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GUNNEDAH ATHLETICS CENTRE

AFFILIATED COACHES

Gunnedah Athletics Centre is extremely lucky to have a number of Athletics Australia accredited coaches affiliated with the centre! These coaches volunteer their time during our competition season and also offer coaching and training opportunities separate to Gunnedah Athletics Centre events.

ANDREW FREND

Accreditation – IAAF Kids’ Athletics Coach, Level 1 Community Athletics Coach, Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach, Level 3 Advanced Event Group Coach

Contact – 0427 437 207, milbulla1@bigpond.com

About – Andrew is a farmer who coaches athletics as a hobby. He first became involved with LA’s when his first son joined up in the year 2000. Since then he has had 3 children join LA’s.

It wasn’t until his second son Angus, who became a competent athlete, that he commenced his coaching. In 2005, Andrew completed his Level 1 course at the Gold Coast and followed up with his Level 2 Course in 2006, also at the Gold Coast. His educator at both courses was Sharon Hannon, who at the time was Olympian Sally Pearson’s hurdling coach.

Since then Andrew has been involved with coaching at LA’s, private coaching, coaching at district and Sydney schools. He and Emma Kennedy now run their own coaching group called A&E Training. He has many successful athletes venture through to Zone, Regional, State and National representative levels.

Andrew’s passion is coaching sprints, hurdles and relays but is also qualified in all other track and field events.

What motivates Andrew is knowing his help in coaching children, is benefiting them to gain confidence in what they do and to continue striving for personal goals.

DIANNE COKER

 Accreditation – IAAF Kids’ Athletics Coach, Level 1 Community Athletics Coach, Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach, Cert 3 Group Fitness Trainer, Cert 4 Personal Trainer

Contact – 0410 207 799, didynamicfitness@gmail.com

About – Di specialises in shot put, discus & running starts & also coaches in general fitness & mobility.

EMMA KENNEDY

Accreditation – IAAF Kids’ Athletics Coach, Youth Aths Leader, Level 1 Community Athletics Coach, Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach

Contact – 0428 422 802, ekennedy277@gmail.com

About – Emma is a level 2 athletics coach and an athlete herself.

Emma’s passion is working with children to develop the fundamental skills of run, jump and throw while encouraging life long participation in sport. Emma also enjoys coaching sprints, hurdles and horizontal jumps at all levels.

Emma has been coaching since the age of 15 and has worked with Andrew Frend as a trainee coach and an athlete.

Emma has also competed at a number of high level competitions including Oceania Championships and UniSport Nationals in the 100m, 100m hurdles and 200m.

MITCHELL CLARKE

Accreditation – Level 1 Community Athletics Coach

Contact – 0449 983 167, mooki10@icloud.com

About – Mitch completed his Level 1 qualification in 2018.

He is no stranger to the Little Athletics scene, having been an active member during the 17/18 year and returning in the 18/19 year to assist with coaching and event management.