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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 (1573)/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 (2644)/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 (1868)/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 (1956)/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 (3261)/Comments (0)/
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Lindsay Watson - what an impact

Lindsay Watson - what an impact

Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Sunday, 3 December 2017/Categories: Coaching, Coaching Profiles

2 December 2017

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.

 

He has been involved extensively in coach education, mentoring of many colleagues and coaching athletes at all levels from school, club to elite. He has learnt from, compared notes with, and taught, the very best coaches in Australia and overseas.

 

Two of the various programs he has been involved with highlight his impact. The NSWIS emerging distance program has without doubt developed NSW distance running to equal the former powerhouse Victoria. More recently his work at Scots College has been a model program of introducing athletics to teenagers.

 

The positive impact and influence by Lindsay Watson on coaching in NSW is immeasurable. Read here about his journey and coaching philosophy.

 

How did you become involved in coaching?

My son and daughter were in St George Little Athletics, and started training under a coach out in the Sutherland Shire area. I was concerned that they may be doing too much volume for their age so I enrolled in a coaching course. I then started a squad from St George, not including my kids (for next two years). I continued in upgrading qualifications and the rest is history.

 

Were you an athlete? What sports did you participate in?

I played various school sports - rugby league, water polo, swimming, diving, at state and national level. Post school there was more rugby league and water polo and I added surfing and snow skiing.

 

You have coached a variety of discipline. Which do you enjoy the most?

Always track events, always have had a mix of male and female athletes, the distribution varied within the group over the years. The events expanded and changed as the athletes matured, change body shape, grew into events. Also with success in some events, this in turn attracted other athletes to join squad.

As for a favourite event, I don’t really have one but as a group of events,

400m, 400m Hurdles, 800m and steeple, if I had to choose, I don’t really know.

 

Some highlights or special moments?

Highlights have including an athlete I coached, selected and medal for the Para Olympics 1992 then again in 1996, and another athlete selected for Atlanta Olympics 1996. Another highlight is Youcef Abdi’s sixth place in Olympic final in Beijing and being a team coach for Australia at London Olympics.

 

Special moments vary including having some time with my son Toby (Australian road cycling team physiotherapist) at the London Olympics, Cathy Freeman’s win in the 400m at the Sydney Olympics and seeing David Rudisha run a world record in 800m at the London Olympics.

 

Why coach? Enjoyable aspects of coaching?

The challenge.

I love the challenge to try and get athletes perform their best, to help them to achieve Personal Best.

To develop athletes within the sport and more importantly outside the sport, looking at balancing sport, social, education and family.

 

Enjoyable aspects are the day to day, month to month, year to year development of athletes. Coaching at school (Scots College), getting the year 7 boys in and watching them grow as athletes and young men, tracking them through to year 12 and beyond. Teaching drills relating to technique in running; linking drill to actual running technique, also linking mobility.

 

Coaching philosophy?  Who have been your coaching mentors?                                                                                                                    Coaching Philosophy                                                                                                                For athletes to get the most out of themselves, on and off the track, a balance in their life (family, education, social, training, friends, fun) is key. Athletes also need to enjoy what they are doing with running both in competition/training.

 

Mentors have been Peter Fortune, Bruce Scriven, Kevin Prendegast, Roy Boyd (God help me four Victorians !!) and Michael Dooley NSW and Lyn Forman WA.

 

I have been comfortable in approaching any coach for advice and some coaches I have spoken at length with are David Hemery (British), Luiz de Oliveira (Brazilian), Steve Ovett (British) and Brent McFarlane (Canadian). These Coaches and others have always given readily and happily sat down for lunch and a chat.

 

I also learn from and pick up ideas from young coaches and athletes too.

 

Do you have any advice for other coaches?

Get a balance with your life and coaching. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Enjoy what you are doing and remember you are coaching not curing cancer.

 

Coaching career highlights?

Coaching athletes to qualify for Olympics, world championships, world juniors, Commonwealth Games, and trying to get them to run a within 1% of a PB or a PB at a specific meet. Coaching athletes to four Olympic Games and two Paralympics. Watching a squad member celebrate running a 1500m PB of 3:35.2 or another jumping up and down with tears of joy, as she was so, so happy.

 

David Tarbotton for Athletics NSW

Image: A festive Lindsay Watson with the late John Atterton

 

 

 
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Coaching pioneer Dawes

Coaching pioneer Dawes

Andrew Dawes is undoubtedly one of Australia’s finest ever coaches. His early work has been pioneering, setting the standard and a pathway for others to follow. His athletes have included three of the world’s finest Louise Sauvage, Kurt Fearnley and Christie Dawes.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (1208)/Comments (0)/
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Belinda’s back in the sport as a coach

Belinda’s back in the sport as a coach

Belinda Cosgrove was a very a competitive sprinter who ran against Cathy Freeman and Melinda Gainsford-Taylor in their junior years – and she could match them! Career and family followed for Belinda, but as her daughters showed interest in athletics, she returned to the sport, initially coaching them and as often happens it grew from there into a squad.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (1869)/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 (2384)/Comments (0)/
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Coaches WE NEED YOU for the Sporting Schools Program

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.

Sunday, 5 November 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (2194)/Comments (0)/
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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 (2205)/Comments (0)/
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