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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 (281)/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 (768)/Comments (0)/
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Up and Running - Junior Run Squad Centennial Parklands Sydney

Up and Running - Junior Run Squad Centennial Parklands Sydney

Up And Running is a Junior Run Squad based in Centennial Parklands at Randwick in Sydney.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017/Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Number of views (2353)/Comments (0)/
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Brad Woods - pathway to full-time coaching at Trinity

Brad Woods - pathway to full-time coaching at Trinity

Here is an interesting coaching pathway. Ten years ago, Brad Woods fell into coaching, now he is working full-time at Trinity Grammar, one of the most successful athletics sports programs in Australia, and also coaching across other sports and their elite and development programs. In this interview, Brad talks about the challengers of coaching in the short school year. He also tells us about how he remained patient as coach, while an athlete played three other sports, but eventually returned a successful athletics career.

 

Friday, 17 March 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (3553)/Comments (0)/
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Wesfields Sports High’s Coach Mathison

Wesfields Sports High’s Coach Mathison

Former endurance athlete Brett Mathison transitioned into coaching about 10 years ago, and in the last few years started teaching and coaching at the very successful youth development program at Westfields Sports High. Mathison now coaches over 20 athletes, primarily middle-distance, but also in walks and even 400m hurdles. In this interview, he talks about different commitment levels between athletes; and notes the different reasons athletes do athletics.

Thursday, 16 March 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (3620)/Comments (0)/
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Coach Angela Leadbeatter

Coach Angela Leadbeatter

Did you know one of NSW’s leading distance runners over the last decade Angela Leadbeatter is also a coach? In this article you can read her views and approach to coaching, highlighting to us all what a great asset she is too our coaching ranks. She particularly notes the need to nurture the very young athlete, including limited training loads, cross training and rest periods
Sunday, 5 November 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (661)/Comments (0)/
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A coaching career after athletics: LOUISE SAUVAGE

A coaching career after athletics: LOUISE SAUVAGE

Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Saturday, 13 May 2017/Categories: Coaching Articles

13 May 2017

 

A coaching career after athletics: LOUISE SAUVAGE

 

We continue our series chatting to elite athletes about a coaching career after athletics. Post retirement many athletes want to stay close to sport and there are various options, including officiating or working in administration, but the most popular is coaching and with a growing number of opportunities to earn income from coaching there is increased numbers taking this path.

 

In this article, we speak to Louise Sauvage, one of the greatest Paralympians in history.

 

Athletics NSW: During your athletics career did you think about your career after athletics? Did you think you would go into coaching after you retired?

Louise Sauvage: Yes I did. I knew I had to retire after Athens due to injury and long term effects on my body. I wanted to stay in the sport that gave me sooooo much and give back so I wanted to coach.

 

Athletics NSW: When during your athletics career did you decide to transition into coaching? Why? Did it soften the blow of retirement as an athlete?

Louise Sauvage: In 2003 I completed a post grad in sport coaching with the Uni of QLD . I was offered this so I suppose in the two years up to my retirement I was thinking of my future. It was still a big change to my whole life but less of a blow because I tried to prepare myself as best I could. The real realisation of not being an athlete came after going to my first Paralympics (2008) as a coach. This was extremely hard and I took a big chuck of 2009 to deal with this.

 

Athletics NSW: Advice to other athletes about a post athletics career, including coaching.

Louise Sauvage: Start to think about what you might like to do. Tag along to coaches already that coach in your sport and others in other sports and talk to them, attending sessions see if this is what you might like to do. That goes for any profession really. You are a long time retired from your sport but it is another opportunity in life so try and prepare yourself. Try it out there is no harm in having a go and seeing what might be good for you. I think with any job you must have passion and believe in what your doing. For me I want to make a difference.

 

Image: Louise Sauvage providing encourage to a your athlete

 
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