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400m fast track program

400m Fast Track Program

About the Program:

Now in its 10th year of operations, the Fast Track squad is a Coaching not a Poaching project.

We take an inter-disciplinary approach to developing 400m sprint performance by using biomechanists, chiropractors, physiotherapists, strength & conditioning experts from other sports and the emphasis is on improving technical efficiency.

The Fast Track concept aims to provide mentoring to competitors and their personal coaches involved with the squad which assembles for a training session in Sydney every Sunday morning when feasible.

In the coming weeks we will provide opportunity to receive functional gait analysis by Dr Corey Scholes at a laboratory using $300,000 worth of diagnostic equipment; hands-on introductory instruction in the technique of Olympic weightlifting from four-times Olympic weightlifting team head coach Luca Borreggine; core conditioning exercises from Olympic gold medal diving coach Chava Sobrino and more ...

Over the years, the program has worked with 13 Australian national representatives, including a Commonwealth Games 4x400m relay gold medallist, World University Games representatives, World Relay Championships representatives, Oceania Area Championship medallists, numerous national and state age medallists and title winners over the three sprints and also hurdles events.

Program Organiser & Facilitator - Mike Hurst:

The organiser and coach-mentor during 400m Fast Track sessions is Mike Hurst, who coached Darren Clark to set the current Australian and NSW Open Records for 400m of 44.38sec, and Maree Holland who holds the NSW Open Record for the women’s 400m of 50.24sec. 

 Both athletes set their records in reaching their respective Olympic 400m finals in Seoul in 1988. Mike has guided sprinters to qualify for five successive Olympic Games (1980-1996) at events including 100m, 200m and 400m, 4x100 and 4x400m. As a career sports writer, now retired, he worked at the first nine IAAF World Championships (1983-2003), seven Commonwealth Games (1974, 1982-2002), six Olympic Games (1984-2004) and is a Life Member of Athletics Australia.

Training Sessions:

The 400m Fast Track sessions will operate at various Sydney venues every Sunday morning, except during championship tournaments, commencing on Sunday June 4th 2017. 

Contact Details:

If you have any questions regarding the program or would like more information, please contact Mike Hurst via phone or email:

0417 420 300