Meet CLAC’s great team of coaches who will teach our little athletes the skills and techniques for track and field events.
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!
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 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’s son Tom is registered in the U13 age group. 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 is a roaming coach on Friday nights, offering feedback and support to learn how to throw and to correct technique.
Cas’ daughter Tallara (U14’s) is a state level athlete. CLAC is proud to support Cas as he takes his begins his ‘formal’ coaching journey through the coach education pathway.
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 U7, U11 and U13.
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 is 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!