SPORTING TRAINEES: Annabelle Collins, Ben Fitzpatrick and Harrison Parker.
SPORTING TRAINEES: Annabelle Collins, Ben Fitzpatrick and Harrison Parker. Contributed

School-based trainees will help develop Gympie hockey

HOCKEY: The Gympie Hockey Association has taken on two new school based trainees for 2015 and 2016, to support the new full-time regional coaching director, Ben Fitzpatrick.

Year 11 students Annabelle Collins from Cooloola Coast Christian College and Harrison Parker from James Nash State High School secured the trainee positions, spending two days recently working at the Gympie Hockey Easter Vacation Camp conducted by Fitzpatrick.

Trainee duties include assisting with Hook into Hockey with the young players and coaching junior teams.

They will conduct skill sessions, umpiring, tech benching and multiple administrative and organisational tasks.

These tasks over 18 months will earn the trainees their Certificate in Sport and Recreation.

As one of Queensland's smallest hockey associations, it is a huge financial commitment to have a full-time coaching director and two trainees employed.

However, Gympie Hockey has identified these positions as essential in developing and growing the sport in the Gympie region.

Gympie Times


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