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BALMAIN ATHLETICS CLUB

Training And Coaching

Club Training

Weekly club training sessions will commence on Tuesday 27 September 2022. 

Club training is offered on Tuesdays to all athletes in the U8 to U17s from 4:30-6pm. These sessions start with a warm-up lap involving dynamic exercises and stretches before moving onto drills that assist all level of runners (4.30-5pm). Each age group then undertakes two 30 minute sessions of training in two disciplines that mirrors the events the age group will undertake on the upcoming Saturday.

An additional training session is available to athletes in the U12 to U17 age groups on Thursdays from 4:45-6pm. We will have coaches available for Sprints, Middle Distance, Racewalking, Hurdles as well as in the Throws. These sessions offer more technical coaching to our older athletes who choose to undertake just one event group training session. 

Any changes to training including the availability of coaches will be posted on the Club website (News and Calendar) and social media.

How do athletes in the U6 and U7 age groups develop skills/technique?

Our team of junior coaches run skill building sessions for the U6 to U8 age groups during Shot Put, Discus and Long Jump events on a Saturday morning. This enables technique development and keeps our athletes active.

Coaches for 2022/23 season

Cath Chatterton - Middle Distance. Cath is an Australian Masters Triathlon team member who has been very successful on the road winning the Canberra Half Marathon. As a keen runner she understands how to build a young middle distance runner.

Richard Chen - Throws & Jumps. Coaching across all event groups, Richard has a passion for skill development and technique to assist all athletes.

Michel Hemmings Jones - Throws. Olympian representing Cuba at the 2000 Sydney games for Discus with an interest and expertise in all the throwing events.

David Murphy - Sprints, Hurdles & Relays. A former Australian u19 110m & 400m hurdles champion, David has coached athletes to State & National medals over the past eight years and holds a Lv.3 Advanced Event Group (Sprint, Hurdles & Relay) accreditation

Mel Murphy - Racewalking. Over the past 4 years Mel has coached junior athletes to State titles and National medals in both track walking and road walking events

Representative Coaching

Sunday morning training sessions will be available for those athletes who are representing the Club at either the State Relays, Zone, Regional or State Championships. Times and dates will be posted during the season on the Club website (News and Calendar) and social media.

Starting Blocks

LANSW rules only allow the use of starting blocks by athletes in the U11 age group and older. Athletes will need to have been signed off by a Club Coach before they are permitted to use Blocks during Saturday morning competition.