Pnp Junior Coach Sparc Volunteer Coach Of Year

Postby Oli on Thu 24/Sep/09 10:06am

Good stuff, Gary! Well deserved indeed... :thumbsup:


I spoke with Gary Gibson, Wellington Velodrome Junior Coach, moments
ago and he was “shocked and surprised” to have just won both the SPARC
Regional Coach of the Year AND the General Coach of the Year. He
believes the key to his success was, “Having such a lovely bunch of
kids to coach”.

Gary is one of the Port Nicholson Poneke Cycling Clubs prized
volunteer coaches and spends countless hours at the Velodrome and
researching and planning his sessions at home. Gary already has plans
to display his accolade, “It’s going to given pride of place in the
track clubrooms”.

Athletes and parents provided an exhaustive amount of quotes to
support Gary’s nomination.

“Gary has helped develop my track ability and nurture my passion for
track. Every track session is the highlight of my week, and Gary
ensures every one is worthwhile and makes me leave keenly anticipating
the next session. His level of commitment goes beyond what most would
be prepared to do”, Beth Balmer, School Sport Road bronze medallist

“Gary is funny he makes me laugh sometimes when he is teaching me stuff. He
helped me and my friends learn to ride our bikes better and he helped
me when I was scared at riding on the track. He tells us off sometimes
but doesn't get grumpy. He is also my friend even though he is old.”,
Victoria Ngatuere, U13 track rider said.

One winner from each region will win travel, accommodation and entry
to SPARC’s national coaching convention in May 2010, where the winners
will learn from and mingle with high profile regional and national
coaches. Winning coaches from each region will also receive coaching
apparel from SPARC and a generous supply of Wattie’s products. Gary
said the juniors better hope it’s not baked beans but thinks the
prizes are very generous and is elated to be recognised.

Gary is not paid but receives a huge amount from volunteering and
often can't wait to tell me about the juniors achievements. Gary is a
modest guy but is rightly chuffed to recieve this award and I'm sure
the juniors would treat him like a hero.

On behalf of Mark Coburn and I from Track Committee and the PNP
Cycling Club congratulations to our tireless volunteer coach Gary, who
we are very proud of.

Rachel Anderson-Smith
Convenor, Track Committee
PNP Cycling Club
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Re: Pnp Junior Coach Sparc Volunteer Coach Of Year

Postby Fergie on Thu 24/Sep/09 4:58pm

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"Fat, opinionated and can't ride a bike to save himself. Sounds overqualified to be a coach."
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Re: Pnp Junior Coach Sparc Volunteer Coach Of Year

Postby fatwombat on Sat 26/Sep/09 2:40am

Gary revolutionised my kids in their riding, got them from timid wobbly mice on their track bikes to bloodthirsty race nuts in 3 months! He is an awsome guy, patient and so able to explain exactly what he wants you to do, willing to give up so much of his time to support the kids. He really deserves this.
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