Women continue to be a force for grassroots sport – as coaches, administrators, volunteers and of course participants.
Wilston Grange Triathlon Club – 2018 Best Coach Winner
Hayley Stevenson is a seven-day-a-week coaching dynamo kicks and mother of two who somehow also manages to juggle a demanding fulltime job with the Education Department.
By 6.30am when most people are still in bed, the Wilston Grange squad is towelling down after a gruelling session.
“It’s all about creating an atmosphere where people feel comfortable and are also challenged to get the best out of themselves,” Stevenson says.
“I really try to focus on that internal motivation as opposed to being that coach on the sideline yelling. I don't want them to be doing it for me on it to them to be you know, doing it for themselves.”
Winning the Clubbies national accolade has been a huge boost for the Queensland-based triathlon club and the associated Gorillas footy outfit, not to mention Stevenson herself, who’s urged others with inspiring coaches to nominate.
“Absolutely,” she says. “You do it for the love, and what you see the athlete get out of it, but it's also nice to get that recognition as well.”