Physical Preparation Coach (working with British Canoeing - Slalom)
Role and Person Summary
This role is key for the future of the Canoe Slalom programme; in the run up to Paris 2024 it will support Academy paddlers through key stages of their development towards making the Senior GBR team. Moving beyond Paris there is the potential for a flourishing candidate to continue the journey towards L.A., leading the physical preparation for the Olympic programme to deliver on our ambitious medal targets. Whilst being primarily focused on physical preparation it is also multifaceted in that it requires key skills and experiences to understand the individual paddlers’ journey across a variety of training and performance environments.
We are seeking someone who is energised by supporting the progression of young paddlers as people and performance athletes in an interdisciplinary and individually centred way. They will need to be responsive to day-to-day events whilst maintaining high technical standards across the varied annual schedule. In the winter months the emphasis is on building fundamental physical attributes in the gym environment, whilst in the summer the focus shifts to race specific on-water preparation and coach support around the racing environment. Outside of directly working with paddlers, there is a requirement inside this role to contribute to the continual evolution of our ‘what it takes to win’ framework and event understanding. In particular, there will be a need to enhance our knowledge of the new Slalom Extreme discipline that will be introduced in the Paris games.
The philosophy of the Canoe Slalom programme is based on the strength of individual relationships and the successful candidate will be required to build these. Using these connections will then be vital to collaborate across the performance spectrum, from pressurised periods to training, to managing challenging conversations. This role is open to a diverse set of experiences in elite sport and demands an individual who has a thirst for seeking knowledge and constantly bettering themselves as a practitioner. In joining a successful programme, they should be driven by the need to be innovative without sacrificing the World Class fundamentals already in place within the programme.
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The deadline for receipt of applications is midnight on Sunday 5 December 2021.