Waka Ama Sport Development Plan – The Model
The Paddle - Hoewai (The Broad bladed paddle)
For our Sport Development model we will use the blade of the Hoewai (the broad bladed paddle). The blade of the paddle has four quarters joined together by the spine of the blade.
In order for the blade of the paddle to be stable through the water all four quarters must be equal, our blade must be symmetrical.
The strength of our blade is in spine, the spine holds the blade together and stops the blade from breaking.
· Officials, Events and Coach/Athlete support
The Spine of the blade will represent everything that makes our sport special and unique, this is what makes people want a have lifetime involvement in our sport. Our sports backbone and foundations come from:
· Core Values
The Back of the Blade - The Athlete and Coach Pathway
It is necessary for us to put in place structures to create pathways for both our Athletes and our Coaches so that anyone can be involved in our sport and progress to a level that is suitable to their ability. This model shows both a pathway for the Athlete and the Coach, it is very clear that in order for our athletes to progress from an entry level (Explore and Learn phase) through to an Elite level (Excel) we need to have an identical system for our Coaches (Foundation Coach to High Performance Coach).
Please see attached documents for the full Waka Ama Sport Development Plan
Waka Ama NZ Coaching Development Pathway