With respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protocol, and out of recognition that our work takes place on their lands, Coaching Unlimited representatives would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of Country throughout Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ continuing culture and connection to land, waters, and community. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders both past and present.
Coaching Unlimited is a national coaching education program that
provides sport-specific coaching accreditation, and research-based health promotion workshops, to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples become sport coaches and community leaders.
I never had an Aboriginal coach in Rugby League. That’s where part of the issue lies, I never had a basis or formation of what Aboriginal coaching looks like. I had no one from a similar cultural background that I could measure myself up against - in essence, I had no accessibility to a figure that I could look up to and emulate.
This is where Coaching Unlimited can become an integral part in increasing Indigenous participation in sport long-term. More coaches will breed more coaches as inspirational community leaders for Aboriginal youth. This is because Aboriginal coaches do more than coach - they understand and empathise with Aboriginal issues on mental, physical and emotional levels that can go a long way to ensuring a long term affiliation in sport. And that is what Coaching Unlimited has the power to do - provide more opportunities for Aboriginal coaches in order to make that impact that could improve a child’s quality of life, whether it be sporting or not.
Bou Ovington, Darug man | Rugby League Coach | Master of Teaching Student (Western Sydney University)