Successful qualification for Level 2 and Level 1 coaches

Having commenced with their Level 2 UK Coaching Course in October 2012 our group of 8 coaches have spent the last year working their way through various home study tasks covering topics such as coaching philosophy, physiology, nutrition, and skills development as well as ensuring that they delivered 6 specific progressive practical coaching sessions. All of this formed part of the build up to the final assessment which took place between 25 August and 8 September 2013. After a skiing accident put Pat Mee (our initial intended independent assessor) out of action we were thrilled that Lynne Walker gave of her time to travel from Scotland to put us through the steps of the final independent assessment.

Lynne is very involved in the coaching scene in Scotland and also in the rest of the UK, recently chairing the orienteering coaching committee. She is an active orienteer, controller and planner and has been heavily involved in the organisation of the Scottish 6 day for many years. Her profession was in outdoor education followed by teaching in a secondary school until she took early retirement and now amongst other things she carries out tutor education for sportscotland. So we were in very safe hands.

Whilst it all boiled down to a 45 minute coaching session much time was spend preparing for the big day beforehand, and much time was spend afterwards with Lynne going through the final self evaluation and reviews. Lynne shared generously of her time and enthusiasm for orienteering, drawing on her years of experience as both a coach and a coach educator.

The Gauteng based Youth and Junior Squads were invited to be the participants for the Jo’burg assessment and they spend the weekend receiving 5 intensive sessions. The only consolation for them as they ploughed their way over some rough Highveld terrain was Lynne’s presence as a reminder that it was the coaches and not the athletes that were being assessed on this day.

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Unfortunately one of our coaches had to be hospitalised the day before his assessment but the rest were pleased that all the hard work paid off and that they have been assessed as being competent Level 2 UK coaches.

In the weekend between the Cape Town and Jo’burg assessments Lynne and her partner Paul managed to take in some of the sights SA has to offer and to try tackle some of the challenges of SA orienteering. But we also managed to persuade Lynne to deliver a Level 1 UK coaching course. This course equips coaches to guide participants up to an orange level course, where the coaching takes place within the safe confines of parks and schools. (By way of comparison the level 2 coaches are equipped inter alia to coach across all the technical difficulty levels and in more complex terrain). Our 5 coaches learnt much over the intensive 2 day course and are equipped with new learning’s to deliver their sessions to their athletes in the future.

Our heartfelt thanks are extended to the British Orienteering Federation (BOF) for partnering with us in this initiative, to members, Lynne Walker, Hillary and John Palmer and Pat Mee for so generously giving of their time and energy to work with our coaches and finally to the BOF CEO Mike Hamilton for allowing us to build the SA orienteering coaching model on the UK system. Undoubtedly this initiative will have a long lasting positive impact for orienteering in SA.

Having commenced with their Level 2 UK Coaching Course in October 2012 our group of 8 coaches have spent the last year working their way through various home study tasks covering topics such as coaching philosophy, physiology, nutrition, and skills development as well as ensuring that they delivered 6 specific progressive practical coaching sessions. All of this formed part of the build up to the final assessment which took place between 25 August and 8 September 2013. After a skiing accident put Pat Mee (our initial intended independent assessor) out of action we were thrilled that Lynne Walker gave of her time to travel from Scotland to put us through the steps of the final independent assessment.

Lynne is very involved in the coaching scene in Scotland and also in the rest of the UK, recently chairing the orienteering coaching committee. She is an active orienteer, controller and planner and has been heavily involved in the organisation of the Scottish 6 day for many years. Her profession was in outdoor education followed by teaching in a secondary school until she took early retirement and now amongst other things she carries out tutor education for sportscotland. So we were in very safe hands.

Whilst it all boiled down to a 45 minute coaching session much time was spend preparing for the big day beforehand, and much time was spend afterwards with Lynne going through the final self evaluation and reviews. Lynne shared generously of her time and enthusiasm for orienteering, drawing on her years of experience as both a coach and a coach educator.

The Gauteng based Youth and Junior Squads were invited to be the participants for the Joburg assessment and they spend the weekend receiving 5 intensive sessions. The only consolation for them as they ploughed their way over some rough Hiveld terrain was Lynne’s presence as a reminder that it was the coaches and not the athletes that were being assessed on this day.