Dedicated coach scoops top award

CLAY WILSON
Last updated 10:06 09/11/2012
Paul Roughan
Scott Hammond

Top teacher: Marlborough coach Paul Roughan is the Squash Wellington coach of the year. Behind him, Ben Roughan, 15, left, and Logan Kerwin, 17, brush up on their skills.

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After narrowly missing out last year, the contribution of Marlborough's leading squash coach Paul Roughan was recognised late last month when he was named the 2012 Squash Wellington coach of the year.

One of the most active members of this province's squash community, Roughan knew he was up for the award again but only received a day's notice he had actually won and was unable to be at the Squash Wellington annual prizegiving to receive it in person.

Despite missing the ceremony, he was still very happy to win. "I was rapt, just really pleased to win it. Several of the kids I coach wrote accompanying letters about how I've helped them to go with my nomination and I think that made a big difference."

Roughan is an A-grade player who regularly represents Marlborough and is also a past president of the Marlborough Squash Rackets Club (MSRC). He has been coaching in Marlborough for nearly 20 years, mainly helping juniors, but in the past 18 months has assisted a lot more senior players. These days his coaching commitments take up between 10-12 hours a week and he said that was likely to grow in the coming years.

"I'm intending to do more coaching in Marlborough. It is something I really enjoy doing and it is my chance to give something back to the sport."

As well as providing coaching to players of all levels from both clubs in Marlborough, Roughan also coaches six of Marlborough's top junior players on a weekly basis and was the head coach of the Marlborough Boys' College team. MBC placed seventh out of 31 schools at the 2012 schools nationals, while the Marlborough under-18 side lifted the Rai Shield off Nelson for the first time since 2006. Roughan's coaching was a significant factor in both results.

MSRC spokeswoman Janet Udy said Roughan was undoubtedly a positive influence in the Marlborough squash community.

"Paul is an excellent coach with great technical knowledge. He is a positive influence on everyone he coaches, particularly with the juniors, not only with their squash skills, but their attitude on and off the court."

A trained coaching facilitator who has completed all available Squash NZ coaching courses, Roughan is also up for the Squash NZ coach of the year, an award he was one of the last three finalists for in 2011.

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- The Marlborough Express

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