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Expert advice on working with female athletes

19 May 2014

The South Australian Women and Sport Network hosted a Coaching Female Athletes seminar on 5 May 2014 at Morphettville Junction.

The seminar was targeted to community sport and recreation club coaches and volunteers. More than 100 people attended.

Female athete

Speakers included the following high-profile South Australian coaches and sport psychologists:

  •     Jan Stirling – Former Adelaide Lightning and OPALS Basketball Coach (in the photo above)
  •     Ross Aloisi – Head Coach Adelaide United Lady Reds – Women's National League Football Team (in the photo below)
  •     Andrea McCauley – Head Coach Scorpions – Women's National League Cricket Team
  •     Matt McGregor – Player Development Manager South Australian Cricket Association
  •     Kylie Baker – GO Psych and Former SASI Sport Psychologist.

Ali Clarke 

A panel discussion facilitated by The Advertiser columnist Ali Clarke formed the basis for the seminar. Topics included:
  •     Learning from previous mistakes
  •     Dispelling the myths of coaching women
  •     The coach/athlete relationship
  •     Ethics when coaching females
  •     Body image
  •     Coaching female individuals vs. teams.
The experts provided a series of the key take-home messages such as the importance of being aware of athletes' emotionality, being passionate and prepared to challenge your athletes, being true to your words and beliefs, and providing variety in training.