Owai Coach Profiles

Murray Cumberbatch - Owairaka Coach Profile

I was brought up in Mt Roskill  and started running at Roskill South as a youngster until about 13 years when Arthur Lydiard first awarded me prizes for Long Jump, Shot Put, 75 meters & 200 meters but suggested I would be a better sprinter & pointed me in the direction of my career coach Russ Hoggard who was based at Lyndale Athletics.

 

My first season was at Owairaka briefly with Steve Erkkila when we competed before moving over to Lyndale and our coach & group.

 

I was at Lynfield College and first represented Auckland in athletics in 1974. While at Lynfield one of my teachers Rory Barrett was an Olympic Weighlifter and helped coach me in Weightlifting, although Rugby was my first passion. I represented Auckland, and New Zealand in Weightlifting & Athletics. I sustained an injury to my back lifting too much when I was young so asked the surgeon if I could follow athletics as I was doing OK.

 

I had a very successful career first setting season bests over 100 & 200 meters frm the age of 15, before later moving out to 400 meters and in 1982 set new NZ resident records over 400 meter hurdles.

 

In 1987 I left athletics to complete in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary in NZ fist Bobsleigh team and that was where I found great success.

 

I finally retired in 1995 but have still always been actively coaching & a small amount of competing for myself in Masters.

 

I have had a good eye for spotting young running talent & helped many young gifted sprinters with soccer, rugby, touch, and rowing and who have gone on to be very successful.

 

I was happy to come back to Owairaka and start helping the young runners with style & speed and watch the good improvements they are making.

 

My personal contact details are home phone 620-0677 or mobile 0211 277252


Please email club@owaiathletics.co.nz to discuss your training requirements.