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Australian Institute of Sport

Podium Coach Program

For head and senior high performance coaches

The Podium Coach Program is tailored to coaches in head coach and senior coach roles in priority National Sporting Organisations (NSOs), the National Institute Network (NIN) and high performance partner organisations who have the capacity and capability to deliver outstanding results for Australia over the next decade.

Program overview

The program will be delivered over a two year period through a series of face-to-face residential labs, immersive experiences, project work, executive coaching, individual assessment, and regular feedback and reflection.

The Podium Coach Program will fund a maximum of 15 coaches each year, with successful placements determined through a rigorous application and selection process.

Key Dates

1 21-24 May, 2018
2 17-20 September, 2018
3 26-29 November, 2018
4 20-23 May, 2019
5 16-19 September, 2019
6 25-28 November, 2019

Program themes

A high level overview of program themes is provided below:

The coach as a resilient and adaptive leader

This theme will focus on the complexity of Head Coach/Senior Coach roles, particularly working interdependently, managing competing priorities and interests of multiple stakeholders, and the need to remain resilient.

Key topics include:

  • Ability to leverage the whole system – drawing upon expertise in all areas of the interdisciplinary team
  • Managing internal conflicts and navigating multiple stakeholders with competing interests
  • High level influencing and communication skills, including the ability to have difficult conversations
  • Strategic planning and thinking for high performance with a readiness to adapt and encourage continuous change
  • Complexity of mind; ability to hold the paradoxes (eg competition and collaboration).
The relational coach

This theme will focus on the quality of relationships and their management as keys to the success of the role.

Key topics include:

  • Holding a clear understanding of role boundaries, for this role and others surrounding it
  • Capacity to challenge own and high performance system assumptions and paradigms
  • The dynamic nature of the role demands that the coach be ‘change ready’, recognising the ‘competing commitments’ which might need to be assessed and challenged
  • Dealing with ambiguity and working emergently
  • Significant media attention, which means communication is key.
The ethical coach

This theme will focus on ethics, integrity and personal values and having a robust understanding of self and remaining honest and true to that understanding.

Key topics include:

  • Not just the ‘what’ but the ‘how’ – ethical approach
  • Holding multiple perspectives and questioning underpinning assumptions (own and others) for integrity
  • Values alignment, organising principles/rules of engagement
  • Engaging with a process for decision making that is ethical and consistent every time
  • Managing high profile athletes and their behaviours requires moral courage on the part of the coach; confidence with humility and ego-health.

2018/19 Podium Coach Program

Andy BanksNational Diving Coach - MelbourneDiving Australia
Matt BeckenhamCoachAthletics Australia
Ben BishopHead Coach Junior MenHockey Australia
Adam DidykCoaching Coordinator / Personal CoachAthletics SA / Athletics Australia
Adrian HinchliffeNational Diving Coach (Brisbane)Diving Australia
Kristy Keppich-BirrellRegional ManagerAFL Players Association
Emmett LazichLead Coach Nacra & 49er, Australian SailingAustralian Sailing
Shane McDermottHigh Performance CoachCricket Australia - SA Redbacks
Peter McNielNSWIS Head Coach - MogulsNSW Institute of Sport
Tom WestgarthSenior Coach, Women COERowing Australia

2017/18 Podium Coach Program

Jenny BrazelAssistant Coach, Queensland FirebirdsNetball Australia | Netball Queensland
Nathan DoyleHigh Performance Swim Coach - ParalympicSwimming Australia
Elvis FatovicHead Coach - MenWater Polo Australia
Nicholas FlygerHead Coach (Interim), National Track Sprint ProgramCycling Australia
John HartInternational Stream Head Coach, Waverley Gymnastics CentreGymnastics Australia
Alen StajcicHead Coach - WomenFootball Federation Australia
Francois VogelsbergerHead Coach - Wheelchair TennisTennis Australia
Kate WilcomesHigh Performance CoachSurfing Australia
Lisa KeightleyHead Coach, Wester Fury and Perth ScorchersWestern Australian Cricket Association
Brent VallanceHigh Performance Coach - WalksAthletics Australia
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