Centre Training

  • Mondays 5-5:45pm
  • U9 - U17
  • Cost: Free for Members

Middle and distance running, walks. 

  • Wednesdays 5-6pm
  • All age groups
  • Cost: Free for Members

Mentone LAC offers free training sessions for Centre Members on Wednesday afternoons throughout the season.  These free, non-compulsory sessions cover the basic skills of all the track and field events.  Please check the calendar for up-to-date scheduling information. Enquires may be sent to the Centre Secretary at mentone@lavic.com.au

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Coaching Panel

Mentone Track & Field Centre has a number of qualified coaches with Athletics Australia accreditation & Australian Track & Field Coaches Association membership.

These coaches offer their time to assist athletes to improve on their performances.

Some coaches will charge a fee, others may not. This will need to be discussed with individual coaches.

Please contact our coaches directly to enquire, or contact the Centre Secretary at mentone@lavic.com.au.







Session Times

Wayne Dyball


Specialist Event Coach

Sprints, Hurdles, Jumps & Combined Events


0407 099 573

Please contact Wayne
Zoe Cunningham 2 Combined Events Club Coach Jumps/ Combined Events (juniors)


0474 134 187

Please contact Zoe
Rupert van Dongen 4 Specialist Event Coach Middle & Long Distance Running and Walks


0407 097 863

Monday 5pm-6pm (U11+ Distance /Walks)

Thursday 5pm-6pm (U11+ Distance/Walks)

Monday & Thursday 6pm-7pm TXR Runners Group (suitable for 14+)

Lachy Freestone 2 Combined Events Club Coach Throws


0430 142 230

Tuesday 4pm-6pm

Friday 5pm-7pm 

Bruce Hutchins 1 Specialist Event Coach Middle Distance and Walks


0413 087 495

Please contact Bruce

Daina Kasperaitis

1 Beginning Coach Throws


Please contact Daina

With coaching, you will find that most little athletes will not require a large amount of training, as they will most likely be participating in a range of other sports. Please speak individually to coaches who will offer their guidance with this matter.

Coaching Code of Conduct

In addition to the Athletics Australia Code of Conduct and the ATFCA Code of Ethics, coaches on the Mentone Little Athletics Coaching Panel are expected to:

  • Act in the best interests of the Athlete and Mentone Little Athletics Centre.
  • Promote the transition of Mentone Little Athletics Centre Members to Mentone Athletics Club (Mentone Seniors).
  • When coaching at Dolamore Reserve, maintain a squad of at least 50% Mentone Athletes in order for sessions to be endorsed by Mentone Little Athletics Centre.

Introduction to Teaching Little Athletics Skills (ITLAS)

Little Athletics Victoria offers an Introduction to Teaching Little Athletics Skills course, designed to give a sound basic knowledge to people with little or no previous experience in athletics. They are particularly appropriate for people coaching very young athletes at the grass roots level. The aim of the ITLAS course is to provide parents, teachers and interested sports people who are new to the sport with coaching information and activities. Refer to the LAVic website for more detail - Coaching - Little Athletics Victoria (lavic.com.au).