Victorian Institute of Sport

Woodruff selected for Indian opportunity

Monday, 19 June 2017

The Victorian Institute of Sport, in collaboration with Athletics Victoria, the State Government of Victoria and the (Indian) Olympic Gold Quest, are pleased to announce the appointment of Cathy Woodruff for a two week coaching and mentoring program in Bangalore, India this July.

The appointment of the role for Woodruff came with an extensive résumé of experience within the Track and Field community over a 25 year period. A Level 5 Athletics Australia coach of Sandringham Athletics Club has demonstrated an established track record among developing both junior and senior athletes across a variety of disciplines.

Woodruff has developed a sound understanding of best practice for athlete development, through the engagement of coach mentors including Dr John Boas, Roy Boyd, and Dan Pfaff, along with undertaking additional study in the fields of biomechanics, kinesiology and anatomy, among others.  

Athletics Victoria CEO, Glenn Turnor, said “Athletics Victoria is very pleased to confirm that Cathy Woodruff has been selected for this position. Cathy is currently the Athletics Victoria Target Talent Program horizontal jumps coach and is also an AV accredited Coaching Course Facilitator.

Cathy’s experience and knowledge includes athlete development and coach mentoring and we look forward to supporting her during this wonderful opportunity.”

Victorian Institute of Sport CEO, Anne Marie Harrison, said “In partnership with Athletics Victoria, the Victorian Institute of Sport are pleased to have highly experienced and respected coach, Cathy Woodruff represent the organisations in India for this exciting opportunity.

Through the Olympic Gold Quest Foundation seeking our expertise, it further highlights that Melbourne is a world-leader in sport by continually producing not only high calibre athletes, but incredible coaches, support staff and services.”

Cathy will commence in early July with the role of coaching the Junior Indian track and field athletes whilst developing Indian sprint coaches in areas such as technique, programming and athlete development. 

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