Local golf coach, Christian Rainey, topped a field of 150 coaches to be named best community coach in Tasmania on Monday. Rainey was presented with the award by independent MP, Andrew Wilkie, at a ceremony conducted at St Therese s Primary School. The award highlights best practice and recognises outstanding achievements in coaching within the Australian Sports Commission s Active After-school Communities program. The program provides primary school-aged children with access to free sport and other structured physical activity programs in the after-school time slot of 3.00pm to 5.30pm. It aims to engage traditionally inactive children in sport and other structured physical activities, and through a positive and fun experience, develop a love of sport that inspires them to join a local sporting club. Rainey has been an integral member of the AASC coaching team since 2005, delivering in excess of 500 golf sessions at 36 schools across the State. Christian s flexible approach and ability to modify programs are his greatest assets, said Australian Sports Commission State Manager, Blair Brownless. One of the best examples of Christian s commitment to the program is his willingness to travel great distances to deliver golf to children in country areas. Christian has conducted regular programs in Triabunna, Oatlands and Bruny Island where attendees all received specialised coaching. added Brownless. When asked about his involvement in the AASC program Rainey responded with It’s more than just getting kids to a golf course. The AASC program creates an avenue for kids to have a fun, positive golfing experience, not just on a school oval, but importantly, at a golf club. The AASC program provides a critical link in the pathway of junior golf development and it is my hope that many of them join local club programs in the future, added Rainey.