MCNEILL David < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 06 Oct 1986 in Melbourne, AUS
Height1.74 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Occupation Athlete, Coach, Physiotherapist
Languages English
Higher education Physiotherapy - La Trobe University: Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began running in high school.
Why this sport? He took up athletics because he was not interested in any of the other sports on offer at school.
Club / Team Melbourne Track Club: Australia
Name of coach Nic Bideau [personal], AUS, from 2014
General Interest
Nicknames Dave (rio2016.olympics.com.au, 01 Dec 2015)
Hobbies Writing, cooking. (Instagram profile, 02 Jun 2021)
Most influential person in career US distance runner Bernard Lagat. (rio2016.olympics.com.au, 01 Dec 2015)
Injuries In 2018 he sustained a bone stress injury and suffered from low bone mineral density in his lumbar spine, causing him to miss the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (pogophysio.com.au, 31 Jan 2020)

In January 2010 he slipped on snow and injured his knee, which put him out of action for several weeks. Just after returning from this injury he stepped on a rock and injured his foot, which sidelined him for another four weeks. (flotrack.org, 25 Apr 2009)
Sporting philosophy / motto "When I run, I feel happiest. I feel running creates the best version of myself for all other aspects of my life." (rio2016.olympics.com.au, 01 Dec 2015)
Awards and honours While competing for Northern Arizona University in the United States of America, he was named 2009 Division I Male Cross-Country Scholar Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association [USTFCCCA]. (ustfccca.org, 01 Mar 2010)
Famous relatives His grandfather John McNeill was the 1939 Victoria state champion in Australia in long jump and triple jump. (athletics.com.au, 24 Nov 2009)
Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (athletics.com.au, 12 May 2021)
Other information OCCUPATION
He works part-time as a physiotherapist in Blackburn, VIC, Australia, and also coaches with Run Strong Online Coaching. He has previously been a written and digital content creator for Runner's Tribe and a writer at Tempo Journal. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Oct 2020; tempojournal.com, 21 Mar 2021)

EDUCATION
He studied physiotherapy for 18 months at La Trobe University in Melbourne, VIC, Australia, before moving to Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ, United States of America, completing both bachelor's and master's degrees in exercise physiology. In 2019 he gained a doctorate in physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne. (Melbourne University Sport Facebook page, 14 Dec 2017; Facebook profile, 19 Apr 2019; LinkedIn profile, 01 Oct 2020)