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ASPIRE Cairns has a limited number of spots available for athletes. To deliver the best program we can to each and every athlete, we only have limited spots available and spots are only given to athletes whom meet specific criteria.



Athletics in the Far North is booming and it is fantastic to see so many of you wishing to improve and achieve your own personal goals. Due to the demand, ASPIRE Cairns only has one intake per year for new Academy Members to join our squad. Please note that to deliver the best program we can to each and every athlete, we only have limited spots available. We find having too many athletes becomes difficult for us to manage and coach at the quality we wish to provide. Our selection criteria is not performance based and is open to complete beginners of the sport, although there are certain aspects of your application we are looking for. Our application form can be filled out once you have read through the information below to get a better understanding of what we are about.


Please understand, we receive many enquiries weekly and as much as we would love to take you all on, we can’t.


Expectations from our Athletes: 

  1. It is expected that ALL athletes commit to a 12 month term (4 school terms inclusive of school holidays). We invest much time in the programming and development of each athlete and believe that athletics is a long term sport and no one can improve dramatically in the short term. 

  2. We train 3 - 5 times per week as a squad and each athlete has training to be completed from home on other days. It is expected that each athlete attends at least 3 squad sessions per week and the sessions set from home are completed. Attendance is marked so we can monitor athlete consistency. 

  3. We understand that you may not be able to make all squad training sessions; however, we expect if you can't make it to training that we are contacted and you complete the session from home. 

  4. We expect athletes to train all year round including school holiday periods.

  5. We expect that the athlete competes in the sports of Cross Country and/or Track and Field at both school and club level. 

  6. We expect that each athlete communicate effectively with the Coach and inform them of any injuries, soreness or niggles before, during or after training. 



We pride ourselves in being a fun, friendly and family orientated training squad. At ASPIRE Cairns we love positivity and good-sportsmanship. We understand that sport can bring its highs and lows and as a squad, aim to make each experience one in which our athletes remain positive, learn from and develop. 

Parent Engagement

We love parents who are involved in their child's sport and we completely understand that every parent wants what's best for their child. As a coach we too want what's best for your child and so we expect that parents respect our approach to our coaching philosophy and know that what we do from day to day has been planned with the goal of developing an athlete that will withstand years of training and above all else enjoyment. We rely on your trust to deliver our program the best way we can and trust that if followed correctly results will follow.



2020 Fees

JUNIOR athletes (9-12yrs) - $200 per school term (school holidays inclusive) which will begin in December 2019 - November 2020. 

SENIOR athletes (13-18yrs) - $250 per school term (school holidays inclusive) which will begin in December 2019 - November 2020.

What do you get:

  • Unlimited squad sessions for the year

  • Unlimited daily coach access via face to face, email, phone or sms

  • Free access to Barlow Park under the guidance of certified coach

  • Weekly Training program on smartphone app (including detailed information on each session)

  • Access to gym session (Senior Athletes only)

  • Performance Testing

  • Competition Planning

  • Nutritional and Recovery advice

  • Goal setting assistance

  • Video analysis 

  • Coaches attendance at competitions (district, regional, state and national competition.)

  • Access to Members portal on website

  • Final Surge Login

  • Access to exclusive Aspire Cairns Merchandise Kit

  • Access to Social Media Groups

Additional Costs

  • Personalised training program $50/month (our focus is the ANQ Calendar and Schools calendar so any competition outside of this will incur a fee)

  • One on One Technical session $40/session

  • Massage Treatment $50/hr

  • Squad Camps

  • Aspire Cairns Merchandise

  • Club Memberships for athletes who compete at club level or Recreational Running Festivals


Our training days are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at various locations in Cairns. These locations mainly take place on the south-side of cairns and include St Mary's, Barlow Park and Behana Gorge. Members get access to the training calendar which outlines the session time, location and any other needs.

We hope you have thoroughly read through the information above. If you feel the ASPIRE Cairns ACADEMY is your best option please fill out the Application Form Provided here.

Application Process

  1. Application form - If you feel that you would like to be a part of ASPIRE Cairns an Application Form will be completed

  2. Contact - Following the submission of your application we will get back to you by the 30th November 2020 to let you know the result of your application. 

  3. Trial period - This is a chance for you to see if what we are offering is what you are after. It also allows us to meet you and get an understanding of what you are looking for, see where your fitness level is at and decide whether our environment is right for you. 

  4. Squad member offer - New members form will be sent to you to complete and return at the commencement of your training journey.