When it comes to mentoring the next generation, former Aussie 7s representative Boyd Killingworth couldn’t be better placed.
Killingworth is a primary school teacher, and outside of the classroom stays involved in rugby union as the Warringah Rats Colts Coach.
When the opportunity came up for Killingworth to take his coaching to the next level through the Level 3 Emerging Talent Coach Program, it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.
“I found the program challenging, enjoyable and interesting all at the same time,” Killingworth said.
“I wasn’t too sure what to expect heading in, but the content was applied in an interesting and fun way.
“I thought I knew rugby, but the program challenged the way I think of the sport and that was a massive learning experience for me.
“I’ve been playing rugby since I was 10 years old, so to still be learning new things is so great,” he said.
Despite hailing from different backgrounds, KIllingworth said it was reassuring to know that everyone was there to pursue a common goal.
“It was a very interesting room - there were people who have all had different experiences with the sport,” Killingworth said.
“From teachers, to junior coaches and former players, but the one thing we had in common is we were all there for the same reason - to improve our coaching.
With applications for the 2022/23 intake now open, Killingworth urged those interested to definitely get involved.
“You will 100% come out of it (Level 3 Emerging Talent Coach Program) as a better rugby person, and coach,” Killingworth said.
“It challenges what you think you know about rugby, and there’s so much more to learn,” he said.