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 competing 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

I have been active in Athletics for 37 years in both New Zealand and Australia. I still compete in the over 50’s grade for the Seniors Flinders Athletics Club.

I have enjoyed distance running the best and was a SA Representative in both senior cross country and 1/2 marathon distances. I also achieved provincial level for Canterbury in New Zealand 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.
 
Recently I placed silver in the Athletics SA 5km Cross Country Championship in my age group.
I have 2 boys who have been a part of Woodville – Jacob (who now runs Seniors Athletics as well as participating in triathlons) and Liam. Both have really loved the club and gained alot from little athletics.
I have helped by coaching here for the last 6 years primarily with 800/1500 type training as well as being a committee member. I enjoy helping children improve and love to see them gain in confidence from doing so.
I have completed the Level 1 Athletics Coaching Course and look forward to doing Level 2 in the near future.
Damian Robinson
 
Originally from Sydney, I began my Athletics career as a 4 year old at Port Hacking Little Athletics Club in Sydney where I spent 12 years developing my love for the sport of Athletics.
 
Early successes at the State Level at Little Athletics predominantly in the middle distance events saw me transition into Seniors Athletics with the Illawong Athletics Club in Sydney were I had started to excel winning multiple junior national titles over 1500m, 3000m and the 2000m Steeplechase.
 
In 2001 I moved to Mercedes College in Adelaide on an Athletics Scholarship and continued to see the successes. Numerous State Titles and continued success at the national junior levels followed. I competed for the Flinders Athletics Club whilst in Adelaide and was coached by Toby Schreier.
Transitioning to seniors athletics I continued to compete on the local level and took a real interest in the pro circuit winning over 20 sashes both in South Australia and Victoria including wins in big races at Stawell, Loxton, Ballarat, Bendigo & Mt Gambier.
 
Of more recent times whilst still competing in Aths I have also commenced umpiring SANFL league football where I have umpired almost 200 SANFL league games, 3 grand finals, 3 state games and won the silver whilste award for most outstanding boundary umpire twice.
 
I have 3 kids who compete for Woodville Little Athletics Club who love going out to compete for the club.
I have assisted with the coaching at the kids at Woodville for the past 12 months and have also coached numerous other sports throughout my children’s journey through sport this far.
 
I enjoy seeing the kids improve, stay fit, meet new friends and above all have fun. The joy that the sport of Athletics has brought to my life is something I want to share with others. It’s a great sport for all and one from a parents perspective has brought so much happiness to my family.