Australia’s preparations for the 2010 Commonwealth Games have received a timely boost following the acquisition of Sue Sofarnos as its new Elite Coach Advisor.
Charged with fine tuning the national team’s preparations alongside Australian coach Cameron Curtis ahead of next year’s Delhi Games, Sofarnos will then turn her attention to the development of the current silver tier system and bowlers.
A legend of the Australian lacrosse team, Sofarnos played at five World Cups before forging a successful coaching career, which including taking the reins of the national women’s lacrosse team in 2007, before agreeing to join Bowls Australia.
The newly created role will see Sofarnos responsible for:
Developing the current high performance program in conjunction with the national coach
Mentoring all identified coaches within the national coaching structure; and
Serving as a senior assistant coach to the national team
In a major shake up, South Australia’s Faye Luke has also been appointed to the new position of silver tier coach and will be responsible for the development and delivery of the feeder program, while continuing to serve as an assistant to national youth coach Bill Cornehls.
Earlier this year, the pair guided Australia to victory at the Junior Trans Tasman, as well as the under-25 Trans Tasman.
According to Bowls Australia high performance manager Kim Littlejohn, Sofarnos is sure to bolster the current program.
“BA has been fortunate to secure Sue’s services,” Littlejohn said.
“Her record as an athlete and coach speaks for itself.
“Sue brings extensive high performance coaching experience and athlete case management skills to our program that were recently identified as areas we needed to improve on in the Australian Sports Commission’s review.
“The athletes and coaches in our program can only benefit from her involvement as we prepare for next year’s Commonwealth Games.”
During a decorated playing career in lacrosse that spanned across three decades, Sofarnos represented Victoria for 27 years and was captain for 10, while also representing Australia at five World Cups including a gold medal in 1986.
In 2005 she won a second gold medal, this time as an assistant coach, before taking over the reins in 2007, guiding Australia to silver at this year’s World Cup in Prague.
Highly regarded in her sport of choice, Sofarnos is hoping her transition as the Elite Coach Advisor of Bowls Australia will be seamless.
National coach Cameron Curtis remains unchanged, while Ian Schuback’s role has be restructured to allow him to focus on the technical development of the Australian squad
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