Palm Beach Legend Earns Top Coaching Gong

A team’s culture can often make that minute difference between winning and losing. Few have done more to shape the culture of his charges than Peter Spence from Palm Beach.

It has been another stellar year in the surf boats for the popular club member, and it is fair to say that his achievements this season were nothing short of outstanding.

At the State Championships he swept a record 48 races, and at The Aussies 58 (also a record).

He coached teams to medals at Branch, State, and National Level, has created the training program that all crews use in the off-season, and when a number of crews lost coaches and sweeps during the season stepped in to field the void and led them to success on a national level.

“I’ve never gone around the cans that many times before but it was rewarding and we achieved some amazing results which is great for the club,” said Peter Spence.

“Palm Beach finished with six NSW and four Aussie medals in the boats and we’ve never achieved that previously, so for us it’s a thrill as it’s not just the crews who win, it’s everyone else in the club that enjoys the victory as well.”

He also had time to complete his Level One Officials Course, and continues to be generous with his time and knowledge currently mentoring an aspiring sweep at Palm Beach.

Perhaps his greatest achievement is the promotion of the “one team, one club” philosophy. Peter ensures that his charges aren’t just good athletes (they certainly excel at that) but good club members willing to help out in any way.

His coaching philosophy has shaped the offseason programs at Palm Beach and he has an aura about him that inspires confidence.

The veteran coach attributes this award to the efforts of his charges, and seeing them perform to the best of their ability is one of the true rewards of the coaching game.

“Being a coach is all about the reward. Having four members who have never rowed before in a surf boat at the beginning of the season and seeing the joy on their faces at the end of the season and their development is a great thrill.”

Peter Spence’s coaching credentials certainly speak volumes about his ability and dedication, and he remains one of the most respected figures on the surf boat scene.

The 2016 SLSNSW Awards of Excellence are proudly presented by Stramit Building Products. Over 350 of Surf Life Saving’s most outstanding lifesavers, athletes, educators, coaches, and administrators from around NSW gathered at Sydney’s iconic Four Seasons Hotel for a night of celebration.

Photograph - Peter Spence is pictured with his award for the state's best coach at the 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Awards of Excellence.

Mon 15 Aug 2016