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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 (444)/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 (1897)/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 (3169)/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 (3296)/Comments (0)/
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Why Athletics Coaches are our sport’s Best Salesmen

Why Athletics Coaches are our sport’s Best Salesmen

For a long time, the main opportunity for traditional, organised Athletics to compete for public attention has been Olympic or Commonwealth Games: serious, elite, dramatic spectacles of individual excellence far beyond the reach of most mortals and, while attention-grabbing, even compelling, is this a bit hard for most people to relate to on a personal level?

Thursday, 16 March 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (1032)/Comments (0)/
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Coach-Dvoskina delivers in London

Coach-Dvoskina delivers in London

Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Sunday, 17 September 2017/Categories: Coaching Articles

17 September 2017

Coach-Dvoskina delivers in London

Coach achievements can often go unrecognised as they work in the background or at the training track. But one performance which must rate as one of the best-ever for Australia was Iryna Dvoskina’s coaching efforts in London – and the many hours, days and months leading up to the event. Canberra-based Dvoskina, coached two NSW and one WA athlete to great success at the Para-Athletics World Championships in London in July.

Temora’s Scott Reardon, who trains out of Canberra won the T42 100m, his fourth consecutive global title. He has now won the last three world titles (2013, 2015 & 2017) and the Rio Paralympics Games gold.

Reardon and coach Iryna Dvoskina had been a very successful team, starting with a sport transition for the athlete.

“When I came into Para-athletics, I was a young, naive water-skier who thought I could be the best, and fortunately I was able to meet up with Iryna, and she turned me from a water skier into the athlete I am today,” he told Sascha Ryner from the Australian Paralympic Committee.

“A coach can coach an athlete to success once, but to do it over and over again is a sign of an absolutely magnificent coach and she’s able to do just that.”

 

Dvoskina worked her magic in London to returned Evan O’Hanlon to the top of the podium winning the T38 men’s 100m in a very close battle with China’s Jianwen Hu the defending World and current Paralympic champion. Both were clocked at 11.07, with O’Hanlon getting the nod from the photo-finish judges. O’Hanlon had won the title in 2011 and 2013, but missed the 2015 world championships with injury, but coach Dvoskina has helped guide him back to number one.

 

The third athlete was ‘the white tiger’ Chad Perris. The Canberra-based Western Australian visually impaired athlete won bronze in the T13 100m in 10.96 – the same time he clocked two years ago at the world championships.

“To come in, to be able to perform on the big stage again is amazing. This is the best medal I’ve ever won,” he said.

Coach-Dvoskina was impressed how he fought for a medal.

“This was a real learning experience for Chad. There were four or five competitors in his race that could have won silver or bronze, but Chad came through to finish in third place.”

 

David Tarbotton for Athletics NSW

Image: left to right Chad Perris, Scott Reardon, Iryna Dvoskina and Evan O’Hanlon (images courtesy of David Tarbotton)

 

 

 
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Coach-Dvoskina delivers in London

Coach-Dvoskina delivers in London

Coach achievements can often go unrecognised as they work in the background or at the training track. But one performance which must rate as one of the best-ever for Australia was Iryna Dvoskina’s coaching efforts in London – and the many hours, days and months leading up to the event. Canberra-based Dvoskina, coached two NSW and one WA athlete to great success at the Para-Athletics World Championships in London in July.

Sunday, 17 September 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (221)/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 (444)/Comments (0)/
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Elements of Training in an Athlete’s Development

Elements of Training in an Athlete’s Development

Paul Laurendet is one of NSW’s finest middle-distance coaches. During his coaching career he coached national champions (Holt Hardy 1500m) and Commonwealth champions and Olympic medalists (Clinton Hill 4x400m relay) and assisted with the program for his wife, Jenny Laurendet, a Commonwealth Games 400m hurdles medallist. In this article Laurendet discusses adolescent development, from his wealth of  experience as a coach and teacher for over 30 years.

Saturday, 19 August 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (461)/Comments (0)/
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“He has been a father figure to me,” says Stevens about coach-Knowles

“He has been a father figure to me,” says Stevens about coach-Knowles

The performance by Dani Stevens to win a world title in 2009 and silver medal in 2017, has been a outcome of a coach-athlete relationship that has developed and been refined for nearly 20 years. Just prior to departing for London for the world championships, Stevens spoke fondly about her special relationship with coach Knowles, who along with Stevens received a silver medal at the world championships.

Monday, 14 August 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (3439)/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 (1897)/Comments (0)/
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