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Professional, skillful, ruthless: The Hockeyroos style

By: Adam Commens •  4 years ago •   I STARTED PLAYING HOCKEY WHEN I WAS 5 IN A SMALL COUNTRY TOWN NEAR JUNEE, NSW. WE CREATED A HOCKEY PITCH ON A LIVESTOCK RESERVE WITH THE COWS AND SHEEP. I PLAYED THERE...

Preparing for another fairytale ending

By: Chava Sobrino •  4 years ago •   I WAS ORIGINALLY A DIVER MYSELF FOR MEXICO. I STARTED OFF AS A SWIMMER, BUT NOT BEING TALL OR FAST ENOUGH, I MOVED ONTO DIVING IN 1974. SWIMMING IN MEXICO IS NOT FANTASTIC,...

Rio Qualification Strategy: A new approach

By: Steve Tutton •  4 years ago •   AS A KID, I GOT BLOWN OUT OF DARWIN. MY FAMILY LOST OUR HOUSE TO CYCLONE TRACY IN 1974, SO WE MOVED TO ADELAIDE. AT MY FIRST HIGH SCHOOL, MY PE TEACHER WAS...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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