5 x National Finalist, Sub 4min Miler
Sub 14min - 5k / Sub 30min -10km P.B
James’ running career had a familiar beginning – as a participant in Little Athletics, his mother wisely recognising that sport was an important developmental tool for children, and running was her first choice for her son. James showed immediate talent, winning numerous races early in his career, however, he did face some issues with anxiety around racing and pressure to perform. For some of his formative years, he took some time away from the sport. Through the help and guidance of numerous coaches including Cathy Freeman's former Coach Peter Fortune, and Jim Fitzgerald in Sydney, he was able to find purpose and direction in the sport.
James quickly rose through the ranks and in 2018, by the age of 25, he had become a 5 x National 1500m Finalist, he lined up at the Commonwealth Games Trials finishing an agonising 4th. James came away from the race hungry and his sights set on Tokyo 2020. He embarked on a trip to race the world's best in Europe, where he lowered his 1500m P.B to 3:38. He had reached a new level and he became stronger and faster across all distances. He was rewarded with selection to the Oceania Championships in Townsville, representing Australia alongside Matt Ramsden and Rory Hunter.
In 2019 he set P.Bs across the 3km running 7:53.98, the 5km 13:58 to win the Victorian Championships and hitting the roads of at the famous Burnie 10k in Tasmania, running 29:52 for 10kms.
James reveals his favourite running story is of British middle-distance champion Roger Bannister, breaking the once-impossible 4-minute mile. In the early 1950s, scientists declared that humans did not have the capacity to run a mile in a time of under 4 minutes and trying to do so could put the athletes’ life in danger. One man, however, didn’t allow this to alter his destiny and he decided to believe in the impossible.
In 2017, James became only the 69th Australian to break the same barrier and regards it as one of his proudest achievements because of what it represents
‘l always believe in you more than you believe in yourself. Together I believe that we can achieve your running-related goal, regardless of how big or small it may be.’
James coaching philosophy revolves around 4 key pillars and beliefs that he holds and likes to instil with his athletes.
'Vision, There is power in having a vision. In my own running journey, I've experienced the energy that focusing on a vision gives you.'
Science-based approach, James holds a Bachelors Degree in Sport and Exercise Science at one of the leading sports universities in the world, Deakin University. He understands the importance of using science-based methods to reach your goals.
Accountability, it is so important to have somebody
besides you when the times get tough.
Mindset is probably the most important aspect of becoming successful
in reaching your goals and I also believe having balance in your life
and enjoying what you are doing is crucial.
James is a passionate coach who is ready to take you on your running journey.
2nd Albie Thomas Mile (Sub 4- 3:59.32), New South Wales, 2017
4th National 1500m Championship (Comm Games Trial), Gold Coast 2018
3rd Box Hill 3000m Classic (7:53), Victoria, 2019
4th 1500m Oceania Championships, Townsville, 2019
4th 1500m (3.38.10) KBC Night of Athletics, Heusden-Zolder, Belgium, 2019
1st Victorian 5000m Championships, Victoria, 2019
2nd Leonora Golden Elite Road Mile, Western Australia, 2019
8th Burnie 10km Road Race, Tasmania, 2019