Adrian Watson, Hockey

What sport do you coach?

  • 1996 – 2016 – Hockey (MWAS, State Championship, Men A Grade team)
  • 1991 – 1998 – I used to be a Windsurfing Coach.

Why did you start coaching?

I grew up playing hockey. I wanted to give back to the community and kids who were keen to play hockey. Since the establishment of the MWAS in Geraldton, I wanted to work with kids in a formal, structured environment. It was a natural progression in my coaching career as I’ve been coaching some of these kids for four years.

What sport do you play?

I used to play social tennis and club hockey.

Later on, I picked up windsurfing which was easy to do in Geraldton with its consistent winds. I enjoyed windsurfing for 24 years.

Qualifications and Memberships

I have no formal coaching qualification. All my learning came from watching others play and coach. I spent many hours on the hockey field which enabled me to learn, observe and think on my feet. 

Three words that best describe you

I’m very passionate, loud, keen to learn how to be more effective coach.

If you were an animal, what would you like to be?

I’d be a lionfish because I love water. They are beautiful, powerful, and can be deadly.

Athletic career achievements

I used to be a goalkeeper so, we always looked at our achievements as a teamwork. It was never about an individual.

Coaching achievements

I coached some athletes who made amazing progress since I first met them. Each grew tremendously as an athlete and also as a person.

Do you have a sports idol?

I like Lance Armstrong - apart from the drugs affair. I also like Cameron Smith, NRL League Captain. He’s a pleasant and well-spoken person.

I also admire any athlete who can achieve more than what is expected from them. Anybody can win and everybody has to work hard. I don’t like athletes who were gifted and not working hard.

 What sort of work do you do?

1998 – current. I own and operate my own business (Total Uniforms).

I believe that at any workplace, you have to figure out who is able to do a particular job. You can work on weaknesses and help people to grow with the job.  

What are your hobbies?

I love fishing, scuba diving, and anything to do with the water. I like to hit a hockey ball when I have the time.

What advice would you give to a young aspiring athlete?

  • Always work hard. It doesn’t matter how good you are.
  • You can teach skills but you can’t teach work acumen.
  • Be realistic about your goals.
  • Figure out what you want to do and surround yourself with people who can help you.