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New coach will develop ‘culture of running’

ACG Strathallan has appointed a coach to develop running and fitness training at the school and get more students participating in the sport.

Drury local James Kuegler is a professional running coach – and competitive runner, himself – who uses his background as a doctor of Chiropractic to inform his practice.

He has initiated the school’s first running club, with more than 20 students turning up for the first training. Eventually he will coach cross-country and road running and conduct fitness training for other games players.

“We have a lot of students at our school who are great runners, but don’t currently train and we’re keen to develop a culture of running at the school,” explained Principal Danny O’Connor.

“James is an inspiring athlete and coach and a fantastic role model for our students. I’m sure his expertise and passion for running will help more students get involved in the sport.”

James said his aim was to develop a fun and supportive environment that would help students negotiate the challenges of adolescent life through the medium of running.

“Beyond that my goal is to foster the talent that exists within the student body. Two weeks in, I’m impressed with how much potential there is in the group.”

He said every student had their own motivation for joining the running programme and he was looking forward to working out their individual needs.

“As a coach I work on the basis that maximum growth occurs on the border of support and challenge – it is my job to work out where that balance is.”