La Trobe Elite Athlete Program receives Strength and Conditioning boost

La Trobe Elite Athlete Program (LEAP) members are set to benefit from an expanded range of support services for elite student athletes in 2022.

Melbourne Fitness and Performance (MFP) Athletic Performance Coach, Mitch Greaves, has been appointed the LEAP’s Strength and Conditioning Coach, giving LEAP athletes the best opportunity to reach their maximum potential.

Greaves arrives at La Trobe University with a vast degree of experience dealing with high-performance athletes, following almost three years as a Performance Preparation Coordinator at Carlton Football Club (AFLW).

Prior to his stint at Carlton, Greaves was part of the coaching staff in the Victorian Football League (VFL) for Williamstown FC.

“The benefits of this program for student athletes are massive,” he said.

“A lot of athletes don’t have access to strengthening and conditioning services, either because their sports aren’t categorised at the required level, or they play team sports that don’t have the funding for these services.

“So to be able to provide this for these athletes is massive, in terms of their ability to bridge the gap between where they currently sit and where they are trying to get to.”

In addition to strength and conditioning, elite athletes will enjoy the added benefit of utilising La Trobe’s new state-of-the-art Sports Performance Hub facilities at the La Trobe Sports Park.

“To have access to these sorts of facilities at La Trobe is unreal,” Greaves said.

“A lot of these athletes may not have even stepped into a commercial gym before, let alone what we have here at La Trobe.

“Not only (for me) as a coach, but for these athletes to have access to the best of the best when it comes to equipment makes our life a whole lot easier.

Greaves said that La Trobe’s Elite Athlete Program gives student athletes the opportunity to analyse how different athletes from other sports train, which in turn can help improve their own preparation methods..

“It’s great for a lot of these athletes to work with athletes from different backgrounds and different sports,” he said.

“I think athletes get a lot out of training in a group environment.”

Greaves also acknowledged the support of LEAP program partner, TechnologyOne, and the opportunities they provide La Trobe student athletes to achieve both their sporting and academic goals.

“I want to give a quick thank you to TechnologyOne for their ongoing support of this program,” Greaves said.

“It makes a world of difference getting these athletes the help that they need for their sports.”

For more information on the La Trobe Elite Athlete Program, visit the La Trobe Sport website.