Abbotsford Head Coach Jason Young was the recent recipient of the Gerald McGavin Award for coaching excellence. Part of this prestigious honor was a trip to a club in another country to shadow their coaching staff. In late January, Young travelled to Australia to train along side the Brumbies.
Jason Young, the 2009 Gerald McGavin Coaching Award recipient has just returned from his professional development experience with the Brumbies Rugby organization in Australia.
The Gerald McGavin Coaching Award (GMCA) is presented annually to one British Columbia coach to acknowledge their efforts in the local rugby community and offers them an opportunity to experience professional rugby abroad.
Young was recognized for his 20 years of coaching at the high school, regional, provincial, and national level.
While in Australia, Young sat in on team and unit meetings, worked with the professional players and got a taste for the academy setup both on and off the field. The trip was highlighted by a trip to Sydney to see two games. Young watched the Academy team play the Western Force and then watched the Western Force play against the Australian Barbarians.
“The Brumbies are a world class organization and they made me feel like I was a part of it,” Young said.
“Their coaching staff and their players were approachable and made time for questions and comments during their busy schedule. I couldn’t wait to come home and start using the new knowledge that I have gained. It was like I was reenergized as a coach – it was a great feeling being rewarded off the field for my on field efforts.”
Gerald McGavin played for British Columbia and thereafter excelled in the business, professional and cultural community of Vancouver and BC. In 1999 he was made a Member of the Order of Canada and in 2006 he was appointed to the Order of BC. Through his love of the game, he has created an invaluable award that demonstrates his appreciation for what a positive influence rugby has in developing young people.