Meet CLAC’s great team of coaches who will teach our little athletes the skills and techniques for track and field events.
Bronwyn Amy (Hager), Training Coordinator & Middle Distance Coach
Bron is an experienced athlete and coach and our Training Coordinator.
She competed in athletics, cross country and road races throughout primary and high school and her best results were finishing first in the U/15 3000m and second in the U/15 1500m at the Little Athletics State Championship in 1999. Bron was a member of Inner West Little Athletics, so we’re delighted to have her with us in Canterbury!
Bron continues to train as a marathon runner, competing in the City2Surf, Australian Half Marathon Championships, Gold Coast Half Marathon, Berlin Marathon and the Amsterdam Marathon where she achieved a top 20 finish.
Since adding coaching to her skills, Bron is now a Level 3 Performance Development Coach – Middle & Long Distance; Level 2 Advanced Coach – Recreational Running; Level 2 Recreation Running Coach; Level 1 Run Leader and Level 1 Community Athletics Coach.
Bron is available for coaching outside of CLAC. You can read more and contact Bron here.
Ben Austin, Throws Coach
As a coach, Ben always strives to develop his athletes to be the best they can be in a fun and inclusive environment. In the early stages of his sports coaching journey, Ben has participated in various sports from a young age and has had the privilege of being coached by some amazing role models. These coaches have shaped who he is and influenced what Ben hopes to offer to his athletes.
Ben competed in Javelin at the Australian Juniors as a 17 and 18 year old (finishing in 5th place for both) and the Australian All schools in the U18 years (10th place). He also represented Trinity Grammar School in the Australian Schools Knockout where they finished as gold (2016, 2017) and silver (2018) medallists. He also plays rugby for the Sydney Uni Colts.
Amil Pagliasso, Jumps and Throws Coach
Amil is a stable of the CLAC family, having been involved with the club for many years both as a coach and as the Equipment Officer. His son Antton is a current state-level athlete in the U17 age group.
He has over 12 years of extensive coaching experience with primary and secondary school age athletes, teams and individuals. Amil also has experience coaching children with special needs and has been an official for both club and school championships.
Amil is an IAAF Kids Athletics Coach; Level 2 Advanced Coach – Throws & Jumps; Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach and a Level 1 Athletics Australia Technical Offical – Throws & Jumps. His aim is “to guide the young person to learn and grow with new skills to become and accomplished athlete.”
Amil is available for coaching outside of CLAC. You can contact him via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo coming soon!
Paul Raptis, Sprints and Middle Distance Coach
Paul started his involvement in athletics towards the end of high school. He was a competitive swimmer before taking up cross country in year 12, then athletics the following season. He now competes regularly in Athletics NSW competitions for Bankstown Sports. His passion are the sprint/middle distance events, including the 400m, 800m (his favourite), and 1500m races.
Paul is in his final year of his Bachelor of Exercise Physiology at UNSW. He’s undertaking his work experience subjects, as well as a research internship looking at the influence of growth and maturation on swimming kick and pull performance. He holds Level 1 ASCA accreditation, is a Swimming Australia Teacher of Competitive Swimming and has a Level 2 Athletics Australia Coaching accreditation.
He loves coaching middle distance and sprints and has developed rapport with many athletes he has coached over the last few years. He currently works alongside Bradley Woods as part of Team Gazelle Running, as long as a Middle Distance coach at Trinity Grammar School and swimming coach at San Souci Leisure Centre.
Paul is available for coaching outside of CLAC. You can contact him via email: email@example.com
Bec Rumens, Middle Distance Coach
Bec discovered her passion for all things running much later than most. It was something she had thought was for “everybody else, particularly those that were already fit”, when a snap decision to learn to run turned this mindset around and showed her that running really is for “every body”. Having coached more than a hundred beginner and intermediate adult runners over the last nearly five years, Bec is now turning her hand to coaching youth athletes for CLAC.
Bec’s daughter Ivy is in the U10’s and has shown a much keener interest this year and is really looking forward to fuelling that love of running in her and others.
Bec is Level 1 Community Club Coach, Level 2 Recreational Running Coach and Level 1 Strength & Conditioning Coach (ASCA).
Amy Winters, Sprints Coach
Amy is the CLAC President who is ‘dipping her toe’ into coaching!
Competing in athletics since the age of nine, Amy was a state level sprinter as a member of Kempsey Little Athletics. Fast forward a few years, Amy went on to represent Australia at three world championships (Berlin 1994 / Birmingham 1998 / Edmonton 2001) and three Paralympic Games (Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004) where she won a total of seven gold, three silver and two bronze medals across these championships. You can read more about Amy’s competition history here.
Professionally, Amy worked for the Australian Paralympic Committee in various roles across sports development, education, marketing and sponsorship. She worked on the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Paralympic campaigns.
Amy has two kids registered with CLAC: Tom (U11) and Sam (U8). Her proudest coaching moment was taking the 2019 U10 boys 4x100m relay team to a silver medal at the LANSW State Relay Championships – all with perfect baton changes!
Cas Riogi, Throws Coach (Friday nights only)
Cas has a wealth of knowledge across athletics events and in particular, the throws. He has been an Age Manager for CLAC over many years and is now turning his attention to coaching. Cas will be a roaming coach on Friday nights, offering feedback and support to learn how to throw and to correct technique.
Cas has two kids registered this season with CLAC: Alkira (U13), Tallara (U12) who are both state level athletes. CLAC is proud to support Cas as he takes his begins his ‘formal’ coaching journey through the coach education pathway. Photo coming soon!
Jim Legge, Sprints/Starts Coach (Friday nights only)
Jim has been involved with Little Athletics for 28 years, starting with his own children at Katoomba LAC. We’re lucky to have Jim join us as his grandchildren are registered with Canterbury in Tiny Tots, U9 and U11.
Jim was president of Katoomba LAC and coached there for 20 years across sprints, hurdles and middle distance. He is a Level 2 track coach and officiates at Zone, Region, State and National Championships. Jim has also trained people to become official starters at Zone, Region and State. Jim will be one of our starters on Friday nights, mostly on the straight track, where he’ll be guiding our athletes on how to do – and improve – their starts. Photo coming soon!