Now we start to take a look at the Performance Coach of the Year in preparation for the 2017 Annual Awards that will take place on 25th November, 6.30pm at JetPark in Auckland.
The nominations for the Performance Coach of the Year are
To be eligible for the Performance Coach of the Year the coach must be working with athletes at a District Representative Level or above, and / or working with a District Performance Squad.
When deciding a judging panel considers the following:
The first finalists is Aaron Bungard. Aaron is a member of the Oamaru Squash & Badminton Club and also coaches out of the Waimate and Timaru Squash Clubs.
Aaron has been an integral squash player in Squash Midlands and has now accepted the role of High Performance coach for Squash Midlands. He was an early facilitator of the modules but has said he prefers to coach. Aaron has coached the Midlands junior squads for 2 ½ - 3 hours once a week for 28 weeks and 6 hours on 10 weekends over the year.
On court Success includes: -
Our second finalist is Nick Mita. Nick has been working in the Squash Central and Squash Wellington regions this year primarily based at the Tawa, Mana, Mitchell Park, Upper Hutt, Khandallah, Fraser Park and SquashGym clubs.
Nick has been instrumental in coaching an incredibly large pool of players in 2017, ranging from Juniors at clubs in the Wellington area, through to National individual and team events both in NZ and Australia, and has also been selected as the Assistant World Men's Team Coach to attend the event in France in November 2017. Nick also has coaching links to Evan Williams who has represented NZ at an International level. All the individuals involved with Nick's coaching have had some major gains in both grading and competition wins.
Nick's nomination stated "He is a huge asset to NZ squash coaching. Nick has no qualms coaching players who are at lower grades as well as thoughs at the A grade level. He is a full time coach that helps club membership by the players he coaches having fantastic results."
Congratulations Aaron and Nick on being a finalist in the Performance Coach of the Year Award.