Talking all things Track and Field, Road Racing, Recreational and Trail Running.
Episode 48: 16 October 2020 featuring Grace Brown
After a promising athletic career across middle and long-distance events, a series of injuries curtailed Grace Brown's progression. 2015 saw Grace's final performances in the Box Hill colours and she essentially disappeared from the athletic world only to reappear barely two years later as an emerging cyclist on the Australian and European circuits.
Now signed with the Australian Mitchelton Scott professional cycling team, Grace joins Down the Track to take us through her story... the transition away from running, her initial forays into cycling, life of the professional circuit, and what may lie ahead in her cycling career.
With a string of recent performances that have propelled Grace into the spotlight, we talk through her fifth placing in the Individual Time Trial at the World Championships, second place at Liege-Bastonge-Liege and finally her breakthrough European victory at the Brabantse Pijl road race. Despite the upheaval of 2020, it has been a good year for Grace on the bike and we look forward to following her career both on the roads in Australia and at major races around the world.
Sean and Tim also catch up to discuss recent athletic results and Sean does another deep dive into one of his favourite topics - athletic shoe technology.
Episode 47: 5 October 2020: London Marathon recap and special guest, Jess Rothwell
In a special edition of Down the Track, Sean and Tim analyse all the action from the London Marathon. Although the hype around the Kipchoge/Bekele showdown didn’t eventuate there were still many talking points from a unique event conducted amidst the COVID-19 period.
Jess Rothwell joins us for the second part of the podcast to talk all things nutrition. A world classwalker in her own right, Jess now assists our high performance athletes as part of the Athletics Australia team and speaks of her role and some of the interesting experiences it entails. Jess also dispels some nutritional myths and gives us the low down on life on a dairy farm. So keep up to date with Australian Athletics and tune in to Down the Track.
Episode 46: 18 September 2020 featuring Kim Mulhall and Bryan Cake.
Newly elected AV Committee member Kim Mulhall joins Sean and Tim for an extensive conversation covering the many aspects of her involvement in athletics. With twenty-one Victorian State titles to her name, together with a string of National tiles in both Senior and Junior ranks, Kim's experience from grassroots athletics through to international competition enables her to speak with authority on so many issues.
As head coach of the Caulfield Grammar athletic program, Kim discusses both the barriers and opportunities that present when working within the school system and broader athletic community, an area of expertise Kim hopes will assist Athletics Victoria to develop sustainable strategies as we emerge from the COVID period.
In a candid discussion of her own athletic career, Kim reveals for the first time the story of her PB Discus performance in the US and the question mark that this throw still has surrounding it.
In the second of our series focusing on the many and varied clubs that make up our state association, Bryan Cake from the Traralgon Harriers provides a wonderful insight into the club and the characters that have played an important role in the LaTrobe Valley and greater Gippsland region for many decades. With a wonderful history of community involvement and early recognition of the 'recreational running' boom, the Traralgon Harriers in the traditional black uniform have been a mainstay of our XCR competition, whilst still providing track and field and recreational opportunities for their members.
0:00:00 to 0:03:31 - Intro conversation
0:03:32 to 0:43:58 - Kim Mulhall - champion athlete, school coach, and Athletics Victoria Committee member
0:43:59 to 1:10:58 - Bryan Cake talks all things Traralgon Harriers
1:10:59 to 1:29:54 - Wrap of international results and other athletic news
Episode 45: 4 September 2020 featuring Catherine Mendes, Peter Benifer, Ella Hose, Craig Wallace, Alice Baquie and Matt Rizzo.
In Episode 45 we've reached out to a number of people involved across the spectrum of athletics... athletes, a coach, a health professional and sports administrator to gauge the impact of COVID-19 and in particular life under Stage 4 restrictions.
As expected this hasn't been easy for any of us, but the resounding theme through the interviews is one of hope, positivity, and resilience. Whether it's been a change to your ability to access facilities, see your coach & squad or even in one case totally changing the way you do business, the lessons and experiences we'll take away from 2020 will be ongoing and continue to impact our lives and sport for years to come, if not permanently.
Our thanks to Catherine Mendes, Peter Benifer, Ella Hose, Craig Wallace, Alice Baquie and Matt Rizzo for sharing their stories and opening up about the impacts on their personal, professional, and sporting lives. Each story is unique in its own way, but the common message around adjusting to restrictions and just getting on with it, typifies the response that will hopefully see Victoria emerge from this phase in the coming weeks.
Sean and Tim also wrap the podcast with some of the international news and the positive moves Athletics Victoria is taking to keep athletes, coaches, officials, and athletics fans engaged.
If you'd like to follow some of our guests to keep up with what they are doing, here's some Instagram handles:
Catherine Mendes - @cat_mendes_
Peter Benifer - @pbssquad
Alice Baquie - @alicebaquie
Matt Rizzo - @matt.rizzo
And for anyone that wants to try a free online Pilates class with Alice Baquie go to:
Also here is a link to her website
Episode 44: 13 August 2020 featuring Alexandra Hulley, Ned Weatherly and Dr Alice McNamara
Hammer throwing super couple Alexandra Hulley and Ned Weatherly join Down the Track for a great discussion on what is often a forgotten event in athletics. Tracking through their international and domestic careers, Alex and Ned speak with passion about one of the more technical disciplines, which although may not share the limelight with track events, certainly doesn’t lack the drama, talent and the characters who make for exciting competition when they step into the ring.
And although they have different personalities we get to hear what drives each of them in their quests to make their marks in the sport and how life in general is moving along for them personally and professionally in a changed world.
We also catch up with Dr. Alice McNamara to get a first-hand account of life on the COVID-19 frontline. A practising Sports Medicine Doctor, Alice is also manning testing stations several days a week as part of the concerted effort to bring the virus under control. Her insight into the impact the virus is having, together with some clear explanation of close contacts and the need for isolation may fill in the gaps of what you need to know about the current situation in Victoria.
And did we mention Alice is a two time World Champion as a representative rower for Australia, seven-time winner of the Eureka Tower stair climb and also a winner of the Empire State stair climb in New York? A fascinating conversation that covers some vital issues we all now face.
Another interesting episode of Down the Track as the restrictions ramp up once again.
0:00:00 to 0:03:07 Intro and welcome Alex Hulley and Ned Weatherly to Episode 44
0:03:08 to 1:02:29 We delve into the world of hammer throwing with our two guests
1:02:30 to 1:33:28 Dr. Alice McNamara joins us to talk about the pandemic and her role on the frontline
1:33:29 to 1:44:53 Episode wrap with some discussion on the World and Australian Cross Country Championships, Melbourne Marathon, new rules around track spikes, and what’s happening at Athletics Victoria.
Here’s how you can follow our guests:
Instagram - @alexhulley
Instagram - @nedweatherly82
Dr. Alice McNamara
Instagram - @_alice_mac
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Episode 43: 29 July 2020. "People in Athletics" featuring Stu Macaulay
In Episode 43 Sean and Tim have an in-depth conversation with Stu Macaulay. For over 20 years Stu has been a fixture within the Athletics Victoria community as an Athlete, Coach, Administrator, Team Manager, and State Selector – roles which he has brought passion and commitment to.
In a broad-ranging conversation, Stu details his background both in a sporting and professional context, plus his motivation for doing what he does. As a man who has impacted the lives of many others, we also hear from Western Athletics members Claire Hodgart, Nardine Bainbridge, Phil Dunstone, and Adrian Jeffkins on their experiences with Stu and the influence he's had on each of them personally and the club that they all call home.
So to fill in the blanks about a person who has contributed so much to our sport, have a listen to the first episode in our "People in Athletics" series and get to know Stu Macaulay.
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