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Meet the Coach: Kirsty Walsh

Posted July 23, 2020.

Meet the Coach: Kirsty Walsh

Position at Clarendon: Head of Girls Boarding and Firsts Netball Coach

How long have you been coaching for? Since 2005

What do you enjoy most about coaching at Clarendon and why are you passionate about netball?

I love watching students represent their school with pride and feeling as though they belong to something greater. Some of my greatest memories are playing for my school with my team mates. I love seeing the students work hard as a team. There is no better feeling as a coach and teacher than seeing a student challenge themselves, work hard, accept feedback and achieve. This is a privilege to watch as a coach.

What are some of your most memorable moments from coaching at Clarendon?

Every game provides moments such as the thrill of a converted turnover or that extra 1% effort.

I cherish the looks on the players’ faces when they are proud of themselves. They look to the bench when they know they have done what was asked of them or achieved the goal they set.
As teams, the 2012, 2017 and 2019 grand finals were highlights.

Aside from learning about team participation and improving fitness, what are the benefits of participating in netball?

  • the feeling of belonging to something greater
  • being a part of a team of 10 students from varying year levels
  • being a part of a program of 40 students
  • students extending their skills as a result of playing against some of the best players in the State, as opposition or at training

What are some of your favourite sports / hobbies?

I will try most physical activities, not always very successfully! I love the odd triathlon, dancing, boot camps and gym class. I also enjoy fun runs.

What else do you like to do in your spare time?

Look after teenage girls in the Boarding House and be a PE nerd!

I also like to travel, learn Indonesian, dance, bake and spend time with my family.