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Mike Rennie

Director / Sport Scientist / Head Coach

B.Applied Science (Human Movement)
L1 ASCA Strength & Conditioning Coach
L1 Powerlifting Coach
L3 Athletics Coach (Sprints, MD, LD, Ultra…)
L1 Cycling Coach
Certs 3&4 in Fitness

Fascinated by human movement and intrigued with how to increase its performance, Mike first began coaching at sixteen and was hooked on the challenge of helping people break through their limitations and achieving their performance goals. After time in the military in his early twenties he returned to university to dedicate his life to this pursuit; studying sport science and serving apprenticeships with elite coaches from several endurance and strength sports.

Now with fifteen years professional experience working with people from beginners to international level strength and endurance athletes, Mike unifies an evidence-based scientific approach with the art of coaching to get the most from each individual. The Human Performance Development squad includes many of Australia’s fastest Master’s-age athletes in Athletics, international masters athletes on the Australian Powerlifting team, a Gold Medallist in US National Speed Skiing, and many more. Multiple world-record holder Lavinia Petrie is both a member of the squad and an assistant coach.

Mike is a partner at Sport Consultants Australia and in his spare time has fun with photography.

Mike coaches, trains and competes with Doncaster Athletic Club (DAC) and Melbourne University Weightlifting and Powerlifting Club (MUWPC).

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Lavinia Petrie OAM


L2 Athletics Coach (Middle and Long Distance)
L2 Athletics Official

10 x World Record Holder
35 x World Athletics World Title Holder
2014 World Athletics (IAAF) Female Athlete of the Year
Order of Australia Medal for Services to Athletics
2015 Edwin Flack Award Recipient for Outstanding Athletic Contribution (Athletics Australia)
Australian Masters Athletics Hall of Fame

Lavinia came to Australia on a boat in 1966 right as the Beatles became famous during her journey. Considering returning immediately, Lavinia learnt that, sadly, Paul McCartney was taken so she decided to stay and fifty-four years later has two girls, a boy, and four grandchildren. A National Champion in the UK at the age of sixteen, Lavinia continued running in Australia with her husband Bob, and has also become one of Australia's best known and loved personalities in the world of Athletics.

Putting her incredible longevity in the sport down to 'listening to and respecting your body' and 'just getting it done', now seventy-seven, Lavinia runs sixty to eighty kilometres per week and doesn't plan on stopping. For fun she sunbakes in the back yard, and coaches the HPDev running squad.

Lavinia competes for and is the President of Ringwood Athletic Club.

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