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Katrina Powell

Katrina Powell
Name: Katrina Powell
Sport: Hockey
Role: Head Coach of Australian Women's Hockey Programme
Organisation: New South Wales Institute of Sport, Australia
Nationality: Australian
Date: Oct 2014

Katrina Powell from Canberra, Australia,  is a field hockey player who competed in three consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1996, for her native country.

Powell was a member of the Australian Women’s Hockey Team, best known as the Hockeyroos, that won the gold medals at the 1996 and the 2000 Summer Olympics. Powell has represented her country 252 times, and scored 141 goals.

Katrina is now Head of Women’s Hockey Development Programme at the New South Wales Institute of Sport…

Going to watch my uncle play first division club hockey in Canberra. For me actually playing hockey, it was on the grass fields of Canberra in the dead of winter hitting mud at the other players!

I always looked up to Jacqui Pereira.  She was an amazing goal scorer for Australia, such a great feel for the role.  She won Olympic Gold in Seoul in 1988 and again in Atlanta 1996.

Once I finished playing, I felt I had something to give back.  After being coached in particular by Ric Charlesworth I felt I had already done a coaching apprenticeship and wanted to pass on what I had learnt & experienced.  I was supported early on by Hockey Australia and the National Women’s Head Coach at the time, Frank Murray.  They nominated me for a coaching scholarship with the AIS and so my first two years was as a trainee coach working within the National Program.

Frank Murray was this for me in the first couple of years, he gave me opportunity, feedback & confidence.

Many female hockey players move onto starting a family once their playing commitments are over. I think they then find it hard to come back to the sport because it is constantly evolving and they feel out of date. Apart from the fact that they now have a family to look after also so having the time to coach becomes an issue.

At different times, I know our national body has made attempts to encourage more females to take up coaching, but not specifically at the moment.

This is hard because society sees the female at home looking after the kids still and if you do work then the time you do have is spent with the kids.  Travel in my sport is what makes it hard also.  Organisation could look to better support mothers to travel with their kids.

Yes. I was coaching the National Junior team and had a male assistant coach.  The international delegation of the team we were playing against would not address me and only spoke to my assistant!!!!

I feel so lucky to be a full time coach and the job is immensely rewarding. Whenever any of my athletes get the chance to play for the National Team I feel very proud!

I am currently developing young talent, and the next group to make it into the National Team.  I would love my athletes to win Olympic Gold Medals.  For me, I am working on being the best coach I can be for them.

Always continue to learn and develop, but don’t try to be someone that you are not, put your own stamp on it and be confident with it.

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