Border Striders

About Us

Our coach Brian Chapman established Border Striders after moving from Darwin in 1991 to the Gold Coast. He had run at national level in his younger years, winning a bronze medal at the Australian Marathon championships in 1972, and placing 4th at the AAA 50km in California in 1976. Brian trained his first national champion in 1970 (Susan Bott – Australian sub-junior cross country).

He developed the unique Spiral Conditioning Theory after researching 20 years of Modern Athletics and Coaching journals and incorporating the principles of triathlon maestro Brett Sutton, a previous coach Toby Schreier, and 1970’s training partner Kerry O’Brien.

Brian’s proven training methods have ensured that our squad’s results lead Australia. In 2020:

  • 24 National qualifiers in Track
  • 35 State medals (incl. 17 Gold)

Border Striders Roll of Honour:

Honour Roll

Callum Davies      World Junior 1500m  2018

Lucinda Crouch    World Interschool Cross Country 2016

Lara Crouch          World Interschool Cross Country 2016

Issi Burdon            World Interschool Cross Country 2016

Brianna Campton  World Interschool Cross Country 2016

Alex Clements     World Interschool Cross Country 2016

Brodie Modini     Commonwealth Youth Games 2015

Lachlan Cook       World Schools Cross Country 2014

                              World Uni Games 10,000m 2019

Lilli Burdon          World Schools Cross Country 2014

                              World Youth Track and Field 1500m 2015

Marlie Campton    World Schools Cross Country 2014

Daryl Knipe           Aust. v NZ School Cross Country

Melissa Rollison   World Junior 1500m and Cross Country                                              Goodwill Games Steeplechase

Ian Hornabrook    World Junior Cross Country

Steve Arkinstall     World Schools Cross Country

David Strickland   World Schools Cross Country 

Tim George          World Schools Cross Country 

Stephanie Powell  World Schools Cross Country 

April Sloan           World Interschool Cross Country

Tamara Carvolth   World Jnr (08/09) and Snr (2010) Cross Country

Katelyn Simpson  World Schools Cross Country  

                                   World Youth Track and Field 1500m (2011)

Grant Gwynne      World Schools Cross Country                                                         

  Youth Olympic Games

Natalie Dudkowski Aust. vs NZ U/21 Test

Daniel Coleman    World Schools Cross Country 

Rebekah Matulis   World Schools Cross Country (2012) 

Gabbi Forrest       World Interschool Cross Country  (2012)

Holly Nation          World Interschool Cross Country (2012) 

Rory McGahan     World Interschool Cross Country (2012)

Jade Dowling        World Junior Mountain Running (2012) 

Former Border Striders Stars who have gone on to other sports:

Selwyn Russell--World Junior Mountain

Jasmine Rayward (WJ Ocean, Kayak, SLS & Nutrigrain),

Kyle Willis (World Para-Cyclist)

Annie McGuire (Youth Olympics triple jump)

Kate Morrison (World Mountain Run for NZ)

Emma Snowsill        Olympic Triathlon Gold (Beijing 2008)

Melissa Rollison     Commonwealth Games Steeple Silver 2006                                   Ironman 70.3 World Champion 2011

Stephanie Gilmore   World Surfing Champion

Paul Matthews         Pro triathlete

Emma Jackson        Olympic Triathlon  (London)

Ashleigh Gentle       World Junior Triathlon Champion

                                Commonwealth Games Triathlon

                                 Olympic Triathlon  (Rio) 

Kelly-Ann Perkins    SLS Ironman Series

Danielle Allen          SLS Ironman Series

Runner up City to Surf

Shannon Eckstein   SLS World Ironman

Caine Eckstein        Coolangatta Gold winner

James O’Connor     Rugby International (Wallabies)

Sam Gilbert             AFL star (St. Kilda)

Jane Moran             Olympic Water Polo London 2012

Jonathan Cantwell  Tour de France cyclist 2012

Calvin Quirk            World Junior Triathlon bronze medal 2014

Belinda Hammett    Australian Touch rep

Ela Heiniger           World Life Saving championships 2014

Marikki Watego      World Cup Touch 2015

Brian Fuller            Ironman Australia 2015 – 3rd

Kane Brigg             Commonwealth Games High Jump 2006

Phoebe Bell            Volleyball

Kobie Enright          Professional Surfer

Latitia Transom      Commonwealth Games Swimming 2018

Shatalii Mooney-Stack  Touch Football (PNG)

Candice Adams    (Super Netball/ Firebirds)

Mitchell Cronin     (NRL/Brisbane & Canberra) RIP

Katie Goldman.     Swimming Commonwealth Games 2010

Kimberley Hodgson Show Biz “Aladdin”

Jasmine Rayward WJ Ocean Swim, Kayak, SLS and Nutrigrain Iron Series

Pictured here are Gabrielle Forrest, Rory McGahan, Holly Nation and Rebekah Matulis, Brian’s girls at the 2012 World Schools Cross Country in Malta