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 firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s see if we can help you.