Victorian coaches and athletes came together this weekend for Triathlon Victoria’s 2019 Coaching Conference.
Now in its second year, the annual event is proving a popular destination for coaches to advance their knowledge and guide athletes who seek to move into coaching roles.
With a strong focus on running and athlete-centric coaching, the morning was opened by Triathlon Australia’s Coaching Pathways Manager, Graeme Hill, while running coach Paul Mackinnon kicked things off with an outdoor run clinic at Lakeside Stadium. Paul focused on key cues and demonstrated small changes for a faster run, together with body balance and alignment to increase forward propulsion and reduce excess movement.
Matt Bull and Gary Johnstone form Up and Running Podiatry shared their knowledge and passion for educating athletes to move and feel better. They also dispelled some of the myths about working with allied health professionals.
Dr Krystine Mottram and Craig Mottram shared insights and guided attendees through a practical guide to help coaches create an optimal training environment that fosters athlete wellbeing. The pair discussed the elements associated with athlete wellbeing and strategies to support an array of psychological needs.
Kevin Poulton from indoor training phenomenon Zwift shared his cycling journey and the strategies he implemented to helped athletes improve. Attendees were also treated to a practical Zwift clinic with a bike zone specially set up for the conference.
Professional development activities like these are important in keeping our coaches and athletes at the top of their game. Triathlon Victoria is committed to providing rewarding development opportunities for coaches and athletes to help them excel. We are now taking expressions of interest for our 2020 Conference. If you’re an athlete or coach, we encourage you to put your name on this list now. We also welcome sponsor or partnership enquires for next year’s event.
Thank you to all guest speakers and attendees for your support and growth of this event.