Ful­fil­ment in coach­ing

Gwen Colyer finds great ful­fil­ment and joy in coach­ing the ath­letes of to­mor­row

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Adam McCleery Adam.McCleery@cnbtimes.com.au

FIND­ING suc­cess as a coach means know­ing what it re­ally is that you expect of your ath­letes and Gwen Colyer used that same phi­los­o­phy to bring suc­cess in her ath­let­ics coach­ing.

“I started help­ing my el­dest grand­son Mitchell when he started to do a few sea­sons down at the Gayn­dah Lit­tle Ath­let­ics,” Mrs Colyer said.

“I re­mem­ber watch­ing him and think­ing that I would like to get in­volved with the sport.

“So I started to help Mitchell through to state when he was 10 years old, he was al­ways a good run­ner and al­ways got through to Wide Bay and that is where the coach­ing started re­ally.”

Mrs Colyer and her hus­band Ken trans­formed their prop­erty just out­side Mun­dub­bera into a train­ers par­adise with ar­eas mowed and marked out for javelin, shot put and dis­cus.

“When I felt like it was time I started to coach I went up to Lon­greach where there were coaches for the na­tion­als,” Mrs Colyer said.

“Coaches like Neil Rodgers and John Palmer were there and they showed Mitchell a lot and then showed me some tech­niques for coach­ing dis­cus and javelin.”

Mrs Colyer re­turned to Lon­greach after ap­ply­ing her new coach­ing tech­niques.

“I went back to com­pete in the tour­na­ment my­self so I knew what it felt like, I had never done it be­fore, I en­tered into the over 65s.” Mrs Colyer said.

“Dur­ing that process I broke three records in the javelin throw and also broke the record in the dis­cus and came sec­ond in the shot put.”

Mrs Colyer hopes to get back and com­pete again in the near fu­ture but has set her pri­or­i­ties.

“I do want to go back be­cause I would love to try and break the record in the over 70s but that will only be if I get the time,” Mrs Colyer said.

“If the kids are do­ing well and get­ting through to other comps then I will be fo­cus­ing on them and won’t go and com­pete.”

Mrs Colyer gained fur­ther qual­i­fi­ca­tions to im­prove her coach­ing in­clud­ing an 11 hour in­tro­duc­tory course and a sec­ond qual­i­fi­ca­tion through lit­tle ath­let­ics in Throws Coach­ing.

Dur­ing that process I broke three record sin the javelin throw and also broke the record in the dis­cus and came sec­ond in the shot put. — - Gwen Colyer

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

COACH­ING THE NEXT CROP: Gwen and Ken Colyer have tran­formed their prop­erty to help coach young ath­letes to suc­cess.

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