|Percy Wells Cerutty|
|Born||Percy Wells Cerutty
10 January 1895
|Died||14 August 1975
|Occupation||Track and Field coach|
Percy Wells Cerutty (10 January 1895 – 14 August 1975) was one of the world's leading athletics coaches in the 1950s and 1960s.
The eccentric Australian pioneered a home-spun system of 'Stotan' training, embracing a holistic regime of natural diets, hard training in natural surroundings, and mental stimulation.
In 1907, he left school to help support the family but was considered unfit to serve in World War I. He competed in athletics without distinction, suffering from illness after racing.
He introduced this approach to the athletes he trained at his Portsea, Victoria headquarters. Training would involve running in idyllic scenes, along the beach and up the dunes, mixing poetry and philosophy with athletics training.
Athletes training under Cerutty said "You came here with the object of running more quickly, and achievement in running, but really it was an education in life" and "You got a whole philosophy of life and attitudes" 
The new philosophy of life included the following tenets:
- Only consumption of whole wheat bread, as white flour was a poison.
- No consumption of alcohol
- No consumption of cigarettes
- No consumption of water or drink with meals or following for a few hours
- No socializing after midnight
Between 1959 and 1967, Cerutty published six books on his training philosophies.
Further athletes trained or assisted by Cerutty included:
- John Landy - 1956 Olympic Bronze Medal 1500 metres - World Mile Record
- Betty Cuthbert - 1964 Olympic Gold Medal 400 metres - World 440 yards Record
- Middle-distance runners Dave Stephens and Les Perry
Cerutty gave up coaching athletes in 1969 and continued to live at his beloved Portsea home - CERES.
- Australian Dictionary of Biography online - Percy Cerutty
- George Negus Tonight - Australian Broadcasting Corporation
- Sports Factor - Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Ralph Doubell Interview
- Sports Factor - Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Herb Elliott Interview
- 'Why Die? The Extraordinary Percy Cerutty' - Graem Sims