Flinders Directors of Coaching Biographies

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Flinders’ world-class Directors of Coaching encourage our students to participate in sport and reach their potential. The Directors of Coaching also provide support to the many teachers-in-charge of sport and parents who volunteer as coaches and managers across the various sporting teams and affiliated Finders Clubs. The focus at Flinders is for every student to feel supported to have a go at their chosen sports and to develop characteristics such as determination, resilience and sportsmanship.

To learn more about the mission for our Directors of Coaching, visit our Website News and read the story here.

Francis Donders – Director of Basketball
Originally from Eindhoven/Holland, Francis started playing basketball competitively at eight years old. A few years later, she was selected to play for the Dutch National Team and continued to play for the National Team for over 12 years. Basketball has given her many amazing opportunities all over the world. For over 10 years, she played as a professional athlete in many countries including Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Poland, London and Belarus. Throughout her basketball career, Francis collected many team and individual accolades, championships and national cups.

Some of her most memorable accomplishments include:

  • winning the European championship with her national team in 2009, where she was awarded European Point Guard of the year
  • making the game-winning shot in the German playoffs to collect a bronze medal in 2013
  • winning the double – both the national cup and the national championship – in Minsk, Belarus, to be also rewarded with a spot in the All-Star team and Best Point Guard in 2016.  –
  • winning a Silver medal in the European Baltic League against Russia in 2017
  • winning a Bronze medal in the German National Cup 2018.

For the last few years, Francis has been combining playing professionally in Europe and QBL in Australia. She has been named QBL best 3-point shooter 2016 and QBL defensive player of the year 2017. Throughout her playing career Francis has always worked with kids and has been a basketball skills coach everywhere she’s played. Over the last 10+ years she has worked with many young athletes, enhancing not just their basketball skills and confidence, but also their fitness, physical abilities, speed, strength and conditioning. She loves to see young athletes set goals and work hard to achieve them – however big or small they may seem. Recently, Francis completed a sport development and personal training diploma to enhance players’ performance. To continue to develop and also to provide better support for young athletes, she has decided to study Psychology at USC with a keen interest in sport psychology/sport performance, fitness, health, exercise, self-confidence, anxiety and motivation. Francis is excited to be building the skills and the profile of basketball across the College. She finds it very rewarding to train and coach the young athletes of all skill levels and ages and enjoys being a part of the wonderful community at Flinders.

Rodney Davison – Director of Cricket
As a cricket player, Rod represented New South Wales in 39 First Class and 7 List A matches between 1993 and 2000, being selected primarily as an opening batsman but also a specialist short-leg fielder and part-time leg spinner. Highlights including scoring a century on debut versus Tasmania in November 1993, being awarded Cricket NSW Fielder of the Year in 1993/94 and hitting three consecutive centuries during the 1997/98 season. Throughout 20 seasons of Premier 1st Grade Cricket from 1985/86 to 2005/06, Rod accumulated over 13,500 runs and compiled a total 30 centuries.

As a cricket coach, Rod has progressed from Cricket Australia Community Level 1 Coach in 1985 to Representative Level 2 Coach in 1995 to High Performance Level 3 Coach in 2015/16. Between 2011 to 2018, Rod successfully led John Paul College’s Cricket Program as both Director and Senior First XI Coach. Highlights included coaching the JPC Senior First XI Cricket team to 6 consecutive Premiership victories in The Associated Schools competition from 2012 to 2017. Additionally, Rod coordinated and led overseas cricket tours to India in April 2013, the United Kingdom in June/July of 2015 plus New Zealand in January 2017. In December 2018, he successfully coached the Metropolitan East Schools 13-15 Years Boys Cricket team to win the Queensland Schools’ Championship held in Mackay.

In the capacity of Director of Coaching and Teacher in Charge of Cricket at Matthew Flinders Anglican College, Rod intends to establish an excellence program for cricket, which will complement existing Flinders Cricket Club and College-based teams. Additional development opportunities will be provided through establishing Talent Squad programs for identified senior and junior male and female players, incorporating specialist coaching as well as strength and conditioning training.

Rod will oversee additional cricket fixtures being added to the school calendar and scheduled against identified club and/or school teams where home/away matches can be played on an annual basis and the competitive rivalry is challenging. Rod will also look to provide further opportunities through organising quality coaching clinics scheduled in the school holidays, as well as coordinating future overseas cricket tours for Flinders cricket players (i.e. New Zealand in January 2021 and United Kingdom in June/July 2023). Coach education is a passion of Rod’s and it is also his goal to provide quality workshops, mentoring and upskilling opportunities for Flinders Cricket Coaches leading into each club cricket summer season.

Jodie Kenny – Director of Hockey
Jodie is one of the captains of the 2020 National Hockey Squad and has played more than 220 games for the Hockeyroos since debuting in 2011. Jodie has competed in two Olympic Games (London, 2012 and Rio, 2016), has won a Commonwealth Games Gold Medal (Glascow, 2014) and a Silver Medal (Gold Coast, 2018), and won a Silver Medal at the Hockey World Cup in 2014.

Jodie has been named Hockeyroo of the Year three times; Highest Goal Scorer four times; and nominated for World Player of the Year. As part of the 2nd ranked team in the world, Jodie hopes to help lead the team to a podium finish in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. After the Rio Olympic Games, Jodie took a year’s sabbatical from hockey to have her son, Harrison, and is currently juggling being a mum and an elite athlete. Besides spending time with family and training, Jodie is studying to become a primary school teacher, specialising in health and physical education. She believes that sport can shape a person’s life for the better, not only for the physical benefits but also the academic, social, emotional and psychological benefits that can be gained by participating in sport. She loves encouraging and inspiring children to start, continue or strive to become successful athletes. In her new role at Flinders, she hopes to bring her wealth of knowledge of hockey, along with an understanding of what it takes to become an elite athlete, how to set goals, and how to manage and juggle commitments from sport through to academics.

Lauren Nourse – Director of Netball
As a netballer, Lauren represented Australia as a member of the Diamonds from 2007 – 2011 and is a World Championship Gold Medallist and a Commonwealth Games Silver medalist. She played for the QLD Firebirds from 2004 – 2012 and Captained the team from 2010 – 2012.

Lauren has been at Flinders coaching and co-ordinating all College netball since 2014 and over this time has had many highlights including: 3 Primary Schools Cup Gold Medal winning teams; 2 Vicki Wilson Cup State-wide Championships and 2 QISSN Gold Medals as well as many success within all age groups in our Monday Night Schools Netball Competition here on the Sunshine Coast.

In her role of Director of Coaching and Teacher in Charge of Netball, Lauren encourages participation and enjoyment for all netballers of all abilities. She loves to encourage girls to be healthy and active in a team environment and to provide everyone an opportunity to excel in sport. She looks forward to contributing further in her role as Director of the Flinders Elite Athlete Program. Lauren to oversee the program and work one-on-one with the students to ascertain their needs and the support that can be provided to help them achieve within their sport and academically.

Paul Arnison – Director of Soccer 
Paul Arnison played professional soccer in the UK for almost 20 years for teams such as Newcastle United in the English Premier League where he captained the reserve team for almost three years. While he did not break into the first team, which at the time included several world class and international players such as Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley, David Ginola, John Barnes and managers of calibre such as Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson, he appreciated the opportunity to train and be coached by them on a daily basis.

In 2000, Paul moved on to his hometown team, Hartlepool United, where he made his professional debut at the age of 21, scoring for the first time the following week. Paul then played for Carlisle United for six years. Achievement included relegations, promotions, cup finals at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales in front of 50,000 fans – a time of his life he will never forget. Unfortunately, his team lost to Swansea City that day but to play in a Big Cup Final in front of family and friends and thousands of screaming fans was a fantastic experience.

Paul left Carlisle United at the age of 30 and had a knee operation which kept him off the field for three months during that time. Paul was then picked up for Bradford City before moving to Darlington FC, his final professional club in the United Kingdom.

Paul had many highs and lows at Darlington. He says he could write a book with some of the stories from his time there. Paul says one of the best moments in his career was playing at the new Wembley Stadium (England’s National Stadium ) in a non-League Cup Final. Paul fondly remembers walking his two sons – who were club mascots – out alongside him. To then win the game in the last minute of extra time and to walk up the famous Wembley steps to lift the trophy just made the occasion that little bit more special for him.

In 2013, Paul and his family emigrated to Australia and settled on the Sunshine Coast. He coached and played at the Sunshine Coast Fire for three years, played for Noosa FC and then Caboolture FC. Paul decided to hang up the boots and give something back to this favourite game which has served him well from the age of 16 to the day before his 40th birthday.

Paul now runs Paul Arnison’s Soccer Skills Clinics, coaches Flinders Football and at the beginning of 2019 took the Head Coaches role at the Sunshine Wanderers Soccer Club who recently won promotion to the Queensland National Premier League.

Paul says, “In my Director of Coaching role here at Matthew Flinders Anglican College, I run training sessions during lunch time to get the kids out enjoying kicking a soccer ball around. In Terms 1 and 4 we have our SCISSA programs for both boys and girls and in recent times participation numbers have increased greatly. We are beginning to get great turnouts for training and that shows in the game play. We are now competing with St Andrews and Suncoast Christian College in grand finals, which demonstrates the great work from all soccer coaches/staff. I love my job coaching soccer. We have such great talent here on the Sunshine Coast and I get great satisfaction from seeing the kids enjoying football and playing with a smile on their faces.”

Peta Rogerson – Director of Touch Football
Growing up on the Sunshine Coast, Peta had a love for all sports but excelled in the sport of Touch Football.  She played at an elite level representing Australia from 2005 – 2015. Peta was Vice Captain of the Australian Women’s Open Team and Captain of the Queensland and Sunshine Coast Women’s Open teams. During her elite playing career Peta played in 3 World Cups and over 54 International games. She has also always given back to the sport in coaching roles.

Peta has coached the under 15s Sunshine Coast School Girls, Under 18s Sunshine Coast School Girls, Under 18s Queensland School Girls, Sunshine Coast Women’s Open and various local affiliate club development teams. In her new role as Touch Football Director of Coaching for Matthew Flinders College Peta aims to encourage students to get involved in sport.

She is a strong believer of sport complimenting students academia and general life skills by building self confidence, teamwork, discipline and self efficacy.  She looks forward to working with students of all abilities and providing a pathway for students to play Touch Football at an elite representative level. More importantly Peta wants to provide students with a positive sporting role model.

Peter Jones – Director of Volleyball
Peter Jones has represented Australia in both Indoor and Beach Volleyball at various events between 1992 to 2007. After winning the Most Valuable Player award at the 1995 National Indoor Volleyball Championships, he travelled to California, USA to focus on Beach Volleyball. He ranked #3 on the Australian Beach Volleyball Series in 2003 and obtained a World Ranking of #72 and later focused on establishing a community and pathway for youth and adults in Melbourne called ‘Vic Beach’. 

Throughout this time, he has coached a number of National Junior Beach Volleyball champions, including Commonwealth Games champion Damian Schumann and then went on to coach Natalie Cook and Tamsin Barnett to the London Olympic Games with Gold Medal coach, Steve Anderson.

Peter is keen to increase student engagement and experience of the sport by building continuity in the delivery of coaching from Year 7 to 12. Students need to be confident if they are to become successful and the intention of the Volleyball program is to build confidence in children through the game of volleyball.

Director of Water Polo – To be appointed. 

Director of Rugby – To be appointed.