Platinum Profile - Hazel

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Club - Chapel Tri Stars Junior Triathlon Club

Q: What level are you currently at on the Cycling Award for Young Volunteers Programme?

A: I've completed the Gold.

Q: What do you enjoy most about volunteering?

A: .I enjoy coaching and interacting with the riders.

Q: How do you think being a volunteer has helped you?

A: It has helped me to choose where I would like to progress in the future.

Q: Is there anything you would change about your volunteering experience

A: No I have enjoyed it all.

Q: Where would you like your volunteering to take you in the future?

A: I’d like to get a job in coaching.
Hazel's blogs...

Blog 1: 16.04.2013

Coaching Session – Breaking

During the session I helped to break down the correct breaking technique and teach it to the children. The children took their time applying the information to the situation but they got there towards the end of the session. The session went well and the riders all seemed to enjoy themselves, I could tell because I asked and because they were smiling during the session.

My strengths throughout the session were my communication skills, I felt I projected my voice well and made sure that everyone could see when I delivered the demonstration. I did however face a few challenges, a few of the riders seemed to be stuck in old ways, but after demonstrating and repeating the coaching points they did perform the correct technique. The only thing that I would change about the session is that I would repeat the coaching points more and deliver the demonstration before the riders started the activities.

Blog 2: 04.08.2013

Coaching Session - Cornering

During the coaching session I helped to break down the cornering technique into smaller components so that it was easier to learn for the riders. Most of the riders grasp the activity quite quickly, which allowed me to focus on making sure all of the riders were performing the technique correctly.

I needed more time to work with the riders on this as they kept forgetting the correct technique. I think I could have tailored the activities to help them remember when and where to perform different aspects of cornering. This is something that I am going to work on for next time along with repeating the coaching points to aid their understanding.

The session as a whole went well, and the riders expressed that they enjoyed the session.