COACHING STAFF

Head Coach: Steve Tikkanen

With over 25 years of coaching experience under his belt, Steve is one of the most experienced coaches out there. He has a sharp eye for technique and a knack for coaching in competitions. On top of this, Steve is a strong believer in coaching development, encouraging the other coaches to practice and develop new skills.
By day, Steve teaches Strength & Conditioning at TAFE, and has been teaching it for over 20 years.

Education

University of New South Wales
Bachelor of Sports Science (Sports Coaching)

Coaching Accreditations

Oceania Weightlifting Federation
Coaching Diploma 2004

Australian Coaching Council
Australian Weightlifting Federation Inc.
NCAS National Coach 1996 – Current

Australian Coaching Council
Australian Strength and Conditioning Association Inc.

NCAS Level Two 
1993 – Current

Australian Weightlifting Federation
AWF State Weightlifting/Sports Power Coach Level 3

Australian Weightlifting Federation Inc.
National Referee

State & National Coaching Positions:

Australian Weightlifting Team (Men’s & Women’s)
2017 Australian & Oceania Masters Weightlifting Championships, Pacific Rim Masters Tournament and Masters World Cup, Gold Coast, QLD
2013 Senior Oceania Championships, Brisbane QLD
2008 Olympic Qualifier, Auckland New Zealand
2007 World Cup, Commonwealth and Oceania Championships, Apia Samoa
2006 Commonwealth Games, Melbourne Australia
2002 Commonwealth Games, Manchester England

Australian Weightlifting Senior (Men’s & Women’s)
2005 Mermet Cup and training camp, USA
2004 Senior Oceania Championships and training camp, Fiji
2004 Mermet Cup, Melbourne
2003 Mermet Cup and training camp, USA
2002 Mermet Cup, Melbourne
2001 Senior Oceania Championships, New Zealand

Australian Weightlifting Junior Men’s
1998 Junior Oceania Championships, Fiji

NSW Coaching Positions
NSWIS Weightlifting Coach – 1997 – 2012
NSW Men’s & Women’s (Junior and Senior) Australian Championships (Head or Assistant) Coach – 1997 – 2012
NSW/NSWIS Assistant Coach, Scarentino Italy – 1997
Assistant NSW Coach at ACT Invitational Weightlifting Championships 1996

Development Programs:

Junior Oceania Weightlifting, 2003
Development Program – Niue
New South Wales Weightlifting Development Officer – 1998 – 2003
Weightlifting Level One Coaching Course (Sports Power Licence) Instructor, 1997 – 2007

Head Coach: Pete Hardiman

As well as being an extremely talented coach, Pete is the ideas guy. If you can think of a piece of equipment, he can make it happen.
Pete loves to dream big and create new and exciting inventions, leading to Odd Socks being one of the most well-equipped weightlifting gyms in the world.
During competition time, Pete is the chief loader, being one of the fastest and most efficient loaders in weightlifting. We had to fireproof the platform he was moving so fast.
He also claims that he is considerably better than Michael at table tennis, but Michael will disagree.
More information to come soon!

Coaching Accreditations

Australian Weightlifting Federation
AWF State Weightlifting/Sports Power Coach Level 2

 

Coach: Michael 'Shah' Golshani

Working as a pharmacist by day, Shah is a valuable resource to lifters at Odd Socks. He is able to inform us about supplements, medicines and ensure that we are taking care of our bodies. He has helped with issues ranging from stomach problems to osteoporosis, allowing athletes to stay healthy and continue to train.
Claims that he is considerably better than Pete at table tennis, but Pete will disagree.

Coaching Accreditations

Australian Weightlifting Federation
AWF State Weightlifting/Sports Power Coach Level 2

State & National Coaching Positions:

Australian Weightlifting Team (Men’s & Women’s)
2017 World Masters Games, New Zealand

 

Coach: Abdul Razak

Abs loves to joke around and keep the atmosphere fun and light-hearted at odd socks. His phrases, great cues and solid biceps make him a well-rounded coach. An expert on accessory exercises, he will help you look good as well as being strong. As Abs would say “You don’t take the weights to the beach”.

Coaching Accreditations

Australian Weightlifting Federation
AWF State Weightlifting/Sports Power Coach Level 2

Coach: Cayle Horder

With the body type of a noodle, Cayle still manages to get things done. Working in IT by day, don’t be surprised to see him helping Steve with technology from time to time.

Coaching Accreditations

Australian Weightlifting Federation
AWF State Weightlifting/Sports Power Coach Level 3 Intern

Coach: Andrew Wang

Andy is a man of few words. However, these few words are guaranteed to be an absolute zinger, so pay attention.

Coaching Accreditations

Australian Weightlifting Federation
AWF State Weightlifting/Sports Power Coach Level 1

Coach: Elizabeth Tan

Hailing from the ACT, Liz travels to Sydney to coach athletes and lift big weights. Working as a teacher by day, you’ll definitely learn a thing or two under this coach!

Coaching Accreditations

Australian Weightlifting Federation
AWF State Weightlifting/Sports Power Coach Level 2

ASCA Level One
Australian Strength & Conditioning Association Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach Accreditation Course

Coach: Tommy Laios

Tommy is one of the hardest workers in the gym. He comes in day in and day out and gives it 110%. Always happy to motivate and help anyone, Tommy makes a great coach/training partner!

Coaching Accreditations

Australian Weightlifting Federation
AWF State Weightlifting/Sports Power Coach Level 1

Dietician: Pete Ticehurst

Pete is in charge of the gyms diet. If you need to cut weight for a comp, he is your man.
More information to come soon!

Education

University of Canberra
Bachelor of Applied Science (Nutrition)

University of Sydney
Master of Nutrition and Dietetics

Coaching Accreditations

Australian Weightlifting Federation
AWF State Weightlifting/Sports Power Coach Level 1

Australian Strength and Conditioning Association
Strength and Conditioning Coach Level 1

Sports Nutrition Australia
Sports Nutrition Course

Australian Weightlifting Federation
National Referee

Swimming Australia
National Referee

International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK)
Level 1 Anthropometrist

The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER)
Aerobics/Fitness Instructor