Running – Jane Grey
Cycling- Emma Wensing
Role: Cycle Coach and Cycling Coach Coordinator
Qualification: AustCycle Skills Coach/Cycling Australia Road and Track Skills Coach
Coaching for FIT since: 2009, but I have been coming to various cycling activities (and maybe one WTTP) in between uni and travel since 1997.
How did you become a FIT coach: I believe MaryAnn encouraged me to come along as a demonstrator….it was so much fun to share my knowledge I went out and got qualified.
What do you like about FIT coaching: It is so rewarding to see the progression that riders make, whether it is a rider who has an ‘ah ha’ moment in a skills session, right through to someone who makes a commitment to come every week. I especially love teaching cycling skills, because it sets the foundations for riders to pursue their own cycling goals, be that riding around the lake on the weekend, riding on the road, or even riding up some of Canberra’s famous hills!
What is your cycling background: I took up cycling as a teenager and have dabbled in track cycling, road cycling, mountain biking and 4-Cross in Australia Canada and New Zealand. I was an enthusiastic (though rarely successful) competitor! After a non-cycling accident in 2013, I’ve given up training for events, but you’ll often see me out and about coaching on my ‘fun-bike-of-fun’.
Is there life outside FIT: I can talk incessantly about my dog Augie, and I have a life-long love of horseriding. I put all my competitive energy into cake baking and decorating competitions. Taste testers are often required!
Swimming – katherine colebatch
Water Running – Di Evans
Role: Coaching Coordinator, Tuesday running coach, Wednesday morning swimming coach, occasional cycling coach and I help out with our programs such as rookie running and swimming where needed.
Qualification: Triathlon Australia Club & Community Coach, ASCTA Teacher of Competitive Swim Strokes.
Coaching for FIT since: 2013, involved in the club since 2010.
How did you become a FIT coach: I got involved for a few reasons:
– I was inspired by all the wonderful FIT coaches such as Di Evans and Mary Ann Simpson.
– I am passionate about getting people moving, and because of my business, have experience in doing this, so I felt that I had something to contribute.
-I was such a bad swimmer and have done sooo much swim correction over the years, that doing a swim coaching course was just a logical progression. I have the attitude that if I can swim, anyone can. Because of FIT, I am now an improving swimmer.
-I had, participated in, helped out with and coordinated FIT’s Novice Triathlon program and that lead me to doing the triathlon coaching course.
What do you like about FIT coaching: I love watching people grow and improve. I love the range of different age groups that we have in FIT and it’s always a two way opportunity and a learning process for me as well.
What is your cycling, running or swimming background: I’ve always been active and enjoyed swimming, cycling and running as a child. As a teenager I did a lot of cross country running and quite a lot of cycle touring and cycle commuting. I then stopped swimming and running (started belly dancing and rock climbing), but I kept up the cycling. After I had kids, I started doing triathlons, but didn’t really have any idea what I was doing…. and then I joined FIT.
Is there life outside FIT: I have 3 kids, a business and two Great Danes. So life outside FIT is often very busy, but FIT gives me the motivation to keep training and being active. Being busy is no excuse for not being active!
Would you like to coach for FIT?
FIT members have a wide variety of experience, knowledge and other talents. If you have benefited from FIT training programs and/or coaching and would like to help out participants at FIT we’d love to hear from you.
It is always great to have new people help out who have some knowledge of swimming, cycling or running (you don’t need to be an expert to be able to help out), and a keenness to encourage others to improve. You don’t need to be a great athlete yourself, because it is great to have ‘average’ people who have managed to learn to swim, cycle or run, and have reached their goals. You can be a great motivator and role model for other novices!
We won’t drop you in the deep end — you can start by observing and helping an experienced coach. You can then gradually learn how the training is conducted. If you have already been training with FIT then you may already know more than you think! If you are keen, you can always progress to getting more formal coaching qualifications.
Coaching Pathways At FIT
Most FIT coaches are either Triathlon coaches or specialist coaches in a particular discipline such as Water Running. If you are interested in coaching for FIT, it’s a good idea to talk to either a a Lead Discipline Coach or FIT’s Coaching Coordinator to determine what courses are coming up and/ or where coaches are needed. From time to time, we also advertise for new coaches on an ás needs’basis. FIT Coaching Pathways and coaching snapshot 2016 available to download here
Coaches Reimbursement Policy
The full policy is available here, the main points are highlighted below:
- If you are becoming a coach, FIT will reimburse you for your initial coaching accreditation, including your membership of the relevant association.
- If you are already a coach, FIT will reimburse you for your ongoing coaching accreditation and membership fees (up to $150 per year).
- If you require a professional level accreditation and membership in order to act in your role as a coach with FIT, we will reimburse you for these fees.
- For all coaches, FIT will reimburse you for your initial First Aid training and subsequent yearly CPR refresher.
If you are interested in helping out in one or more of the disciplines, please contact Coaching Coordinator.