school and college teams is a very rewarding environment in
which to coach.
Not only are the young athletes committed to achieving their best
for themselves, there is the added excitement
that comes from competing for your college.
You really have not heard noise until you
have attended an inter school competition. The sheer volume of
made in a stadium filled with several thousand very excited young
people each trying to out do the other in their school war cries
and cheers of support for their teams and athletes makes for
one incredible spectacle that should not be missed!
Over the last several years I have had some
quite good successes with the various individuals and teams I have
coached and especially in regards to team development. It has
provided me with the opportunity to build up a significant level of knowledge and expertise on how
to coach and manage teams.
Unlike individual coaching, team coaching
provides a number of unique challenges, where a balance must be
found between developing and respecting the needs of individuals
athletes with the necessity to put together competitive
teams who will perform across individual age groups and levels. As
you can imagine this can be very challenging to achieve but at the
same time rewarding when it all comes together.
If you are a school sports coordinator and
believe that I can assist you in your program then please
contact me to discuss the matter.
BGGS - Tack & Field - 2015 Long and Triple
Since 2008 it has been
my privilege to work with an extraordinary team at Brisbane
Girls Grammar Schools lead by Mrs Alice Dabelstein whose
sheer passion and love for Track and Field is an inspiration for
any one involved in the sport.
2015 is a change of
pace with the horizontal jumpers
BGGS - Tack & Field - Discus 2011/2012/2013
2011 was a brilliant
year for the Discus Team. At QGSSSA the team took 70% of all
possible points and took the clean sweep in the U16 A & B
division. Congratulations to all of the girls who are on track to better their individual
performances in 2012.
St Johns - Forest Lake College -Tack & Field - Throws 2011
2011 was a brilliant
year for the Team. At TAS the team increased the percentage
of possible points and there was some great personal bests from
the athletes. Congratulations to all of the girls who are on track to better their individual
performances in 2012.
BGGS - Tack & Field - Discus 2010
turned out to be a watershed year with BGGS winning QGSSSA
for the first time in many years.
The discus team kept up
their end of the bargain by figuring strongly in the results,
taking more points than the other throws disciplines at BGGS and
winning most of the points on offer for the discipline at QGSSSA.
A credit to commitment (and the fun along the way) of every one of the athletes
BGGS -Tack & Field - Discus/Shot/Jav 2009
2009 was a good year for the throws team. Domination in all
disciplines by the U14 and some significant individual efforts in the
other age groups saw the points contribution by the throwers swell the
overall school score. The team scored 75% of all possible points available
to them which is remarkable achievement.
I look forward to 2010 when we will see if the other age groups can
replicate the efforts of the U14 squad. A third place from one of
the girls who had never competed in the throws is a good sign and I feel
that 2010 may well be the year 'Old Blue' comes back into domination at
was a very exciting year. I was asked by Qld Athletics to
fill a coaching vacancy at this College some 5
into the cross country season. The girls had to work incredibly
hard to make up for so much lost time and to their credit they
did. In the 16 years age group the girls took the title and
in the other age groups the girls made up so much ground that on
30 May 2009 the college went from 6th place in 2008 to 4th in the
Byrne cup (Catholic Secondary Girl's Schools Sports Association -
To say I was pleased with the result is an
understatement. To achieve so much on such a short training
base is a testament to commitment of the girls. The girls are a
real pleasure to work with, they are enthusiastic, happy and like
coming to training (a coaches dream team).
BGGS ( Tack & Field - Hurdles 2008)
In 2008 I was asked to take on the hurdles coaching role within the
school. Hurdles require an extraordinary mix of speed coordination and
above all courage. All credit to Alan Cameron for his preparation of the
girls in the past and those girls he had prepared were able to continue
their progress in the sport by achieving top 5 placing's in their
respective age groups.
What was especially pleasing was the enthusiasm of the grade eight girls
who attended training in significant numbers. Some of the other age groups
welcomed first time hurdlers and all performed extraordinarily well for
such raw first timers. 2009 will be a great opportunity to
consolidate skills learnt in previous years.
( Track & field - 2006)
interesting year where Track and Field did not seem to be very
well supported by the school and students generally. However
the small dedicated bunch of Track and Field athletes obtained the
rewards they deserved with much improved personal bests and
excellent competition performances. A number of school and
carnival records followed and some great individual performances
in QA/AA championships.
( Track & field - 2005)
the 2005 season I was asked to assist in preparing a number
of the long/triple/high Jumpers for both the QGSSSA and the TAS
competitions. The performances of the individual athletes is to be
commended. A number of school and carnival records followed and
some great individual performances in QA/AA championships.
Somerville House (2002-2004)
I commenced coaching with Somerville house
Junior school athletics team in the 'Andrews Cup' competition in
2002. Andrews cup caters for girls up to Grade 7
and caters to the major private girls schools. I have been privileged to
coach all disciplines with the girls and they have achieved outstanding
and ever increasing success over the years including:
3rd placing in 2002;
2nd in 2003; and
2nd in 2004.
Considering the size of the Junior school
and the calibre of the schools competed against, e.g. Moreton Bay College,
these results have been nothing short of incredible.
The results are a credit to the individual
commitment, enthusiasm and athletic ability of the girls coupled with the
outstanding support offered by the Junior PE coordinator Mrs R Storrs.
In 2004 I was asked to assist Mr. Phil
Holding in coaching the senior cross country team. Early mornings, cold, rain and
attacks by suicidal magpies were all part of the fun. In 2004 we achieved
a sixth place at the QGSSSA.
In 2005 saw a passing of the guard with
many of the established runners moving on to other sports and schools.
This was a watershed year with which year saw some fantastic individual
performances by the girls with 11 qualifying for Nationals. This
equated to 1 in 10 of the team qualifying for and competing at the
Australian National Championships.
The QGSSSA proved a great challenge where
despite outstanding individual performances with age group first and
second places the depth in runners was not
enough to bring up aggregate score across the five placing required in the
various age groups.
A 10th place for 2005 was our lot however,
the outstanding performances of many individuals will create a solid core
for rebuilding the future. I wish each and every Cross Country Runner all
the best for the years to come.
School I was invited to coach the Senior School Sprints team in
2003 and again in 2004.
In the two years I was with them there have
been many ups and downs with illness and glandular fever taking its toll
on some fine athletes.
The positives have been just a dramatic
with a number of girls smashing their PB's week after week and one girl
running an Australian 'B' qualifying time in 2003.
We were privileged to have the services of
Ms Karo Hunt a prominent NZ sprinter in 2003 and she made a very
significant contribution to the successes of the girls. I wish the girls all success in the coming