My Coaching Philosophy
I coach because I get satisfaction from helping others. I enjoy helping an athlete
gain confidence in themselves and seeing them achieve a goal gives me a sense of
purpose. The things I have learnt as an athlete helped me to grow into a confident
person and taught me the value of goal setting. I made great friends in the sport and
now want to give something back to the sport and the community.
My goal is to continually deliver athletic training programs that are both challenging
and enjoyable, no matter what age the athlete is. I constantly work on building the
athletes’ confidence in themselves and introduce new challenges. This allows them
to experience gradual improvement in line with the Long Term Athlete Development
model. My foundation program is designed to develop a solid foundation of balance,
flexibility, range of movement and agility for the athlete.
I study and research the latest scientific information and techniques to develop
effective programs and monitor the athletes’ progression. I am committed to
ongoing study so that I can coach from Community Based to High Performance
levels in the sport. I believe that by following this systematic approach I will assist
athletes to develop efficient running form, good posture and a broad base of
general and specific fitness to meet their individual goals.
My key values as a coach are Honesty, Integrity, Encouragement, Empathy, Self -
Reflection, Patience, Persistence, Kindness and Compassion. I believe these are
the key ingredients in building a mutual trust relationship between coach and
Communication is paramount in building a sound working relationship with my
athletes. I study and experiment with different techniques to communicate
effectively to each age and level of athlete. My athletes are encouraged to ask
questions and present ideas, so that I can better understand their needs and who
they are as people. I remind the athletes that the training sessions are for them,
so they take ownership for what they get out of the session.
Each athlete that I coach must strive to improve and learn to get the best out of
themselves and focus on what they can control. My athletes receive praise when
they show good sportsmanship and encouragement for others.
I believe that I have done a good job as a coach when an athlete goes home
happy or confides in me. When I hear from a parent that their child loves coming
to training, I know I have met my main goal – providing fitness that is FUN!