Australian Canoeing begin search for new C1 coach


Applications Close: 10th November, 2017
C1 Technical / Canoe Slalom Development Coach
Location: Penrith, NSW, Australia

Australian Canoeing (AC) is the peak body for canoeing in Australia. It encompasses all the disciplines of the sport of
canoeing: Canoe Polo, Canoe Marathon, Canoe Slalom, Freestyle, Canoe Sprint, Ocean Racing, Wildwater Racing and
Recreation are all under the one umbrella of Australian Canoeing.
Funded by the Australian Sports Commission, Australian Canoeing is charged with delivering multi medal outcomes at
Olympic Games and World Championships under Australia’s Winning Edge initiative.
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You will provide outstanding leadership, technical direction and coaching for C1 category athletes nationally.
Working at the National Centre of Excellence (NCE), Penrith, you will work under the direction of the Performance
Pathways Lead and provide support to the National Senior Coaches in the delivery of effective coaching and
performance support for identified C1 athletes and developing athletes across all Olympic categories.

Key responsibilities include:
§ Contributing to and promoting the overall strategic direction of the canoe slalom HP program.
§ Work with nationally identified C1 athletes in Slalom and providing outstanding technical leadership,
coaching services and competition support in both their daily training and at national and international
§ Providing support to the National Senior Coaches and National Team Coaches in the delivery of world class
technical coaching to C1 athletes, with the aim of ensuring sustainable success in line with Australia’s
winning edge targets.
§ In conjunction with the Performance Pathways Lead, provide direct coaching services and competition
support to identified developing athletes at National and international camps/competitions, and to National
§ Developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating high quality athlete plans that align to the national
program direction and success profiles for world class and developing athletes
§ Engaging and collaborating with high performance staff, SIS/SAS and National coaches to develop
opportunities and resources that contribute to the successful development, education, management and
transition of coach and athletes to a senior level.

Your success will be measure by:
§ Nationally identified athletes meet AC’s Winning Edge targets at international benchmark events: World
Championships (senior, under 23 and junior) and Olympic Games.
§ Improvement in Canoe Class athletes performance at benchmark events and in the pathway at Junior
National and domestic selection events.
§ Providing support to the National Senior Coaches in the delivery of a world class daily training environment
for Canoe Slalom at the NCE.
§ Success in Slalom events, evidenced by athletes working to high quality targeted training plans
§ Strong relationships developed with athletes, program partners, stakeholders, AC management, the
Australian Slalom Community and the AIS
§ Increased strength and depth in the Junior National Team in subsequent years


Knowledge and experience
§ Technical expertise in Canoe Slalom, particularly in the C1 category
§ Demonstrated coaching performance at an international level.
§ Devising and executing a long term training and competition plan to guide development of athletes for peak
performance at benchmark events
§ Working within high performance environments, developing potential emerging athletes into elite
§ Working within a high performance team to actively contribute to performance and life skill improvements
with athletes
§ Demonstrated ability to identify, attract and retain talented athletes
§ Relevant Coaching Accreditation
§ Relevant tertiary qualifications or equivalent
§ Understanding of the key levers for performance in Canoe Slalom for development and elite athletes

Personal characteristics
§ Willingness to learn, demonstrate initiative and ability to prioritise demands
§ Clear communicator who exercises sound judgement and maintains confidentiality and uses discretion
§ Ability to build and maintain strong relationships within the sport.
§ Passionate, enthusiastic team player
§ Available for ‘out of hours’ work and interstate/international travel

(Please contact the National Performance Director, Shaun Stephens:; or National Pathways Lead,
Mike Druce: for further information.

Additional information
Position title C1 Technical / Canoe Slalom Development Coach
Employer Australian Canoeing
Work type Full time
Salary Structured to attract high quality candidates
Location Penrith, NSW, Australia
Contract period To be negotiated

Apply to
If you believe that you meet the requirements listed above, please send a covering letter (maximum 2 pages), and
current resume to: by 5pm Friday 10th November.
If you would like to enquire about the role contact Mike Druce on +61 410 560 799.
Although the initial screening will assess applicants against the above criteria, the selection process will assess
candidates against all of the Success Profile. Please refer to the Role Description for all the experience, knowledge,
personal characteristics and attributes required to be successful in this role.
A Working with Children Check is required for this role.

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