13.4 C
Byron Shire
April 21, 2021

Former Australia coach signs with Byron Bay FC

Latest News

Byron Drag Racers World Record

The local AAA Racing motorcycle team have set a new world record in 100cc class, as well as a top national speed in 50cc class at the recent Australian Speed Week held at Salt Lake Gairdner, South Australia.

Other News

SCU named as partner in two national drought hubs

Southern Cross University has been announced as playing a crucial partnership role in two new Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs.

Head-on crash car traveling in wrong direction

Police say that two men are in hospital after an accident on the M1 overnight, when emergency services responded to reports of a crash involving two cars near Clothiers Creek

Affordable myth

Patricia Warren, Brunswick Heads There is a ‘myth of affordable housing’ in Byron Shire. Well may councillors lament the lack of ‘affordable...

Pottsville policing forum asks the hard questions

Members of the Pottsville and Tweed Coast community say that in response to an increase in criminal activity in the area and their request for increased police presence, they were hosting a police presentation at Pottsville.

Help from Red Cross for flood-affected communities in NSW

With disasters coming thick and fast as the climate emergency worsens, Australian Red Cross this morning launched financial help for flood-affected communities in NSW.

Tweed council adopts Jack Evans Boat Harbour plan

The Tweed Shire Council has announced that they have adopted the Plan of Management for the Jack Evans Boat Harbour precinct.

Belinda Wilson will coach the Rams in 2020. Photo supplied

W-League Premiership winner and former Australian U 17 coach,  Belinda Wilson has been appointed as the Byron Bay Services Club Rams’ head coach for 2020 season.

Wilson is the Far North Coast’s first-ever female coach of a men’s premier division team. She will also continue in her role as a women’s football consultant for FIFA.

It’s a homecoming for the former Brisbane Roar coach who grew-up in Byron Bay and started her career by coaching her younger brother’s team from U/6s through to U/13s. 

After leaving Australia in 2006 Wilson joined the Asian Football Confederation to become director of women’s Football. She took her first full-time coaching role in Norway.

In Australia, Wilson was involved in elite football development with Football NSW, NSW Institute of Sport, Football Queensland and the Queensland Academy of Sport. It was while in Brisbane that she was appointed head coach of the U/17 Australian Women’s National Team who competed in the World Cup Qualifiers in China.

‘I am happy to be home again and be in a position where I can give back to the club that gave me my first opportunity and access to coaching licences that enabled me to start on a career path that I did not see coming,’ said Wilson.

‘As a kid I was not allowed to play football as girls could not play in the boy’s competitions in those days, so thankfully I was able to start coaching instead.’

Wilson says that gender should not be a barrier to coaching and hopes her appointment will inspire another generation of female coaches to come from the Far North Coast.

‘I dreamt that I would play for Australia but the access was not there for me to do that as a player, but as a coach I did.

‘Clubs are responsible to provide opportunities and access, and I was fortunate that Byron Bay did not stop me from coaching boy’s teams back when I first started, or the men’s team today,’ she said.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Your Local Club Academy Games

The North Coast Academy of Sport prepared its largest squad ever to compete at the 2021 Your Local Club Academy Games, held in the Hunter region last weekend.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 21 April, 2021

Check out entertainment listings for the week, with music, dance, cinema and all sorts events happening in and around the Byron Shire

Interview with Toni Childs

Internationally celebrated musician, Emmy winner and three times Grammy nominee Toni Childs is bringing her show to The Brunswick Picture House. With two acts, Childs is promising a special two hour performance as she celebrates her vast catalogue of music, which also saw her celebrate the 30th anniversary of her critically acclaimed album Union in 2019.

Jungle juice

There are times when water just doesn’t cut it. And luckily, for those times, there is Jungle Juice.