Stuartholme School in Toowong Hosts Cross Country Launch with Steve Moneghetti

Former Olympic marathon runner Steve Moneghetti will be visiting Stuartholme School in Toowong for a training session with members of the Stuartholme cross country team, during their annual Cross-Country Launch on Sunday, the 25th of February at 4:00 p.m. in the school grounds.

Chris Gale, the head cross county coach and cross-country coordinator for the school is also the head coach of the GaleForce Running Squad. Every year, Mr Gale brings the athlete to Noosa for a running training camp. This year, Mr Moneghetti will be visiting the school for the fifth time.

Role Model and Mentor

Mr Moneghetti started his athletic career with Ballarat Harriers, where he stayed for five years before switching to Ballarat YCW. In 1981, he finished third in the Australian Junior Cross-Country Championships over 8km and in 1982, he won the title. He won his first international race in Korea and his international career started to flourish in 1986.

His last race was during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Marathon where he finished 10th. Today, he continues to race for fun in Australia.


Lily Hunter (yr 10) pictured with Steve Moneghetti about 2 years on one of his previous school to Stuartholme

This has always excited students, who always get a big buzz out of the annual mentoring. Lily Hunter, a Year 10 student said, “Steve is such a successful athlete so I am looking forward to gaining some tips from him. I am keen to find out how he controls his nerves before a race.”

After the training session, parents and students are all invited to eat with and meet Mr Moneghetti.