News from the Olympic Solidarity Coaching Course, held in Brisbane.
Report from Olympic Solidarity Coaching Course, Brisbane
Now that the course is over it is time for the coaches who attended to put into practice all that they have been able to learn. All fencers in New Zealand will benefit as the skills that will be taught spread from fencer to fencer through training and competition.
I hope we will also be able to work with other New Zealand coaches to pass on directly the things we have learned.
The depth of skill, knowledge and experience available throughout the course was extensive.
Maitre Daniel Mouchet is a very sympathetic and supportive coach, helping all who attended to achieve the maximum of which they are capable.
This year we were particularly fortunate that every coach from New Zealand who applied was allowed to attend, we must thank Helen Smith, President of The Australian Federation, for allowing that.
We also must thank Olympic Solidarity and the NZOC for the support they give to New Zealand' coaches.
A worthwhile course on many levels, I recommend anyone who wants to improve and is prepared to work hard, to attend the next one.
-- Maitre Barry More
We have had five days under the guidance of Maitre Mouchet, from Lyon. The four New Zealand coaches who applied and were accepted to attend; Anna Kamynina, Daniel Chan, David Barson and myself have worked every day to improve our abilities as coaches. No matter what level of coach is attending there has been something to gain for all of us. Maitre Mouchet has emphasised the 'basics' of both teaching and fencing, demanding excellence in performance as well as coaching. The range of abilities of the coaches is from relatively inexperienced to already qualified Maitre d'Armes, and the chance to work with coaches of all levels has been beneficial to us all. The more experienced and qualified coaches have been very willing to work with and help the others and, in turn, have been learning from the time spent helping the junior coaches. So far, the course has been beneficial to all attendees and, with the emphasis changing more towards individual lessons over the remainder of the course, I see this as a very worthwhile programme for the development of New Zealand coaches. Maitre Barry More
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