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Victorian Racewalking Coaches


If you want to improve your walking, regardless of your age, a walking coach is essential. There are a large number of coaches in Victoria who cater for walkers, either as part of a wider coaching portfolio or as a specialist walking coach.

It is my aim to record here as comprehensive a list as possible so that, regardless of your geographic location and level of walking experience and expertise, you can find someone from whom you can learn. This list will grow if I get more details. So prompt your coach to send in his/her details to me so that I can add yet another active coach to the list.

Tim Erickson
Last updated: 4 July 2011


Daryl Biggin - Ballarat
Daryl, the President of the Ballarat Race Walkers, coaches at Ballarat. Amongst his many coaching successes are Olympic racewalk medallist Jared Tallent and his sister Rachel, both now resident at the AIS.
Contact: Mobile:  0448844269,   email: daryl_biggin@yahoo.com.au
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.
Contact: Home:  0354426435,   email: reggierancie1@yahoo.com.au
Annette Major - Bendigo
Contact: Home: 54467158,  mobile: 0419136671,  email: annettemajor@bigpond.com.au  
Harold Boddy - Geelong
Harold enjoys coaching at Little Athletics level, teaching youngsters of all ages the basics of race walking. He also has athletes competing at AV and National level with a number of his athletes recently enjoying success at these levels.  Harold is also a qualified Little Athletics walks judge and can therefore pass on tips on what walk judges generally would like to see from beginner/junior walkers.
Location - Goldsworthy Stadium - Corio
Contact:  home: 03 52756737,  mobile 0418 144 148,  email: hboddy@bigpond.com 
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)
Contact:   Home: 0352 436908,   mobile:  0407905366,  email: james.leppik@students.vu.edu.au
Russell McFarlane - Geelong
Russell has coached all levels of walkers from beginners to National champions and National record holders. His squad has a wide range of ages and abilities so there is always someone your level to train with. Preference for walkers to be at least 12 years of age. Russell has produced a number of top walkers over the years and consistently has one or two walkers who are competing at the top level within their age groups.
Location:  Geelong (Landy Field)
Contact: HOme: 52414151,   mobile: 0417 355 435,    email: russellmcf@aapt.net.au


Harry Summers - East
Harry is a former Australian National Coach for Racewalking and has been competing since the 1950's and coaching for over 20 years. He has coached many of our top walkers, both at State and International level and also coaches younger walkers at the developmental stage. Harry is a level 5 coach with AT&FCA and has also represented Australia himself at the International level.
Location:  group meets at the hockey ground in Elgar Rd, Box Hill, on Tuesday evenings at 5PM.
Contact: Home: 98909139,   email: hsummers@connexus.net.au
Mark Donahoo - North West
Mark coaches in the Aberfeldie (Essendon) area and has been a successful walking coach for a number of years. He is also a former Australian Representative racewalker so brings that unique perspective to his coaching. He also conducts regular coaching sessions at the walkers club and is the VRWC Walks development officer. He is also a Level 5 AT&FCA walks coach. He is currently interested in coaching masters and junior athletes; he specialises in coaching women.
Contact: Home: 93371550,   email: mdonahoo@optusnet.com.au,   web site: http://www.members.optusnet.com.au/mdonahoo
Ken Walters - East
Since attending a week end walk coaching seminar in 1971 hosted by Frank Maguire in Marysville, Ken has coached numerous Little Aths. walkers to State and National Titles. In open competition he has had success with the athletes such as Lorraine Young (Jachno), Paul Copeland, Stuart Walters, Simone Wolowiec and Rhydian Cowley. He currently advises Hilary Brazel, Shelby and Paton Kay and Masters walkers, Pam Tindal, Russ Dickenson and Kylie Irshad. 
Ken operates from the bike path adjacent to the Kings Park grass athletic track in Upper Ferntree Gully on Thursdays from 4.30 P.M. and from the Croydon Athletic track on Tuesdays from 5pm. Sunday training is also held at various venues and various times.
Contact:   Home 9753 5661,  email: kjwalters2010@bigpond.com
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.
Currently coaching a squad of athletes excelling in their sport. Coaching Wednesday night Ringwood, Sunday morning Jells Park, elsewhere by appointment.
Contact details:
Home Telephone: +61 3 9545 5605  
Office Telephone: +61 3 9637 8344  
Mobile: 0406 074 628
Email: simon.baker@dse.vic.gov.au
Alan Johnson - East
One of our most successful development coaches. So many of our top Vic walkers of today and past years have started off with Alan. He is a former IAAF Walking Judge and has been coaching for over 30 years. Alan offers both individual and squad training according to needs and coaches all levels of walkers. He is amongst our most respected coaches.
Venues include
- Knox Track
- Ringwood Track
- Blackburn Lake (distance course on Sundays)
Contact details  home: 9762 2839,   mobile: 0417 562 925
Matt Owen – North East
Mainly focusing on juniors but including transition into senior competition.
Current training squad consists of 2 champions plus 3 other podium finishes at LAVic state championships 2011. Also includes a couple of national competing walkers that have had some success.
AA & ATFCA accredited Level 3 Advanced Events Coach (Walks)
Venue – Willinda Park (Greensborough)
Contact details: Home: 94356557, email: matthew.owen@optusnet.com.au
Elke Raselli
Elke is the current Junior Development Squad Coach & U/13 State team Walks Coach for Little Athletics Victoria and has been for 7 years.
Elke also coaches the walkers who participate in the Athletics Victoria 'AVIS' Squad which is for athletes competing at National level. 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 is 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
Contact details: Home: 97022562 Mobile: 0409 340203
Email: elk_elli@hotmail.com
Frances Attard