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2007-02-22 13:34 - SPARC Coaching Conference, Wellington, 25-27 May 2007
Posted by Brillmartmore from same (General)
 Connecting Coaches 2007

SPARC (Sport & Recreation New Zealand) extends a warm welcome to New Zealand coaches of all levels, from community to high performance teams and individuals, to join other like minds in Wellington for the Connecting Coaches 2007 convention.

For more details on the highlights of the convention click ------> More
>> Are you  a sports coach who wants to improve your skills?
>> Would you like the opportunity for a one-on-one, ideas-sharing session with a top New Zealand coach?
>> Would you like to meet other coaches like you from around the country?

* If the answer is yes, then Connecting Coaches 2007 is for you!
It will be held from 25 to 27 May 2007, at the Hotel Intercontinental and the TSB Bank Arena (previously called "The Events Centre"), Wellington

Highlights for the convention:

* Outstanding New Zealand and international speakers. Already confirmed are:

* Bob Bigelow - former NBA player and one of the foremost youth sports speakers in the United States. Bob advocates fully meeting the needs of children as the top priority in youth sports programmes, and provides new approaches for positive change in youth sports. Author of 'Just Let the Kids Play', a highly regarded resource for coaches and parents alike.

* Rod Thorpe - internationally renowned as the foremost advocate of 'Gamesense', teaching games for understanding and is highly regarded as a presenter and practical coach. Rod has served Loughborough University sport for 33 years and since 1997, as the Director of the Sports Development Centre.

(Other high profile international coaches and speakers will be announced shortly - watch this space.)

* One-on-one 'ideas sharing' sessions with New Zealand's top national coaches

... * Workshops and Master classes
... * A chance to network with coaches from around New Zealand, across all codes and levels of performance
... * Various exhibitions on the latest coaching equipment and technology.

Put the date in your diary now!

Where you can find out more:

Contact Mike McHugh at SPARC - phone 04 496 3986.

Or contact your Regional Sports Trust


News Update - Confirmed speakers are:

Keynote and International Speakers
BoB BIgelow: renowned US speaker
Recognised as one of the foremost youth sports speakers in the United States, Bob provides new approaches for positive change in youth sports and believes in fully meeting the needs of children in youth sports programmes. Bob was named one of the 50 best basketball players in the country when in high school, and played college basketball at the University of Pennsylvania for Hall of Fame Coach, Chuck Daly. He is a former NBA first-round draft choice and played for the Kansas City Kings, Boston Celtics and San Diego Clippers. With an MBA from Babson College, Bob has delivered over 500 lectures around the United States on the subject of youth sports. He has devoted several thousand hours researching and lecturing about organised youth sports and its effects on children and adults.

His book “Just Let The Kids Play” published in 2001, was recognised as motivating adults throughout the country to reflect on how they can give fun back to children through sport.

Rod Thorpe: “game Sense”, loughborough university, uK
Rod Thorpe has served Loughborough University sport for 33 years starting in the PE, Sports Science and Recreation Management Department as a lecturer in Sports Psychology and Coaching Studies. Since 1997, he has been the Director of the Sports Development Centre. He is an internationally renowned coach, author and lecturer with extensive coaching and development experience in rugby and tennis, and is the foremost advocate of “Game Sense”, teaching games for understanding. He was one of the first National Coaching Foundation tutors and was integral to the development of the East Midlands Regional Coaching Centre at Loughborough University, as well as the recent revolution of Loughborough’s reputation for sport and sports development. Rod is currently helping to develop the English Institute of Sport and the Loughborough University site for the future of UK sport.

In 1997, he was awarded the International Olympic Committee Award for ‘Services to Sport’ presented by Juan Antonio Samaranch, for his contribution to sport internationally and to developments in coaching.

Craig Tiley: Director of Player development, Tennis Australia
Tennis Australia recently appointed Craig Tiley, a former captain of South Africa’s Davis Cup team and Director of Tennis at the University of Illinois, as its Director of Player Development. He is responsible for implementing and driving forward a structure to deliver the organisation’s vision for future international success. A former professional tennis player, Craig is an internationally respected speaker who has presented at worldwide and regional coaching workshops, and also works with the International Tennis Federation. In his current role, he has studied and researched the player development programmes around the world to gain a better understanding of the structure of player development programmes to determine what strategies are successful.

Craig spent 12 years at the University of Illinois where he has been credited with transforming the school’s weak tennis programme into one which produced more ATP Tour players over the past five years than any other. He holds two bachelor’s degrees—in economics and business administration—and a master’s degree in exercise science. In 1999, Craig was awarded the United States’ highest college coaching award, and in 2003 was selected as the National Coach of the Year.

Vicki Wilson: Head Coach, Queensland Firebirds
Vicki Wilson, OAM, grew up in Brisbane in 1965, and with encouragement from her parents Vicki’s talent for sport became obvious in primary school when she played netball with the Cannon Hill Stars. Vicki enjoyed softball and played in State and district softball teams as well as netball teams before making her international debut when she was 20. At the time of her retirement from representative sport, Vicki Wilson was the world’s greatest goal shooter in netball and the only Australian player to have played in four world championships. She also captained the Australian team to its inaugural Commonwealth Games netball gold medal in 1998.

Vicki was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 1992, named Queensland Sportswoman of the Year in 1993, was presented with the keys to the city of Brisbane in 1999, and awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Griffith University.

Dr Rick Charlesworth: High Performance Manager, New Zealand Cricket
A Doctor of Medicine, Rick is a sport and performance consultant and a former Australian cricketer, field hockey player and coach. In 1969, he captained the Western Australian State under 19’s cricket team before going on to play A-grade Club cricket, playing in 47 first-class matches for Western Australia. He played in and captained the State hockey team, moving into the national and International arena where from 1978 he was regarded as the world’s best hockey player for a decade. Rick represented Australia in four Olympic hockey teams and various other international tournaments before retiring after the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. After his playing career ended, he went on to be head coach of the Australian Women’s hockey team. Taking them to four Champions Trophy victories, two World Hockey Cup wins and gold medals in the Atlanta and Sydney Olympics and the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.

He has been a mentor coach to several national team coaches with the Australian Institute of Sport and a performance consultant with the Fremantle Dockers Football Club.

Graham Henry: Head Coach, All Blacks
Graham Henry first made an impression as a rugby coach with Auckland, where his team won the Air New Zealand NPC four times between 1992 and 1997. He then coached the Blues to Rebel Sport Super 12 titles in 1996 and 1997 and made the final again the following year. He made his international coaching debut in 1998 with Wales, where he stayed for four years. His major achievements in that role include wins over England and South Africa. In 2001, he became the first non-British or Irishman to coach the Lions on their tour of Australia. Henry struck gold in his first test as All Blacks coach beating the reigning Rugby World Cup Champions, England at Dunedin in June 2004. He went on to win his first six Test matches and keep the Bledisloe Cup in New Zealand’s trophy cabinet before two defeats against Australia and South Africa away from home. He then took his charges on the end-of-year tour to Europe where they beat Italy, Wales, France and the Barbarians. Henry’s 2005 All Blacks swept the British and Irish Lions three-nil in the New Zealand Lions Series, won the Bledisloe Cup and Tri Nations and ended the year with the Grand Slam, beating England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. In 2006 his winning form continued, with his victories including record-breaking wins against England and France.

Nicholas (Nick) Hill: Chief executive, SPARC
For the past 10 years, Nick Hill has worked at a senior level within the energy sector - most recently as a consultant adviser to Santos Ltd in Adelaide on the commercialisation of their Timor sea assets, and General Manager, Commercial (NZ) of Fletcher Challenge Energy. He was also an economic and financial analyst for a number of years with the NZ Treasury. Mr Hill was recruited to form SPARC, with whom he has been for three years. In that time he has merged the pre-existing Hillary Commission and NZ Sports Foundation to create a new organisation charged with revitalising sport and recreation in New Zealand. SPARC has since introduced a new investment model for funding sport and recreation, grandfathered the New Zealand Academy of Sport, and introduced a number of community-based initiatives to foster participation. Nick has led SPARC to develop a key role in research and providing policy advice to the Government.

Patrick Hunt: Manager Coach and Player development, Basketball Australia
Patrick has coached over 350 games representing Australia, including his roles as Head Coach of the Canberra Cannons and National Junior Men’s Team, National Men’s Team, and an initial coach of the Australian Institute of Sport Basketball programme. Taking his teams to various World Championships and Olympic Games. He was a member of the Australian National Men’s Team scouting panel at the 2006 Men’s World Championships in Japan. He was also engaged by the World Governing body for Basketball, FIBA, to scout and identify international trends and styles of play at the 2006 FIBA Men’s World Championships in Japan.

An internationally renowned presenter and clinician, Patrick has been the keynote speaker at many coaching, sports science and skill acquisition conventions throughout Australia and the world. Based at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Patrick serves as an Executive Member of the FIBA World Association of Basketball Coaches (WABC) and President of FIBA Oceania WABC.

Dr Cliff Mallet: School of Human Movement, university of Queensland
Dr Cliff Mallett joined the School of Human Movement Studies at the University of Queensland in 2000. After a career in physical education teaching and elite coaching as a National High Performance Coach in track and field with the Australian  Insitute of Sport and the Queensland Academy of Sport. He teaches undergraduate and graduate students and actively researches in the area of elite sport. Dr Mallett is a registered psychologist in Queensland and a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the College of Sport Psychologists. Regularly consulting with elite triathletes and track and field athletes. Coaching extensively at the elite level, including 15 international athletes (12 medals), six Olympic athletes, and national relay teams in major international competitions. He has been a team coach on several Australian teams at the Olympics (1996 & 2004) and World Championships (1995, 1997, 2003 and 2005). Dr Mallett is a leading international coach educator consulting to the International Association of Athletic Federations. As Editor of Modern Athlete and Coach, he is responsible for the production of this technical journal for the Australian Track and Field Coaches’ Association. He also consults with the Brisbane Lions Australian Football Club and UQ Rugby Academy.

John Allpress:  National Player Development Coach, English Football Association
With a Certificate in Education and a Bachelor of Education with Honours, John has been involved in coaching and player development for regional and national soccer teams in the UK for many years. Before being appointed the National Player Development Coach for the FA in 2000, John was the Head of Education and Learning at the Ipswich Town Football Academy (1997 – 2000), FA Monitor and Supervisor of the Programme for Excellence (1994 – 1997), and FA Regional Director (1988 – 1991). He has been the under 15 Coach at the Charlton Athletic and Nottenham Hotspur Football Clubs, and is currently the coach of the national under 16 soccer team. John is a Union of European Football Associations A-class license holder, and holds a Diploma of Coach Education from the FA.

other Speakers:

- John Bracewell Coach of New Zealand cricket team, the Black Caps
- Robbie Deans A former All Black and former assistant coach of the All Blacks, current coach of the Canterbury Crusaders
- Ricki Herbert Former New Zealand soccer player and currently the coach of the New Zealand national team, the All Whites
- Ruth Aitken Coach of the New Zealand Netball team since 2001, taking the team to world championship victory and winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne 2006 and silver at Manchester in 2002
- Eddie Kohlhase After six years as assistant coach to the Black Sox, Eddie was promoted to head coach in 2006
- Martin Crowe Cricketing legend turned commentator and producer, with continued dedication to the development of New Zealand Cricket
- Graeme Robson Graeme has previously been the national coach for Badminton New Zealand for seven years and currently with NZAS
- Richard Smith Current assistant coach of the NZ under 19 rugby team and co-author of the book Sports Coaching and Learning
- Steve Hansen Current assistant coach of the All Blacks
- Brent Anderson Former All Black who is now an employee of the New Zealand Rugby Union
- Nicky Sherriff Senior Advisor, Policy, SPARC and formerly Head of Junior Sport at the Hillary Commission
- Mike Chu Current Coach and Player Development Manager for the New Zealand Rugby Union
- John reid Manager, Pathways SPARC – Former Senior Advisor of Talent Development for SPARC, John was responsible for the development of the Talent Development Framework
- Wayne Smith Former All Black Coach and current All Blacks Assistant Coach
- John Herdman Coach Development Manager, NZ Soccer
- Lyn Johnston With a postgraduate diploma in coaching, Lyn is a member of the International Coaching Federation
- Ashley Ross Former National High Performance Coach for Cricket New Zealand

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