The career of Professor Richard (Dick) Telford AM PhD FACSM FSMA began in schools, teaching physical education and mathematics to secondary school children. For the last four decades, he has combined his research work in metabolic physiology, nutrition, and physical activity in children with hands-on sports science and coaching. Initially involving Australian Rules football and cricket as a player and coach in Victoria, including coaching/managing the Victorian Cricket team to two Sheffield Shield wins he accepted an invitation to take up the inaugural position in sports science at the AIS in 1981, serving during a period where Australia’s Olympic medal count went from 4 to 54. He combined his sports science work with coaching Olympic and Commonwealth Games athletes, having coached Australia’s only Olympic marathon medallist and several Commonwealth games gold medallists, and was physiologist to a number of Olympic gold medallists. He is now Research Director of the Australian Lifestyle of our Kids (LOOK) longitudinal project and has published widely in science, medicine and physical education journals, and has recently published a book on the preparation on distance runners titled “Running: through the looking glass”. Dick has been recognized for his work by his peers in being appointed a Fellow of both the American College of Sports Medicine and Sports Medicine Australia; recognised by the Australian Government in being awarded an Order of Australia in 1992; and recently Dick has been recognised by the sporting community in being named 2014 Athletics Australia Coach of the Year and in the same year was inducted into the Australian Sporting Hall of Fame.