Round 18 - Jo Foo - Monash Blues
Monash Blues Football Club has been extremely fortunate in the quality of trainers it has attracted over the years. This continued in 2010 when Jo Foo came to our club help out when several trainers went overseas that year. Like most trainers she was tentative at the start but now, no one at the club could think of the place without her. In something we strongly encourage in all of our training/medical personal, she has taken her job and made it her own and continues to enrich this very important position within the club.With her qualification as an Exercise Scientist, her quick learning, sport knowledge and excellent inter-personal skills in 2012, the club decided to promote Jo to be the Senior Team Trainer. Jo now handles both the Senior and Reserves games along with training nights, rosters and all the other duties that go with a job of this importance. Jo has already agreed to continue in 2014 and hopefully beyond. When she isn’t “doing football” she is studying Physiotherapy at Melbourne University, going to the gym and playing sport.
Round 17 - James Rance - Old Scotch
James joined Old Scotch this year and has taken a role as one of the head physiotherapists. Among many things, he has helped develop a more rigorous concussion protocol for the club which has helped increase player safety after any suspected concussion. James has been a great addition to the very professional and experienced group of trainers and physio's at the club.
Round 16 - Kristylee Clark - St Bedes/Mentone Tigers
Kristylee Clark has been a trainer at St Bedes Mentone Tigers for 3 years. Starting in the juniors Kristylee has progressed over the last couple of years into the senior ranks. This year she shares the role of Head Trainer at the club, a position that she handles with aplomb. As well as looking after all the player's injuries, niggles, and concerns Kristylee is responsible for organsing the roster of all the training staff, and has the important job of ordering all the medical stock.Popular with her peers, Kristylee is a great acquisition to SBMT and we look forward to watching her continually grow and develop in her current role over many years to come.
Round 15 - Kate Whitford - Banyule
Kate Whitford has been a trainer at Banyule FC for 3 years and from thirds to seniors she has looked after all the teams that we have put on the field in that time. Kate is an Osteopathy student but spends 10 hours a week down at the club at training and game days, where she she helps and oversees the newer trainers. Recently Kate has had to manage a broken clavicle and numerous MCL injuries. Kate is now one of the most experienced, reliable and much adored trainers at the club (sorry guys). We wish her all the best for her career and hope that she continues on with BAFC for many more years to come. The Club is very happy to nominate her for trainer of the week and fortunate to have her here.
Round 14 - Jess Sheehan - Manningham Cobras
The love of Manningham Cobras runs in Jess’ blood, she has followed her father to the games for the past 24 years including the last 7 of them as trainer. To cap off the hard work she puts in to the club, Jess has also taken on the role of club secretary. Jess has been Manningham Cobras only trainer since Laura (Jess’ 2IC) has recently gone overseas. In a busy month Jess has had to attend to players with varying injuries such as a broken wrist, cut over cheek the bone, major concussion and a broken nose. Jess puts in more than 12 hours per week at the football club as a trainer she also juggles full time work in the administration of an aged care company. Manningham Cobras FC would like to thank Jess for all her hard work and wish her all the best in the future.
Round 13 - Ryoko Kinukawa - Beaumaris
Ryoko became our head trainer this year at the age of 21. She stepped into the role following the death of our esteemed head trainer, Andy Goldberg. Ryoko oversees the 4 senior teams, orders the medical equipment and has been responsible for recruiting other members to the medical team.At such a young age, she has taken on the responsibility with enthusiasm and energy. Given her youth and that she has only been at the club for 2 years, it has been a tremendous achievement. The club would have really struggled without her. Ryoko is in her 3rd year of physiotherapy at Monash University. It has been a challenge for her to balance her studies with the 15 hours a week at the club week and match days. Ryoko is keen on developing her skills in the area of cardio-thoracic physiotherapy. She is also a talented sportswoman, having narrowly missed selection for the Victorian beach volleyball team for the 2013 Australian championships and is proficient at a variety of martial arts, including Judo and Kendo.
Round 12 - Alma Viviana - Prahran Assumption
Alma Viviana (known as Viv) is possibly the tiniest of all trainers in the VAFA, but this does not hinder her work as Head Trainer at Prahran Assumption Football Club. Viv has become a much loved member of the PAFC family over the last 3 years. Viv studied physiotherapy in Colombia and has been in Australia for 4 years working as a physiotherapist assistant and in clinical research. She has worked with a couple of footy clubs in Melbourne before Prahran Assumption. She enjoys working within our team of sport trainers to manage the player’s requirements. “We have had a quite busy season so far, last weekend taking care of one of the players who had a very serious muscle contusion (he presented shock symptoms) and another of our players who was kicked in the back resulting in a vertebral fracture” said Viv. Viviana works between 10 to 13 hours a week for the club, attending training sessions as well as match days, manages the roster and makes sure the supplies don’t run out. She has been at the club since 2011 starting as out as a Trainer and this year become Head Trainer.
Round 11 - Kate Hough - Box Hill North
Box Hill North is delighted to nominate Kate Hough. Kate has worked tirelessly over the last 6 years and has over 160 games under her belt. Kate is always there to oversee both training nights and match day (seniors and reserves). Kate is responsible for mentoring her assistant and even goes the extra mile to help surrounding football clubs in need of help. Kate arranged for her assistant Kristen to go and help St. Leo’s during the clubs bye round as they were short of trainers. Kate has always been around through the tough times and recalls having to be the sole trainer for the club during 2011. When asked about her first game, Kate recalled being thrown into the deep end having to attend to a serious knee injury. Outside of football, Kate is in childcare/nannying and is a personal trainer. She is also a part-time wedding planner and has hers coming up in the not too distant future.
Round 10 - Katherine D’Costa - Dragons FC
The Dragons Football Club would like to nominate our Head Trainer Katherine D’Costa for trainer of the week. Kat has been a part of the Dragons family for the past year and she has recently taken on the head trainer position. With 3 sides playing each week at different venues, Kat would proactively get all our supplies and assist all three sides throughout the day. Although she has worked on the early game with the Club XVIII side, she would volunteer to travel across town to the Reserves and Seniors games to assist our new trainers. Not only she has been working hard on game day, she would help out at training on Tuesdays and Thursdays too. Thanks Kat!!
Round 9 - Julia Caplan - AJAX
Julia Caplan first started at Ajax as a 15 year old running the boundary for the reserves. From there she showed an interest in being around the players change room to assist the physios for the seniors on game day. In seeing Julia's interest in liniment and limbs she was approached in 2009 and asked if she would like to help out as a junior assistant to the trainers for the coming season. Julia showed a genuine interest to be involved and the rest is now history. Now 5 years later, in season 2013 Julia finds herself as one of the most experienced, reliable and much adored at the club. She is a 2nd year student studying occupational therapy at Latrobe University and has also done 3 months voluntary work assisting as a paramedic overseas. AJAX is very fortunate to have a wonderful young lady like Julia assisting our medical team.
Round 8 - Kirsty Rogerson - Hampton Rovers
Kirsty came to an U19 Hampton Rovers game with her father in round 3 2012, to help out as a water carrier. Due to her studies to be a Physical Education Teacher, she became interested in being a sports trainer. Kirsty progressed from being a trainer with the U19 squad, to working with both the reserves & seniors, by mid season. In 2013 Kirsty has progressed further, taking over the reigns as Trainer Manager for the senior club. She attends training on Tuesday & Thursday and of course our Saturday match day for the reserves & seniors. She is also on the first aid officer roster to attend Sunday junior home games. On top of all that is also responsible for placing all the medical supply orders for the whole club including all junior team requirements and manages the weekly roster of trainers to all 4 senior teams. Kirsty recently completed her physical education studies, graduating in May 2013.
Round 7 - Kara Mitchell - UHS-VU
Kara joined the ranks of trainers several years ago and has since become the head trainer at UHS-VU. Along with all other trainers at Uni High, travel often means some very long Saturdays as with our last 2 away games to South Mornington and Beaconsfield. This is always done with a smile of her face.Kara has nearly finished her Osteopathy Course and we feel extremely lucky to have someone of her ability looking after the injured at Brens Oval. Several times this season comments from opposition clubs have come to the committees notice because of her attendance of opposition players injured on the day. Diagnosis and rehabilitation plans are her strong points. Occasionally the coaches don’t quite get the injured players back as quickly as they might want but the health and safety of the individual player is her prime concern.Congratulations are extended from all players, coaching staff and supporters on your well deserved nomination and we hope you continue on professionally assisting us in the years to come.
Round 6 - Jaquinta Young - St Kevin's Old Boys
Jacquinta has been a valued member of the St Kevin’s Old Boys trainer team for two years. Her calm demeanour and extensive knowledge base helps her make excellent decisions in critical situations. She goes above and beyond, recently exemplified by her willingness to assist an opposition player with a significant head injured, which was much appreciated by everyone involved. She often stays and assists beyond her shift finishing, is in charge of restocking the multiple team kits at training, and even helps out with odd jobs around the club. She provides invaluable support to the team's physiotherapist and Melbourne Physiotherapy Group. Jacquinta is currently completing her final year of a physiotherapy degree at La Trobe University. We wish her all the best for her career in sports medicine and thank her for her tireless efforts.
Round 5 - Ally Kalls - North Old Boys St. Patricks
Ally is in her 2nd year at the club and has been elevated to Head Trainer in Season 2013. As Head Trainer of the club Ally orders all consumables, creates the trainers roster for the season, liaises with the coaching staff on injuries and injury prevention as well as carrying out her week to week duties as a trainer. Ally comes to the club from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and has been living in Melbourne for nearly 3 years. She has a Bachelors Degree from the University of British Columbia with a major in Psychology and minor in Biology and is currently studying her 2nd year in Physiotherapy. Ally grew up playing softball and snowboarding.
Round 4 - Tim More - Albert Park
Albert Park Football Club are delighted to nominate Tim More as this week’s trainer of the week. At the weekend, a player from South Mornington broke his leg during the game, and an ambulance was required. Tim came to the aid of this player, and supported the player with his complete attention for at least 40 minutes, while waiting for this ambulance to arrive. Tim is a personal trainer, and sports professional in his day job, and so his expertise is much valued by all at Albert Park and those at South Mornington would also like to commend Tim for the above incident. Tim's effort to help another club as well as his care and attention to detail on all player injuries at Albert Park is to be admired.
Round 3 - Anna Croft - Old Xaverians
Old Xaverians would like to nominate Anna Croft. Anna has been a trainer with us for several years and on the weekend was managing the seniors and reserves teams. Anna performed magnificently considering the nature of the injuries with which she was responsible for administering attention. Across the two games there was a fractured eye socket, fractured fingers, fractured radius and a torn quadriceps muscle. Needless to say it was a busy day! Anna is currently studying physiotherapy at University of Melbourne and enjoys her time at Old Xaverians as a means of gaining valuable experience. The football club is delighted that Anna can receive the recognition of Trainer of the Week.
Round 2 - Ian Wheeler - St Bernard's
Our trainer of the week, in fact our trainer of the year is Ian Wheeler (Lookalike to actor Harvey Kietel) Ian is one of the clubs true characters, and with his rugged Hollywood looks (this picture does him no justice), each week he sets a few player’s mums hearts a flutter! On a serious note: Ian is a former best clubman, multiple VAFA representative trainer and has been the St Bernard’s head trainer for the last 5years co-ordinating a team of 15 training staff across seven teams. Some years ago, Ian along with David Micallef & Tate Pearson from club sponsor Physio Health, instigated Monday night injury assessment and early rehab sessions for all senior players, ensuring players at St Bernard’s receive the very best care and treatment. Ian works tirelessly at the club and his Saturday routine runs from 9am preparations to the last injured player is sorted out around 6pm. It’s people like Ian that make St Bernard’s tick. We feel he is a very worthy candidate for trainer of the week.
Round 1 - Caroline Hyman - Swinburne Uni
Caroline Hyman has served as an enthusiastic and reliable member of the Swinburne Uni AFC committee for the last 4 seasons. Caz received our "Best Club Person" award for the 2011 season and is always diligent with whatever duties are asked of her. Finding reliable trainers has been an issue for our club in the past, so as she so often does, Caroline put her hand up. After being qualified only a month or so ago, Caz has shown initiative in ensuring that out medical supplies and equipment are up to standard ensuring player health and safety. On the weekend, Caz truly showed that we had a genuine star on our hands in her first game as trainer, not only doing a tremendous job in looking after our club’s players, but also helping out an undermanned opposition medical outfit and insuring proper treatment of a pretty seriously injured opposition player. All at Swinburne congratulate Caroline on her nomination.