Training and Coaching
Tony originally trained in Physical and Outdoor Education with the Victorian Education Department.
In the field of teaching, he has both outdoor and classroom teaching skills and qualifications. Over the last 35 years, Tony achieved specialist qualifications, as an instructor in windsurfing, skiing and sailing. Further training skills include 'Train the Trainer' and Certificate 4 in Workplace Training and Assessment. He has Diploma qualifications in Hospitality Management and tourism disciplines including Professional Cookery, Hospitality (formally Hotel Management), Event and Conference Management.
Tony was Corporate Event Manager at the MCG, responsible for all Corporate Events in the Northern and Southern Stands and a staff of over 250. He has taught Hospitality/Hotel Management and Professional Cookery at East Gippsland, Swinburne and William Angliss Institutes of TAFE, was a Catering and Training Manager in the wilds of New Guinea and taught Event and Conference Management at William Angliss Institute of TAFE in Melbourne, prior to start of Docklands Corporate and SEA Leggs Team Building in 2002. For 10 years, prior to The MCG, Tony, owned managed Leggs Fine Cuisine - A specialist Corporate and private catering Company. Originally starting cooking in the late 70's, his cooking training and grounding came from some of Melbourne's finest restaurants, including Florentino's.
Starting out in cadets, sailing a sabots in 1963, age 7, Tony won his first Divisional Yacht Club Championship, by the age of 10 on the Gippsland lakes. Further Championships continued at a Club level, until 1969 when he won the Yachting Victoria's Small Boat Championship. By now a Junior and Class State Champion, Tony sailed in numerous 'One of a Kind' Regattas. The 'OAK' Regatta was where the best boats of every class, sailed off against each other, to establish Yachting Victoria handicaps. It wasn't long before the lure of a more challenging yacht, the International Moth, caught his attention.Tony represented Victoria on 2 occasions, firstly as Junior State Champion in 1974 and secondly as a Senior Team member in 1975.
By 1975, Tony was studying Outdoor Education and Teaching in Melbourne, other sports shared his interest, including surfing and especially snow skiing. As above, other sporting, career and academic pursuits and interests occupied the next 10 years, until sailing, via windsurfing, came to the fore. Traveling to SA and qualifying as an National Windsurfing Instructor in 1984.
In the last 20+ years, with earlier stints offshore racing to Tasmania and Sydney to Noumea, his sailing interests have had a less competitive focus, though he still enjoys racing at a Club and Regatta level, particularly with trainee crews. Monday to Friday, much of his time spent Corporate Team Building. On weekends, he teacher's an average of 8 participants the joys and skills of sailing. Some of these race aboard his beautifully restored Soling keelboat. Currently Tony is sailing an average of 2000 nautical miles or about 3700 kilometres (the distance of about 3 Sydney to Hobarts) each year.
What's next? During the warmer months, more Team sailing, lessons and crew training and during the cooler months Team Cooking and our indoor activities. Hopefully we will share a lesson, a training race on the water a or cook up a fantastic meal, at one of our fantastic venues!
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