About

Stewart in Tanzania with Kenyan Riders and Tanzanian National CyclistsStewart has worked with International coaches and athletes from around the world in a range of different sports and brings this knowledge to his coaching in Sandringham, Victoria, Australia. Stewart provides development coaching for cyclists and runners with a technical skills focus whilst developing event specific strength and power.

Currently Stewart is studying a Diploma of Remedial Massage at Melbourne Institute of Massage Therapy and has completed a Masters in Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning) at Edith Cowan University. He is the Acting Manager and massage therapist for the Kenyan Riders (Professional Cycle Team) for their training and racing camps (2013 & 2014) in Australia and Africa alongside the master coach Rob Higley. Stewart is a professional massage therapist working out of his home clinic in Sandringham, specializing in sports massage, and has a growing client list of professional athletes including triathletes, runners and cyclists.

Stewart has worked with some of the best triathletes (both ITU and draft-free) in the world. Spending 2011 as a contracted coach with Darren Smith and the commonly known D-Squad (Including: Lisa Nordén, Barb Riveros, Sarah Groff, Vicky Holland, Kate Roberts, Vendula Frintova, Lauren Campbell, Annie Haug, Bart Aernouts, Andreas Giglmayr, Jesse Featonby and Dave Mathews). The program developed and refined Stewarts approach to coaching through the experience of working closely with a professional group of athletes and as part of a world-class support team (Team Physiotherapist, Team Psychologist, Team Dietitian & Team Massage Therapist). The program qualified six athletes for the London 2012 Olympics with Lisa Nordén winning the silver medal and Sarah Groff finishing 4th, won the Gold Medal at the 2011 World Sprint Championships, 3rd in the 2011 World Championship Series, 2nd at the 2011 European Championships, 1st at the 2011 Oceania Championships, & 1st at the African Championships + many other podiums worldwide.

Prior to the D-Squad Stewart worked with Grant Giles at Aeromax Team to develop a junior to elite triathlon program in Lennox Head, Northern NSW. As part of the program Stewart was the assistant coach for the North Coast Academy of Sport and was an integral part of recruitment and day-to-day coaching for the National Talent IDentification program, which Triathlon Australia was running at the time.

Stewart started coaching while working with the late running coach Barry Goulding and the Manly Running Academy back in 2001 helping Barry with his running squad and developing his passion for coaching whilst “getting in the way” of the University cross country team when studying Exercise Physiology in the USA at Georgia State University.

As a young athlete Stewart was a Ballet Dancer for 12 years and studied in some of the best Ballet Schools in Australia. Unfortunately suffered a career ending injury. As a kid Stewart started swimming at 4 years old, regularly qualified for National age-group competitions, was Club Captain of Eastwood Epping Amateur Swimming Club for 4 years and was involved in the learn to swim program as an instructor. Stewart’s love for sport came from runs with his father (who is an avid runner, Life Member of the Sydney University Athletics Club and played 1st Grade Rugby Union for Sydney University) on the bushfire trails between Epping and Pennant Hills in Sydney and with no specific running coaching (but lots of Ballet training) ran a sub 2min 800m time as a junior athlete.

EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS & SCHOLARSHIPS:

  • Masters Science (Strength & Conditioning) (ECU)
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (SCU)
  • Diploma of Remedial Massage (MIMT) – Current
  • Certificate 4 Massage Therapist
  • Level 2 Triathlon Coach
  • Level 2 Cycle Coach
  • Accredited Athletics Coach
  • Senior First Aid
  • NCAS Coach Scholarship Recipient 09/10