Eleven top coaches, all from different sports, have been selected for the AIS Coach Summit 2022 program, which aims to improve coach relationships and collaboration.
Now in its second year, the program welcomes a wide range of talented coaches in Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games sports, including gymnastics, hockey, surfing and para-archery.
Coaches will meet online fortnightly for the next six months to share ideas, develop strategies and test new ideas. AIS HP Coach Development Advisor Dr Paul Perkins said the program was different from traditional coach education.
“Research shows that most coaches prefer to learn by collaborating and socializing with other coaches rather than using formal learning methods, and this program provides just that,” Dr. Perkins said.
“This informal approach also helps us better understand the unique demands and challenges that HP coaches face, which in turn allows us to better support their ongoing development.
Para table tennis head coach Alios Rosario will soon graduate from the 2021 cohort and says the experience has been invaluable.
“We have a lot in common and the ability to share ideas is vital to the collective intelligence of coaches in Australia,” Rosario said. “We often get caught up in the bubble and the hardships of our own sport. Talking to other coaches can broaden our thinking and encourage us to think outside the box of our own coaching ideas. I was able to implement some of the lessons learned from the sessions and made key changes to the national curriculum.
The first cohort will end with a two-day summit in Alice Springs in September, but it certainly won’t be the end of a chapter.
“This program has allowed coaches to form strong friendships and we can’t wait to see the influence it will have in the lead up to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Perkins.
AIS Coach Summit Program Participants 2022-23
- Jenny Duncalf, squash
- Karen Murphy, lawn bowling
- Anthony Potter, hockey
- Brad Ness, wheelchair basketball
- Krisztina Szedlak, artistic swimming
- Joshua Fabian, gymnastics
- Ricci Cheah, para-archery
- Michael Crisp, surfer
- Marc Prater, rowing
- Euan Mcnicol, sailing
- Simon Naismith, volleyball