Sydney University Touch Club stalwart and founding President, Gary Reynolds, has recently been appointed to the position of Head Coach of the Scottish Mens Open National team. Reynolds, who recently moved to Edinburgh for work, was approached by the Scottish Touch Association’s National Squad Management Committee to take on the job of coaching the country’s elite Mens players.
Reynolds is passionate about the sport of Touch and was responsible for the formation of Sydney University Touch Club in 2001, where he held the role of President for five years. He is a qualified referee, coach and selector and has played the sport at a regional level by competing for his home region in Mixed Open for the Hunter Western Hornets at the 2004 National Touch League.
Reynolds was surprised by the appointment and when asked about the position said “It is obviously an honour to be appointed to coach a National team, and it is a role that I am excited about.
“I hope that I can provide the team with the required knowledge, skills and direction to achieve their goal at the upcoming Home Nations tournament this August. There are players with real potential in this squad, and now it is my job to harness that and turn it into success.”
For the Scottish teams this is the beginning of their push for better results at the next World Cup in 2011, which will be played in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. Reynolds has his work cut out for him with the Scottish Mens team (currently ranked 7th in the world) failing to make the final of the last Home Nations event.
For more information contact:
Shari Wakefield – Communications & Publications Co-ordinator, Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness