With a week to go until the MSA office closes over the Christmas break, the last weekend of 2023 featured a Level 1 Coaches Course, with 6 new coaches taking up the chance to become new coaches for our sport.
Run over 2 days, with day 1 being the theory day at MSA Hall and day 2 the practical day, run at Sidewinders Speedway, with a huge thanks, the newbies were put through 6 modules of theory, a written exam and also having to put together a lesson plan for the following day, with day 1 running from 9.00am until about 2.00pm.
Day 2 saw the crew put their lesson plans into place with 5 Sidewinders Pee Wee ‘stars of the future’ on hand to be coached through each of the plans, and with a lot of the best laid plans, these were modified to suit the group of riders and to get the best out of them.
After getting the kids to do their own scrutineering and then a good 5 minute warm up, some of the activities the riders were put through were:
- Starts and breaking to a point
- Figure 8’s – clockwise & anti-clockwise
- Weaving between cones
- And the ever popular ‘slow race’ – working on balance and throttle & brake control.
With the weather warming up in the arvo, by 12.30pm, all was done for the day and a de-brief was had in the Sidewinders clubrooms. A huge thanks must go to Sidewinders for opening up their venue for the day and also the young guns who assisted on the day – Toby Monkhouse, Hope and Oliver Coats, Curtis and Lexi Sanders – as well as Adam Possingham for getting out of bed to open the gates after a late night the night before at the SA Solo Championships at Gillman.
So, after the weekend, MSA now has 6 new Level O coaches, who are well on their way to becoming Level 1 Coaches, and they are spread across the state, as well as the different disciplines – so a great cross section of our sport – so look out in 2024 for:
Motorcycling SA are now looking to run Level 1 Coaches Courses across 2 dates for REGIONAL AREAS early in 2024, with Keith and Crystal Brook planned for February, and another metro date already pencilled in for September (before Speedway season) – but stay tuned for these dates to be confirmed.