Coaches

Melissa Fraser

Melissa Fraser

I first started athletics when I was 6 years old with Woodville Little Athletics and went all the way through to under 16 (no under 17 back then.  I then went on to Port Adelaide as a senior athlete.  I can not run to save my life but I have a passion for the throwing events. I was one of the first women in SA to throw the hammer in competition and represented South Australia as a hammer thrower in both Under 16 & Under 18.  I have since concentrated on officiating and officiated at the Sydney 2000 Olympic & Para Olympic Games, the Melbourne 2006 & the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and various senior & Junior Nationals. I still occasionally compete in the over 35 throwing events at Athletics SA Stadium of a Saturday.

Before having my first child early 2004,  I was coaching a variety of athletes in the throwing events for Port Adelaide Athletics Club, once I had my first child I needed to cut back on coaching and soon had to give it away as throwing is not a safe area for a toddler, which over a 7 year period ended up being 3 of them. I was still completing and officiating and always enjoyed coaching so when my oldest boy started little athletics I went back to coaching for Woodville and have learnt the basics to also coach some of the jumping events as little athletes need help in all areas.  I am now a level three coach in throws having been selected to go to New Zealand in 2018 to complete the IAAF CECS Level II Coaches course which I passed with full marks.

I have a passion for athletics and especially the throws and I love to share my knowledge and see athletes of all ages improve each week and enjoy the sport I love so much.

Mike McAuliffe

Mike

I have been active in athletics for 35 years in both New Zealand and Australia. I still compete in the over 50’s grade for the Flinders athletics club. I have enjoyed distance running the best and was an SA rep in both senior cross country and 1/2 marathon distances. I also achieved provincial level for Canterbury in NZ in the 40 -45 age bracket over 10km.I trained with the Flinders club in the 1990’s under the legendary SA coach Toby Schreier and owe a lot to him.I have two boys at Woodville – Jacob and Liam who really love the club.

I have helped by coaching here for the last four years primarily with 800/1500 type training.I enjoy helping children improve and love to see them gain in confidence from doing so. I have completed the Level 1 coaching course and look forward to doing Level 2 in the near future.