Q and A with Coaching Association Canada
Questions To coach:
- What is your greatest coach moment/achievement?
Helping my athletes achieve a high level of success in sport while also overcoming the barriers associated with competition that come with the territory of competing at the highest level and their personal best.
- What are three things you think every coach should know?
Their personal Vision, Mission and Plan to facilitate their vision and mission and goals as a coach.
- Why did you become a coach?
Realizing I had a deep passion and understanding for helping athletes and how I enjoy playing a key role in others success and seeing individuals achieving their dreams and goals.
- How would your athletes describe your coaching style?
Intuitive, simple minded and strategic.
- How much time & effort does your coaching take up?
My coaching takes up on avg 3-4 hours of my time daily and my effort and moves both in training strategies, race strategies and tactics, are always my best foot forward and well thought out.
- Why is being a coach the best job in the world?
Because you have the opportunity to play a major role influencing others success and dreams and that’s an amazing feeling.
- What is your funniest coaching blooper/error?
Forgetting my shoes during one of my key marque group coached sessions. Doh.
- What do you do when you are lacking creativity while coaching?
Seek out conversations and events with other like minded coaches and scroll the web for coaching inspired content like Ted Talks, Olympic related content, latest sport science research, athlete success and perseverance stories etc.
- What is the toughest thing about being a coach?
Not being able to entirely control the variables and outcomes of your athletes performance. Sport and life has many variables and you can not control them all.
- What is your training motto?
Specifically train for the demands of your sport while incorporating sport science strategies in a common sense and practical manner.
- What is the thing you like the least about coaching?
Not being able to help the performance of athletes I don’t have the opportunity to work with. It’s hard to know you could make a major difference in someones performance with a few small changes but not have the opportunity to do so.
- What song do you play on your iPod/in your car right before a game/championship?
I listen to music regularly and it changes often. I jump out of bed with motivation and inspiration improve myself daily.
- If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be and why?
I wouldn’t just yet because every year I get older I become more wiser and better as a person. Self improvement is never ending and unfortunately you have to age in order for that to happen.
- If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
A sporting event where people are happily engaged and enjoying every moment of participation.
- If you could meet a famous athlete/coach in your sport, who would it be?
I’m not sure. Perhaps Joe Friel? He coaches from a very practical and simple attitude of doing things.
- When was the last time you were really nervous while coaching and why?
I was nervous when Emily Batty was sprinting for the bronze at the Olympics in Rio, but fourth place in the world is amazing. I’m also optimistic that a bronze medal at World Championships is amazing as well.
- If one song were to describe your life, what song would it be?
Ben Harper – with my own two hands because your life and the change you inflict on our world is entirely up to you.
- Mention one goal. When do you hope to accomplish it?
To have enough resources to better the lives of others and I hope to accomplish that by 2017.