IT took 20 years of coaching other people's children before Vickie Ison finally got to coach one of her own.
The Moura Tigers Juniors under-6s coach celebrated her two decades in rugby league by coaching her six-year-old son Cody.
“It has always been a dream of mine to coach my own child,” the 36-year-old mother said.
“Last year I decided that I was going to give football a break for a while; however, Cody came home and asked me if he could play football, but he would only play if I coached him.
“He has been on the sidelines since he was five days old and has never shown any interest in playing football, so I didn't think he would play; he now loves playing.
“It is very hard to coach your own child as you don't want to be seen favouring them,” said the mother of three.
Ison started coaching junior teams with the Booval Swifts in the Ipswich competition in 1990 when she was 16 and had a long stint at Brothers before a move to Moura led to her coaching the Tigers under-8s in 2003.
Ison also strapped on the boots herself and was a pioneer for women playing in the sport when she played for the Booval Swifts Women's team in 1994.
The five-eighth played for five years, represented Brisbane and was a member of the Queensland Women's representative team in 1995 and 1996.
This year, she coached the under-6s, refereed and was the first aid officer.
Last year, Ison also served as registrar and fundraiser roles on the committee.
“I love watching, playing, coaching and refereeing the game of rugby league; I love to see kids playing in a team and improving with each game.
“I was once told that I was too passionate about the game and I don't think there is anything wrong with being passionate; I love coaching like it is a job.”
Ison said a highlight of her long involvement was winning the NRL Harvey Norman Women In League Volunteer award.
“It was great to be recognised for all the hard work and dedication I have put into the game of rugby league.”
Watching youngsters she has coached go on to higher representative levels and taking the Moura children to play at halftime of the Brisbane Broncos game in 2004 and 2007 were other highlights.
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