Janice Paap and Howard Sandler achieve Bowls New Zealand Performance Coach status

07 Mar 2014

It has taken over 18/20 months to achieve but Janice Paap and Howard Sandler are proud holders of the Bowls New Zealand Performance Coach status, the first coaches in the Country to do so.

The process started back in 2012 and to be recognised as a Bowls NZ Performance Coach, coaches have to be self-driven, committed and skilled to ensure that “coaching is the key to performance at all levels” of our sport. Bowls NZ is committed to ensuring that as a sport we live our values and that we value coaching. Coaches have been shown how Bowls NZ is ensuring that there is a pathway for coaches to advance through the Talent Development programme and then on into the National High Performance structure. 

With all this in mind both the coaches have endured an arduous and challenging journey that saw them go through an accreditation process which included Pre course, during course, and post course work, the latter was the most demanding and saw them achieve:

Practical coaching (100 hours) documented in Coaching logbook for both individual athletes and teams.

    • An interim report submitted at 6 months post course
    • A final report submitted at 12 months post course
Assessment – Theory
    • Competence assessed with an interview with the National Coach
    • Submit a completed Individual Performance Plan (IPP) for an individual athlete which candidate has been working with demonstrating areas of development for athlete
      An interim IPP submitted at  6 months post courseA final IPP submitted at 12 months post course
Assessment – Practical
    • The National Coach and National Coach Development Manager observed the coaches demonstrating complete understanding of the Coach Approach with a team. 
    • Demonstrate video analysis ability using Silicon Coach
All the hard work seems to have paid off as both coaches were appointed, after a thorough application and interview process to be head coaches of the National U’18 team and they will take on their Australian counterparts in the Trans-Tasman clash in Traralgon, Melbourne 18-20 March 2014. Janice and Howard also continue to do sterling work at grass roots level under the Auckland Bowls umbrella which sees them in the player and coach development area.

The Performance Coach course was initiated in 2012 and saw a main course run first in Auckland and then regional courses thereafter. With over 24 coaches attending the initial courses Howard and Janice are the first two to be accredited with this coveted accreditation, there are 2 more coaches who are also very close to achieve the same.

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