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Maria Hassan

Qualifications
IAAF Level 3 Middle Distance
Athletics NZ Levels 1 & 2 Middle Distance
Sport Canterbury Level 1
Certificate in Exercise Science

Disciplines
Middle Distance Track, cross country and road running
Cycling & mountainbiking
Duathlon & triathlon
 
Representative Career 
Former NZ road cycling champion including two time Commonwealth Games Representative
Former Canterbury track, road and cross country runner
 
Coaching Achievements
2010 Middle Distance Coach Junior Worlds Team – Moncton Canada
2008, 2010 Athletics Canterbury Coach of Year
2008 and 2009 North Canterbury Coach of Year
1997 Sport Canterbury Fair Play Award

Current Status
Coach squad middle distance and endurance athletes in Rangiora and Christchurch, also have other athletes in various parts of New Zealand
Squad athletes include NZ representatives and National champions Angie Smit and Hannah Newbould
Large group of up and coming development athletes including Sarah McSweeney, Simon Gannaway, Thomas Holmes, Flora Brocherie, Louise Harvey, Laura Smith
National Middle Distance Coach (Rio 2016 squad)

Coaching Philosophy
To encourage and help my athletes to become the best athlete they can be and to succeed at the highest level they are capable of. I want my athletes to enjoy their sport, to have fun, maintain a balance in their lives and to continually learn from their experiences as an athlete. I will endeavour to treat each of my athletes as an individual, and to provide a safe training environment for my athletes. To continue learning and developing as a coach.
 
Interests
Middle distance and endurance coaching
Female athlete issues
Development through teenage years
Development to elite level
Strong focus on rest and recovery
Ensure athletes have a good life balance
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