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Rio’s road race the biggest challenge yet

By: Brad McGee •  4 years ago •   I STARTED COMPETING IN CYCLING AT THE AGE OF 10. THE YOUNGEST OF A FAMILY OF 4 BOYS, WE WERE HEAVILY INTO SPORTS AND ALL TRANSITIONED INTO CYCLING AND RACING IN THE 80S...
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No Shortcut to Success

By: Chris O'Brien •  4 years ago •   GROWING UP, MY FATHER WAS A ROWING COACH AND I SPENT MANY YEARS SITTING IN THE COACHING LAUNCH WITH HIM, EVENTUALLY PROGRESSING FROM COX TO ROWING THROUGH SCHOOL AND IN TURN CLUB. MY...
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The Olympics are not a Utopia

By: Michael Bohl •  4 years ago •   WITH AN OLYMPIC GAMES, THERE ARE MANY DISTRACTIONS. I WASN’T REALLY PREPARED FOR THESE WHEN I WENT TO MY FIRST OLYMPICS IN BARCELONA, AT 29 YEARS OF AGE. I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO...
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Bill Sweetenham: The Medal-maker

By: Bill Sweetenham AM •  4 years ago •   By Sarah Bailey and Stewart Fleming, CoachingLife Magazine BILL SWEETENHAM IS NOT A QUITTER. NOR IS HE THE SHY, RETIRING TYPE TO QUIETLY DOWN TOOLS AND TAKE UP KNITTING INSTEAD. FOR BILL,...
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Gold Medals Start in the Mind

By: Kerri Pottharst •  4 years ago •   I GOT INVOLVED IN VOLLEYBALL BY ACCIDENT. I WAS A LANKY, SKINNY, 6-FOOT-TALL TEENAGER, AND WAS TEASED A LOT FOR BEING MUCH TALLER THAN EVERYBODY ELSE. O ne night, my brother asked me...
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12 Strange Discontinued Olympic Events

By: CoachingLife •  4 years ago •   1 200M SWIMMING OBSTACLE RACE  Competitors had to climb over a pole, then scramble over a row of boats, then swim under another row of boats. Only ever held once, and Australian Frederick Lane...
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What it takes to follow the dream

By: Andrej Lemanis •  4 years ago •   I STARTED PLAYING AT AGE 6 IN THE U10S AT COBURG. MY PARENTS ARE LATVIAN AND BASKETBALL IS A SIGNIFICANT SPORT THERE, SO BOTH MY BROTHER AND I PLAYED FROM A YOUNG AGE...
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It’s all in your head: Behind Table Tennis high performance

By: Jens Lang •  4 years ago •   I WAS BORN INTO A TABLE TENNIS FAMILY IN GERMANY. MY DAD WAS A FIRST BUNDESLIGA (GERMAN PROFESSIONAL TABLE TENNIS LEAGUE) PLAYER IN THE 1970S, AND MY BROTHER ALSO USED TO BE A...
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Coping in the performance environment at the Olympic Games

By: Bob Crudgington •  4 years ago •   IT IS WELL KNOWN THAT THE OLYMPIC GAMES PRESENT A CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENT FOR ATHLETES, COACHES AND OFFICIALS. ALTHOUGH MOST SPORTS CONDUCT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND MANY PARTICIPATING TEAMS UNDERSTAND THE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ENVIRONMENT AND,...
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Team Culture: The key to success

By: Greg McFadden •  4 years ago •   I FIRST STARTED PLAYING AT AGE 13 WITH BALMAIN BEFORE MOVING TO CRONULLA AT 17. I PLAYED 1ST GRADE FROM 1982 TO 2002 WITH THE CRONULLA TEAM, WINNING 5 NATIONAL LEAGUE TITLES AND...
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For Best Results: Understand your athlete

By: Craig Hiliard •  4 years ago •   I WAS FORMERLY A 110M AND 400M HURDLER BUT HURT MY KNEE PLAYING AUSSIE RULES AND HAD TO HAVE TWO KNEE RECONSTRUCTIONS. I KNEW I WAS GOING TO BE IN A BIT OF...
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The Value of the Mature Age Rookie

By: Brendan Joyce •  4 years ago •   I STARTED OFF PLAYING AFL EARLY ON AND THEN PICKED UP BASKETBALL IN SCHOOL. I ENDED UP WITH THE CHOICE OF GOING DOWN TO NORTH MELBOURNE TO PLAY AFL, OR CONTINUING WITH BASKETBALL....
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The Head Coach Role: It’s all about team

By: Jacco Verhaeren •  4 years ago •   I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN THE NETHERLANDS, AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN PASSIONATE ABOUT SPORT. AS AN ATHLETE, I WASN’T GREAT AT IT. I THINK I LACKED TALENT, BUT I DID LOVE IT...
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Creating a World Class Team

By: Alen Stajcic •  4 years ago •   MY FOOTBALL CAREER STARTED AS A JUNIOR REPRESENTATIVE IN STATE TEAMS AND THE AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLBOYS TEAM BEFORE MOVING INTO THE NATIONAL PREMIER LEAGUE LEVEL IN NSW (ONE LEVEL BELOW A-LEAGUE). UNFORTUNATELY, WITH TWO...
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Fierce but fair: Australia’s sporting goals for Rio and beyond

By: Fiona de Jong •  4 years ago •   AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC COMMISSION – FIONA DE JONG, CEO I FOUND MY WAY INTO TRIATHLONS DURING UNIVERSITY. AT THAT TIME, I WAS STUDYING A DOUBLE DEGREE IN LAW AND IT IN AN ACCELERATED...
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From Olympian to Olympic Coach

By: Elvis Fatovic •  4 years ago •   I GREW UP IN DUBROVNIK, CROATIA, A SMALL TOWN OF AROUND 50,000 PEOPLE. WATER POLO IS A VERY BIG SPORT IN CROATIA AND I PLAYED FOR JUG AND MLADOST (RIVAL) TEAMS AS A...
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Editors Letter – Olympic Edition

By: Stewart Fleming •  4 years ago •   I f you have had the good fortune of seeing the movie, Eddie the Eagle, you will have seen first-hand how the Olympics can inspire an individual just by their existence. This is...
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Interview with Archery Australia Head Coach, Ya-Ping Shih

By: Ya-Ping Shih •  4 years ago •   Ya-Ping Shih is a former champion archer herself, winning an individual silver and team gold medal at the 1999 World Archery Championships while competing for Taiwan. She was recruited to the top job...
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Peak Performance: It’s all in the planning

By: Tim Walsh •  4 years ago •   I WAS ORIGINALLY A RUGBY PLAYER FOR THE QUEENSLAND REDS, AND THEN WENT ON TO AN INTERNATIONAL CAREER THAT SPANNED 10 YEARS. I PLAYED A LOT OF 7S THROUGHOUT MY CAREER, COMPETING IN...
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Selecting the right team for the job

By: Prue Barrett •  4 years ago •   I GREW UP IN A FAMILY THAT WAS HEAVILY INVOLVED IN EQUESTRIAN SPORTS. MY MOTHER COMPETED HERSELF QUITE A LOT AND IT WAS A FAMILY AFFAIR. MYSELF AND MY 3 OLDER SIBLINGS ALL...
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