Friday, November 28, 2014

Mahé Drysdale Rowing Chat

Here's a great opportunity to hear from one of the best rowers every, multiple World Champion and Olympic Gold medalist from London will be on RowingChat

Join Mahé Drysdale on RowingChat with Mahé Drysdale

11 Dec 3pm EST Aus

Get your questions in and join the chat

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Performance Mastery - Recent presentation for coaches

Coaches ARTeam - Coach Education Course 2014 from Drew Ginn

The idea behind this was to challenge thinking and to highlight the Snr team experience. Mastery is about an integral view. To share the internal and external aspect of performance for athletes and coaches on the ARTeam and with how they engage and relate to the environments they training and compete in was about examples and ideas. These slide were simply a back drop for this 2hr presentation.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

For what its worth here's the interview from yesaterday's Rowing Chat.. by RowPerfect

Off the charter, but still in the game

Yep Yep, is a great way to let someone know when your coming past on a bike. This is when you're on a group ride and want to ensure the surge of speed doesn't catch the lead rider off guard to much. Yep yep, works as its simple and can be said with urgency and joy. The excitment of the surge and the rush of the acceleration is outstandingly tangible. So why am I saying it here?

Simple I have been off the radar, the charter and yet still very much in the game and so it like I am surging from the group to laye down this post and to share a surge of energy on my blog. A blog which has sat dorment from my perspective and still funny how users are active as the email notifications show people reading old posts. Interesting to have writen it for so many years as an athlete and to know find myself for the last 12 months transition in my new role as National Team Head Coach. 

Today I spoke to someone about learning to be in a coaching boat and learning not to be out in a rowing boat and probably more importantly coming to grips with not being engaged in the process of rowing a boat. To not be engaged daily with crew mates and my coaches is somewhat strange and I am probably coming to grips with the reality of the change in my life. I still have motivations, drive and so often I become annoyiong in the coaching boat because its not my boat or my crew and yet I get the feeling and thoughts of what it might be like and what might be possible. I am active and yet at the same time inactive. I am thinking and working to let go of certain thoughts. I am wanting and relaising its not about my want. Frustration flashes into my presence and yet I am not the one who should feel it.

All this is strange and so I guess this post is about just acknowledging it and to say I am aware of my role and still working out what I can write about as I can't just blurt out thoughst and ideas, experiences or examples as they are not nessecarially mine to share. I am working out what I can share and so I have layed low and stayed off the charter but today I thought I could venture into this space and provide a few things.

This was prompted by the interview yesterday which I posted about earlier. I thought after taling to Rebecca that I should consider engaging through my blog again but that I need to think about how to best do this.

For now I will share something simple. I watched rowing today and loved it. I love seeing a few boats working things out. I really loved seeing one of our team top athletes appearing to be coming through a challenging period since the games. The visual reward was seeing significant change and the sense of celebration I felt.

Simple reminders - Posture / extension / connection / drive / posture ... I was glorious to see and yet still untested I felt like the smile I had on my face when talking to him was a sign of just how enjoyable my role can be as Head Coach. Seeing change. Seeing challenge. Seeing reward. Its a pleasure and one I am learning to acknowledge and come to terms with as the new perspective is such a different one from the past.

Sunday, December 22, 2013


Yes that's right its been a busy year and one I have thoroughly enjoyed. Its been awhile since I last created a post so I won't even try to catch up on everything just a few highlights.


  • Being part of the many changes with the Australia Rowing Team through my role as Head Coach.
  • Developing some great relationships with other National coaches that I am learning greatly from. Obviously my role is to help lead our direction and setting the strategy with the High Performance Team has me involved in being the connector to our National Coaches.
  • Watching and seeing in 12 months some great advances in our athletes group. We now have some solid performers as key benchmarks in each of our categories. This was seen at the recent Dec TT's with many athletes and crews positioning themselves at the front of each category with very credible performances which show some positive trending.
  • Having our Category Lead Coaches take up the challenges of planning and leadership with each of their categories. This is a great initiative and one I feel will make a great difference as we continue forward with categories like our ParaRowing, Women's Sculling, Men's Sweep, Women's Sweep, Men's Sculling, Men & Women's LWT Sculling and Sweeping.
  • We are about to go live with out Athlete Learning & Performance Planning.. Yes this has taken some work behind the scenes and many contributors and finally we are close to launching it with our Athletes and we serve as a platform for further reflection, analysis, action and sharing and collaboration between athletes and coaches. 

ARTeam Athlete Learning & Performance Plan Form
  • Another highlight has been working with some great people at Rowing Australia. Its been amazing with working with Chris O'Brien in our different roles and to be again working with Jaime Fernandez who I rowed with way back in 1995. Wayne Diplock was a 1992 Olympian in the eight with Jaime and its been great working with him in the HP Team, with Chris and Jaime. Add to this all the people from the RA centre in Canberra who make everything happen. Plus we have a unique situation with all the key State Institute Head Coaches and staff involved in rowing, its amazing the network of people which reaches out through coaches, athletes, states, clubs and all the providers of services like medical, physio, sport science, S&C, massage and the list goes on. Being part of this is pretty bloody amazing and unique.
  • My final two highlights are being able to enjoy the precious time with my family when home. Our kids are growing up so fast and I have traveled a lot this year but the reward has been when home just making the most of the time together. Recent we got the kids new bike and I found myself in the park near by in St Kilda with my wife just watching them ride around and around. I joy was a pleasure to watch. My wife has been an exceptional support through this last year. Its strange and exhilarating to think we have been married since 1999.
  • Finally 7 weeks ago I made a decision to get my self fit and health again. With all the travel in 2013 I was starting to feel physically poor. The contrast to being an athlete training daily had increased and so I decided a change was required. I set my mind to getting back on the bike and thought simply I just need to get a routine going and break the back of feeling unhealthy. The first two weeks was the hardest but after those two weeks of 500km's I was away and have since settled in to a routine of 450-550km per week with 12 - 16 hrs of activity. I now feel heaps better and am loving being back on the bike.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Something To Share: ARTeam Vision & Values

Cover Page

ARTeam - Vision & Values

Over the last 7 months working with the Australian Rowing Team has been great and yet we have only just started to scratch the surface of whats possible and whats needed. It will be years before we as a High Performance Leadership Team see the outcome of many of the decisions and initiatives we have started with and with so much more to come it will be interesting to see what ca be created. This is all combined with a team of coaches and athletes from all over Australia. With all the different centres and locations we have been working to support each to be the best training environment it can be. Its the teams of people at each centre which will make this happen so our HP Leadership Team are really only the guides and initiators.

With Chris O'Brien as Director and Jamie Fernandez as his deputy, then Wayne Diplock as our operations and team manager its been great to build our small team to help  guide and work for our whole team. Now this is not all, but we have National leaders in various fields from medical, physiotherepy, sport science, strength & conditioning, psychology, and nutrition. With this comes a vast network of practitioners and specialists working specifically with all our key coaches in each major training centre. So we have all these satellite centres all working to be the best they can be and what we have been working hard to create is the engagement, connection, the integration and closeness which is critical give the vastness of our Country.

This is one of the main reasons for creating this single page for the ARTeam Vision & Values. Its been part of a review process which began after London and has included much of the work and meeting with athletes, coaches and support staff.

Thought I would share it here ... LINKS