LOCAL coach, Joanne Gallagher from Bridgewater has topped a field of coaches to be named best community coach in the Denison region, Tasmania.
The award was presented by Federal Member for Lyons, Dick Adams and recognises Joanne’s outstanding achievement in coaching within the Australian Government’s Active After-school Communities (AASC) program.
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.
“I am delighted to receive this award. I very much enjoy working with AASC because of the success of the program in getting kids active and healthy in a fun and safe environment,” Joanne said.
“Because the program is fun and non-competitive, kids of all abilities and fitness levels enjoy getting involved. It’s so rewarding to see the kids getting active, finding their passion for sport and developing healthy habits for life.”
AASC regional coordinator, Neil Connell said: ‘”Our program relies heavily on high quality coaching for the successful delivery of sports and physical activity sessions around the state. This award is one way of recognising coaches like Joanne who excel in this area.
“Joanne is an inspiring coach who has consistently delivered high quality dance programs throughout her involvement with the AASC program. It’s obvious how much the Technobeat Dance club has benefited from Joanne’s involvement and how much the children are enjoying themselves and developing under her coaching.”
The AASC program is an Australian Government initiative delivered by the Australian Sports Commission in up to 3270 schools and out of school care centres across Australia. Each term, up to 190,000 children participate in up to 70 different sports and 20 structured physical activities after school.
For more information about the AASC program visit ausport.gov.au/aasc