Awards - Coach of the Year

Awards - Coach of the Year

The Role Of A Coach Is Not Just Coaching

Sports coaches can have a great influence in assisting athletes to develop to their full potential and can impact on the culture of a club.

They are responsible for training athletes in a sport by analysing their performances, instructing in relevant skills and by providing encouragement and setting the expectations of behaviour. All of this takes a lot of personal time, energy and knowledge, all of which are admirable traits recognised by AU Sport.

The AU Sport Coach of the Year awards are separated into elite and development categories, and is open to coaches who are either paid, receive an honorarium or volunteer. A salaried coach is not eligible. An elite coach is defined as a coach who has responsibility for the “A Grade team”.  A long term coach can also receive a ‘Service to University Sport’ award, however, the Coaches award is to recognise a significant contribution during the year of the award.

Nominations of suitable persons may be submitted by clubs, individuals from clubs or AU staff. The AU Sport Board will make the final decision on the award winners.

2020 Coach of the Year Award applications close on 9 October. All applications must be submitted via the online nomination form.


The 2019 Recipients

Coach of the Year - Development

Jimme Vo

AU Kendo

This year is the first time Jimme has ever coached the class by himself during our training sessions. From this he went on to help coach the AUKC teams for South Australian Kendo Championships 2019 that took place in March; and the Uni SA Shinjin Taikai 2019 (Freshmen Tournament).  He played a major role in organising the Australian Masters Games which he also competed in. He was responsible for instructing during the 6-week beginner's course that occurred in August as well as assisted members prepare for their grading.

Coach of the Year - Elite

Guy Woonton

AU Rugby Club

In 2019, the AU Rugby Club had its first women’s team in over 14 years. Playing in the first grade, under  Guy’s leadership, the team completed one of the most dominant years ever by a Women’s team in the state. He has taken the team undefeated in all formats of the game, to only the 6th Grand Final for an AU Rugby women’s team and went on to win the first premiership since the competitions inaugural year in 1996. He has set high standards for himself and the players, and has worked tirelessly to improve not only the playing group but his own coaching ability – completing an ARU Level 2 Coaching qualification this year.

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