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Training at an Early Age – Insights from Steve Cram, Herb Elliott, John Walker & Ron Delaney

In the early 1990’s the Australian Olympic Committee and the New South Wales Institute of Sport organised a special opportunity for Australia’s leading middle distance coaches and athletes to meet and talk with former mile world record-holders, Steve Cram, John Walker, Herb Elliott and Ron Delaney. Luckily, some of this golden content was captured and somehow not lost during the following 25 years.  Below, some of these questions and answers are summarised.

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Riley Day: In Pearson's footsteps

An article preview from Australian Athlete: National Championships 2018 was a weekend to remember for Riley Day and coach Donna Thomas. The teenager from Beaudesert in Queensland stunned the athletics world by winning both the 100m and 200m National titles at just 17 years of age, with the 200m being the 3rd fastest junior performance of all time by an Australian. “I had no idea what time I was going to run” said Day, who was competing in her 6th event across the four day carnival. “I didn’t set expectations too high going into Nationals, but after the Semi Final of the 200m, I felt like I could go a lot faster in the final. It was the best I had felt all weekend despite...

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MURRAY GOODWIN Dropping Bombs at 31

For Murray Goodwin, the athletics journey he has taken would be described as anything but normal. It started off in the regular way with his dad introducing him to little athletics at a young age, but from then on it has been far from conventional. In little athletics, he held records and made state teams in a variety of events. Hurdles, 200m, 400m, 800m were his focus across different seasons. But to him athletics was just a small part of his sporting focus, playing a variety of sports through his teenage years, and once he left school and athletics competitions began to dry up, soccer became his main focus. "I always knew I was more talented at athletics, but I...

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