Behind nearly all of Australia’s best surfing talent there is or has been a mentor, confidant or more commonly, a coach.
Recognising their importance, Surfing Australia has selected 15 of the best Australian surf coaches to take part in their new Elite Coach Development Program which is being held at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre (HPC).
Joining this group are four of Surfing Australia’s key High Performance staff and one NSWIS Snowboard Coach to make a total program size of 20 participants
The Participants have been identified as having the ability to work with elite athletes, and have excelled in their field.
Retiring elite athletes who have a desire to coach after their competitive days are over will also be a recruitment focus for the program.
The group includes: Matt Grainger, Ben Falvey, Jay Thompson, Samba Mann, Tim Macdonald, Dean Brady, Josh Fuller, Mike McAuliffe, Blake Johnston, Mick Cain, Dan Ross, Adam Robertson, Andy King, Clancy Dawson, Josh Secomb, Kate Wilcomes, Jenny Boggis, Amee Donohoe and Chad Collier.
Surfing Australia’s National Coach Andy King, who is participating in the program, spoke of the importance of unifying elite coaches across the country for the greater good of the sport.
“This new program will not only strengthen and unify the level at which Australia’s best elite coaches operate, but improve athlete performance across the board as well.”
Co-founder of the Equalize Training Company and Elite Performance Coach Nam Baldwin will be facilitating the yearlong development of the group, covering six key topics including Core Values, Self-Confidence, Self-leadership, Triggers, Focus and Physiology and Internal Dialogue
Surfing Australia’s High Performance and Sport Development General Manager Chris Symington said the program would benefit both athletes and coaches heading into an exciting future for the sport at a national and international level.
“The purpose of this new program is to support and nurture our elite coaches to provide them with the necessary tools to continue to grow and learn. Often in a High Performance environment we can become so focussed on athlete performance that we neglect the needs of the coach, we are committed to filing that gap. We are really excited about the possibilities that lay ahead now that we have started down this path. With Olympic inclusion looming it’s important that we start this process now and get a head start for what could be our first Olympic cycle leading into Tokyo 2020.”
Going on to say: “We would also like to acknowledge the leadership the AIS Centre for Performance Coaching and Leadership has shown in this space. The great work they have been doing with their leadership development programs at a national level over the past few years has had a major impact on the broader sporting system and has paved for the way for sports to develop their own internal programs like ours to service their own sport’s needs.”
The first of three sessions concludes today with two more to follow in August and November.