Two aspiring coaches will take their careers to another level after becoming the second-ever recipients of the Women in Sport coaching scholarship.
Young Launceston Aquatic swimming coach Abbey Savage and Tassie Tigers' Hockey One assistant Jessica Blake received $5000 scholarships at the Tasmanian Institute of Sport on Friday, with both relishing the chance to reach higher in their chosen fields.
For Launceston 19-year-old Savage, the news gave fresh hope to a journey that began when chronic fatigue forced her to turn her hand from swimming to coaching.
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The Streamline Swim Academy coach at Sacred Heart will use the funds to gain new accreditation, and through it, new opportunities.
"It means so much because I'm able to do so much more," Savage said.
"I became a bronze level coach at the start of 2017, and I started that accreditation in 2016, and I haven't been able to go anywhere since.
"The advanced coaching, which was silver coaching, is over $1000 to enrol, not including all the other things I have to do like travelling.
"Having this scholarship will allow me to move up which I wouldn't have been able to do otherwise."
Blake's journey has taken her across multiple continents before settling in Tasmania.
Born in South Africa, the soon-to-be 36-year-old has spent time in Perth, America, Sydney and New Zealand.
Two months ago she arrived in Tasmania - where her parents and sister now live - and is shadowing Luke Doerner with the state's new women's hockey entity.
Like Savage, Blake will use her scholarship to further her accreditation, and also plans to spend time studying functional patterns and movement.
"One of the areas I'm super passionate about is development of younger (high school-aged) athletes," Blake said.
"I love coaching at that top level and I'd love to one day be a head coach at that level, but I think it's really important especially in that high school range for girls to be able to focus in on that so that they're launched off really well both from a physical point of view, but also from a character base as well.
"Coaching is such a great opportunity to develop my own character - I grow every day as a coach - but also athletes as well.
"If you're playing sport and not growing as a person you're wasting your sport I reckon."
The Women in Sport coaching scholarship is a joint initiative between the Tasmanian Institute of Sport and Womensport and Recreation Tasmania.
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