How it Started
I was at the crossroads. Wasn't enjoying my current job and was still dabbling into a bit of training and racing triathlon here and there. Hanging out at Spin City Cycles, which was run by a great mate that I grew up racing bikes with Liam Clarey and another great mate Tony Mann. Liam told me to get the Saturday Paper and look at the position vacant ads where the Sunshine Coast Grammar School Triathlon Club advertised a Triathlon Coach Position available. So I applied, they decided to run the Club without a Coach. The current President at the time asked if I was interested in coaching his daughter and the rest is now history. Jacqui Scriven and her Dad Jeremy where the first athletes.
1st September 2002. I still remember the day. It was pouring rain. I said to Jeremy "do you still want to ride?" I didn't get up early just to sit in the car was his replied. I had to go out and buy a rain jacket. It seemed to rain a lot that first month. Soon after, Miriam Smith join then we had Kendall Fettell (nee Arundel) and Zoe Theodore and then Annie George. It was a girls group to start off with. Then a few of the boys started to join and soon we had a pretty healthy squad running around. Mostly Juniors, so the focus was on Queensland Schools Triathlon and in the first year we had 2 in the Queensland Team. Since that day we have had 47 be selected in the Team and one in the ITU Junior for World Duathlon Champs.
A really good question. I have been fortunate to have trained under some really good Coaches. The one that I learnt the most from and still look back in awe of what he did, not just for myself, but for the group of athletes that went thru Kawana High School at the time, was my PE Teacher and first Triathlon Coach, Mark Holstein. He did it for the love of the sport and helping us achieve the goals that we wanted to achieve. He developed all of us so we got to the point where we could carrying on into the sport post school. The drive and passion he showed and he did it for nothing. Just the thrill of seeing us all go well.
When I talk of Coaches, I have had the pleasure of being guided by some of the best including my first swimming coach Brian Stehr, Col Stewart (Tri Coach), Gary Ireland (Australian Surf Coach). All 4 of these guys have taught me so much throughout my years to which I still use in my current coaching.
It was the former Coach, Gary Ireland who mentioned that I would be a great coach. While I was training, I would also try and help, support, mentor the younger athletes. They looked up to the way I trained and how I acted in and around the training environment. While most of them were Surf Life Savers, I was introduced to a whole new world of Professional athletes that were competing in the Uncle Tobys and Nutri Grain Series. So I was exposed to some real characters that I was able to gain a lot of perspective and experience from.
I do it as I like the lifestyle that presents itself with coaching. It can be long days and hours, but in the end I am my own boss. Not only are you a coach, you are a mentor, sports psych, doctor, organiser, confident, role model, father figure just to name a few. It is rewarding to see your athletes grow up over the years and see what they achieve outside of sport. They go from getting their learners to their P's, university degrees, working, marriages and even births. You are a part of their growth and development and they become part of your family. Over the years it is great to see where they have come from and where and what they have achieved.
Over the Years
I tell you there are highs and lows associated with Coaching and Athletes in general. There are more lows than highs and in some cases they nearly tear you to shreds. But its that experience that you gain from the deepest of lows, that make those highs even more worthwhile. It is a tough sport, being good at one sport is hard enough, but trying to throw in 3 different disciplines and being at the top of your game in all 3, takes talent, hard work, consistency and being persistent. That's what I love about this sport. Taking on a new athlete that is raw and developing them into an athlete that is the best that they can be. If I can nurture, support and pass on my mistakes so they can learn from that, then we will produce some champions.
Being a champion isn't crossing that line first, its not about winning, but completing the goal that you have sent out for. One of my greatest achievements as a coach was learning that we got an athlete fit enough so he was able to not have to take heart medication anymore. That isn't just winning, but changing a persons life. That is what coaching is about.
In 15 years of coaching, and 25 years in the sport of Triathlon, I am still learning. I have never stopped learning. I have been fortunate to have a great group of coaches around I can on at anytime to just chew the fat or get an opinion. And vice versa. Its what makes a great coach. Being able to liaise with other great coaches for the benefit of your athletes. To seek advice and guidance. I don't have all the answers and I never will. The Coaching I was doing when I first started is totally different to what I do today. I have trialled and let from things. There are still some key things that I do and have for that period of time, but the way in which I coach it now is totally different. That's what you gain from experience of being in the trenches, the ups and downs, the ebbs and flow. Always learning.
It is a never ending rollercoaster. Over the 15 years of coaching, I have had to reinvent myself and what I do numerous times over, riding out the current trends and keeping your head above water. It is great to be part of a community that gave me plenty as an athlete and now I get that chance to give back to a sport and a community that has given me so much in the past.
Now all of this wouldn't be possible without the support and sponsorship that I have received over the years. I have been involved with a lot of businesses that have contributed to the success that we have seen over the years from the SCTA family. So for all the sponsors that have supported SCTA and the program I sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart. Without it I wouldn't have folded in some cases.
One in particular has been an integral part of the SCTA for over 8 years and is the current Major Sponsor of SCTA. Grant Symes and Protector Aluminium. Mate without your support and ongoing support I wouldn't be here. You support each and every year and love what we do. You do it for the joy and seeing the success of what we have been able to achieve over a very long period. For this Grant I owe a massive part the success that I have been able to achieve.
Last but not least, the athletes that have gone thru the program and the current athletes and the future ones. Without the support you show by turning up each and every day, this doesn't happen either. A massive thanks for believing in what I do as a coach and for buying into the program. The smiles on the faces when it goes to plan is enough to keep this old boy grinding away working hard to get the results that you are chasing. I may get down, I might get angry, i might frustrated, but at the end of the day I do this because I care about what I do as a coach.
Once again thanks for the support over the first 15 years.....here's to the next!!! Cheers Toby
SCTA Head Coach, Toby Coote, along with SCTA Major Sponsor Protector Aluminium's Grant Symes would like to announce that the 2017 - 2018 SCTA / Protector Aluminium Junior Scholarship Holders will be Romy Wolstencroft and Jake Hynes.
We had numerous applications for this years junior scholarship program which is valued at $6800 per holder. At SCTA we are very fortunate to have some very valuable sponsors that contribute to this great program that started back in 2012-13. This September SCTA celebrates 15 years and the Junior scholarship will celebrate 5 years.
Romy Wolstencroft and Jake Hynes will both finish grade 12 this year and will have a gap year to concentrate on training and racing. This is an extremely exciting times as both have been within the SCTA junior program for several years and we have seen the progression of both athletes in this time. They want to follow in the Head Coach footsteps by aiming to be named in the Australian ITU Junior team to compete at the Gold Coast World Championships on the Gold Coast in 2018. The Sunshine Coast region has had 3 previously with Head Coach Toby Coote (1995), David Dellow and former SCTA Junior Scholarship Holder Savannah Wayner (Duathlon) as the only juniors to have represented Australia at an ITU Junior level at a World Championships.
Romy Wolstencroft had a very successful year with resulted in 2nd place National Schools Triathlon Championships, defended her Queensland Schools Triathlon Title for the 2nd year in a row. She won outright races at Glenelg Triathlon, Moreton Bay Triathlon (Qld Sprint Champs), Byron Bay Triathlon (sprint), QTS # 3 and 3rd at QTS # 7.
Jake Hynes season started well with winning Noosa Triathlon 15-19 years and taking out State Aquathlon Championships 16-17 and 2nd overall. he gain his first podium at a QTS event with 3rd place Opens race # 3 and made the "A" Final at Round # 1 of the National Junior Series at Runaway Bay. In round # 2 a bike dismount accident in front of him took his leg out and derailed the back end of his season that was looking very promising. He did come back to finish 2nd at the Australian Olympic Distance Mooloolaba Triathlon 15-19.
This years SCTA / Protector Aluminium Scholarship holders will receive the following
SCTA / Cannibal Australia
Total Value of Scholarship = $6840 approx
For the first time this year there will be an encouragement award that will be awarded to Peyton Craig and Meg Roberts to help them along this season as well. With great support from Mizuno Running Australia and Clif Bars Australia they will receive 3 pairs of Mizuno Shoes at 50% off and $250 worth of Clif Bars products.
SCTA in conjunction with our Major Sponsor - Protector Aluminium are seeking applications for 2017/18 SCTA Junior Scholarships. To be considered for the scholarship you need to be racing in the ITU Junior / Youth Draft legal racing and training with SCTA as a fulltime athlete. Applications will close 31st July 2017. Once applications close, Head Coach Toby Coote and Grant Symes from Protector Aluminium, will sit down and go thru the applications and select 2 Juniors (Male or Female) to be awarded the SCTA Junior Scholarship for 2017/18.
Applications are to emailed to Head Coach Toby Coote firstname.lastname@example.org In the application you need to state the following
With former Scholarship holders including Michael Hooper, Bonnie Carmen (nee Atherton), Jake Freeman, Lucy Evans, Will Gersekowski, Jake Hynes, Savannah Wayner, Ryan Marsh and Kaya Shults, who will be the lucky holders for the upcoming season?
The SCTA / Protector Aluminium Junior Scholarship is designed to nurture and assist two athletes per season who show dedication and passion for the sport and racing. The recipients aren't necessarily the fastest or those who show the most potential rather, these year-long programs are awarded based on numerous factors. With comprehensive support services from Head Coach and sponsors, the program allows athletes to develop their sporting abilities and reach their goals
The 2017/18 Junior Scholarship Program is valued at approx. $4,000 per recipient and is proudly supported by the following sponsors -
A big couple of weeks of racing for Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy / Protector Aluminium Athletes in Action at Straddie Salute, Rounds 4 and 5 of the Sunshine Coast Cross Country Series, Noosa Ultimate Festival and Sydney Half Marathon.
Noosa Ultimate Sports Festival turn the weather on for the weekend which saw athletes Swim, Cycle or Run Noosa over 2 days of Action.
In the Swim we saw Kayleigh Foster take out the 3.8km 14-15 years title and 9th Female overall with Greg Rehbock just missing the podium with 4th 30-39. In the 1km we had Peyton Craig take out 11-12 Years title and 14th Overall, with Joseph Simpson 3rd 13-15.
In the run the next day, we had Kendall Fettell take out 3rd 25-29 Years and 14th Female outright, while in the 10km Chris George was 3rd 30-39 years with Chloe Turner taking out 18-29 years 5km and 3rd female overall.
At the Sydney Half Marathon, where there was 9560 starters, saw Michael Hooper 199th 20-29 with 834 in his category, while Drew Westbrook was 257th 40-49 with 1153 starters. Extremely competitive in each category but Hoops took the title over Westy.
At Straddie Salute Cross Triathlon we saw Kate Schultz continue her winning way with not only category win but taking the overall Female Title, while her partner Brodie Gardner took out the category win and 2nd Male Overall. Tania Gover recorded yet another podium with 2nd place.
Sunshine Coast Cross Country Series Race # 4 and # 5 have seen Toni Duetzmann (40-49) take out both wins in the 10km. In the 6km both Chloe Turner (U/40 female) and Jan Harvey (50-59 female) have both recorded 2nd places in both races. Jen and Jazzy Shults finished 2nd and 3rd respectively from race # 4, while in race # 5 we saw Olivia Latimer (U/40 female) 1st while Chris George (U/40 Male) was 2nd in the 10km
Sunshine Coast Cross Country Series Race # 5 - 04.06.17 - Sunshine Coast Uni
Toni Duetzmann - 1st Place 40-49 Years Female
Olivia Latimer - 1st Place U/40 Years Female
Chris George - 2nd Place U/40 Male
Chloe Turner - 2nd Place U/40 Years Female
Jan Harvey - 2nd Place 50-59 Years Female
Noosa Ultimate Festival - 27-28.05.17
Kayleigh Foster - 1st Place 14-15 Years Female
Greg Rehbock - 4th Place 30-39 Years Male
Peyton Craig - 1st Place 11-12 Years Male
Joseph Simpson - 3rd Place 13-15 years Male
John Simpson - 15th Place 50-59 Years Male
Kendall Fettell - 3rd Place 25-29 Years Female
Chris George - 3rd Place 30-39 Years Male
Rachel James - 7th Place 30-39 Years Female
Chris Pye - 11th Place 30-39 Years Male
Chloe Turner - 1st Place 18-29 Years Female - 3rd Female Overall
Sydney Half Marathon - 21.05.17 - 21.1km Run
Michael Hooper - 199th Place 20-29 Years Male
Drew Westbrook - 257th Place 40-49 Years Male
Straddie Salute - 20.05.17 - 750/18/6
Kate Shultz - 1st Place 30-39 Years Female - Female Race Winner
Brodie Gardner - 1st Place 30-39 Years Male
Tania Gover - 2nd Place 40-49 Years Female
Kelly Enright - 10th Place 30-39 Years Female
Sunshine Coast Cross Country Series Race # 4 - 21.05.17 - Ewen Maddock Dam
Toni Duetzmann - 1st Place 40-49 Years Female
Jen Shults - 2nd Place 40-49 Years Female
Kaya Shults - 4th Place U/40 Years Female
Chloe Turner - 2nd Place U/40 Years Female
Jan Harvey - 2nd Place 50-59 Years Female
Olivia Latimer - 6th Place U/40 Years Female
Jazzy shults - 3rd Place U/14 Years Female