Suc­cess­ful coach de­liv­ers team­work

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - WHAT'S ON - B ill McLaughlin

BILL McLaughlin was born in Beech­worth, went to the town’s pri­mary school and sec­ondary col­lege un­til year nine, when his fam­ily moved to How­long. Af­ter school in Al­bury and gain­ing an ap­pren­tice­ship, work op­por­tu­ni­ties al­lowed him to travel the coun­try be­fore re­turn­ing to set­tle in Beech­worth with his part­ner, Lucy Tozer.

What’s your job?

I am em­ployed as an elec­tri­cal fore­man at Wat­ters Elec­tri­cal in Al­bury.

What brought you to this role?

My pre­vi­ous em­ployer closed the doors. I was look­ing for a new job and Wat­ters was look­ing for an­other elec­tri­cian.

What do you love about your job? The va­ri­ety of work. I have gen­er­ally worked on large con­struc­tion sites where the dif­fer­ent types of elec­tri­cal work in each project keep things fresh and in­ter­est­ing. Even though you might be on one par­tic­u­lar work­site for one or two years, due to the evolv­ing na­ture of the site things don’t be­come stale. What do you do in the com­mu­nity? I am a mem­ber of the Beech­worth Boxing Gym and cur­rently ref­eree am­a­teur boxing matches. I have also been a coach of the Beech­worth Bushrangers un­der 12s and un­der 14s for the past five years.

What’s the most im­por­tant cur­rent com­mu­nity is­sue for you?

That lo­cal gov­ern­ment should fo­cus on lo­cal is­sues and not en­ter into state, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional af­fairs. Coun­cils should be wor­ried about what the lo­cal kids are con­cerned with rather than wast­ing time and money on ar­eas cov­ered by other lev­els of gov­ern­ment and push­ing per­sonal agen­das. If we can keep the lo­cal kids on track, the fu­ture will go in the right di­rec­tion.

What would you do to solve, change or im­prove that sit­u­a­tion?

Put it in the lo­cal gov­ern­ment char­ter that only af­ter the shire is in per­fect con­di­tion should the coun­cil try to ex­tend its area of in­flu­ence out­side Indigo.

What’s the most im­por­tant cur­rent world is­sue for you?

The price of elec­tric­ity. While there are some peo­ple go­ing to bed feel­ing warm and fuzzy with their great ideas that seem bril­liant, but in fact have no ben­e­fit for the big pic­ture, there are a lot of el­derly peo­ple go­ing to bed cold and hun­gry.

If the per­son you’d most like to meet came to Indigo, or was al­ready here, who would that be and what would you show them?

Hawthorn 1981-90 coach Al­lan Jeans, and I would show him the 2017 Beech­worth U14s in ac­tion.

Why show him the team at play? To demon­strate that his coach­ing meth­ods and be­liefs are still rel­e­vant and ef­fec­tive decades later. The un­der 14s fin­ished the sea­son un­de­feated pre­miers. This was greatly in­flu­enced by their be­lief in the team above the in­di­vid­ual, al­ways look­ing at ‘What I can do for the team’, rather than ‘What the team can do for me?’ – and their be­lief in each other.

What book are you read­ing? ‘The Kill List’ by Fred­er­ick Forsyth.

AD­VICE: Beech­worth’s Bill McLaughlin be­lieves lo­cal gov­ern­ment should con­cen­trate on lo­cal is­sues for the shire to go in the right di­rec­tion.

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