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Bowls In Focus : November 2011
34 Bowls In Focus Coaching It read like the lyrics of that iconic Aussie song ‘I’ve Been Everywhere Man’ when a group of coaching evangelists criss-crossed the state recently to preach the hot gospel. As old Lucky Starr would have burbled: ‘Phillip Island, Warrnambool, Mildura, Yarrawonga, Bairnsdale, Horsham, Belmont, Warragul’ and twenty-seven other clubs in between; the Bowls Victoria Assessors & Presenters have been taking the Bowls Australia ‘Club Coach’ training course to all areas of the state. So far, 600 bowlers have completed the course with 200 re-accreditations and it’s ongoing, which is testimony to the dedication and fantastic work of state coordinator Kaz Dambrauskas, along with Trish Wilde, John Panter and Joy Jarvis, with assistance from Wilson Golby. Representing this publication, I was fortunate to participate in a recent course at Kew Heights Sports Club, where the presenters on the day were Kaz herself and John Panter. This genuinely dynamic duo led us with great enthusiasm on the comprehensive journey of • Left: A happy group of participants at Kew Heights – that’s Kaz on the far right. • Above: Assessor & Presenter John Panter espouses the virtues classroom-style with a group a prospective coaches. Reflections from the Long and Winding Road The Bowls Victoria Coaching Committee is fully committed to and has fully embraced the Bowls Australia coach education concept. It is a new course with a vision and purpose towards providing a pathway for coaches to better assist new and existing bowlers in their quest to be the best they can be. After the recent series of trips, state coordinator Kaz Dambrauskas received two feedback letters she wished to share. Joy Jarvis from the Geelong Region wrote: IT’S been a blast from the past and a look at the future. Having been part of previous coach training as a chairperson of ladies coaching in my local region and then being asked to attend the process of learning how to present the new course has been a long journey. Along the way there has been much criticism and debate, and lots of rumours - most of which were false. We started with the previous system where I certainly worked in isolation, not only from my fellow men’s chairperson in the area, but in isolation from every other district in the state. So in each district in Victoria we had two people preparing and training coaches. I certainly didn’t know how any other area was going about the job, but tried to do it to the best of my ability and assumed other districts did the same. But collectively we had a hodge-podge of training systems and a vast array of methods of coaching being taught. When I attended the initial course I thought ‘ what a great idea’ and we were told we were going to promote this course though out our state. Unfortunately the promotion did not happen and the rumours started - it was going to cost coaches $100’s to become a volunteer coach for our own clubs - who wanted to become part of this! People and existing coaches became disenchanted and still today many of our previous coaches are not re-accrediting because of false information or lack of it. As part of the present system and being an enthusiastic Assessor & Presenter (as coach educators are now called), I am finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel, but still there is a long journey to travel. We now have a national scheme in place so every coach in Australia is being exposed to the same course. We are now training coaches ‘How’ to coach more than ‘what’ to coach, although both are equally important, and we now have a system that is relevant to ‘today’s’ bowlers and their needs. I look forward with enthusiasm to continuing the journey and taking as many coaches as possible along with me and us. From the Wimmera Region Trish Wilde wrote: I’VE compiled my thoughts on what I would like to see the BV Coaching Committee achieve; and on a more personal note, since becoming involved, what it’s done for me. Since becoming an Assessor & Presenter for Bowls Victoria and Bowls Australia last year - it has been very rewarding for me in more ways than one. It has given me a better understanding of where my sport has been, where it is now All aboard the Club Coach Express