If you want to improve your walking, regardless of your age, a walking coach is essential. There are a number of coaches in Victoria who cater for walkers, either as part of a wider coaching portfolio or as a specialist walking coach.
My aim here is not to record here a comprehensive a list but just to
give a few pointers to some of the walks coaches whom I know.
Such lists go quickly out of date!
Last updated: 24 July 2018
| Daryl Biggin - Ballarat
Daryl, the founderof Ballarat Race Walkers, coaches at Ballarat. Amongst his many coaching successes are Olympic racewalk medallist Jared Tallent and his sister Rachel who is also an Olympian.
| Paul Rance - Bendigo
Paul, the President of the Bendigo Walkers Club, has been actively coaching in Bendigo for some 20 years and has had a host of champions of all ages.
| Jim Leppik - Geelong
Jim is willing to coach walkers from average to elite level from about 14 years ( +/- 1 year) to senior level. He has been coaching walkers since 1985 and in that time has produced a number of national medallists including Australian champions. He has a large preference for small training squads as this is easier to give individual attention which he considers is of the utmost importance and a big key to the motivation and therefore success of the walker. He completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Exercise and Sports Science (1997) and is close on completing a Masters Degree in Applied Science (Exercise & Sports Science-Exercise Physiology). He has also completed a Diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy and a Certificate in Sports Therapy (1996). He currently coaches Erin Adamcewicz who is the current Australian U/18 8km champion.
Coaching Philosophy: Two important keys to success are both a strong aerobic base and very sound core stability.
Location: Geelong (Landy Field)
| Mark Donahoo - North West
Mark is the VRWC Walks development officer conducts regular coaching sessions at the walkers club in Middle Park. He is also a Level 5 AT&FCA walks coach and a former Australian Representative racewalker so brings that unique perspective to his coaching. He doesn't coach much himself nowadays but is always worth a chat.
| Simon Baker - Eastern Suburbs
Simon is one of our most successful international walkers ever He is a Level 5 (Elite/International) coach and was a walks coach at the AIS in Canberra before returning to Melbourne in 1997. A former World Cup Champion and Commonwealth Games champion, he is a former member of both the IAAF and Athletics Australia Athletes Commissions.
Coaching Philosophy - Walking is an endurance sport based on speed! I am focused on developing young athletes for the long term, to be capable of their best as 18 and 19 year olds, and for Open athletes to continue to develop for the length of their career. This is focus on a long term development, not just for the next race. I attempt to promote that the personal life of the athlete is integrated well with the physical demands of training. Life is a journey and training for sport can be a big part of making the journey exciting and challenging and to find out your true potential.
Up till recently, he has been coaching a squad of athletes, with regualr sessions each Wednesday night at Ringwood and each Sunday morning at Jells Park, elsewhere by appointment.
Elke is the current Junior Development Squad Coach & U/13 State team Walks Coach for Little Athletics Victoria and has been for many years.
Elke has coached all level of walkers from Beginner to State and National Champions. Preference is for walkers to be 11+ years of age and to be in a squad environment.
A qualified and active Little Athletics Walk Judge and Senior Walk Judge, she can also educate the athlete in this area.
AA & ATFCA accredited Level 3 Advanced Events Coach (Walks)
Coaching venues: Berwick, Cranbourne, Wheelers Hill, Knox & Tan
Fran is our most active walks coach, having a large squad of mainly developmental walkers in the Eastern suburbs.