Dunedin throwing coach Raylene Bates is the first New
Zealander to be appointed to a prestige international
Paralympic coaching committee. Bates (48), the manager of the
New Zealand track and field team at the London Olympics, has
been appointed to the seven-strong International Paralympic
Committee's athletics coaching advisory croup.
She will be involved in an international conference call next
week and will attend overseas meetings usually held in
association with major athletics meetings.
Bates impressed her international colleagues when she was a
member of the working group that implemented the rules and
regulations for Paralympic throws for two years.
''We will be involved with coaching development, technical
matters and the development of Paralympic sport,'' Bates
said. ''We will also make recommendations about educational
opportunities for coaches.''
It is a high powered committee that includes Sir Peter
Eriksson (Great Britain), head coach of the United Kingdom's
athletics Olympic programme. He is a the former head of
''He was head hunted after the Beijing Olympics and shifted
to the United Kingdom,'' Bates said.
Another member of the committee is Ryan Montgomery, of
Ireland, the new boss of the International Paralympic
''I feel privileged to be in this group,'' Bates said.
''I'm really chuffed to be part of it.''
This is the most significant appointment for an Otago
athletics official since the late Les Bradshaw was a member
of the prestigious IAAF cross-country and road running
committee in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Mike Weddell, the coaching director for Sport Otago, leaves
for Monaco in two weeks as the New Zealand delegate to the
World Masters Association.