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We often report on the achievements of our athletes, but what about what goes on behind the scenes from the Coaching perspective.

With a number of our Queensland Coaches being appointed to Australian team coaching positions at the recent Commonwealth & Oceania Championships at the Gold Coast I thought it would be a good opportunity to share with you what it meant for them to be selected.

Sonia Stenhouse

Team Manager, Commonwealth Junior Team

Coaching accreditation level: One online module away from AWF State Coach (Level 2)

What did it mean to you to be selected for this role? I was very excited that AWF selected me for this role, after being involved in the sport for a relatively short time. I was very thankful for the experience as Team Manager that I have gained through my Team Manager roles with QWA and the experience I have gained as coach of Saints Weightlifting Club. I was definitely very excited but very nervous!

How did the team you were involved with go? This was the first International level competition for most of our athletes, and they all did a fantastic job on the platform. Our team had many successes and between them came away with 1 Gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals in the Commonwealth Junior Competition.

What were the lifting highlights for you in your role? When I wasn’t attending weigh ins or supervising athletes at the Hotel, I tried to attend the venue as much as I could to watch and assist our lifters. So many great performances. I just relished the opportunity to witness such experienced elite lifters from warmup to the platform. Watching experienced team coaches in action at competition was also a highlight for me and an opportunity I certainly appreciated.

Any other competition highlights? For me it was getting to know so many new people. From our team athletes, to their parents, and of course the many coaches, managers and officials from throughout Australia and abroad that all came together for this event.

It was very satisfying to be involved in such a successful competition and I am very grateful to the AWF for the opportunity I was given.

Regan Hams

Commonwealth Youth Head Coach

Coaching accreditation level: AWF National Coach (Level 3)

What did it mean to you to be selected for this role? This was my first time being selected as a Head Coach on an Australian Team so I was over the moon to be selected in this important role. It was an all new experience with plenty of learning with much more responsibility on the team and athlete outcomes.

How did the team you were involved with go? The youth team won a number of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals against the best Youth lifters in the commonwealth. The men's team also won the best team award against all the other men's teams in the commonwealth! A few of our lifters also hit State and National records.

What were the lifting highlights for you in your role? Too many to name them all - So many Pbs and records - was a great performance all round.

Any other competition highlights? Winning the mens team trophy. For alot of the Youth team it was their first time lifting for Australia, so it was fantastic to see the excitement and the amazing experience for them.

Linzey Beister

Oceania Senior Team Coach

Coaching accreditation level: AWF National Coach (Level 3)

What did it mean to you to be selected for this role? I was very proud to be selected for this role as it was my first International senior role, I have Coached youth and junior internationally before.

What were the lifting highlights for you in your role? Being able to work with the senior athletes was a highlight.

Any other competition highlights? Brandon Wakeling lifting 284kg (International 1 standard) and becoming the second highest ranked athlete in Australia.

Greg Hobl

Assistant Coach Senior Commonwealth Championships Team

Coaching accreditation level: AWF National Coach (Level 3)

  • It always means a great deal to me to be selected to represent my country as a coach. It is always a great honour and something I don’t take for granted. When selected on such a team I believe it is my duty to use my coaching expertise to assist the athletes to achieve the best possible result for them and the team. It also means I get to work with and learn from other talented and dedicated coaches. And, of course, I get to work closely with a group of exceptionally talented athletes.
  • The Senior Commonwealth Team performed well at the Championships considering the standard of competition was extremely high, bringing home 3 sliver medals and 1 bronze medal. Many Australian lifters were, of course, also using the Championships as a way to try and improve their standings in the Commonwealth Games selection rankings, so this added another factor which had to be taken into account in my coaching role.
  • There were a number of highlights for me personally. Working as the lead coach with such experienced athletes as Erika Yamasaki and Deb Acason was a great enjoyment. Helping Erika achieve a silver medal, Deb achieve a PB ‘comeback’ total and Leo Lark achieve an 8kg PB total were my highlights.
  • There were many other great lifters at the competition such as Steven Kari and Apolonia Vaivai who produced memorable results. Another ‘highlight’ was the men’s 105kg B session! This was for two reasons. Firstly, it was the international debut for Lawson Dingle who I personally coach and secondly it was the first time I had experienced a weightlifting session that began on one day and finished on another!!!

Angela Wydall

Head Coach, Senior Oceania Team

Coaching accreditation level: AWF National Coach (Level 3)

What did it mean to you to be selected for this role? This is my 30th appointment as coach of an Australian Team, but I still love how every team is different.

How did the team you were involved with go? Overall Senior Oceania Team lifted well including medals and personal bests

What were the lifting highlights for you in your role? I particularly enjoyed the buzz that the senior lifters are feeling in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games and seeing this bring out the best in some lifters.

Any other competition highlights? Working with athletes and coaches from interstate - some I have worked with many times over the years, others were on the team for the first time.

Miles Wydall

Coach Commonwealth Senior Team

Coaching accreditation level: AWF National Coach (Level 3)

What did it mean to you to be selected for this role? – It’s always a great honour to be selected to represent your country – I love the feeling of escaping from my normal life into the weightlifting bubble that develops from being part of the team in a week-long full team International event.

For me the highlight of the competition was 2 fold:

  1. seeing all the new Australian reps on the platform from multiple clubs in Qld and their pride and excitement in representing their country.
  2. seeing our officials and coaches/ managers like Sonia and Leslie Moyle now performing their duties so well on the International stage – it’s amazing how far they have come and what opportunities the sport has given them.

All these coaches started on their coaching pathway with a Level 1 AWF Coaching course. Start your journey now at: http://www.awf.com.au/education/coaches

Despite my best efforts I couldn't find a photo of the coaches to go with this, so thought it was appropriate to include a photo of those that keep the coaches under control out in the back room at competitions. smiley

 

 

Published on 11 Oct 17 - 16:53