This year’s Xtnders are – Year 3’s Caitlin Geyde, Jamie O’Hagan, Jasmine Athony, Ayesha Zaidi. Year 2 Jamie Campbell, Kai Bennet and Year 1’s Meynell Smith and Keira Bennet. The benefits for the coaching pathways for our young coaches are – ongoing coaches in training, to improve their coaching knowledge and help with leadership skills.

Letter from Caitlin Gedye
During the past three years I have been taking part in an extended leadership course called Xtnd. The course trains and builds up leadership skills in young gymnasts and teenagers who have the potential to grow up and become coaches.

The commitment allows me to help coach a class every Tuesday to enhance my skills and go to modules that generally take place four times a year either in New Plymouth or Wanganui. During these modules we do a whole range of leadership building activities in fun ways through things such as games, group activities and taking turns coaching our peers. By doing this we build up skills that will help us become more con dent teaching and stepping up to take leadership roles.

I am in my third year and have made some really good friends through taking part in it. My confidence around kids has grown due to the support I have been given through the program.

By doing Xtnd we can meet new people who enjoy doing the same thing as us and it helps us support each other to reach our full potential. I’m really enjoying the course as I know it will be helpful for me later in life.

It’s a great opportunity and I am glad that I was given it.

Caitlin Gedye