As some of you may have noticed I recently hit a huge landmark in my coaching pathway. That's right, I achieved my British Canoeing Performance Coach in Whitewater Canoe. What does it all mean you say, well in the words of British Canoeing ‘The Performance Coach is aimed at experienced coaches who want to get better at coaching the paddlers they work with and for those who seek recognition that their delivery meets enhanced levels of sophistication.’ The journey was made up o
There's been lots of breaking news, crap, heartache and ridiculous amounts of research this year about Coronavirus. The prevention's, the cures and basically anything that creates a silly story for the headlines. At the University of LM Coaching, specialists in Paddlesports, we haven't tried or had any successful discoveries of a cure, a vaccine or the miracle mouth wash but what we have discovered is that a cure isn't everything if we can help prevent or reduce the spread. Y
My purpose in life was to be the person who is there everyday in life to coach and lead paddlers, to inspire people from all walks of life and to be there on the water with a smile, encouraging words and listening ears for those who need it. One day I had a purpose and the next day it was gone, no paddling, no coaching, no guiding and no socialising. Lock-down was real and official. We were all entering the unknown, an experience that no one in this lifetime had lived before.
When it goes from paddling 7 days a week, interacting with humans and heading out for the odd beer on a Saturday evening after a pool session to, being grounded indoors like a naughty child, not allowed out to play, not allowed to have your boats and most definitely not allowed out for a packet of sweets never mind a beer. When one is told she can’t, then one must improvise…. When you’ve got no boats and no water, there really aren’t many other options, but when you’ve got an
Throughout my years in Paddlesport I saw many people from every walk of life come and go through clubs, competitions and events but every concrete figure in the coaching, leading and mentoring roles were male. Being a young girl in a male dominant sport certainly had its challenges, it was incredibly disheartening to feel lesser than my peers simply because of our biological differences. It was also empowering at times too, driving me on to prove I was just as good if not bet