Training

MUAC has a wide range of squads to choose from. If you wish to join any of them please contact the relevant coach using the details below.

Development Distance

EventsCross country, road and track
Squad DescriptionThe development squad caters to all levels and abilities, whether you are a recreational runner or a more seasoned competition-focused athlete. The aim of this squad is to create a fun, inclusive and motivating training atmosphere to support you to develop a sustainable running practice.
Getting Involved All welcome, just come along to any of our sessions! 
Training TimesMonday (6:00 pm), Wednesday (6:00 pm)
Training LocationSocial Space A, Nona Lee Sports Centre, Rawlinson Track
Squad FeeN/A

Elly Benson

Contactdevsquad@muac.org.au 
QualificationsLevel 1 Community Athletics Coach
Athletics BiographyElly has been involved with MUAC since late 2018 after rediscovering her love for running via Parkrun and the Development Squad. She currently trains with Tony’s Blue Squad, competing regularly in Athletics Victoria events from 1500m to 10k and hopes to compete at the national level. Elly is also part of the Strong Runners group and has been co-coaching the development squad since 2020.
Personal BiographyElly currently lives in Ascot Vale and loves to run along the Maribyrnong river. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours at the University of Melbourne in 2017, majoring in Australian Indigenous Studies and Gender Studies, and currently works as the Research Coordinator for the Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration (ISRC), a research unit in the Faculty of Arts dedicated to exploring the challenges at the heart of relations between Indigenous and settler peoples. Elly values inclusivity and accessibility and hopes to one day see gender parity reflected in athletics and cross-country participation numbers. Outside of academia and running, she enjoys swimming, yoga and hot chips.

Middle/Distance Blue

EventsTrack (incl steeplechase), cross country, and road: 800 m upwards 
Squad DescriptionThis advanced squad aims to cater to those athletes who are particularly focussed on regular structured training based around AV/AA sanctioned middle and long distance events (track, cross-country, and road). The aim of this squad is to have fun – with serious intent. That is best achieved by a supportive, inclusive and safe environment for all. A key component of what is expected within the training group is collaboration and support to each other in achieving their athletic goals, regular participation and communication.
Getting Involved Invitation only — contact Tony to discuss.
As this squad looks to maintain individual attention to long-term athlete development, it currently operates on an invitation only basis.
Current intentions around your athletics, as opposed to past performances and standards are valued the most – hence the group has a diverse range of abilities and athletic backgrounds training at present.
Training TimesTuesday (5:30 pm), Thursday (5:30 pm). This start time may move to 6:00pm if members’ work and study situations change to become less flexible than they have been of late.
Saturday morning sessions are likely to recommence towards the end of Summer season (8:30 am or 9:00am start time tbc).
Training LocationSocial Space A, Nona Lee Sports Centre, Rawlinson Track
Squad FeeN/A at present

Tony Brain

Contacttbrain64@gmail.com // 0414 247 149
QualificationsEach of World Athletics and Australian Track & Field Coaches Association Accreditations: Level 4 Senior Coach – Middle/Distance Disciplines.
Athletics BiographyMUAC member for nearly 40 years, coaching for approximately the last 28 years. Coached athletes to state, national and international events and remains a “social” competitor himself in Milers/ and winter and summer AV Events
Personal BiographyFamily includes two teenage boys who are actively involved in various sports (one of which ran for the club in one season – so perhaps the youngest MUAC club member ever?). Claim to fame on the sporting front is not athletics, but representing Australia in Underwater Hockey. After a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from UoM, professional career headed down the path as a Chartered Accountant, having worked for Deloitte and Australian Super and now involved in a number of Boards and Committees as a Director and Committee member. 

Distance White

EventsTrack, cross country, and road: 1500 m – Marathon
Squad DescriptionThis squad is a long distance team dedicated to pushing the limits of our capabilities within the constraints of our lives. Training structure is balanced between long intervals, short intervals, thresholds/tempo runs and time-trials. We are performance focused targeting cross country and road racing in the winter while in the summer XC is substituted for track running. We are here to support each other’s goals with our core values being consistency, hard work, and balance.
Getting Involved Contact Maximilian Ueda via Facebook Messenger or SMS 0413464144. The squad welcomes all athletes. New members are invited to a 30 day probationary period.
Training TimesIntervals – Tuesday 18:00 @ Parkville
Intervals – Thursday/Friday 18:00 @ Various Locations
Tempo/Race – Saturday 08:00 @ Various Locations
Long Run Sunday 08:00-08:30 @ Various Locations
Training LocationMUAC Nona Lee Sports Center is our headquarters however training location will be confirmed 48 Hours Prior to the session
Squad FeeAthlete’s commitment to running

Max Ueda

ContactFacebook- Maximilian Ueda
P: 0413464144
E: maxueda1993@gmail.com
QualificationsAthletics Victoria Level 1 Coach
MUAC – Winter Manager
JAAF Interpreter
Athletics Biography2008 – Most Improved XC Athlete at the American School in Japan
2013 – Joined MUAC’s Development Squad
2013 – Started coaching with Nick Earl
2018 – Swedish Half Marathon Championship Representative
2019- 66:40 @ Australian Half Marathon Championships
Personal BiographyBorn in Japan in 1993
Bachelors and Masters of Engineering Degree with Melbourne University
Full Time Mechanical Engineer at Davey Water Products
Living with loving partner Jeka in Toorak

Pole Vault

EventsPole Vault, Hurdles
Squad DescriptionThe pole vault squad is an elite group aiming to qualify for national(Junior/Senior/Masters) championships on an annual basis. There is a clear aim to make finals at nationals and win medals at State level.Expectations for athletes are to train a minimum of 3 days per week(Juniors) or 5 days per week (seniors).
Getting Involved Trial event training can be arranged for interested parties, contact Warren for more information.
Training TimesTuesday (6:00 pm), Thursday (6:00 pm), Sunday (10am)
Training LocationPole vault mats, Eastern D, Rawlinson Track
Squad Fee$300 per annum includes $50 pole use fee.

Warren Hill

Contactwarrenmjhill@gmail.com // 0408 355 039
QualificationsLevel 4 Senior Coach
Athletics BiographyMy athletics career kicked off at University (The Ohio State University) as an adjunct to my football training. I competed at NCAA, UK National and Welsh championship level finishing 3rd at the 1990 Commonwealth Games trials with my personal best of4.90m. I still compete regularly at Masters global competitions.I coached Irie Hill, Dominic Johnson and Jason Hinkin from 1998 to the 2000 Olympics and subsequent Commonwealth Games in 2002 where Irie and Dominic won medals. I have coached at Melbourne University since 2000.
Personal BiographyI’m a single dad of one boy who is mad about every sport except athletics! Live in the CBD and work in Technology with Government.

Strong Runners

EventsStrength training for women
Squad DescriptionA strength program for women and non-binary students, staff and community members. Suitable for all ages, fitness levels and athletic abilities. Our participants typically us this program as an entry into other squad training sessions, or to complement their existing running/exercise programs.
Getting Involved Email muac@muac.org.au for more information
Training TimesWednesday and Friday 7:30AM
Training LocationRawlinson Athletics Track
Squad Fee$10/session

Jumps

EventsHigh jump, horizontal jumps, multievents
Squad Description
Getting Involved 
Training Times
Training LocationHigh jump mats, Eastern D, Rawlinson Track
Squad Fee

Sandro Bisetto 

Contactabisetto@bigpond.net.au 
QualificationsLevel 5 Academy Coach
Athletics Biography
Personal Biography

Sprints, Hurdles, Throws

EventsSprints/hurdles (100 m – 400 m); relays; shot put.
Squad Description
Getting Involved 
Training TimesMonday–Thursday (5:15 pm), Saturday (10:00 am), Sunday (11:00 am)
Training Location100 m front straight, Rawlinson Track
Squad Fee

Terry Reade

Contactreadet@columba.vic.edu.au // tpreade62@hotmail.com
QualificationsLevel 4 Senior Coach
Athletics Biography
Personal Biography

Manfred Lewandowski

Contact9489 4481
QualificationsLevel 4 Senior Coach
Athletics Biography
Personal Biography