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Meet our Coaches

Athletes at Kew Little Athletics Centre are fortunate to have opportunities for training by coaches with expertise across a range of areas. Please keep checking back on this page as we will be adding profiles of our coaches....

Primary Coach:

Manuela (Manny) Dalla Costa

On Track Coaches:



  • Competed in cross country for Kew from u/7 to u/10 and athletics from u/10 to u/12.

  • Competed in the AGSV athletics finals in long jump in 2013

  • Play 1st tennis for Marcellin in the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons

  • Play division 1 under 15 football for boroondara hawks

  • My proudest achievement would be when I was a ball kid for the men's final of the Australian open 2016

  • My brother Owen is in u/12 and my father Mark is the president of Kew ​


Aths background:

  • Started at Kew LAC in under 7

  • Had my last season of Little Athletics last year (2015)

  • Competed in both EMR and States 

  • Part of my school Aths team- both primary and secondary school 

  • My favourite events are: Shot put, Discus and Javelin 

 What / where you are coaching:

  • On track coach 

Greatest or proudest achievement: 

  • Doing my personal best in the shot put by 1 metre, at GSV division 1 Championships this year. 

What other sports you are involved in and at what level etc.,.

  • Swimming 

  • Netball- School netball club 

Other members of your families and their involvement at Kew (past and present).

  • My sister- in the under 14’s 


Additional  information:

  • Assistant Swim teacher at Bulleen and Camberwell Swim centre 

  • Will be completing my Certificate II in Aquatic Rescue (early December) 

  • Have my Surf Rescue Certificate 


I began athletics in under 9's, and I quickly grew to love the majority of the events on offer. I continued through to under 15's and my favourite event was hurdles in which I represented Kew at a state level and made finals in multiple years.  I have also competed in State Relays & State Cross Country and been a member of the JDS squad.  

My proudest achievement with Kew was when I set the 80m hurdles record at the club, and in the same year was able to run in both the 60m & 80m hurdles finals at Olympic park before it was pulled down.

Various injuries sustained over the years have now limited my ability to train & compete but I have continued my interest with my current participation in seniors (Athletics Victoria) with the Box Hill club just for enjoyment.

My interest in working with kids and teaching led me to participate in the on track program, and I use my previous experience to assist me in coaching. 


Mez is a student going into her final year of schooling at Ruyton Girls’ School, and has been a part of the Kew LAC family for nearly 12 years.

As a young athlete Mez developed a passion for the throwing events, particularily discus, as well as the 400 and 800 metres runs, which has seen her represent her club and Victoria at numerous state and national events. In more recent years, Mez has trained to compete in the heptathlon event (7 disciplines) and the 400 metre hurdles.

Despite the increasing school workload and reduced training, Mez looks forward to helping out the On Track team every Saturday, with athletes that remind her of her younger self.

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