Training

Training venues and times

Training sessions are conducted weeknights at Rawlinson Track & Field in Tin Alley at the University of Melbourne from 4.30 p.m. to 7.45 p.m. weeknights, and Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9 a.m. to midday. The track is reserved exclusively for Club members at these times, allowing them to enjoy complete concentration on their training without distraction.  The MUAC Club Rooms, next to the track, are open for club members whenever we are training.

The Melbourne University Sports Centre provides complementary facilities including weight training rooms, cardio-equipped gymnasiums and a 25 metre pool. Physiotherapy and massage is available.

Training times

Sprints, hurdles, throws

Monday-Thursday: 5:15pm

Saturday: 10am

Sunday: 11am

Contact Manfred Lewandowski or Terry Reade

Middle and long distance, cross country

Track: Tuesday, Thursday (6pm), Saturday (9am)

Contact Tony Brain

Development distance

Track: Wednesday (6pm)

Contact Dion Houtman

Jumps

Located in the “D” of the track, the separate pole vault and high jump areas provide international-standard facilities. Poles and bags are available for use by members. Well-maintained synthetic run-ups and sand bunkers are available for long- and triple-jumpers.

Pole vault skills development: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday

Strength training: Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday

Contact Warren Hill

Long- and high-jump skills development: Saturday & selective evenings

Contact Sandro Bissetto

Throws

Shot putters are catered for with a ring and bunker at the west end of Rawlinson Track. We are currently exploring options for training locations for our discus, hammer throw and javelin members; however the Club does provide these throwers with equipment for use in competition.

Princes Park and Royal Park

The vast open spaces of Princes Park and Royal Park are conveniently located within a few minutes’ jog of Rawlinson Track. Princes Park boasts a 3.2km soft gravel running circuit with 500 metre markers all the way around, making it ideal for repetition training. Royal Park’s myriad of pathways and varied undulations provide ideal hill and off-road training in an environment that feels miles away from the city.

A favourite MUAC run.

Après training

Melbourne University is on the doorstep of Melbourne’s famous Little Italy precinct in Lygon Street. Take a shower after your session and you’re within a few minutes’ walk of Melbourne’s best carbo-reloading zone. Melbourne University Athletic Club is proudly sponsored by The Clyde Hotel, where athletes will often gather for a post training meal.

Coaching

One of the great strengths of Melbourne University Athletic Club is its coaching tradition. A team of highly qualified coaches with extensive experience coaching top-level athletics is available for training and competing MUAC members.

The Club welcomes prospective member enquiries about coaching. Simply contact any coach from the list below to discuss training, programs, competition or any aspect of athletics.

Melbourne University Coaching Panel
Coach Discipline Qualifications Contact
Manfred Lewandowski
  • Sprints
  • Hurdles
  • Relays

 

ATFCA and AA Level 5 CoachMUAC Coach 1980 –Australian National Sprint Coach 1986 – 93Australian Olympic CoachAustralian World Championships CoachOceania World/Continental Cup Coach 9489 4481
Sandro Bisetto
  • High jump
  • Horizontal jumps
  • Multievents

 

ATFCA & AA Level 5,Olympic Coach 1992 & 2016, Commonwealth Games Coach 1994, AA Junior High Jump Coach abisetto@bigpond.net.au
Tony Brain
  • Middle distance track incl. 800m, 1500m, steeplechase
  • Long distance track incl 5000m, road and cross country incl 10k, half marathon and full marathon

 

ATFCA & AA Level 4, coached various athletes to state and national representation, Ekiden Relay Coach 1993-95, Women’s Intra-universities Japan tbrain64@gmail.com
9481 7440 (h) (not after 8:00pm please)
Warren Hill
  • Pole Vault

 

ATFCA and AA Level 4Leading British Pole Vault Coach +61 408 355039 warrenmjhill@gmail.com
Terry Reade
  • Sprints
  • Hurdles
  • Relays
ATFCA and AA Level 4 CoachMUAC Coach 1987 –University of Melbourne Coach / Team Manager Australian University GamesVictorian Junior Team Coach and Assistant ManagerAustralian Junior Team Assistant Team ManagerAustralian Team Manager IPC World Championship Team  readet@columba.vic.edu.au
Dion Houtman

Andy Selby Smith

  • Distance

 

  • Distance
 AA Level 2 Coach

AA Level 2 Coach

 dion@muac.org.au
 

Peter Vysma

 

Walks

 

Past Victorian Club Manager, VRWC