Halpin is the coach of the Northern Eagles 18’s Girls team at the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships (NYC), the third year that she has coached the side at the event. It was only a year prior to this that Halpin was competing in the event, for the Northern Eagles in the 20’s Girls division at the 2008 NYC. Halpin got into coaching about four years ago at the Eagles level, and is thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to teach the next generation of Eagles players some of her skills. “Peter Vincent was a pretty big inspiration for me. I just coached at a local level at Tamworth and there was an opportunity to coach at Eagles and I thought it would be good to step up and learn a bit more and teach the girls what I have been learning in the Australian side,” Halpin said. “It’s good. It’s really rewarding, especially watching the girls develop over the years. It’s been really good for me as a player as well, getting that coaches perspective.”Someone that has helped her along the way is Australian Women’s Open captain, Louise Winchester, who coached Halpin in the New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges team while she was in school.Halpin has since progressed into the Australian Women’s Open team alongside Winchester, debuting for her country at the 2010 Trans Tasman Series against New Zealand. Being able to learn from Winchester whilst playing for NSWCCC is something Halpin describes as a ‘really great experience’. “Louise has done a lot for me in terms of inspiration, and learning the technical side of the game and just giving me those little pointers that I didn’t get off anyone else, she’s a really special coach and I admire her for what she’s done for me in the sport of Touch,” Halpin said. “She did for me what I’m trying to do for the girls, which is quite inspiring.”Halpin’s Eagles’ team sits in fourth place in their pool after the first day of the NYC. Halpin is hoping her young team can win a few games and grow in confidence throughout the tournament. She is enjoying her time coaching the side and hopes that she can continue to coach into the future. “The Eagles are developing now with a few really good players and they are learning to work well as a team so just coming away from it knowing that they’ve accomplished something is mainly what I am after. There are a lot of very young girls, most of them are 15 or 16 years old but they are all quite confident and definitely have the heart to push hard and win some games.”“It’s good to see the young talent coming through as well because I really aspire to coaching at a higher level once I’ve finished playing.”
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