IPSWICH Athletics Club is rightly proud of its dedicated band of coaches who voluntarily give their time to helping young aspiring athletes chase their dreams.
Now with many youngsters eyeing off a chance to compete at the Brisbane Olympics the coaching team has taken on an even more prominent role.
One of the stars in the coaching ranks is Marty Stolberg who has been with the Ipswich club for more than 10 years.
Marty recently returned from a successful Australian All Schools Track and Field Championships in Adelaide where her daughter, Toby, took gold in the Under 17yrs High Jump.
Following the meet Marty was told she had been selected on the Athletics Australia Jumps Advisory panel.
This selection, which is highly recognised by her peers throughout Australia, followed her appointment as the Queensland Team Jumps manager for the 2022 nationals.
During the titles Marty helped many Queensland athletes to overcome their nerves with most competing for the first time on an Australian championship level.
Marty’s selection to the first ever Athletics Australia’s Women in High Performance Coaching (WIHPC) Program will see her in regular contact with Athletics Australia’s elite coaches and will also see her attend coaching programs in Melbourne.
She joins an elite group of just 10 coaches.
Many of Ipswich’s talented young athletes have already been guided over the years by Marty with her involvement in Ipswich Little Athletics prior to the senior club.
She was awarded Life Membership to the Ipswich District Athletics Club last year in recognition to her outstanding contribution to helping young athletes improve and enjoy their sporting careers.