Wendy’s Remote Coaching Story

As a member of the Gymnastics Northern Territory staff, Wendy Fry was offered the incredible opportunity of coaching gymnastics in some of the most remote parts of the territory. Visiting places such as Milingimbi, Galiwinku and Wadeye, teaching the youth about gymnastics and helping them achieve their goals brings a smile to Wendy’s face.

“The youth are amazing; they have such talent!” Wendy told Gymnastics NT after returning from her most recent remote programs trip.

Running mostly recreational style programs, using limited equipment, which depends on if they fly or drive to a location, Wendy likes to structure each class to individual groups wants and needs.

“I like to adapt the classes as to what the youth enjoy, whilst teaching them about safety, especially landings.”

Wendy enjoys seeing the kids happy smiling faces as they explore a sport which they wouldn’t usually have access to in their communities

“Gymnastics is giving the youth an opportunity to try something new, their big smiles, big eyes and their watch and learn attitude” is the reason she loves coaching remote programs so much.

Being a remote programs coach, you have to be spontaneous according to Wendy

“You can go in with a planned lesson but could/would have to change it up quickly to suit the youths age and abilities of that session. If you don’t keep them engaged, you lose them very quickly!”

After experiencing some of the most isolating areas of the country, Wendy has a new appreciation for the amazing part of the world we live in here in Australia as well as the aboriginal culture.

“They just want to learn… Understanding their culture is a big thing.”