In the seven years Pat Barwick has been employed at Sport Canterbury she has been the driver behind several creative coaching initiatives and has unselfishly passed on her passion for coaching to a vast number of sportspeople involved in a variety of sports within the Canterbury region.
Her innovative coaching programmes have attracted a great deal of interest from both new and experienced coaches, suggesting the demand for this training and Pat's insight into the needs of the sector.
With her unique understanding of the isolation and pressure that coaches face, Pat initiated a regular coach networking forum to provide support and a sense of community.
A strong advocate for the use of technology for coach education, she has promoted video conferencing to educate coaches in remote parts of the Canterbury region. This has provided coaches with an opportunity to upskill, removing the barriers of travel and cost, while allowing them to build relationships with other coaches throughout the region.
A testament to Pat's strong belief in grass roots sport is extremely evident. She is currently the president of her club, and when called upon coaches pre-competition primary school children. She is at the turf every week coaching or supporting club teams, assists with Canterbury representative teams, is on the Hockey Academy South High Performance Board, and is to the fore when it comes to fundraising for her club.
As Coaching Advisor for Sport Canterbury, Pat also manages the Performance Sport Canterbury (PSC) Programme.
E-mail Pat Barwick, Sport Canterbury Performance Coach Advance Coaching Advisor