Fulfilment in coaching
Gwen Colyer finds great fulfilment and joy in coaching the athletes of tomorrow
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
COACHING THE NEXT CROP: Gwen and Ken Colyer have tranformed their property to help coach young athletes to success.