Congratulations go to ABBTF’s WA State Manager who was last week presented with the Community Junior Cricket Coach of the Year Award 2016-17 for the Greater Perth metro region. Dean Pearson was selected from a field of 7 nominations representing 30+ junior squads that make up the Community Junior Cricket Council competition. The junior teams play a mix of 54 overs and Twenty20 cricket and 11 of Dean’s squad of 14 also play District Cricket, so it’s fair to say they’re an enthusiastic lot – playing all weekend.
Dean has coached cricket for some years and AFL before that. He thrives on working with young people, just as he does in his work-life with ABBTF, helping young people be the best they can be. He believes there are lots of synergies between the two roles when you consider that at ABBTF he is identifying talent for the Bricklaying Certificate and trade, coaching and supporting young people to bring out the confidence to develop the skills that will follow.
He told me “I just love working with youth, seeing them develop over time into young men and women, watching them learn that co-operating as part of a team is what get results, whether it’s in cricket or on a bricklaying site.”
His own junior cricket squad that he coaches, Riverton Rossmoyne, is having a great run having won the T20 Cup and Grand Final in January and at the time of writing this blog, they’re currently in the middle of the 2 Day Grand Final, which they look like they’ll win too. Bricklaying Apprenticeship start-ups, on the other hand, have slowed over the past year with the cyclical fall in economic activity in WA but Dean and his team are working to maintain interest among young people and employers through networking and training opportunities, much of which you’ll see Dean’s reported on in blogs at this website.
At ABBTF offices around the country, we’re delighted for Dean that his passion and dedication to supporting the development of young people has been recognised in the form of this Certificate of Achievement, Coach of the Year Award. Well done Dean, keep up the fantastic work.