THE TEAM BEHIND THE PROGRAM
Introducing our Youth Development Advisory Board
We knew a team of passionate coaches and administrators were vital in ensuring the success of this new and exciting program, so we decided to create a
Youth Development Advisory Board to call on for guidance and inspiration.
Everyone we approached, immediately expressed how much they would love to be a part of this ground breaking journey. Please meet our amazing Board of Advisors.
"We cannot always build the future for our youth,
but we can build our youth for the future"
Franklin D. Roosevelt
DIRECTOR OF YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Before moving to Australia, Renato was part of the Italian national coaching team and has success as an athlete and coach on the world scene.
Now Renato is an important part of Australia's national coaching team and was asked to head up the new Youth Development Program by Richie Cranny.
Coach Lopez was the USA Taekwondo Olympic Head Coach for twelve years (2004-2016). In that time he coached his athletes to sixteen World Championship Medals and six Olympic Medals. Coach Lopez was also instrumental in building the sport in the U.S and installing the governance, education and student pathways required for sport recognition by the U.S government.
Danny Corr pioneered an amazing youth program in his native Northern Ireland called Peace Through MMA. The program, concentrating on those most at risk of turning to crime and being lured into gangs has been hailed a stunning success. So much so that Coach Corr was awarded the BEM (British Empire Medal) by the Queen in 2021.
A successful Australian athlete who made it into the UFC, Rich Walsh is now based in Shanghai, China as the MMA Manager and Assistant Head Coach at the world-class UFC Performance Institute. Rich has also been heavily involved in the UFC's PI Digital Journal.