Coaches Comments and Training


A winter throwing group will again be held at SA Athletics Stadium approximately every TWO WEEKS on Sunday mornings, starting at 9.30am, from 23 April 2017 until the end of September. Each training session will be held in the outside throwing area (behind the equipment storage sheds on the north side of the track). All five throws events will be covered through the winter. Cost will be $5 to cover the stadium training entry fee for each session attended (payable to David Bates).

All welcome - no booking required. This will be an opportunity to hone your throwing skills and get in some regular practice before the next summer season. Note that we are starting earlier this year to provide additional sessions for those throwers preparing for the 2017 AMA Track & Field Championships to be held in Darwin, 9-12 June.

SAMA Throws Training dates in 2017: 23 Apr, 7 May, 21 May, 4 Jun, 25 Jun, 9 Jul, 30 Jul, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, 3 Sep, 17 Sep* (*note change).


All coaches associated with SAMA must be Accredited Athletics Coaches. That is, they must be registered and financial with Athletics Australia. Athletics SA only endorses accredited athletics coaches. Anyone wishing to become accredited should attend one of the courses being organised by ASA (an explanation of the different coaching levels can be found here). See the ASA website for full details of the courses.

Alternatively, someone with many years of coaching experience may request to be considered for Recognised Prior Learning (RPL), so that they do not need to sit through a course. This can be organised through Athletics Australia. Full details of the Athletics Australia Coach Accreditation Framework and RPL can be found here.

Peter Sandery training group information

Anne Lang McKinnon Parade Training Group

Sprint Training Groups

Training Notes / Articles by George White:
August 2011 -
Race walking rules and information
Oct 2011 - How to race and walk judging
Dec 2011 -
How should your body look when race walking Part 1
Feb 2012 -
How should your body look when race walking Part 2
March 2012 - A Very Pedestrian Subject - TRAINING

June 2012 - Does race walking give you the creeps?
Aug 2012 - Training for Endurance and Speed

Oct 2012 - Flexibility for Race Walkers
Dec 2012 - If the Shoe Fits!

Training Notes / Articles by George White (cont):
2013 - Do race walkers get a fair run?
Feb 2013
- Is Peaking/Tapering for Masters Athletes?

Apr 2013 - A Brief History of Race Walking
Jun 2013 - What is Age-Grading?

Aug 2013 - Pentathlons; scoring systems explained
Oct 2013 - How many METs did you do today?
Dec 2013 - Music & Speed
Feb 2014 - Can Hot Weather be Your Friend

Hammer Throwing - author Don Quinn  
Foot strike impact forces - author Peter Sandery Mind games - author Peter Sandery
Elements of a training program - author Peter Sandery Pacing strategies in distance racing - author Peter Sandery
AMA 2009 Coach Forum notes - author Peter Sandery Choosing running shoes - author Peter Sandery
It hurts - Training Pain - author Peter Sandery Plantar fascitis injury - Pain in the mid section of the bottom of the heel - author Peter Sandery
Think and ye shall do - Training does not just affect the muscles in the body, it also involves the brain - author Peter Sandery Age and Performance (running that is) - the impact of age on aerobic capacity - author Peter Sandery
What does a distance runner need? - author Peter Sandery Interval Training - author Peter Sandery
Masters Athletes - middle and long distance running - author Peter Sandery Lower back Injuries - author Peter Sandery
Improving/maintaining maximum oxygen uptake (VO2max) - author Peter Sandery High pressure performance - author Peter Sandery
Speed Endurance 1 - middle distance - author Peter Sandery Speed Endurance 2 - long distance - author Peter Sandery
Running Shoes - Do my feet look big in these? - author Peter Sandery Stretching - when to stretch - author Peter Sandery
Fatigue - Muscle or mind? - author Peter Sandery Running and Diet - author Peter Sandery
Running and Drinking - author Peter Sandery Age related loss of muscle function - Peter Sandery
Training with a Goal - author Peter Sandery Distance Versus Speed - author Peter Sandery
Less Spring, Less Speed - author Peter Sandery Iron and Body Fat - author Peter Sandery
Age Graded Tables - author Peter Sandery Perceived Effort - author Peter Sandery
Fatigue - the sum of its parts - author Peter Sandery Training paces (revisted) - author Peter Sandery

Outstanding Runners - author Peter Sandery

Age graded table explained - author Peter Sandery (Link to calculator)