Rafael Baugh

Physiotherapist, Managing Director

Raf is Managing Director of Front Runner Sports.

He has 20 years of private practice physiotherapy experience across a range of elite and community sporting contexts. His work now focusses on athletic systemization and consulting to corporate/government clients as well as performance diagnostics, longitudinal training planning and load management for executive and professional athletes.

During his athletics career, Raf achieved a peak of #3 ITU Duathlon world ranking, achieving  podium finishes at ITU Oceania, Asian and European Championships and 6th at the ITU World Championships. He is an 8* West Australian athletics champion in distances from 1500m- 12k Cross Country, a multiple state duathlon champion and medallist in the state triathlon championships.


Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelor of Science, Physiotherapy
  • Athletics Australia Coach Facilitator
  • Athletics Australia Level 2 Advanced Middle and Long Distance Coach
  • Accredited TA Triathlon Coach
  • Director- The Running Centre
  • Event MC
    • Ironman WA
    • Busselton Half IM
    • HBF Run for a Reason
    • X Adventure
    • BWA Dams Challenge
    • Oceania Junior Tri Champs
    • Rottnest Channel Swim
    • Sunsmart Triathlon Series
    • Bunbury Geographe Gift
    • Bunbury Marathon
    • Leonora Golden Gift
  • Personal Coach to:
    • 3 Senior Australian Representatives- Nic Harman, Matt Felton & Rochelle Rodgers
    • World #1 Powerman Duathlete – Thomas Bruins
    • 4 National Elite Champions
    • 37 State Elite Champions
    • 4 World AG Champions
    • 76 sub 3hr Marathoners
    • 4 sub 9hr IM competitors
  • Previous Team Physiotherapist
    • Perth Wildcats (Basketball)
    • Melbourne Track Club (Athletics)
    • State Schoolboys Football (AFL)
    • Australian Junior Hockey Team (Hockey)

Clinical Interests:

  • Elite Distance Coaching (5km- Marathon)
  • Executive Coaching (Half & Full Marathon/Half & Full Ironman)
  • Performance Diagnostics and Race Planning
  • Load Management Consulting
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Sports Injury Rehabilitation


  • Performance Systems
  • Strategic Planning
  • Cultural Strategy
  • Running Biomechanics & Performance
  • Event MC