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

Cassie Siepen 
QualificationsLevel 1 Community Athletics Coach
Athletics Biography Cassie has been an athlete with the Melbourne University Athletics Club (MUAC) since 2021 and has been coaching the MUAC Development Squad since 2022. She currently competes in middle distance events ranging from 1500m on the track to 10km on the road, as well as in Athletics Victoria Cross County events. She has also previously raced in several Half Marathons as well as the New York Marathon in 2018.
Personal Biography Cassie made the move from Sydney to Melbourne in 2019 to study medicine and is currently working as a junior doctor.  Formerly a representative footballer (soccer), Cassie began training and competing in athletics after recovering from two ACL knee reconstructions. Growing up in a family of runners, the move to athletics was an easy choice.   If not running (or coaching) at the track or Princes Park, you’ll probably find Cassie out running or hiking in pockets of regional Victoria. 

Daniel Sier 
QualificationsLevel 1 Community Athletics Coach
Athletics Biography Daniel has been a member of MUAC since 2018 and coaching in the development squad since 2020 mostly track focused. Currently competing in middle distance events (800m – 5km) and a regular participant in cross country.
Personal Biography After an undergraduate and masters degree continued with a PhD in physics at Melbourne Uni. Currently living in Parkville so Princes Park is the default running location. Rediscovered running after a long hiatus and have never looked back, hoping to help other get the same joy I do out of it. Values inclusivity, diversity and providing training opportunities to anyone regardless of fitness background/level.

Pooja Bhuller 
Athletics BiographyPooja joined MUAC as a member in 2022, after picking up running during lockdown and training towards running at Melbourne Marathon. Pooja entered the club as a keen dev squad member and now hopes to give others the same enjoyable experience she had when getting familiar with running sessions. She is particularly fond the XCR season and loves competing in 10km to half marathon road races.
Personal Biography A recent biomedical engineering graduate from Sydney University who is interested in all things health and technology. Wanting to contribute to the growing running culture in Melbourne and increase overall participation in both social and competitive running at MUAC. Loves a beach run, however a lap of the tan out and back along the Yarra just trumps as her favourite running route. Also has a concerningly large collection of running shoes – often in bright, obnoxious colours.

Jeevaneesh Soundararajah
Qualifications Level 1 Recreational Running Coach
Athletics Biography Jeevan is a National Athlete from Singapore and a member of MUAC since July 2022. He competes in distances ranging from 800m to Half Marathon and Cross Country. Notable accomplishments include representing Singapore at South East Asian Games 2015, 2021 & 2023 in Athletics and World Athletics Cross Country Championships 2023 in Bathurst. He is also the current Singapore National Record Holder for 2400m.
Personal Biography As an Engineering Management post-graduate from University of Melbourne, Jeevan recently started work as a Business Operation Assistant at Trust Power Solar. He was a Sole Trader at Big J previously, offering social media coordination and administration services.   He spends time with friends over running and coffee during the weekends, loves dogs and is a member of Good Vibes Yoga.

Jonathan Squire
Qualifications Level 1 Recreational Running Coach
Athletics Biography Jonny has been a member of MUAC since 2021, when his passion for running began. He enjoys competing in a range of distance events across the track and cross country seasons, with his favourite event being the marathon- which he is still trying to master!
Personal Biography As a physiotherapist working in the community, Jonny has always been passionate about helping people achieve their goals. His recent love of running has led him to further his knowledge in order to help maximise performance and injury prevention.   In his spare time he loves to travel, try to improve his Spanish and walk his dog- Roger!