Training

Sprint, middle distance and distance running sessions are available within the Moore Park and Centennial Park precincts as follows:

  • Mondays 6.00 pm @ Moore Park Netball Courts Moore Park (Middle distance & distance)
  • Mondays 6.00pm @ Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre (sprinters – whilst ES Marks track closed)
  • Thursdays 6.00 pm @ Moore Park Netball Courts Moore Park (all)
  • Saturdays 8.10 am @ Vernon Pavilion north side Centennial Park (all)
  • Sundays @ Centennial Park (middle distance & distance long run)
  • Tuesday & Thursday 6.15am training sessions also take place for middle distance & distance runners in Centennial Park.

It is expected athletes commit to at least 2 sessions per week. Minimum age is 16 years. Training fees do apply (which are entirely separate to Registration fees) so please fill out our expression of interest form.

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At the Tan with Melbourne University
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Wanda Beach session

Coaches

James “Jimbo” Fitzgerald is an Athletics Australia Level 4 coach and has a Bachelor of Teaching in Physical Education and decades of experience supporting senior and junior elite and recreational athletes to world class performance, fitness and fun – including SUAC athletes Obssa Youssouf, Erin Blundell, Joe Burgess, Aspen Lambert, Michael Jeffrey and club record holders & Olympians Jenny Blundell and Milly Clark. Jimbo was appointed Director of Athletics effective 23 May 2022.

Dean Gleeson is an accredited Athletics Australia coach and holds a Post Graduate Degree in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Sydney. Dean has been coaching for well over a decade with SUAC following his own distinguished athletic career with the club. Most recently Dean was Tokyo Olympic Head Coach for Australia’s Modern Pentathlon team. Dean has coached a large number of athletes to state and national championships medals and coaches the club’s core group of athletes from 400m sprints, middle distance through to long distance.

Josh Tassell is also a graduate of the University of Sydney and distinguished former SUAC athlete. He is an accredited Athletics Australia coach, a state medallist over both 200m & 400m and club record holder. Josh has coached juniors, schools and adults for 10 years and coaches SUAC 100/200m sprinters.

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