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While I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the States, I I began early in 2011, putting together what I thought believe Australia has a very good system for coaching was quite a fair timetable, and allowed myself 12 months and furthering education for both students and coaches, to complete the Intro level course. The first step was and what will foster this even more is the continuation finding myself a Coach Educator to help me. This was an of networking and helping each other with opportunities easy decision as I had heard of the wonderful interactive and building on the strong foundation of knowledge that coaching days and workshops Chrissie Johnson organises this country possesses. The major difference between from her base in Nelson, NSW. Most NCAS students Australia and the States is pure numbers - the reason would pop over for the day, however, my travel involved many trainers can make a decent living there is because taking two to three days off work, air-flights, car hire there are the people looking for the services of trainers, and, luckily for me, some very accommodating friends and willing to pay. While we do not have the same living close by. Chrissie’s interactive coaching days numbers in Australia, the drive, determination and talent were an excellent way to develop my coaching skills as is definitely there, so I believe if we can keep creating the majority of trainee coaches are at different stages opportunities, encouraging training and maintaining throughout their programme. It gave me an insight as professionalism in the equestrian industry, the benefits to what would be expected for my coaching practical for everybody will automatically come, and the more we sessions and assessments. The days were friendly and at network and stimulate the industry, the more economical no time did I find it intimidating, so it was a great way to we can make it for potential clients and financially viable learn new skills. for professionals, while producing talented and dedicated Throughout the ‘dry season’ in Darwin (April - Oct) we riders who take their horsemanship seriously. are very fortunate to have some very highly accredited The depth of experience of our NSW Coach Educators coaches visit for clinics or competitions. This was lucky in producing quality new NCAS coaches as well as the for me because I was able to use these to complete having Coach Educators running structured training some of my assessment task more locally. I’m also very programmes makes NSW the go-to state for training for thankful for Wendy Barker (WA) and David Finch (QLD) many interstate trainees from as far afield at the Northern who were instrumental in educating and assessing other Territory. Vanessa Lines, NCAS Introductory Coach, from criteria of the course. the Top End, knew exactly where to go when she began I’m happy to say that I have now passed the Intro NCAS her studies. programme and am the only EA Coach in the NT. I am I have lived in Darwin for the last five years. Anyone quietly proud of my achievement. As I write this, I am well living in a remote part of Australia knows this can have on the way to completing my Level 1 and look forward to its frustrations! One major frustration for me was the the day when I can say, ‘I did it!’ fact there were no EA Qualified coaches at all in the Do you ever wonder who takes up the overseas coaching NT. Having spent all my life in Sydney and competing opportunities advertised from time to time in our in various disciplines, I was used to having a wonderful Coaching newsletters? array of qualified professionals literally at my doorstep. So I decided it was time to do something about the lack of coaches in Darwin and got started on the NCAS course. 87


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