Your Global Sports, Health & Fitness Coaching Directory
Overall our goal has always been to connect sports people, with the right information to help benefit all parties involved. We aim to also document as many of our findings as possible to share it with those who support our vision of increasing levels of performance and wellbeing.
The Founder – Lindsay Sutton
Lindsay Sutton is a Paralympic athlete who represented Australia at the 2012 London Paralympic Games, as well as numerous other world championships. Lindsay first developed the concept of Global Sport Coach after seeking a throws coach in his local area, and with little success has pioneered an online network to connect athletes and coaches worldwide.
Lindsay’s goals also extend to support athletes from remote areas to connect with coaches, and also coaches to be able to connect with higher level coaches with the information that will support them further in their coaching ambitions. Sutton is continuing his athlete career with the 2016 Rio Paralympic games in his sights.
CEO – Mark Stitt
Mark Stitt is a former professional international rugby player who has had many years of combined sporting and business experience. With successful Fitness Centres and Fitness Training Organisations, Mark was well equipped to take on a project like Global, and has seen its growth from the beginning.
In line with Mark’s goals of linking more people within the fitness industry, Global has aims in linking local networks, creating a network of athletes of all development levels, and extending these networks to include a vast range of sports, internationally. Mark continues his work with Global alongside his other sporting and business ventures, as a supportive and involved executive.
Head of IT – Declan Holt
Our experienced web developer Declan Holt has a passion for music production, filming via drones, and advancements in live streaming of sporting events. Declan enjoys some boxing on the side, however his attention to detail and IT skills has been powering the Global Sport Coach website from early days. Declan looks forward to hosting more of the world’s largest sporting bodies on this site, and creating the network that is becoming a strong link in international athletic connections.
Kris Thiesfield – Podcasting
Kris is a strength and conditioning coach and researcher based on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. With a combined interest in talent identification, research, and strength and conditioning, Kris is in his final months of completing a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science, with current hopes of completing a Masters in Research, commencing in October 2016.
Kris has been actively involved in strength and conditioning for 3 years, and is a current Australian Strength and Conditioning Association Level 2 accredited coach, working with a range of international, national and state level athletes involved with basketball, athletics, cricket, kayaking, swimming, powerlifting, weightlifting, sailing and BMX.
Kris completed a study in 2014/15 titled “Optimal Load for Peak Power Output on the Bench Press Exercise in Trained Individuals”, which has recently been accepted for publication. Specialising in male weight gain, Kris is also conducting a study investigating the relationship between male body self satisfaction with increases in body mass.
With a passion for track and field and Australian indigenous culture, Kris’ masters proposal is based upon indigenous talent identification for track athletes in Australia. The Masters of Research will be investigating physiological and performance differences between the Indigenous Australian and Caucasian Australian populations. Kris is anticipating the research will further expand in to key identifiers in performance for track athletes, and look for positive correlations with physiological and performance properties identified within Indigenous Australians.
Richard Thompson – Podcasting
At 21, he completed his first Ironman in Port Macquarie. Although he enjoyed the distance but he knew he could do a lot better. Changing his training method and philosophy he got a lot fitter and at 22, he won the age group at Ironman Western Australia crossing the finish line in 8:55…
He qualified for the Hawaiian Ironman World Championships and in October 2008 at 23 years of age, he was fortunate to cross the line in Kona as the 18-24 Ironman World Champion finishing in 9:10.
After Hawaii, he turned professional and again changed his training methods. After 3 years of racing full time, he now focuses his attention to coaching.
Richard has learnt a lot of different training methods and techniques since he began in 2002. Some were questionable but some were instrumental to making him a better athlete.
Richard started T:Zero Coaching in 2010 incorporating these instrumental training methods and philosophies in its programs to help scores of dedicated athletes achieve their goals in their chosen endurance sport. In doing that however, T:Zero never takes on more than it can handle to provide the necessary attention to each athlete on a daily basis to ensure each individual athlete has the best chance to live their potential.
Apart from understanding the science behind endurance performance and training the mind to prepare for hard racing, the other important aspect is ensuring there is a balance between your training and your other life commitments. Richard spends a lot of time when developing each customised program to ensure that the athlete achieves that balance so that they have the time to perform at their absolute best in every session and in every race. And since becoming a dad in 2014, Richard has a greater understanding and appreciation of what it takes in a family household to get the training and racing done.