In­vest­ing Coyne in ex­cel­lence

Tweed Daily News - - SPORT - Steve Vi­vian steve.vi­vian@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

THE bal­anc­ing act of man­ag­ing an ath­lete’s sport­ing pur­suits with ev­ery­thing out­side of sport has be­come an es­sen­tial art of mod­ern coach­ing.

In a bid to max­imise stu­dents’ po­ten­tial on the field and in the class­room, Lind­is­farne Gram­mar School is go­ing the dis­tance to get the bal­ance right with the hir­ing of new elite sports and ath­letic development spe­cial­ist Joseph Coyne to the school’s sports acad­emy.

Launched in 2017, the Lind­is­farne Sports Acad­emy pro­gram was de­signed with the stated goal of “pro­vid­ing a holis­tic pro­gram that bal­ances academic achieve­ment and sport­ing ex­cel­lence”.

Mr Coyne is the man the school hopes will cre­ate not only a balanced pro­gram be­tween academia and sport, but an en­vi­ron­ment where the two can thrive off one an­other.

“Mr Coyne is an en­thu­si­as­tic and knowl­edge­able ed­u­ca­tor with a de­fined strength and con­di­tion­ing, track and field and sports per­for­mance skill set,” said prin­ci­pal Stu­art Mar­quardt.

Mr Coyne, who was an in­te­gral part of the Chi­nese ath­let­ics team’s coach­ing staff at the 2017 World Cham­pi­onships and 2018 Rio Olympics, said he was ex­cited to bring his in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence to the stu­dents at Lind­is­farne.

“I have been very im­pressed by the vi­sion that Prin­ci­pal Mar­quardt and the sports acad­emy di­rec­tors have for the school and the sport­ing pro­grams it runs and has in development,” Mr Coyne said.

“I will be work­ing closely with the Sports Acad­emy staff, sport coaches and teach­ing staff to en­sure each stu­dent in­volved in sport at Lind­is­farne reaches their full sport­ing po­ten­tial.”

PHOTO: SCOTT POWICK

UNIQUE ROLE: Lind­is­farne Prin­ci­pal Stu­art Mar­quardt with the school’s new sports and ath­letic development spe­cial­ist Joseph Coyne.

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