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Husband and wife coaching team: Caroline Yarnell and Tony Wong

Husband and wife coaching team: Caroline Yarnell and Tony Wong

Sydney Striders is one of Australia original and most successful running clubs. A key pair in the development of this running institution has been the husband and wife coaching team of Run C&T - Caroline Yarnell and Tony Wong.

Monday, 26 February 2018/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (2440)/Comments (0)/
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Lindsay Watson - what an impact

Lindsay Watson - what an impact

Over the last couple of decades, Lindsay Watson has been one of the most curial coaches in the development of athletics, athletes and coaches in NSW.

Sunday, 3 December 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (3779)/Comments (0)/
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Mel’s move into coaching

Mel’s move into coaching

It is fascinating to learn how coaches started their careers. In this article with South Coast coach, Mel Mustapic we learn how she always had a passion for the sport and assisting and encouraging others. After a few years it became more formal when she started a squad. As a country coach she highlights the need to be able to coach across events. Mel’s coaching is a legacy and tribute to great NSW John Atterton, who passed away in 2016.

Sunday, 3 December 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (2672)/Comments (0)/
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Sporting Schools coaching with Andrew Byrne

Sporting Schools coaching with Andrew Byrne

Andrew Byrne is one of our NSW’s coaches helping deliver athletics to a different group of school children. He is one of our valued coaches in the Australian Sports Commission funded Sporting Schools Program. In this article he provides an understanding of this program and recalls a couple of rewarding moments for him as a coach which highlight the power of sport on wellbeing and confidence. Read more about this program here and his journey. Thanks Andrew for making a difference in the lives of these athletes.

Sunday, 5 November 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (2747)/Comments (0)/
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Spark for Sarkies

Spark for Sarkies

An interest to help people was all the spark RICHARD SARKIES needed to graduate from regular runner into coaching. A small group of athletes grew into a squad and club called ‘Hooked on Running’. Read about Richard’s development, motivation and philosophies as a coach and some practical advice to coaching colleagues.

Sunday, 17 September 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (4279)/Comments (0)/
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Fasttrack400 induction launch

Fasttrack400 induction launch

In a rare reunion both NSW Open 400m record holders, Darren Clark and Maree Holland, came together to share their knowledge at the “meet & greet” induction of invitees to the Athletics NSW Fasttrack400 coaching and mentoring program on Sunday 20 May.
Wednesday, 23 May 2018/Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Number of views (739)/Comments (0)/
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Coaches WE NEED YOU for the Sporting Schools Program

Coaches WE NEED YOU for the Sporting Schools Program

Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Sunday, 5 November 2017/Categories: Coaching, Coaching Articles

5 Nov 2017

 

Coaches WE NEED YOU for the Sporting Schools Program

 

How many times have you heard an athlete say, I tried athletics at school, enjoyed it, then decided to join an athletics club. It is one of the most common pathways of athletes into our sport. Also as coaches, we know the impact of sport on young people. It can build and improve confidence, fitness, resilience, tolerance, sense of achievement, reward, patience, connection and engagement.

 

To help us achieve this impact on kids, the Australian Sports Commission is funding a program, titled the ‘Sporting Schools Program’. Just imagine if we can introduce twice as many school students to athletics through this fun and enjoyable program, how many more participants will we have in the future?

 

COACHES we need more of you to help us deliver this program and currently have a shortage of qualified coaches. Think of the opportunity you to introduce our great sport to more primary school students. And of-course there is an opportunity to earn income. Sure, you will need to be flexible to be able to deliver the program during school hours (or after), but you maybe a tertiary student, work part-time, retired or self-employed and have this flexibility in your work hours. Read our article about one of these coaches Andrew Byrne to get an insight into the program.

 

How do I qualify to deliver this program?

Very simple, complete the Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course and hundreds of you already have this qualification and then a four-hour IAAF Kids’ Athletics Upskilling Course. Oh, and of course enjoy imparting know of our sport to kids through games, fun skills and activities !!  Read more about the program (teachers are also qualified)

 

Keen?

The next Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course is Sunday 10 December (at Bankstown, cost $220 to $240), and

IAAF Kids Athletics Upskilling Course is Saturday 6 January (at Homebush, cost $99).

 

To register for the course go to the Athletics NSW coaching page. You can also telephone Andrea at Athletics NSW 02 9746 1122 or andreaberrell@nswathletics.org.au

 

 

If you are a parent/teacher and keen for this program in your school, you should ask the school to embrace this government funded program. You can find out more about this from Tait Forster (tait.forster@athletics.org.au) at Athletics Australia.

 
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