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Gary Roberts named in 2015 Coach Accelerator Programme

  • 03 Feb 15

Waikato RPC Head Coach Gary Roberts has been named in the Coach Accelerator Programme intake for 2015. Roberts will join All Whites Head Coach Anthony Hudson, Canterbury Head Coach Scott Robertson and Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic Assistant Coach Margaret Forsyth, Warriors Rugby League Assistant Coach Tony Iro, Black Sticks Women Assistant Coach Sean Dancer and Raylene Bates who is the Throws and Combined Events Coach from Athletics New Zealand in the High Performance Sport New Zealand’s next Coach Accelerator Programme

Rowing coach Gary Roberts says he’s really pleased to have been selected to the Coach Accelerator Programme so soon into his Head Coach role at Waikato RPC.

“I’m pretty exciting having been given the opportunity. There is a great group of people on this Coach Accelerator intake; it is a really supportive group of coaches. The things I’m most looking forward to include opening up a network of coaching contacts from other sports, and view and understand how they go about their work. It also provides us with the chance to meet experts in the field of coaching. The main goal for me is personal development - to grow as a person and long term that means I can give more back to New Zealand rowing. ”

High Performance Sport NZ Chief Executive Alex Baumann says quality coaching is critical to the success of individual athletes and teams, as well as the overall high performance system.

``Through the Coach Accelerator Programme, we’re able to help skilled coaches further develop their leadership and coaching styles so that they are world’s best and can lead their athletes and teams to world’s best performances. We believe that quality coaching is one of New Zealand’s competitive advantages.

``The Coach Accelerator Programme was started in 2009 with the aim of ‘growing our own’ here in New Zealand, so they’re capable of producing more Kiwi champions. The coaches who put their names forward for selection are talented and driven to achieve at the top. Forty-two coaches have either been through or are currently in the Coach Accelerator Programme.’’

Gary Roberts is the Head Coach of Rowing New Zealand’s Waikato Regional Performance Centre and has been a New Zealand U23 coach since 2012. He was named New Zealand Junior Rowing Coach of the Year in 2011. Roberts is a former athlete in Rowing New Zealand’s elite programme, he was Assistant Coach at the Waikato RPC before being appointed Head Coach late last year.

Coach Accelerator is a three-year professional development programme. The group of coaches selected each year learn about the art of coaching, and are also given individualised programmes focusing on areas they each need to work on to be world’s best. The programme is structured through a series of residential workshops, access to coaching mentors, and engaging with experts from various high performance environments. One of its unique features is that it brings together coaches from different sporting codes.

Graduates of the programme include Rowing New Zealand high performance coaches Dave Thompson, Gary Hay and Mark Stallard. Auckland RPC Coach James Coote, elite NZ Rowing Team coach Mike Rodger and former Waikato RPC coach Ian Wright are currently completing the programme.