I began training with Vasily from the age of 18 when I relocated from my home town of Adelaide to Melbourne. In the beginning, I spent a number of years developing a foundation of strength, conditioning and technique, however, I soon learnt that my journey with Vasily was less about athletics and more about personal growth and development. I struggled through the first few years of life in Melbourne and faced many difficult lessons. Through these tumultuous times, Vasilys teachings helped to shape my character and change my natural predispositions towards hot-headedness and irrational thinking. I soon found that these transformations served not only in my personal life, but also helped to improve my sporting capabilities. As well as his life teachings, Vasily has been a great sports coach. He has a wealth of knowledge in health, strength & conditioning, competition preparation and injury rehabilitation. His knowledge and experience has brought me three national triple jump titles while also educated me in general health and wellbeing. My relationship with Vasily has played an integral part in my sporting achievements and personal development. It has helped to mould me into the person I am today and I know I will draw on my experiences and lessons for the rest of my life.