Aurelie on a high as she joins SASI ranks
It's been a whirlwind few months for SASI's new high performance diving coach Aurelie Gibson
AURELIE Gibson, her husband Brad Szurgot and their son Taidhgin have been used to packing and unpacking bags in the past 10 years.
From Canada, where she was born, to New Zealand, to the US where Brad was from and now to Australia where she was recently appointed SASI's high performance diving coach, Aurelie and family have chalked up some serious frequent flyer points.
The SASI job proved timely as her husband Brad had recently won the position at Diving SA as Coaching Program Manager.
Aurelie is thrilled with the way the jobs have worked out for her family.
''It's really good now that we can both work for the two organisations. I am very much looking forward to working with a team of coaches and seeing where we are at the moment.
''Coaching has taken us everywhere and the diving world is relatively small but supportive.''
It is early days for Aurelie as she gets used to the local landscape. But she is clear on her goals.
''We want to make diving in SA very strong and make it efficient,'' she said. ''When Michel (Larouche) comes back (world diving titles) I will look forward to speaking with him and Eddie (Denis) to have a look at the program. The facility where I will be based at Marion (SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre) is outstanding and absolutely world class.
''I am looking forward to the team approach. In New Zealand I had to drive the team as head coach so it will be good to be a part of a team. Diving Australia has appointed some of the best diving coaches in the world and I am looking forward to working with them.''
Diving and coaching has been a huge part of Aurelie's life.
In the past couple of years she coordinated a coach accreditation program in the US.
Before that she stamped her mark on New Zealand diving after arriving there in 2011.
She served as Director of Coach development for Diving New Zealand and was head coach of the Auckland Diving Community Trust. Aurelie was the driving force behind NZ developing multiple national gold medallists and record holders.
Before her New Zealand experience Aurelie spent 20 years working as a National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) consultant for Diving Plongeon Canada. There, she played a big part in revamping reference materials, coach workbooks and learning facilitator guidelines to make Diving Plongeon Canada one of only three amateur sports governing bodies to be compliant with the country’s revised NCCP guidelines.
SASI is very excited to have Aurelie as part of their coaching team and look forward to working with her on making the SA Diving program world class.