Craig Walker, AFL (Australian Rules)
What sport do you coach?
- 2003 – 2016 - AFL (Australian Rules Football)
Why did you start coaching?
I have a passion to educate kids. Help them achieve the best they can be. I’d like to help them enjoy the sport.
What sport do you play?
From 1986 to 2016 I played AFL football all over WA for various country towns. I also spent three years in North Queensland playing Rugby League.
In the summer, I used to play cricket and did ocean swimming.
Qualifications and Memberships
- 2014 – 2018 – WA State Country Coach
- 2009 – 2016 – Director of the East Fremantle ATOM Midwest Football Academy
- 2008 – 2016 – AFL Accredited Level 2 Coach.
Three words that best describe you
Passionate. Confident. Inspiring. I believe in myself and I love developing others. I like to initiate a spark in the eyes of athletes.
If you were an animal, what would you like to be?
I would be a lion – leader of the pride. You take care of family and protect your territory.
- I used to coach a few kids from the MWAS who progressed to play for WAFL teams in Perth
- I’ve taken Under 16 development squads to back-to-back victories
- 2014 - 2016 – I was State Coach for WA Country Football League (WACFL).
Do you have a sports idol?
My coaching idol is Adam Simpson from West Coast Eagles. He’s a genuine and passionate man both on and off the field. I like his style, grace and dignity.
What sort of work you do?
I’m in Sales and Marketing for an Agricultural Retailer. I see a lot of similarities in my interactions with people in this role and as a coach. You have to be honest with yourself and your customers to succeed in business or on the sporting field.
What are your hobbies?
Watching sport and trying to take some new learning from each sport and apply it to my coaching.
What advice would you give to an aspiring young athlete?
- Enjoy what you do.
- Believe in yourself.
- Don’t take negative feedback in wrong way – learn.
- Live the jumper in the better position than you find it (Legacy – book by Jim Kerr).