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High Performance Trainers in the Spotlight- Lachlan Wilmot

Paul Bulatao - Friday, November 18, 2016


Name: Lachlan Wilmot

What is your current role in the industry?

Senior Athletic Performance Coach – Strength/Power at the GWS Giants AFL Club.

What sparked your interest to pursue a career in this area?

I have always been a keen follower of AFL and sport in general, but also took a real interest in preparation for sport. This lead me to doing my Cert 3/4 during my last year in high school. From that I got involved in personal training, but realised working with athletes is where I wanted to head, so I did my Undergraduate in Exercise and Sport Science and started to volunteer my time to my local AFL club.

What is required to be successful in this role?

The most important key to success in this role is passion. If it is just a job for people they will never last, it needs to be their passion, it is a lot of hard work and often you can say goodbye to your weekends, but when it’s your passion it’s all worth it.

Having achieved this level of success in your field, what things have you had to give up and sacrifice in order for you to get to where you are today?

Like I mentioned before, time is something that you give up a lot of, it is definitely a job that work-life balance is very hard to achieve. This is why pursuing this career without the passion can cause a lot of coaches to burn out in the long run.

What has been the top stand-out moment in your career to date?

I would have to say our first ever final against the Sydney Swans in 2016 was a highlight win for us.

What opportunities can this chosen field lead to?

The opportunity to work in a team environment all striving for the ultimate success is something that companies strive to build day in day out, when working in a sporting team environment, this is the norm and an amazing thing to be apart of.

What piece of advice do you wish you had been given at the beginning of your career?

The best piece of advice I could give is to volunteer your time with as many varying sports as you can to build a strong base of experience, and build your connections to as many coaches as possible.


To be further inspired by Lachlan's journey, or to find out more about how you can become a High Performance Trainer, including training prerequisites, visit the High Performance Trainer page.




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