A nice reward for Hot Shot coach
14 October 2015
Helping a local Mid West athlete to get to a national level is what drives MWAS Scholarship Coach Thompson, however he knows that developing the sport at the grass roots level is just as important if not more.
‘Coach Colsie’, as most people know him, was rewarded for his dedication to the grassroots recently when he was named WA ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Coach of the Year at the Tennis West Awards. This award also means he is nominated for the Australian Hot Shots Coach of the Year.
“Developing sport at the grass roots level is very important. You have to make sure children develop a love for the game” Said Thompson.
Colin has been working on a number of things through his scholarship with MWAS. In particular he is trying to create ways for athletes to participate in more match play.“It is nice to be recognised by Tennis West and Tennis Australia, but it really is a zone award as there are a number of other people who make sure these programs are successful”
“We do a lot of game simulation at practice sessions with the athletes however nothing can match the pressure of playing in a real competitive game in tournament conditions. We are constantly trying increase club membership to strengthen the competitions and we try to give as many opportunities as possible for athletes to travel to different competition around the state. ”
As a coach in the Mid West, Colin said there are some challenges for coaches wanting to develop and progress through the coaching pathway.
“Most coaches in the Mid West have to travel in order to attend coaching courses, this can get quite expensive. The more development opportunities provided locally the more good quality coaches we will have.”