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E-coaching Newsletter - September 2017

Welcome to the Athletics NSW coaching newsletter 11.
We are just a couple of weeks from the opening of the summer track and field season and we have provided links below to all the summer calendars. Best wishes to you and your athletes for a successful summer.

In this issue we profile two coaches and squads, one just aged 23 (Warren Williams) and with more than 30 years’ experience in running (Richard Sarkies from the northern suburbs). Two tremendous examples of coaches running squads for our athletes to develop and progress in.

We also profile Iryna Dvoskina, one of the best coaches in Australia. All three of her athletes finished on the podium at the recent Para-athletics world championships.

Please enjoy this edition of the e-coach newsletter, reading about the great successes of your colleagues.
Duncan Tweed


Spark for Sarkies

An interest to help people was all the spark RICHARD SARKIES needed to graduate from regular runner into coaching. A small group of athletes grew into a squad and club called ‘Hooked on Running’. 

Up and Running - Junior Run Squad Centennial Parklands Sydney

At just 23, coach JORDAN WILLIAMS is achieving great success with his young squad of athletes. His ‘Up and Running’ squad train predominantly around the beautiful Centennial Park.



Coach-Dvoskina delivers in London

Canberra-based IRYNA DVOSKINA, has coached two NSW and one WA athlete to great success at the Para-Athletics World Championships in London in July.

COACHING – an athlete’s perspective

The move from athlete into coach by Danielle Lappage, gave her a greater appreciation of the role of a coach. Read her interesting blog – COACHING APPRECIATION (second blog on the game)
As a coach you have so much responsibility, as your beliefs and your actions influence the behaviours, values, and decisions of your athletes. You are a mentor, role model, and teacher for young people- what an amazing privilege! But with privilege also comes responsibility. Coaches must be aware of their influence and take this responsibility seriously, as a coach’s behaviour and their teachings can greatly impact the trajectory of young people's' lives……….. 

Coaching Courses

Athletics NSW Coach Education courses up until November are available for registration with more courses being added in the next few weeks.
We draw your attention to the rarely conducted Level 2 Advanced Coach Group Specific - Part B courses (sprints, hurdles, relays, distance and throws).

Others are: 

  1. Level 1 Community Athletics Coach.

  2. Various Level 1 and Level 2 Recreational Running Courses and,

  3. IAAF Kids Athletics Courses providing a fantastic opportunity for coaches to earn an income within the school system.

  4. Level 2 Advanced coach Part A

To view all upcoming Athletics NSW Coach Education courses, please click here.(Photo: A leading national long jump coach, John Boas from Victoria with Robert Stevens.)

Looking to coach athletics before, during or after school?

The Australian Sports Commission’s ‘Sporting Schools’ programme, offers students in primary schools access to sport based activities before, during or after school. Athletics NSW delivers IAAF Nestlé Healthy Active Kids’ Athletics through the Sporting Schools programme which allows children to explore and develop the fundamental skills of running, jumping and throwing. Athletics NSW is currently seeking teachers to become accredited to assist in delivering the programme around the country.
Sporting Schools will be delivered in schools before, during and after school hours and all teacher coaches will be paid for their involvement. The course runs for four hours and if you are interested in being involved please click here.

Around The Tracks - In Brief

More records for Andae Kalemusic’s athletes

Athletes continue to flourish under NSW south-based coach Andae Kalemusic. Her national junior medallists Jaylah Hancock-Cameron has started the track season in great form at the Combined High Schools breaking the 15 years 800m record, clocking 2:10.43. The Moruya High student, took Rio Olympian Jenny Blundell’s record set in 2009. It was also the fastest time at the championships, exceeding the 17+ years winner Carley Thomas who recently won gold in the 800m at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas.
Read a recent article about the great coaching work ANDAE KALEMUSIC is doing around the Mollymook area.

Free Coach Pass

A reminder that you are eligible for a free pass to Athletics NSW events if you are a) an AA accredited coach and b) registered with an Athletics NSW club. To obtain this pass, speak to your club who will organise the pass with Athletics NSW.


New Study Reveals Whether Multi-Sport or Single-Sport Athletes Have a Better Chance For Success

A new study presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's annual meeting has found that specialisation does not appear to increase a youth athlete's chance of eventually achieving elite status in their sport. In fact, the opposite may be true. Read an article and the study.

Summer Competition

The summer track and field competition kicks off with the NSW All Schools Championships in October. The full calendar and events grid is now available. Note the Athletics NSW run series continues into summer.


Coaching Resources

  • Did you know you can access free news and coaching articles from the Australian Sports Commission (ASC)? The daily news links to many sports articles, conferences, sporting announcements, research and much more. The below link will take you to the registration page on the AIS/ASC site – it is titled, Clearinghouse:

  • The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) publishes an excellent coaching publication ‘New Studies in Athletics’. Information about subscribing to the magazine is available here. However articles from 1986 to 2013 are available in a searchable archive here.

Video Resources

Athletics NSW recently announced a partnership with iMove Physiotherapy. Read here about the benefits to your athletes.iMove Physio ( have developed ‘iMove TV’ a useful series of videos for coaches and athletes. iMove owner Michael Rizk and his team cover many relevant topics for track and field athletes and all runners. Here are videos about lower back, upper back and neck.

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