Meet our Team of Talented Coaches

The team at Melbourne Athletic are Bachelor & Masters Qualified coaches with over 15 years of experience

working with promising & established athletes from different sporting backgrounds.

We aim to provide athletes of all capacities the opportunity to train in high-performance settings with personalised programs that are used at State and National Levels. Through an integrated approach to Physiotherapy and Strength & Conditioning practices, our athletes have all the necessary tools to take their performance to the next level.


Some of our athlete’s achievements are;


  • VIC Basketball State Representative
  • AFLW/VFLW Representatives
  • VIC State Rugby League
  • Melbourne Storm: Thunderbolts un18’s
  • Cycling State Champion & National Medallist
  • VFL Representatives
  • VNL Representatives
  • NAB League Representatives
  • Pro-Boxing Athlete


head of rehabilitation/ co-owner

Michael is our Head of Rehabilitation and Co-Owner of Melbourne Athletic. Michael heads our Rehabilitation programs and works closely with Physiotherapist’s to ensure our athletes are returning to sport stronger, fitter and faster than pre-injury. Having had experience in State Academies & Programs such as AFL Vic, Netball Vic and the VFL, Michael has a strong focus on Biomechanics and Strength training to achieve results.

  • Masters of High-Performance Sport
  • Bachelor of Exercise Science & Human Movement
  • ASCA Level 1 Strength & Conditioning


Head of Strength & Conditioning

Justin is one of our head S&C coaches with three years of experience working with both youth and professional athletes. With a Clinical Exercise Science bachelor degree, Justin then pursued his passion for sport through the completion of a Master’s of Strength & Conditioning. Justin has worked as a Strength & Rehabilitation coach both at VFL and NAB League level with the Werribee and Western Jets Football clubs.


  • Masters of Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning)
  • ASCA Level 2 Strength & Conditioning
  • Bachelor of Exercise Science (Clinical Practice)
  • ESSA Ex. Scientist



Laura is our Performance Dietitian at Melbourne Athletic. Laura knows that what we fuel our bodies with can have a profound effect on performance and she is passionate about helping individuals optimise their nutrition for maximum benefit. Whether you are recovering from injury or preparing for competition, fuelling appropriately can have a big impact on success and Laura is here to support you to reach your potential. She has worked with adolescent and adult footballers at Calder Cannons, Canterbury FC, and Old Collegians FC, as well as in general & gut health nutrition.

  • Masters of Dietetics with Monash University
  • Bachelor of Nutrition Science with Monash University
  • Accredited Practicing Dietitian with Dietitian’s Australia
  • FODMAP Diet for IBS training with Monash University.


Strength & Conditioning Coach

Darren has extensive coaching experience, working in a variety of roles over past 9 years. He is currently the Head of Strength and Conditioning at George Cross Football Club and has worked with a variety of clientele and athletes in senior and junior representative competitions in field, court and fighting sports.
Darren also teaches strength and conditioning at high school through a dedicated S&C program.
Along with vast experience, Darren has completed a double bachelor degree in Exercise Science and Psychology as well as Master in Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning). Darren is also a Level 2 Australian Strength and Conditioning Coach.

  • Bachelor of Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning)
  • Bachelor of Psychological Studies
  • Masters of Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning)
  • ASCA Level 2 Strength & Conditioning Coach


Strength & Conditioning Coach

Josh has been in the industry for 7 years where he has spent most of his time working at Williamstown Football Club and is currently the High Performance Manager for the Williamstown VFLW team.

Josh has had the experience to work at the VIS as a sport science cadet and at Football Federation Victoria. He has worked with a variety of clients from a range of sporting backgrounds which include olympic diving , AFL, sailing and soccer. Josh has completed a Bachelor in sport and exercise and has a Master’s degree in Sports Science (Football performance).

Josh is also an ASCA level 1 Strength and Conditioning coach.

  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Masters of Sport Science (Football Performance)
  • ASCA Level 1 Strength & Conditioning Coach


Strength & Conditioning Coach

Georgia has experience working with a variety of athletes that spread across different sports as well as a wide range of age groups. Her keen interest in women’s AFL has lead her to her current role as Assistant High Performance Manager within Williamstown VFLW.

Georgia holds a Bachelor in Sports Science/Sports Management.


With her current certificate 3&4 in Fitness and registration with AusActive, clients may be able to make claims through their private health that are recognizing AusActive Personal Trainers.

  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Certificate 3 & 4 of Fitness