest periods
Sunday, 5 November 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (3231)/Comments (0)/
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Coaches WE NEED YOU for the Sporting Schools Program

Coaches WE NEED YOU for the Sporting Schools Program

How many times have you heard an athlete say, I tried athletics at school, enjoyed it, then decided to join an athletics club. It is one of the most common pathways of athletes into our sport. Also as coaches, we know the impact of sport on young people. It can build and improve confidence, fitness, resilience, tolerance, sense of achievement, reward, patience, connection and engagement.

Sunday, 5 November 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (3069)/Comments (0)/
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