City coach takes Vietnam posting

Toowoomba coach Gerrard Keating.
Toowoomba coach Gerrard Keating. Bev Lacey

GERRARD Keating will put his Toowoomba athletics coaching career on hold to accept a national position overseas.

Keating has resigned from his role as The Glennie School athletics director to become head sprint coach in Vietnam from February 7.

After initially passing up the Vietnam opportunity, Keating is looking forward to being a part of the country's talent search as it looks to lift its athletics' profile in the region.

"I only decided two weeks ago to accept the position, after much deliberation," Keating said.

"The final decision was based strongly around my family, who are very supportive of the move."

Keating has made a strong mark on Australian athletics, helping guide numerous state and national-level competitors, including Nathan Allen and Charlotte van Veenendaal, while based in the city.

"The move is coming quite quickly and I'm feeling a bit nervous and very excited about it," Keating said.

"But leaving Toowoomba wasn't an easy decision to make.

"I love it here and my position at Glennie is one I really valued.

"But the Vietnam position is only for 12 months and hopefully there will still be opportunities available for me somewhere when I return."

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