Scholarships recognise coaching importanceSport and Recreation
Sports Minister Trevor Mallard today announced 63 sports coaches will receive the annual Prime Minister’s Coach Scholarships in recognition of the value and importance of coaches to New Zealand’s sporting success.
The leading high performance scholarships have been awarded in two tiers. Three coaches, Dunedin-based Craig Palmer, (athletics), Auckland-based Brendon Downey, (triathlon) and Cambridge-based Brett Crowe (rowing) will each receive $50,000 and a further 60 coaches from around New Zealand will receive up to $10,000 for professional development.
“Good coaches are integral to our sporting success on the world stage – and that success is important to all New Zealanders,” Trevor Mallard said.
“The scholarships recognise our future national coaches and gives them an incentive and the financial support to get to the next level. The aim is to increase both their knowledge and the standard of our high performance coaching, and to improve the depth of coaches throughout sport.”
“Coaching is a skill. It’s enhanced by learning and improved by practice. We have a lot of talented coaches in New Zealand who are prepared to go the extra mile to improve themselves. These scholarships will help to make our good coaches great,” Trevor Mallard said.
The scholarships programme is being funded by the government agency SPARC (Sport and Recreation New Zealand). SPARC receives $5 million in taxpayer funding for Prime Minister's scholarships, of which $4 million is spent on the Prime Minister's sport scholarships and $1 million on the Prime Minster's Coach Scholarships.
The programme is in its second year. It is administered by the New Zealand Academy of Sport, the high performance division of SPARC (Sport and Recreation New Zealand), which supports athletes nationwide with sports medicine, sports science, career advice and other services.
Coaches had to present a detailed plan for the use of the scholarship money that was considered by a panel administered by the Academy’s senior advisor high performance coaching Don Tricker. Seventy-four coaches from 34 sports applied for scholarships for 2003.
Prime Minister’s Coach Professional Development Scholarships ($50,000)
Craig Palmer – Athletics (middle distance)
Sports Scientist at University of Otago, Dunedin; consultant to New Zealand Academy of Sport South Island; coach to NZ representative middle distance runners.
Craig will use his scholarship to spend time with elite international coaches, complete a level 2 coaching qualification through the Australian Track & Field Coaches Association, analyse and store footage from television archives on CD. He also hopes to develop a training diary database.
Brendon Downey - Triathlon
Sports Scientist, based at the Millennium Institute of Sport, Auckland
Brendon is one of Triathlon New Zealand’s leading coaches; he competes in triathlon and has an extensive practical and academic background within endurance sport.
Brendon will use his scholarship to travel to ITU World Cup events and the 2003 World Championships. He will view high performance programmes in Canada, Britain, France, Germany and Switzerland and spend time with international elite coaches.
Brett Crowe – Rowing
Based in Cambridge, Brett Crowe is the current men’s squad coach.
Brett will use his scholarship to work with Rowing New Zealand’s head coach Richard Tonks, complete a Coaching NZ level 3 course and spend time with rowing’s service providers in physiology, sport psychology and nutrition.
Prime Minister’s Coach Professional Development Scholarships (up to $10,000)
Rugby Union-Dennis Brown-Hamilton
Rugby Union-Sue Garden-Bachop-Wellington
Rugby Union-Leon Holden-Te Aroha
Rugby Union-Peter Russell-Wellington
Rugby Union-Peter Kemp-Palmerston North
Squash-Robbie Wyatt-Kati Kati
Womens Golf-Steven Jessup-Taupo
Gymnastics-Angie O’Brien -Auckland
Roller Sports-Bill Begg-Auckland
Roller Sports-Ann Campbell-Christchurch
Snow Sports-Pamela Bell-Wellington
Surf Life Saving-John Bryant-Christchurch
Tennis-Marcel Vos-Mt Maunganui
AFL-James Lucy-Te Aroha
Ice Hockey-Darryn Ward-Christchurch
Ice Hockey-Dave Le Comte-Christchurch
Synchro Swimming-Nicole Esplin-Dunedin
Table Tennis-Helen Codlin-Napier
Water Ski-Kyle Eade-Auckland
Water Ski-William Coughey-Rotorua