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 – Hannah Thornber

Hannah is one of our senior squad members who has been training with us for many years now.

Hannah has participated in Little Athletics and Senior Athletics and loves being around the junior athletes and helping them where she can.  It was only a natural progression for her to gain her Level 1 Coaching Accreditation and assist us with coaching the squad members.

I like the motto of ‘each one – teach one’ and Hannah is a great example of this.  It is important that the skills our athletes acquire are passed on to future athletes.

Drawing on her experience competing in high level sports, Hannah is more capable of assisting me with mentoring the younger Off Leash squad members.  She may not have realised it but the ‘coach’ mentoring process started with her some time ago after I saw how much she enjoyed coaching and how capable she was in doing it.

Hannah’s ‘Coach’s Eye’ is developing nicely and she offers very sound guidance and advice to the younger Off Leash squad members.

Hannah’s Accreditations

Athletics Australia Accredited:  Level 1 Community Athletics Coach, IAAF Kids’ Athletics Coach.