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2nd Annual Speedo Coaches Conference at hpc

By Steven Ball

Posted on 14 November 2011

TuksSwimming and the University of Pretoria supported by the American
Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) hosted the 2nd Annual Speedo Coaches
Conference at the High Performance Centre, University of Pretoria (hpc) from 21-23rd October.

This year saw key note presentations by two world renown American swimming Coaches and professionals, namely Mr. John Leonard (Executive Director of ASCA) and Mr. Glenn Mills (Co-founder of GoSwim), both with numerous yearsof coaching and swimming experience. Other presenters who were part of thepresentation was Mr. Larry Laursen (Namibian and World Swim CoachesAssociation -WSCA - board member), Mr. Greyling Viljoen (Sport Psychologist), Dr. Philda De Jager (Former SA Olympics Chief Medical Officer& well respected Sports Physician), Mr. Jimmy Clark (Sport Physiologist,Biokineticist & CSCS) and Mr. Igor Omelthcenko (TuksSwimming head coach,Olympian & SA national coach).

Swimming coaches from around South Africa were joined at the hpc by coachesfrom fellow African countries such as Namibia, Zambia, Botswana andMozambique, making this conference truly African.

During the course of this conference coaches were exposed to insights into the world of swimming coaching, swim technique instruction & correction,coaching philosophies, planning & implementation strategies, sport psychology aspects, physiology as applied to training set design, myths around sport science & training, and particularly practical starts and turns and technique training as presented by Glenn Mills, making use of some of TuksSwimmings stars and upcoming champions (as seen in the attached pictures) at the TuksSwimming 50m pool right next to the new TuksAquatics dryland facility.

During the course of this conference, endorsed and help driven by the Swimming Coaches Association of Africa (SCAA) and its chairperson, Coach Igor Omeltchenko, a discussion forum was held by the coaches present to assist in driving the newly formed SCAA. Great leadership and advanced was shared by Mr. John Leonard, whom is an international specialist in this field.

Overall the conference was received well by all attendees and with most already looking forward to next year’s event where the aim will be to have USA Olympic coaches endorsed by ASCA coming out to share their experiences with our South African and African coaches.

Our thanks and appreciation must go out to our sponsors, supporters and friends who made this event possible. These include:Main Sponsor : Speedo SA, Organisers & supporters : University of Pretoria and TuksSwimming, the hpc Endorsed by & supported by ASCA and the newly formed Swimming Coaches Association of Africa Flights for international presenters: USA Swimming.

The Presentations:
Athletes daily taper response sheet
Gimmicks, Games Tuks 2011
Important Training Elements at each age
Larry's Restaurant
Lize-Mari Retief vs Vanessa Mohr (2 fly champions)
Notes from the 2011 ASCA Conference 
Paradigms of World Swim Training
The Mental Game: psyching for performance

To view the following presentations visit:

Physiology of swimming 'A closer look at what happens in the pool'
Maximising performance in a limited period of time: An African Experience
Myths & Misconceptions in Sport Science: The Hogwash of High Performance


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