Gore coaches ‘stoked’ to be award finalists

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Gore Town and Country Squash Club coaches Bodean Cowley and Garth Cleland, both of Gore, have been named finalists for the New Zealand Squash new coach award

To be eligible, coaches must have been coaching for two years or less at any level.

A New Zealand Squash spokeswoman said when deciding who would be nominated for the award, judges considered coach development, the athletes’ outcome, the coach’s impact and their coach activity, which was the number of hours coached, types of programmes and services offered.

Cleland and Cowley, who were the first nominees named for the award, began coaching a year ago.

“It was something I always wanted to do,” Cowley said.

“Before I moved here, the job I was doing had lots of hours. I didn’t have time, so this year I just did it,” he said.

The New Zealand Squash spokeswoman said the pair had impressive results.

“Late in 2016 Garth and Bodean actively talked to kids who they could see potential in, nominating them for the development squads .. they both completed two coaching modules this year.”

Bodean also attended a coaching development course at Sport Southland.

“Garth has completed a Growing Leaders course which involved learning team development skills and the growth of leaders,” she said.

The pair had put a large amount of their own time into coaching.

Between them they were putting in up to 25 hours per week, most of which was voluntary.

“During the Highlanders series this year, Garth and Bodean went to all of the tournaments with 11-14 juniors.

“Eight of these juniors made the top 20 in Otago and Southland and also taking out first, second, third and fourth places in the series,” the spokeswoman said.

One of the juniors also received the personality award.

Cowley said the pair did not really expect the nomination.

“The club committee nominated us . . . We are pretty stoked.

“I think the biggest reward is seeing the kids succeed.”