Player/Coach Profile: Mark Waldin
All coaches operate under a coaching philosophy of some kind. With North Shore Squash Club player and coach Mark Waldin, it is a combination of instinct, an empathy with the sport and it’s participants.
With a technique honed as a physical training instructor with the New Zealand Air Force, Mark brings a well thought out approach to squash coaching. “Firstly, planning. Failing to plan ensures failure and it’s important to give value for money; every player deserves to come away from a session with something of value. Aside from that, the most obvious fault I see in squash is poor technique,” explains Mark. “Everything else follows and hence early intervention is best.”
The North Shore Squash Club recognises the benefits that a club contracted coach can bring and considers itself very fortunate to have secured the services of Mark who is also contracted to Auckland Squash. In that role Mark is involved in the selection of squads; conducting sessions at development level, develops coaching programmes and coaches the coaches. Mark comes with an envious record as a player and besides being the current New Zealand 55-59yrs Masters Champion (he has also held titles in the 45-49 and 50-54 divisions), as recently as September of this year won the Australian Masters 55-59yrs division. Mark has been a New Zealand Masters representative for the past 6 years and attended the last three World Masters games. Success as a player is also matched as a coach. Mark is coach to outstanding North Shore junior Abbie Palmer who has won New Zealand U11, U13 and U15 and both North and South Island U11; U13, U15 and U17 age group titles. This year under Mark’s tutelage, Abbie won the U17 Australian title. Testament indeed to Mark’s coaching prowess and a philosophy developed to tailor training to meet the needs, strengths and limitations of all players regardless of development or aspirations.
The North Shore Squash Club provides three free coaching clinics with Mark to all new members. To take up this offer it’s no more difficult than initially contacting Marjorie or Deborah of the North Shore Squash Club on 489 4760, email email@example.com or visit www.northshoresquash.co.nz