Paralympic coaches share expertise at development workshop

17th Jun 2011

Grace Cullen 16 June 2011 - UK Sport Newsletter

Members of UK Sport’s Paralympic Coach Development Initiative met for the first workshop of its kind to discuss and develop ideas around driving Paralympic performance in the UK to world class success. 

Launched in April 2011, the Paralympic-specific programme came about following a period of consultation with the sports in question, who had requested assistance in the area of development of the coaching workforce through Mission 2012. UK Sport will work closely with the coaches over the next nine months, combining a series of four workshops alongside bespoke individual development plans, aimed at coaches working with London 2012 medal potential sports and athletes.

Seven sports, ranging from disability athletics to wheelchair rugby, were represented at the session at Eastwood Hall in Nottingham, by 14 coaches. On arrival, British Equestrian Team Manager Yogi Breisner presented to the group on the theme of ‘what is world class?’ The workshop also explored the importance of feedback and introduced the group to the 360-degree feedback survey which will inform their individual development plans.
UK Sport Coaching Team Assistant, Adam Greaves, said: “As well as setting the tone for a world class performance culture within Paralympic sport, one of the main aims of the session was to lay the foundations for a cross-sport network between the coaches.

“It was great to see this in action and the coaches were keen to share their knowledge and experiences. We look forward to seeing how these relationships will develop ahead of the second workshop in October.”

Guest speaker and British Equestrian Team Manager, Yogi Breisner, said: “It was a pleasure to meet up with, and present to, the coaches on the Paralympic Coach Development Initiative. 

“It is always a wonderful opportunity for coaches from different sports to get together away from their daily routine, as this gives them the chance to exchange ideas and examine their own philosophies and methods in order to develop further and improve.  By improving coaches you improve athletes and therefore enhance results.”

The coaches present for the workshop were as follows: Tim Hazell (Disability Archery), Neil Horsfall (Disability Archery), Sinclair Thomas (Wheelchair Basketball), Garry Peel (Wheelchair Basketball), Pasan Kularatne (Disability Target Shooting), Matt Kenny (Disability Table Tennis), Geraint Richards (Wheelchair Tennis), Stuart Wilkinson (Wheelchair Tennis), Keith Antoine (Disability Athletics), Phil Peat (Disability Athletics), Justin Frishberg (Wheelchair Rugby), Paul Shaw (Wheelchair Rugby), Andrea Zakor (Disability Target Shooting), Neil Robinson (Disability Table Tennis).

The second Paralympic Coach Development Initiative workshop will take place on 11-12 October

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