Spry cooking up education plan

SAM Spry shakes her head with approval when asked if she is a hands-on person.

She's quick to highlight her approach at Ipswich hockey.

"It's not just the elite,'' she said. "We'll look at possibly tiering our development so we have development and then we have identified talent.

"That way, we are covering everybody and nobody gets left behind.''

One of her first priorities is off-field education, to help young players through umpiring presentations, nutrition sessions and teaching them how to cook so they eat well at state titles.

"I think what happens off the field is just as important as what happens on the field,'' she said.

"So if we can educate now and get everybody across the board and all on the same page, it makes us a lot more transparent and makes it easier, not just for coaching staff but for the players and the parents.

"If we can bring this stuff into the grassroots hockey and teach it an association level, it prepares the kids for when they do get to representative level.

"It's a really good thing for the kids and I think it's a win-win for everybody.''


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