Off Leash Athletics Coaches

Off Leash Athletics

Athletics Australia Accredited Coaching in Albury Wodonga. Sprint Coach. Sprint Hurdles Coach. Long Jump & Triple Jump Coaching.

Head Coach – Blair Talbot

Many people are surprised when they find out that Blair doesn’t have an amazing athletics career to dwell on and tell you all about again and again.  What Blair brings to his Coaching is a background in law enforcement which demanded integrity, attention to detail, commitment to duty and teamwork.  Every one of these attributes is relevant to both the coach and the athlete and are at the core of Off Leash Athletics.

Blair’s coaching journey started with his three children and grew in to Coaching a small number of athletes after the sad passing of local coaching legend, Les O’Brien.  The Off Leash Athletics training squad is a small, close knit team of like minded athletes who simply want to be the best they can be.  It remains small so Blair can monitor all of the athletes and offer them feedback, guidance and when needed a shoulder to lean on and an ear to listen.

Success isn’t the only measure of a good Coach.  Our athletes WANT to come to training, work hard, work well and have some fun doing it.  From that, we have achieved success at local, State and National level.

Blair’s Accreditations.

Athletics Australia Accredited: Level 3 Performance Development Coach (Sprints, Relays, Sprint Hurdles), IAAF Kids’ Athletics Coach.
Australian Track & Field Coaches Association – Level 2 (Event Group Specific) Sprints, Hurdles, Jumps, Relays.
NSW Working With Children Check – WWC0327332E


Assistant Coach – Ethan Talbot

Ethan is Blair’s oldest child and a senior member of the Off Leash Athletics Squad.

Ethan’s athletics journey is testament that anyone who is willing to work hard to be the best they can be can achieve results that most would have not thought possible.  Ethan started doing athletics because his brother and sister were doing it but something clicked and clicked big.  He found his ‘thing’.  Ethan excelled in jumps and hurdles and became an above average sprinter as well.  He currently holds numerous local and region level records and has State jumps titles under his belt along with a couple of national level medals.

Through his experience performing at high levels, Ethan is able to assist in mentoring the younger Off Leash squad members.  His ‘Coach’s Eye’ is developing more and more and offers very sound guidance and advice to the younger Off Leash squad members.

Ethan’s Accreditations

Athletics Australia Accredited:  Level 1 Community Athletics Coach, IAAF Kids’ Athletics Coach.
State and National Level Medallist – Long Jump, Triple Jump, Sprint Hurdles.

Photo – Mark Jesser