We are currently finalising our coaching panel for the 2021/22 season and training will commence in September. Last season our athletes trained under the following coaches:
Michelle is our High Jump coach. Michelle has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Physical Education. At present she is studying a Master in Teaching for Primary Education.
Michelle has a passion for little athletics encouraging her own three children to pursue their interests in the sport. Michelle believes little aths should be a social, fun and a rewarding experience for all athletes and one of the most important aspects is coaching the fundamental skills of running, jumping and throwing which is the basis of all sports.
Michelle competed for 10 years as an International athlete. Her personal best for High Jump is 1.94m. She has competed in European and World Championships (both Junior and Senior) during the 10 years and came 4th at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
She has been a Sports Science teacher (Senior school) in the United Kingdom for 9 years. Michelle is a Level 2 Athletics Coach.
Alwyn has coached at Caulfield LAC for approximately 10 years. He is a level 3-Advanced Event Group Coach in Jumps and a Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach. Alwyn coaches at Melbourne Grammar and Maribyrnong Secondary College. He is a 10 times National Triple Jump Champion, represented Australia in the World Championships and won a Bronze medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. In June he represented Australia in the 2019 Oceania Athletics Championships in Townsville winning the TJ while also coaching 7 of his squad athletes at the event many of whom placed. Alwyn’s personal bests (PB’s) are 16.83m for Triple Jump & 7.66m for Long Jump. Alwyn competes for Essendon Athletics.
Brian is a level 4 running coach (middle and long distance) with over 30 years experience in the fitness industry. Brian’s coaching focus has been on running across many age groups and abilities for events including cross-country, middle to long distance, marathons and ultra-marathons. He has coached middle distance and cross-country at Caulfield LAC for over 10 years and is an integral part of the Caulfield coaching panel. Brian also coaches at Caulfield Grammar School. Brian’s knowledge gained from many years of coaching little athletes through to adult’s gives him a tremendous insight into the best training approach for each individual. At Caulfield the athletes enjoy his approach to coaching and many don’t even realise they are training because of the fun way he engages them.
Level 4 Specialist Running Coach (Middle & long distance)
Certificate III & IV in Fitness
Certificate IV Training & Assessment
Level 1 Triathlon
Level 1 Strength & Conditioning
Level 1 Kettlebells
Level 1 & 2 Suspension Training
Kim started little athletics at Caulfield LAC when she was 7 years old. She has been competing in Shot put and Discus at International level since 2007. Kim finished 4th at World Youth and World Juniors. Kim represented Australia at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games placing 11th in Shot Put with 14.55m and then at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games placing 6th in Discus with a throw of 54.93m. Kim has been a throws coach for many years having spent the last 9 years at Wesley College. Kim is a long time coach with Little Athletics Victorias Junior Development Squad (JDS) and Athletics Victoria’s Target Talent Program as Throws Co-ordinator. In July 2019 Kim was appointed Head of Athletics and Cross Country at Caulfield Grammar.
Kim was the VIP guest at Caulfield Little Athletics 50th Anniversary Dinner held on Saturday 5th October 2019. Kim is a level 2 Throws Coach.
Josh is an Athletics Australia Level 2 Intermediate Club coach, ASCA Level 1 Strength & Conditioning coach and an IAAF kids athletic coach. This will be Josh’s second year at Caulfield Little Aths where he has certainly earned the rest of the athletes, parents and committee with his dedication to the athletes and ensuring they get the best coaching to bring out their best. Josh is also the throws coach in shot put at Loretto Mandeville Hall in Toorak. He has 10 years of coaching explosive and power sports ‘Anyone can throw’. Josh has his own coaching business called Great North Coaching he also competes for Glenhuntly Athletics.
Josh specialises in strength and conditioning and technical coaching for Throwers in Shot put, Discus, Javelin and Hammer Throw. He has extensive experience in coaching high-level athletes in Throwing sports, Gridiron, Lacrosse, Baseball, and Ice Hockey across Canada, US and Australia.
Josh applies his knowledge on throwing and explosiveness to assist athletes to become the best they can be and competes in Shot put, Discus and the Highland Games Heavy Throws.
Josh is open to taking athletes into his private squads with Great North Coaching. Please contact Joshua Plante: email@example.com
FB: @greatnorthcoaching FB: joshjplante
Insta: @greatnorthcoaching Insta:joshjplante
Matt is a Level 3 Sprints, Hurdles and Middle Distance Coach. Matt competed in the 800m for Australia and is a former National Junior 800m Champion and Senior medalist. Matt has coached a World Junior 100m Gold Medalist and relay medal for Great Britain. Matt is a qualified PE teacher.
We welcome Will Johns to the Caulfield Little Aths coaching panel. Will has come on board as one of the sprints coaches for season 2019/20. Will competed at Caulfield Little Aths and is now a Long service member of Caulfield LAC having completed 10 years as an athlete from U6 to U15. Will also competes for Glenhuntly Athletics Club.
Level 1 Athletics Coaching – 2018
Head of Boys Sprints Caulfield Grammar School
Head of Sprints & Cross Country Korowa Anglican Girls School
Will has been fortunate enough to work with and be mentored by coaches such as Neville Sillitoe, Damien O’Shea & Peter Fitzgerald.
Multiple Victorian Champion over distances from 100 yards to 400 metres
Multiple Australian Finalist over 200m
National Bronze medal 200m (2016)
Matt has been coaching Shot Put with CLAC for 4 years on a Thursday evening. He is a 2 time National Shot Put Champion, represented Australia in the Commonwealth Youth Games and the Junior World Championships. Matt’s shot put PB is 17.70m. Matt has a lovely gentle manner with the athletes and is an instrumental member of the coaching panel.
Rupert van Dongen
Rupert is an experienced distance running coach with over 20 years experience. He also has experience coaching sprints, relays, throws, jumps and walks at various levels. He has many years experience as a Primary, Secondary and Special School Teacher. He has completed the following coaching courses Level 3 Advanced Event Group Coach Middle & Long Distance, Level 3 IAAF Coach – Middle & Long Distance and IAAF Kids’ Athletics Coach
Rupert has coached Victorian junior development squads and managed teams competing in National Championships. He is currently coaching with the Mentone Athletics club and has coached at a variety of schools including Caulfield Grammar, St Leonards College, Sacre Coeur, Korowa AGS, Berwick Secondary College, and Narre Warren South P-12 College. He is currently Head Coach of Athletics at Lauriston Girls School.
Rupert has coached groups for the Cantoo charity running program for the last 9 years and is Head Coach of TXR Runners, an AV Affliliated Recreational Running Group. He has also coached groups for companies such as Adidas, Nike, 2XU, Start to Finish Events and IMG.
Rupert is an experienced coach in the full range of runners, from beginners through to national and international level runners and from Primary School and Little Athletics ages through to Masters athletes.
Isabella is a junior coach at Caulfield LAC this will be her 3rd year coaching High Jump and her 4th year coaching U6/U7 On Track program. Isabella is a Long service member of Caulfield LAC having completed 10 years as an athlete from U6 to U15. Isabella competed in relays, cross-country and track & field during her time as an athlete at Caulfield achieving numerous region and state medals. She is now a member of Glenhuntly Athletics Club also based at Duncan Mckinnon Reserve. Isabella competed at her first nationals in Sydney in March 2019 in Triple Jump & Long Jump and competed in the Australian All Schools National Championships in Perth in December 2019. Isabella has completed the Little Athletics Australia Introduction to Coaching Course (ITCC), The Little Athletics On Track Workshop and Australian Track and Field Coaches Vic Tas Network (ATFCA) High Jump Workshop.
Genevieve is a junior coach at Caulfield LAC and this will be her 1st year coaching middle distance and 3rd year coaching the U6/U7 On Track Program. Genevieve started little athletics at Caulfield in U10 and went on to represent Victoria in U13 at the Australian Little Athletics Championships (ALAC) in the 400m and 800m. Also a competitor during the Little Athletics cross-country season, she has been a Victorian representative at 5 Australian Cross Country Championships and achieved many team and individual medals with Caulfield LAC at State Championship events. She is now a member of Glenhuntly Athletics Club also based at Duncan Mckinnon Reserve. Genevieve has completed the Little Athletics Australia Introduction to Coaching Course (ITCC) and On Track Workshop.
Liam Glew is a junior coach at Caulfield LAC in his 2nd year of coaching the U6/7 On Track Program for the club and his 2nd year of coaching long and triple jump. Liam started at the club back in 2009 as an U6 and is a long service member, having completed 10 years as an athlete from U6 to U16. Liam competed in a vast range of events from cross-country where he won the Victorian Little Athletics State Championships back to back as an U7 and U8. Liam pecialized in jumps from a young age and successfully medalled 6 times in the triple jump and 3 times in the long jump at the Little Athletics Victoria State Championships. Liam holds the Victorian Best Performance for the under 10 Triple Jump with a jump of 10.08m and holds many Southern Metro Region and Caulfield LAC club records. Liam is also a state multi event medallist placing three times in the pentathlon. As a teenager, Liam went on to compete with Athletics Victoria, winning the U14 State Triple jump, the U14 Victorian Country Championship and has represented Victoria twice in the Australian junior championships. Liam currently competes for Mentone Athletics Club.
David has completed the Little Athletics Australia Introduction to Coaching Course (ITCC) and has an abundance of experience with regards to officiating athletics including at International level. David is really enjoying coaching the athletes at Caulfield. David is dad to Hayden in U13 boys.
Marcus has completed the Little Athletics Australia Introduction to Coaching Course (ITCC) and has completed the Officials course. Marc will take the junior athletes and is looking forward to advancing his coaching, he has coached soccer for a number of years. Marcus is dad to Jessie in U10 boys.