The head coach for Dulwich College talks about coaching, science and success.
01:00 Background in rowing – my experience was you could either have fun or win, not both.
03:45 The Australian national champs were amazing. It includes the national team, juniors and clubs all together.
07:00 Joining a club part way through the season.
We had 6 weeks to the BUCS regatta… I tried to increase fitness.
10:00 I listened to all the athletes. It’s their programme not mine.
Happy squads are made when you match what they say that they want against what you can control.
Training to suit their ambitions.
15:00 The arms race in junior rowing. It doesn’t exist – win at all costs is dead. That’s a welfare issue. People do a lot of training and the gossip machine feeds perceptions.
19:30 Cath Bishop’s book – the Long Win is recommended
We don’t want winning to be the end of the story.
I am in a research group – researching elite athletes and how they are looked after. There is different thinking. What do you get out of it?
23:45 Drugs and Olympians. How we engage with supplements – that industry is unregulated. UK has a poor outlook on performance enhancement. It’s seen as “clever” to beat the WADA testing.
Doping is an athlete welfare issue.
27:30 I get told these things confidentially by athletes in my research group. The athletes are seen as a commodity to sell products and marketing.
32:00 Rowing as a sport could collaborate more. If we aren’t threatened. But less so if our goals are similar. Could lead to more innovation rather than keeping secrets.