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Alfred takes on Hill

Monday, 17th February, 2020

Silver City Scorpions assistant coach Alfred Welsh, who is volunteering his time to help train local players. Silver City Scorpions assistant coach Alfred Welsh, who is volunteering his time to help train local players.

By Myles Burt

Alfred Welsh has been welcomed by the Silver City Scorpions - and has already begun training players after moving to Broken Hill.

Broken Hill’s newest resident, Welsh, arrived three weeks ago from Sydney after his wife received a job as Assistant Principal at Broken Hill North Public School.

Welsh also teaches at Broken Hill North Public School, but in his free time has been volunteering as an assistant coach to train local rugby league players from the Silver City Scorpions.

Welsh said after seeing the first training session, he then decided to put his hand up to help condition and improve local player performance.

“It’s nice I think to give them a different outlook on how you can train, the requirements and fitness,” Welsh said.

He’s already managed to pick out the committed players after running an intense fitness-orientated training session last week, seeing who came back for the next training session.

Welsh said he sees good potential in some of the players within the Scorpions, who will go well when the local rugby league season starts back up.

“My aim is to try and upskill locals and get them involved in a sport that is healthy as well as for their physical wellbeing,” Mr Welsh said.

So far, Mr Welsh said he feels Scorpions players have been enjoying and appreciating his training input.

“I think so, no one’s sworn at me yet,” he joked.

Originally from the small North Island town of Taipa, New Zealand, Welsh has had an extensive history in sport through coaching and playing rugby union his whole life.

Welsh said back in his hometown of Taipa, a town significantly smaller than Broken Hill, sport is a popular and important activity.

“Everyone plays sport, it’s a big thing on weekends,” Mr Welsh said.

“Otherwise you’ve got to stay home and do work.”

His daughter, Botille Vette-Welsh, is currently playing in the Australian NRLW.

Botille is a fullback for the Australian Jillaroos, NRLW NSW State of Origin team, Maori Women’s and St George Illawarra Dragons.

Botille is now competing in the Australian Rugby Nines side for the Dragons.

Welsh has coached teams over an array of sports such as athletics, cross-country, rugby union, rugby league, surfing, swimming and touch rugby. His passion for coaching sport has also led him to receive New Zealand’s Volunteer Coach of the Year back in 2006.

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