On the hunt for ath­let­ics coach

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - REXINE HAWES

The hunt is on to find a new coach to de­velop Mata­mata’s young up and com­ing ath­letes.

A new sea­son is about to start and some of the town’s ath­letes are head­ing to train with the Te Aroha Ath­let­ics and Har­rier Club be­cause there’s no coach to take care of them in Mata­mata.

It mean’s they’ll have the op­tion to reg­is­ter and com­pete un­der the Te Aroha club’s ban­ner.

Re­cently the Mata­mata Ath­let­ics Club, cater­ing for age groups from 2 to 14, moved from the Mata­mata Do­main, to Mata­mata Col­lege, and club sec­re­tary Lynne Coun­sell is en­cour­ag­ing stu­dents beyond 14 years to be­come in­volved with the club and con­tinue train­ing.

‘‘A lot of col­lege kids are re­ally good ath­letes and don’t have any­where they can go and train. We are try­ing to pro­mote that ‘older kid’ re­la­tion­ship, so they can come along to club nights, help with the younger kids and also do their own train­ing with peo­ple with ex­pe­ri­ence so they don’t just get to 14 and then dis­ap­pear.’’

Coun­sell says the Mata­mata club has a good rep­u­ta­tion among other neigh­bour­ing clubs for its ju­nior pro­gramme, aimed at twoto-six year olds. The club usu­ally reg­is­ters 100-120 two-to-four year olds each sea­son.

‘‘We would love to have some­one come and coach our kids. Te Aroha (ath­let­ics club) has older kids and we don’t.’’

Scott Hil­liar is one of Mata­mata’s most suc­cess­ful for­mer club ath­letes.

As a teenager he went on to rep­re­sent New Zealand in ath­let­ics at the Pan Pa­cific Games. He left Mata­mata Col­lege at 15-years to at­tend St Paul’s in Hamil­ton, where he won the NZ sec­ondary school 800 me­tres event and un­der 20s, 800 me­tres event.

Coun­sell says one of the is­sues is how the club can pay a qual­i­fied coach to travel to Mata­mata once or twice a week dur­ing the ath­let­ics sea­son.

‘‘The Mata­mata ath­let­ics team that trav­els to Thames Val­ley is re­ally good, but it’s a re­ally short pe­riod in term one through school.

‘‘Imag­ine what they could do if they trained all through the sum­mer.’’

The Mata­mata Ath­let­ics club held it’s regis­tra­tions on Oc­to­ber 11, but regis­tra­tions can be taken all through the sea­son, at club nights on Tues­days.

PHOTO: REXINE HAWES/FAIR­FAX NZ

Mata­mata Ath­let­ics sec­re­tary Lynne Coun­sell.

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