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1987 (October) - 1990 (November) Strength and Conditioning Coach - Gold Coast Tweed GIANTS Rugby League Football Club competing in the Winfield Cup Competition.

*No web site for the "old" Gold Coast-Tweed GIANTS exists, this link takes you to a brief history of professional rugby league on the Gold Coast

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This team was one of 3 new "expansion" teams, the others being the Brisbane Broncos and Newcastle Knights, that entered the national competition run, at the time, by the NSW Rugby League. The team was owned by a consortium known as the "Internationals" because it included owners such as John Sattler, Bob Hagan, and Peter Gallagher who all played for Australia and had distinguished careers as players. The Head Coach was Bob McCarthy who also played for Australia and is still one of the game's legends and a top bloke to boot who gave me my first opportunity in professional rugby league. Bob was the coach for the first three years of the club's existence and its most successful in the the club's 8 year turbulent history. Ultimately the club woud become one of the victims of the ARL-Super League resulting in professional rugby league having a 9 year hiatus only to return in 2007 with the advent of the totally new franchise named the Gold Coast Titans.

My position with the original Gold Coast-Tweed GIANTS involved the following:

Authoring of a comprehensive player training manual and diary.

Preparation, administration and evaluation of the yearly training programme for a total of 35 contracted players.

Practical presentation of all aspects of physical conditioning and skill sessions throughout the season e.g. speed and agility, and skills conditioning drills at all club training for squads ranging in size from 15 to 35 players.

Design and implementation of a yearly weight training programme to cater for the different needs of players based on mass, strength and/or power development.

Testing and evaluation of player fitness and suitability for play.

Group evaluation and report writing relating to results and yearly changes, etc.

The club was taken over by the Seagulls Leagues Club based at Tweed Heads in its second season (1989) resulting in the name change to the Gold Coast Seagulls.

The squad of players included:

Billy Johnstone, Peter Smith, Chris Close, Keith Neller, Ron Gibbs, and Englishman Graham Steadman.

The team's highlight in its first season was our victory against the Brisbane Broncos in front of our first sold out Seagulls Stadium and after losing the first 8 games of the season!

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