Australian Taekwondo athlete coaches Abby Sangalang and Thomas Auger have been selected into the Australian Institute of Sport's new Elevate Coach program.
The AIS Elevate Coach program collaborates with leading tertiary institutions, La Trobe University, the University of Sydney and the University of Queensland, to deliver selected professional development.
The two focus groups of pathway coaches include one for women coaches and another for former high-performance athletes now focused on coaching.
Sangalang is one of 28 female coaches from 20 different sports participating in the AIS Elevate Women Coach program.
"Being a part of a program that seeks to recognise and develop more diverse individuals to believe in and assume roles to better high-performance sport in Australia has made the experience all the more fulfilling," said Sangalang.
"I'm looking forward to continuing the next few months of learning to help guide and support the next generation of Australian Taekwondo athletes."
Auger is one of 47 coaches chosen from 27 sports for the Athlete2Coach Program.
"I've learnt a lot from the program already. It's taught me a lot of the nuances of coaching that I hadn't considered before, and it encourages me to think outside the box in my approach to coaching, communicating and dealing with people."
"This opportunity has helped the transition from athlete to coach become a lot smoother and will ultimately make me a better coach."