EXCITED: Boyne Bullets' coach Kate Bell is off to learn from the best at the Commonwealth Games.
EXCITED: Boyne Bullets' coach Kate Bell is off to learn from the best at the Commonwealth Games. Matt Taylor GLA100218SWIM

Boyne Bullets coach aims for Games

SWIMMING: The Boyne Bullets Swimming Club head coach will shoot for the stars at next month's Commonwealth Games.

Kate Bell was one of 14 coaches from across Queensland to receive the 2018 Paulus Wildeboer Coaching Scholarship, which will see her experience international competition on the Gold Coast.

The scholarship is named after former Swimming Queensland senior coach Paulus Wildeboer who passed away in May 2014.

"They open the scholarship applications up to all Queensland coaches and there's four different tiers - female, regional, state and national coaches," Bell said.

"They'll fly me down on Tuesday (April 10) and my personal experience is just one night and other coaches have different amounts of nights.

"I'll be working with Jade Edmistone, who is currently a coaching club development officer with Swimming Queensland and was previously a breaststroke world-record holder.

"She'll be my coaching guide for the experience and they'll be two other female coaches within my group."

 

Boyne Tannum Swim Club development day, October 1, 2016. Kate Bell, Boyne Tannum Bullets, Head Coach and Shane Kingston from Rockhampton City,Head Coach.
Boyne Tannum Swim Club development day, October 1, 2016. Kate Bell, Boyne Tannum Bullets, Head Coach and Shane Kingston from Rockhampton City,Head Coach. Mike Richards GLA

Bell will be on the floor at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre for the final night of the swimming program when nine gold medal races take place.

"They'll show us around the deck, show us how the warm-ups are proceeding and all the behind the scenes of how it fits altogether," she said.

"The main part of it is working together over finals night and we have to pull apart all those events into different sections of that race - so analysing that race and trying to find patterns like how the swimmer's focusing on underwater work and does that trade off in their splits. "We then have to do a post-race analysis of each event we get to watch and what strengths and weaknesses they're showing."

Bell hopes bring the knowledge she gains from the experience will help her Boyne Bullets students.



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