Ongoing support for local athletes, coaches and officials

By: Blogger

Shan Jensen-Loach
CoachForce Development Officer
Sport Bay of Plenty

BayTrust CoachForce’s key role is to support our coaching community with essential skills, to deliver quality coaching experiences for any age group and ability – and this is achieved through a number of initiatives and opportunities.

This includes the newly created Development Coach Advance (DCA) and the Performance Coach Advance (PCA) programmes, as well as generic coaching workshops being offered across the Bay of Plenty.

ROA Kickboxing Coach Mike Katipa from Whakatane says, The DCA programme has definitely changed my style of training and coaching. I feel much more equipped, supported and confident in such a short time, and having it in Whakatane means that it is much more accessible, especially with a busy schedule.”

If you are keen to support your athletes’ growth by continuing to grow yourself, check out Sport Bay of Plenty’s Facebook page (under Events) for a workshop that might suit you or speak to your sport’s BayTrust CoachForce officer – their details can be found here: www.sportbop.co.nz/about-us/coachforce-staff/

There’s also just two weeks left until the applications for the first round of BayTrust Scholarship Applications close on March 7, 2018, and we are excited to see the high calibre of applicants applying for assistance again this year.

These scholarships continue to provide athletes with support and assistance to achieve their sporting goals on an international stage, as well as allowing coaches and officials access to opportunities to further their development.

That’s right – for the first time we have broadened the criteria for the athlete scholarships to include clearer opportunities for athletes with disabilities, and coach scholarshipsnow include officials who are currently refereeing/umpiring/officiating at a recognised and endorsed level by their National/Regional Sporting Organisation or equivalent body within the Bay of Plenty.

These scholarships have been very successful in past years, and have seen Sport Bay of Plenty and BayTrust support some very talented and high achieving locals.

Perhaps the most well-known athlete recipient is Olympic sailor Peter Burling, but other past recipients include Sam and Ben O’Dea (Volleyball), Joseph Millar (Athletics), Dirk Peters (Mountain Biking), Kurt Pickard (BMX), Natalie Peat (Surf Life Saving), Amanda Landers-Murphy (Squash) and Amy Robinson (Hockey).

One of our recent athlete scholarship recipients Morgan Ball (Duathlon) says that she is “super grateful” for what the scholarship has provided her.

“I was able to accelerate my sporting career in duathlons. Whilst studying and working part-time, I had not been able to save enough to get to international competitions that I needed to, to raise myself into the elite ranks, which I am now tracking to do.

“I am hugely grateful for their support in helping make my dreams become a reality”

If you would like to know more information about the scholarships or to apply, visit www.sportbop.co.nz/baytrust_scholarships