Maria Hassan


PCQ Coach

IAAF Level 3 Middle Distance

Athletics NZ Levels 1 & 2 Middle Distance

Sport Canterbury Level 1

Certificate in Exercise Science


Middle Distance Track, cross country and road running

Representative Career

Former NZ road cycling champion including two time Commonwealth Games Representative

Former Canterbury track, road and cross country runner

Coaching Achievements

2010 Middle Distance Coach Junior Worlds Team – Moncton Canada

Athletics Canterbury Coach of Year and North Canterbury Coach of Year over a number of years

1997 Sport Canterbury Fair Play Award

Sport Canterbury Coach of the Year Finalist

Current Status

Coach squad middle distance and endurance athletes in Rangiora and Christchurch, also have other athletes in various parts of New Zealand.

Squad athletes include NZ representatives and National champions Katherine Camp, Becky Greene and Rosa Flanagan

Large group of up and coming development athletes

Coaching Philosophy

To encourage and help my athletes to become the best athlete they can be and to succeed at the highest level they are capable of.

I want my athletes to enjoy their sport, to have fun, maintain a balance in their lives and to continually learn from their experiences as an athlete.

I will endeavor to treat each of my athletes as an individual, and to provide a safe training environment for my athletes. To continue learning and developing as a coach.


Middle distance and endurance coaching

Female athlete issues

Development through teenage years

Development to elite level

Strong focus on rest and recovery

Ensure athletes have a good life balance