ABOUT US

Fairweather Track Squad started life as a junior training squad in the early 1980s when Tony Fairweather was asked to provide coaching to athletes at Branxton-Greta Little Athletics Club. Here, Tony first coached Mindy Slomka who would go on to represent Australia as a sprinter. In the mid 1990s, Fairweather Track Squad became a senior squad as well.

Eventually Tony started coaching his own independent squad based at Smyth Athletic Field in Maitland. He quickly grew it into a mighty junior squad that boasted champions and medalists at state and national level.

Around 1994 Tony gained additional success coaching a select handful of senior athletes in the professional league. Assisted by his wife Alison he co-ordinated both squads for many years until business commitments in 2001 forced him to scale back and disband the junior squad. However he hoped he could eventually return to coaching junior athletes. 

While developing Josh Ross to triple national 100m champion and obtaining his selection in 3 consecutive Australian teams, Tony started travelling to international competitions. This allowed him to experience the European track and field circuit first hand which proved invaluable learning to bring home.

The squad formerly had its main training base at the Hunter Sports Centre, Glendale, but has now relocated to the Gold Coast.  Other sessions are conducted at alternative venues when off-track training is required.

Weight training is conducted at Ashmore PCYC Fitness Centre,which is a fantastic facility and a pleasure to train at!  Other fitness centres are used where suitable.

Fairweather Track Squad’s athletes compete in both amateur and professional competitions.

The sale of Tony’s business at the end of 2008 allowed the extra time needed to build up a junior squad again and this squad is now consistently growing with many new and keen junior athletes.  Tony is also branching out into coaching through schools and athletic clubs, as well as consultancy coaching for other sporting codes, specific to each sport. 

If you are interested in joining a squad, or interested in organising a clinic or specific sessions for all sports, please don't hesitate to contact us.  Our Elite and Senior Development Squads require a high level of commitment to your sprinting.  We will consider applications from athletes at other levels also.  To find out more please contact us.  Our Junior squad in the Gold Coast is open to athletes from the age of 9 years or older (some exceptions).  This squad is suitable for any junior aged sportsperson who wishes to develop their speed for athletics or a variety of other sports.  The emphasis for this squad is having fun, while learning the basics of speed and technique.  We welcome junior sports people of any ability level, the only requirement being that the athlete wants to improve their speed!  We dont place any pressure on our junior squad - at the end of the day we want them to enjoy their sprinting and hopefully when they are old enough they will choose track and field as their number one sport!  If they don't we hope that the structure and discipline they have learnt as part of our training, will go on to help them in whatever path they choose.

SQUAD ACHIEVEMENT SNAPSHOTS

 

Josh Ross

Triple national 100m champion and Olympic, World Champs and Commonwealth Games representative, dual Stawell Gift winner

Matt Bouveng 

World Youth Champs finalist – was ranked 4th in world over 200m for age group

Laura Whaler 

World Championships Representative, Dual Australian U23 Champion & Dual National Open medallist (100m & 200m)

Pirrenee Steinert

World Championships & Commonwealth Games Representative & National Open medallist (400m)

Keith Sheehy 

No 2 ranking nationally 2009 – 200m, Stawell Gift finalist, National Open medallist

Trisha Greaves

Dual National Open medallist (400m) & Stawell Womens Gift winner 

Liam Gander 

World Championships Representative, Australian U23 medallist & Open finalist (100m & 200m)

Tom Scott  

Australian U23 medallist & Bay Sheffield Gift winner (100m & 200m)

Mindy Slomka  

World Junior selection, multiple National Junior Championship winner (100m & 200m)

Harry Egan  

World Junior selection Relay

Dallas Green                 Australian U20 relay gold medallist

Jacarna Bain-Fenton   Australian Junior medallist

National junior champions and medallists:

Matt Bouveng, Mindy Slomka, Tom Scott, Trisha Greaves, Laura Whaler, Liam Gander, Heidi Burgess, Daniel Izzard, Jacqui Hodges, Dallas Green, Tia O'Carroll, Jacarna Bain-Fenton, Cooper Jenkins, Eva Neville, Fynn Maggs, Benn Kelly

Past squad members who have gone on to excel in other sports:

Benn Kelly           Soccer

Elli Danilidis         European League Basketball

Melanie Sexton   Australian Triathlon Rep

Bridgitte Starr      Soccer - Matildas

 

COACH

Tony Fairweather

Tony has been coaching sprinters since the early 80s and has progressed from coaching junior athletes to seniors at international level.  He holds a Level 4 accreditation with the Australian Track & Field Coaches Association and Athletics Australia in Sprints, Hurdles, Relays.  He has worked quite closely with the Athletics in the Outback Program and is involved with development of many indigenous sprinters.

His sprinting experience started with the professional league. He travelled the country to attend different meets and enjoyed the challenge of improving.  He then achieved much success in pro ranks winning numerous Gift races as well as the Stawell backmarkers 400m race.  Tony has also won national titles in the Masters competitions (over both 200m and 400m) and numerous state medals.

When asked to help out by coaching at a local little athletics club, Tony didn’t hesitate since it’s in his nature to help anyone out. He started to gain satisfaction from seeing the athletes improve and achieve their goals along the way. Eventually he started coaching an independent squad which grew to include numerous national and state junior champions and medallists. After branching out into senior athletes among the pro ranks, he also continued developing his junior athletes to step into the senior ranks of the athletics world.

After taking on Josh Ross and improving him from an average sprinter to winner of the Stawell Gift in 2003, Tony and his wife Alison set about tackling the world of amateur athletics. A mere seven weeks after Josh competed in his first senior amateur meet, he won the National Open Mens 100m and secured a spot in the Athens Olympics. This was the start of many fantastic experiences for the pair who formed a formidable team. Some of the junior athletes were starting to make their mark also, with Trisha Greaves (nee Holz) continuing her rise in the 400m Womens rankings and winning national medals.

Tony is proud that the squad has boasted many nationally ranked athletes. He is looking forward to exciting years of competition to come. Their training base has now relocated to the Gold Coast, Qld and they are in the process of building a squad there.

SQUAD MANAGER/ASSISTANT COACH

Alison Fairweather

Alison, Tony’s wife, has been involved with Fairweather Training Squad in a support coach role for over twenty years. She commenced her own training in 1998 and has since won various women’s gifts including Stawell, Botany Bay and Temora Gifts. She also made the final in Bay Sheffield and Burnie Women’s Gifts. In Veterans and Masters athletics Alison has won medals at National and State levels in the 100m and 200m distances.

Her own training has now taken a back seat, with her focus on supporting the talented and committed athletes in the squad. 

As Squad Manager she is responsible for travel arrangements, administration and liaison with athletics associations and officials. 

She is now experienced in organising tours overseas as well as domestically.  Alison works hard to ensure that all athletes are well organised on all trips away and tries to create a comfortable environment for them so they can concentrate on their performance. 

As Assistant Coach she works with Tony with both the senior and junior athletes.  She holds coaching accreditation with Athletics Australia.

Alison’s passion for high performance stems from her childhood. From an early age she was involved with horses and her family competed in western performance shows and rodeos in Australia and then internationally. Her sister, now based in Europe, trains professionally and her brother who has won world championships in his event (called Reining) and was based back in Australia after many years abroad, has now relocated to USA to manage a new training facility in Texas.

   

 

 
 

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