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Coaches reap the rewards of United States study tour


May 19, 2017


Australia's touring coaches quench their thirst for knowledge at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute // Cricket Australia

By cricketaustralia.com.au

Four of Australia’s leading female coaches have completed a week-long study trip in the United States with the trip already proving to be a worthwhile investment.

Accompanied by Cricket Australia’s Female High Performance Manager, Shawn Flegler and High Performance Coach Development Manager, Darren Holder, former international players Lisa Keightley (WACA/Perth Scorchers), Shelley Nitschke (SACA/Adelaide Strikers), Leah Poulton (Cricket NSW/Sydney Thunder) and Julia Price (Cricket Tasmania/Hobart Hurricanes) began their trip in Detroit, covering 3,500 kilometres and crossing five states on a tour designed to provide coaches with the opportunity to experience a variety of high performance environments.

With an emphasis on creating sustainable success through quality coaching and effective practice, the study tour engaged various high profile universities, professional sports and internationally acclaimed organisations including the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI), Facebook and the San Francisco Giants.

As part of Cricket Australia’s ongoing relationships with Hydration Partner Gatorade, the coaches also took part in a tour of the highly acclaimed GSSI in Chicago which further reinforced the theme of the tour – building cultures of excellence. 

The GSSI is committed to helping athletes optimise their health and performance through research and education in hydration and nutrition science. 

Speaking about the partnership with CA and the importance of hydration, Gatorade Marketing Manager, Australia, Jamie Bruce said: “Our partnership aims to ensure players reach optimal health and performance through the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) — which works to educate and advise athletes on the effects of exercise, environment, nutrition and hydration on the body.”

Lendlease (NSW) Breakers and Sydney Thunder Assistant Coach Leah Poulton, said it was a fantastic opportunity to spend time with other aspiring coaches and further develop themselves as future national program coaches.

"The tour not only allowed me to learn from some amazing coaches, but spend time in a variety of high performance environments,” Poulton said.

“I know I'll reflect back on the experiences and knowledge gained from this trip and utilise in my own programs for many years to come.”

Cricket Australia’s Female High Performance Manager, Shawn Flegler said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for Darren and I to spend time getting to know the coaches and visit some of America’s leading sporting teams and institutions.”

“A trip like this is invaluable in the career development of the coaches who took part, who will now be able to take their learnings back to their state and WBBL teams.”

Australia’s elite female coaches continue to make significant contributions to Australian Cricket as well as assisting in the development of the ICC’s Associate Member countries, with Price having also spent time with the Irish national team, whilst current NSW coach Joanne Broadbent has previously worked as an Assistant Coach for Papua New Guinea and will travel to the United States this week to assist the ICC Americas with the second of two Female Team USA Squad camps as part of their Project USA initiative.  

Former Australian Women’s Team Head Coach and current Women’s Youth Coach, Cathryn Fitzpatrick is also having a big impact in PNG in her role as Head Coach of the PNG Lewas; the Lewas claiming victory at the recent ICC Women's World T20 EAP Qualifier to book their spot at the global qualifier and a chance to join the leading sides at the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup in England beginning in June.