Queensland's Trials Subcommittee recently came up with a novel way to help 10 new coach candidates get their 20 hours of practical experience, while at the same time trying to attract some new blood to the sport.
The committee's Next Level coaching weekend took place January 20-21 at Ferny Glen and was free to riders 12 and under, and just $30 for anyone else.
Despite the challenging heat, 41 riders took part in the coaching, including approximately 15 juniors who were unknown to the coaches - but who they now expect to see in competition this year.
"There were eight kickstart books handed out," said the Queensland Trials Subcommittee's Justin Gough, "so it was great to see new kids coming into the sport and looking to take the next step now that they are armed with some more knowledge.
"Quite a few trail bike riders attended - they've decided to buy trials bikes as well and are intending to have a bit of a go at some comps this year. Even Rod Dukino, the Red Bull Romaniacs rider got something out of the coaching and I'm sure he'll be a stronger enduro rider as a result."
The 10 coaches included Mitch Green, Graham Weiss and Paul Weaver from Western Districts Club, Justin Gough and Bradley Bryant from MTCQ, Tony Bax from CQ, and Richard Kent, Jason Cunliffe and Andrew McDonald Smith from Logan River MTC.
Respected Level 2 Coach Rod Jenner was also there, to coach the coaches on how better to get their message across.
The group split into 8-9 rider groups based on skill level, and reported lightbulb moments aplenty occurring. With probably 20-25 Aussie Championships represented among the coaches and coach candidates present, the students had access to plenty of valuable experience during discussion sessions.
Gough expects that the committee will replicate the successful concept in 2019, and that the fresh supply of trials coaches will see the clubs each run one or two coaching days of their own this year.
The Trials Subcommittee would like to thank all the coaches and helpers who gave up their time and assisted over the weekend.
Pics: Riding and campsite shot courtesy of Steve Spencer