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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 (1300)/Comments (0)/
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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 (1044)/Comments (0)/
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Transition from athlete to coach: Louise Sauvage

Transition from athlete to coach: Louise Sauvage

Whether you are an elite athlete or not, retirement from sport can be a significant challenge. During their career, sport can consume a significant part of their life and when it is over they are left with a massive space in their life. Many still want a connection with sport and move into administration, officiating and coaching.

In this interview, one of the greatest Paralympians in the history of sport, LOUISE SAUVAGE, tells us about her transition into a very successful coaching career, which has seen her now coach Paralympic and world champions.

Thursday, 16 March 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (950)/Comments (0)/
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Rejoov Runners profile

Rejoov Runners profile

Ever wondered how clubs form? They are, not always, but invariably coach-driven. A recent survey of coaches of entries of the NSW Junior Championships, highlighted little pockets of growth in NSW country and the metropolitan area. This growing seed can often be the arrival of a coach to an area, or maybe a coach resumes coaching after a break or a coach seeing a need and an opportunity. In this article, we follow Greta Truscott’s development of the Rejoov Runners.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (996)/Comments (0)/
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Jay Stone – the coach

Jay Stone – the coach

Many people would be aware of top masters sprinter, Jay Stone, but did you know he also coaches and in now small way, with an enormous squad of 50 athletes. It is coaches like Jay who are putting athletics on the map in Armidale.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017/Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Number of views (705)/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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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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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 (505)/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 (496)/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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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 (800)/Comments (0)/
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