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Thursday May 19, 11

CanoeKayak Canada Dragon Boat coaching module

Saturday May 14, 11

Exciting new for Dragon Boat coaches in Canada!

As of May 9, 2011 you can now get full NCCP Dragon Boat coaching certification under CanoeKayak Canada’s new Entry Level Competitive Coaching (ELCC) program! The Dragon Boat program is one of two new big boat modules offered to canoe-kayak coaches; dragon boat and war canoe.

If you already have ELCC certification from CanoeKayak Canada, you can add on a four hour big boat module.  For coaches without any CanoeKayak Canada ELCC certification,  you will need to take the NCCP Part A theory course as a prerequisite then take the big boat module of your choice as a two and half days (19 hours) stand alone course.  For coaches interested in pursuing “advanced gradation” you will also need NCCP Part B theory to earn this recognition.

In BC, visit CanoeKayak BC for more information on these courses


This week on myTwitter

Sunday May 8, 11

Connections in swimming

Sunday April 10, 11

Every now and again a new idea, or in this case a comparative coaching idea from another sport, yields a reward.

In today’s swim session I tried to import a coaching concept from kayak that I learned about a few years back (ok maybe a decade ago from Dr. Imre Kemecsey) and reapplied Saturday on my coaching session with Vancouver Ocean Sports.  The recycled idea is that of power circles.

The power circle concept is “relatively simple”, as a coach you associate a progression of technical elements with (or through) the relevant joints and muscles AND mental pathways needed to effect that element.  Power circles are an excellent visual mapping tool for sports with complex technical elements executed through multi-segmental movement acting in three or more rotational planes (i.e. canoe-kayak, swimming, xc skiing, gymnastics, dance, etc.).

There are innumerable power circles linking all the physical and technical elements together.  The resulting mental map of a sport’s power circles creates a very robust and flexible web of connections.

The application of this coaching technique is tricky as you have to understand the causal pathways required to effect the technique in question.  Most importantly, you have to know where a movement originates and where that movement ends.  Furthermore, as a coach you can’t rely on  visual demonstration any longer.  You have to develop clear verbal descriptions and engage your athletes in ongoing discussions as they learn the required connections.



DB coaching articles

Thursday July 30, 09

The first two article from our Dragon Boat Coaching Manual, on safety and the team are now posted!

Engineered Athletes in action

Tuesday August 19, 08

Here is a quick update on some of the Engineered Athletes and teams I coach.

IDBF Club Crew Championships (Penang, Malaysia): Dragon Boat

Victoria BC’s Gorging Dragons (training program and performance analyses) earned a Silver medal in the 500 m, and Bronze medals in the 2000 m and the 200 m and 2nd in the 500 m premier division mixed crew races.

full results coming…

IVF Sprint Outrigger World Championships (Sacramento CA): outrigger canoeing

Kathryn Ginther of Penticton BC (training program, technique and performance analyses) came home with three Bronze medals from the V6 1000 m, V6 500 and V12 500 m events.

full results

Canadian Triathlon Championships (Kelowna BC)


Martina Wan (full program, performance analyses and technical coaching support) announced herself in her first elite race as an up and coming force to be reckoned with in women’s triathlon.

On the bike, Martina worked super hard and was the strongest rider in the chase pack as reflected in her 4th fastest bike split! She performed a clinic in T2 skills posting the second fastest bike to run transition and led the chase pack onto the run in 6th places.  Martina pushed harder than she ever had in a race to finish 11th overall and 8th Canadian!

Well done Martina!


2008 World Champion and now 2008 Canadian F4044 Champion; Stephanie Kieffer (full program, performance analyses and technical coaching support) was unstoppable!

Stephanie was also 3rd overall in the women, but only after the the eventual winner and second place finisher had chased her down on the run.

With over 25 participants in the race, LETC (program and technical coaching) was solid across the board with four podium appearance and nine automatic qualifications (q) for the 2009 ITU Olympic Distance Worlds in Australia!

11 8CAN ELITE Martina Wan TP
22:03 1:10:11 0:42:04 2:16:10
10 10 3M40-44 Alan Carlsson q 20:50 1:02:18 0:40:39 2:05:45
41 3 1F40-44 Stephanie Kieffer TP q 21:29 1:06:30 0:44:20 2:14:23
66 61 7M25-29 Doug Giles q 29:41 1:05:47 0:40:57 2:18:29
76 69 8M25-29 Rob Eakin q 27:36 1:07:04 0:43:33 2:20:22
117 17 3F20-24 Justine Clift q 24:51 1:10:57 0:46:52 2:25:04
167 33 4F30-34 Elizabeth Urbach q 29:22 1:11:43 0:46:14 2:29:55
174 140 16M25-29 Brian Roth 27:35 1:09:59 0:50:35 2:30:35
175 35 7F35-39 Lynda McCue q 28:56 1:13:47 0:45:32 2:30:43
196 47 7F25-29 Jody Wright q 26:17 1:12:51 0:50:23 2:32:21
248 72 16F35-39 Heather Caldwell 26:08 1:17:49 0:50:22 2:37:36
265 191 30M30-34 Andrew Harlos 28:35 1:14:04 0:53:47 2:39:23
271 79 18F35-39 Stacy Gorkoff 27:57 1:19:18 0:48:13 2:40:21
289 84 14F25-29 Nicole Warren 29:14 1:19:06 0:50:19 2:41:43
294 208 35M30-34 Michael Ryan* 34:58 1:13:01 0:49:59 2:42:14
297 210 35M35-39 Denis “9½” Peregrym 36:13 1:09:04 0:54:22 2:42:25
316 220 35M45-49 Stan Rogowski* 32:39 1:20:01 0:46:21 2:44:29
326 226 28M50-54 Clayton Reichert 36:02 1:12:57 0:53:45 2:45:42
340 103 19F25-29 Caylee Wasilenko 24:41 1:21:28 0:58:12 2:46:48
342 104 20F25-29 Erin Bigelow 29:53 1:21:27 0:51:57 2:47:10
343 105 20F35-39 Alison Thompson TP 31:11 1:18:56 0:53:52 2:47:28
353 112 11F45-49 Bronwyn Masson 32:35 1:16:34 0:56:19 2:49:09
454 162 2F18-19 Andrea Reichert* 25:27 1:27:42 1:03:00 2:59:39
540 218 45F30-34 Marnie Richter* 35:52 1:28:26 1:11:48 3:19:59
554 229 2F65-69 Mary Battell TP q 41:55 1:32:00 1:08:28 3:28:16

TP Engineered Athlete training program

* LETC Alumni

q qualifier for 2009 Worlds

full results