On a cold and very wet day at the Waves Caloundra, 30 participants attended an advanced skills session indoors, with Eric “Ecka” Tomsene, Chris Harper and Bert Peperkamp. Thanks to President Brian Green and Barry “number one” for organising the day.

Coaching Presenters and Assessors meet to share information

by bqmedia

Our coaching Presenters and Assessors (P&As) have been busy this year conducting accreditation courses, re-accrediting coaches and running skills days throughout Queensland.

Therefore, they appreciated the chance to catch up for a two-day workshop at Chermside Bowls Club. As our P&As are scattered across the State and usually catch up monthly via conference calls, it was a great opportunity for everyone to meet face-to-face. Everyone felt like they were a part of the team whose job it was to inform and educate new coaches in an engaging and inclusive manner. This is something in which the P&As pride themselves.

The role of our coaching P&As is to deliver the National Coach Accreditation courses for introductory and club coaches, as well as present selection and competition modules.

In Queensland, the P&A has the extra role of delivering skills days to help bowlers improve their on-green performance.

It is in this role that Queensland coaching presenter and assessors spend most of their time. All our accredited P&As have the knowledge and experience to deliver these sessions to all bowlers, including bowlers who use a bowling arm.

Some of the information shared at the Coaches P&A workshop included:

  • Sports methodology
  • Communication
  • Constants and variables and the role they play in player performance
  • Using methodology to assist in developing technique Working with players to set and achieve goals
  • Training for different positions (front-end, back-end skills)
  • Collecting, analysing, and recording data
  • Mental strength strategies
  • Pre-shot routines

Queensland currently has nine accredited P&As spread throughout the state, with another two-awaiting accreditation. Below is a list of BA accredited Coach Presenter and Assessors.

  • Alan Thorp, Solander Lakes Bowls Club
  • Dennis O’Toole, Chermside Bowls Club
  • Jacqui Hineman, Burrum Heads Bowls Club
  • Eric Tomsene, Coolum Bowls Club
  • Mal Mackney, Atherton Bowls Club
  • Felix Purcell, Mackay Bowls Club
  • David Hatfield, Rockhampton Bowls Club
  • John Krebs, Chermside Bowls Club
  • Graham Woolley, Beenleigh Bowls Club
  • Peter Bryan (awaiting accreditation), Club Musgrave

Please contact Cath at Bowls Queensland at (07) 3354 0777 if your district would like to book a any of the following courses: Introductory Coach Course, Club Coach Course, Re-accreditations or Skills Day (including armed bowlers).

By Jacqui Hineman

Congratulations to Tony Bonnell (left) and Dennis O’Toole (right) on becoming certified National Technical Classifiers. Pictured centre is Medical and Technical Classifier, Alan Thorp

Mental tip: Stay with your shot timeline; remember to switch off between games/bowls; remain positive and focused on the process of delivering a bowl shot-by-shot, game-by- game and not get overwhelmed