Senior constable recognised as state's best community coach
GLADSTONE kids have been getting active after school with the help of the best community coach in Queensland for term 3, 2012.
Gladstone PCYC branch manager senior constable Peter Dixon topped a field of 25 nominated coaches to win the award recognising his achievement in coaching within the Australian Government's Active After-school Communities (AASC) program.
Dixon said the pilot program was initiated with PCYC after school care and then with St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School and was aimed at trying to incorporate fun in bike riding.
"Not necessarily road rules and how-to, but fun," Dixon said.
"It's been great."
As well as seeing the kids enjoy the program Dixon said he had enjoyed the pilot programs and they had produced some novel ideas to help the program move forward.
He said the aim of the program was to get kids outside, exercising and hopefully encourage them to join a sporting club when the program was complete.
"It's just to get kids active and show them there's more to bikes then riding around the yard.
"The kids see it as fun, not exercise."
AASC Queensland Zone Manager, Matt Lane said the program relied heavily on high quality coaching for the successful delivery of sports and physical activity sessions around the state.
"Peter is an inspiring coach who has delivered and developed a high quality program throughout his involvement with the AASC program," Lane said.
"It's obvious how much the children are enjoying themselves and developing under Peter's coaching."
The pilot program was achieved with help from Gladstone Regional Council and the Boyne Island Educational Centre.
- The AASC program aims to enhance the physical activity levels of Australian primary school children by helping them to develop a love of sport that inspires them to join a local sporting club.
- Schools who want to be involved can contact regional coordinator Brett Parker on Brett.Parker@ausport.gov.au