Local coaches learn from NRL’s best

Des Hasler

There have been few bright spots so far this year for Central Coast sport, but local coaches and managers were given an opportunity last week to learn from some of the country’s best.

Hunter and Central Coast Academy of Sport coaches were invited to participate in an exclusive Health and Well Being Zoom Seminar, hosted by the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles’ Head Coach, Des Hasler, Education and Wellbeing Officer and former player, Matt Ballin, Head of High Performance, Don Singe, and Head of Sport Science, Mark Booth.

Participants were able to submit questions to the panel, with the main focus around the well being and health of elite and pre elite athletes, a major topic in the current COVID-19 environment.

Brett O’Farrell, CEO of the Hunter Academy of Sport, said of the seminar was a chance to continue the lifelong learning for many in the regional coaching community.

“For our pathway coaches to tap into the strategies engaged by the highest level of sport is priceless, and the knowledge gained will be passed onto the region’s talented youth for years to follow.”

The event was supported by Poche Indigenous Health Network, a sponsor of both the Sea Eagles and the Central Coast Academy of Sport.

Hasler said that he and the panel were happy to share some of their insights into high performance coaching and well being practices.

“I’m a big believer in developing young athletes in their own environment, which is exactly what the Regional Academies of Sport exist to do, and something they do very well.

“The talented young athletes of the NSW Central Coast and Hunter regions are in great hands with the very committed coaches they have serving their Academies of Sport,” Hasler added.

Source: Media Release, Apr 23, 2020 – Central Coast Academy of Sport

Reporter: Ross Barry