Advanced Coach Recognition
Towards the end of last year, Ken Dowrick became only the second ever Bowls ACT member to attain their nationally recognised Advanced Coach qualification. (The first being our own Madam President, Bev Dowrick). Ken, who is currently the Chair of the Bowls ACT Coaching Committee was required to undertake a combination of online and in person assessments demonstrating his knowledge and skills in being a coach, and in understanding the athletes he might coach. Ken was required to obtain first aid qualifications, working with vulnerable people accreditation as well as participating in a 4 Day practical component with other up and coming advanced coaches from throughout Australia. The course work covered aspects such as knowing your own coaching style, coaching philosophy, how to plan your program and how to teach, observe and provide feedback to your players are all key components throughout coach preparation. Player preparation covers how players acquire skills, how to analyse movement, the principles of physiology and working with a player’s mental ability.
Following the successful accreditation, Ken was invited to Broadbeach to attend a training camp for the Jackaroos as they prepare to take on the world’s best in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Along with 4 other recent graduates and national Coach Steve Glasson, Ken was able to observe the sessions (some running from 8:00am to 9:30pm!) gaining valuable insight in athlete development. (Picture shows the Jackaroos, coach, Steve Glasson and the 5 observers).
Ken has been coaching bowls since 2003 and before that was a successful Rugby Union and Rugby League coach. He has university qualifications in education and training, as well as being a qualified Train the Trainor and Presenter and Assessor. He regularly presents a variety of courses for the members of the ACT bowls community.
Congratulations Ken Dowrick!