David Parkin - AFL Legend

AFL Coaching Ambassador, Premiership Winning Coach and Player

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David Parkin is presently an Australian Football League (AFL) Coaching Ambassador who mentors coaches at different levels around Australia. He also won Premierships as a coach with Carlton in 1981, 1982 and 1995, and Hawthorn in 1978. During his playing days at Hawthorn he captained the team to the 1971 Premiership. He served as Executive Officer of the Australian Football Coaches Association in 1989-90 and as President of the Association in 1994 and 1995. He has written a number of publications on children’s sport and Australian Rules football. For his efforts, he was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame in 2002.

He has had a long career in education as well. He taught in primary school and has spent many years in teacher education. His knowledge and expertise are used as a motivational speaker for people across different sections of society.

I was fortunate to have a long association with the Scouts, from Cubbing through to Scouting and senior Scouts. For me, Scouting provided a real sense of belonging to a team. The young men I shared that experience with became my real friends. Some have still remained great mates today. We learnt early that the sum of the parts never quite worked as effectively as the whole. There was a strength in the “team”, which provided a special sense of satisfaction and a power in performance and outcome.

“Scouting also challenged me. We were taken into environments, and asked to undertake tasks that our normal lives excluded. Like in sport, I realised that planning and preparation determined the result in most things. But most of all, it provided me with very specific leadership opportunities. My ability to get people on-side and working diligently for a common cause, had its origins in Scouting.