The third Sports Pathways, Partnerships & Platforms Workshop took place today at the NSW Institute of Sport, with over 90 members of the sports community in attendance.
A collaboration between the Office of Sport, Australian Institute of Sport and NSWIS this workshop focused on the development and quality of coaching in Australia.
Amongst the presenters was Head Coach of the Westfield Matildas, Alen Stajcic, who talked about his experience as a coach and his individual pathway. Stajcic is also an advisor to the Future Matildas Program, a collaboration with NSWIS and football partners.
Mike Girven, Senior Coordinator for People Development at the NSW Institute of Sport, presented on frameworks NSWIS uses for supporting coach development.
AIS Deputy Director Darlene Harrison then emceed a Q&A with NSWIS coaches Sarah Graham (Wheelchair Basketball), Thomas Rickard (Diving) and Rebecca Rippon (Water Polo).
Background for the Workshop
The development of quality coaches is considered central to sustaining and improving the quality of sports coaching (Cushion, Armour & Jones 2003; Mallett, Trudel, Lyle & Rynne 2009). Coaches are considered the architects of the coaching environment, and therefore, pivotal to the quality of the sporting experience for sport participants. Quality coaches by necessity must be lifelong learners and should value all opportunities for learning from informal to formal (Mallet et al 2008). Broad classifications of coaching work have included Participation, Developmental (Talent) and High Performance focus.
1️⃣Sarah Graham – Wheelchair Basketball Project Coach
2️⃣Thomas Rickard – Diving Assistant Coach (Talent)
3️⃣Rebecca Rippon – Water Polo Assistant Coach pic.twitter.com/U0YcaCkSYv
— NSWInstituteOfSport (@theNSWIS) May 15, 2018