New Zealand’s Matt Scorringe Named in New Performance Coach Advance Programme

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Matt Scorringe (second from right) with the 2014 Sport Waikato Performance Coach Advance programme.  Pic courtesy of Sport Waikato

New Zealand Junior Surfing Team Coach and head of The Art of Surfing, Matt Scorringe of Whangamata, has this week been named as one of eighteen coaches in the Performance Coach Advance programme being delivered by Sport Waikato.

Inclusion in the programme will see Scorringe networking with top sports coaches from around the region to further his career.

Eighteen coaches representing fifteen different sports codes were named for the new nationwide Performance Coach Advance (PCA) programme.

The nationwide programme will see 102 coaches of performance (pre-carded, pre-elite) athletes, selected by their National Sport Organisation (NSO) through six regional centres in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago.

“It is great to be part of this programme and a group of great coaches and course facilitators” said Scorringe.

“This opportunity will help me develop further as a coach.  This is about performance athletes that have been through a club system and are moving on to the next stage of their sporting careers – basically between club level and high performance, an area that is often overlooked” added Scorringe.

The regional programme led by Sport Waikato will run alongside the ‘Pathway to Podium’ programme launched last week for athletes.

The Waikato PCA programme will be managed by Sport Waikato’s coach development advisor Mark McLaughlin, who has coached a number of sports from grass roots to an international level since he was of school age.

“The focus of the programme is around education and active learning,” McLaughlin said.

“Coaches need to understand where they sit in the athlete’s career paths. PCA is not about developing the coach to become a high performance coach, but about supporting the coach to become the best coach of a performance athlete they can be.”

Guest speaker at the launch was Triathlon New Zealand’s high performance director Graeme Maw. Maw spoke of the importance the performance coach plays in getting more high performance athletes on the podium and winning medals. “This is the most critical area in achieving high performance success. Coaches who are on the programme have the opportunity to engage in an active learning process, and obtain excellence in coaching performance athletes”.

The 2014/15 Inductees are;

Barrie Jennings – Athletics
Blair Taylor – Cycling
Cameron Durno – Triathlon
Carl Gordon – Swimming
Clarke Johnstone – Equestrian
Colleen McIlroy – Volleyball
Gary Peacham – Rugby League
Gavin Downes – Touch
Joanne Williams – Squash
Ken Creswell – Football
Matt Scorringe – Surfing
Mike Gilbert – Rowing
Reon Sayer – Golf
Roger Randle - Rugby
Simon Brill – Hockey
Simon Thomas – Golf
Vanessa Way – Equestrian
Vaughan Priddey – Athletics