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National Squad Session

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Barry Kinsella

Joined: 06 Oct 2008
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 3:17 pm    Post subject: National Squad Session Reply with quote

Hello all,

The Irish women's weightlifting squad had an excellent training camp which proved to be invaluable in improving technical efficiency, creating a genuine team atmosphere that is essential to how our sport will progress and also in providing coaching experience.

Every single coach in our sport--I include myself obviousy!--MUST improve how they coach in training, in competition, programming and how they interact with athletes. I firmly believe that our athletes and coaches must work just as hard as each other. As a relatively inexperienced coach, I look up to the more experienced coaches and I trust and hope that they are working as hard as all our athletes are to improve their skill set.

We need to have another national training camp in March for all the above reasons. Every time we have one, everyone progresses in their lifting and feels part of a genuine movement. We are all working towards the same thing: getting an athlete into the Olympics and making Ireland a strong, clean weightlifting nation with a pervasive weightlifting culture.

Are we organising our camp in March and will it be another stepping stone? Are we putting into our schedule four training camps a year, one for each quarter? The committes are doing an excellent job and I am sure many of these questions have already been answered. I would love to hear how we are planning our year.

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Kevin Darcy
Kolecki's Understudy

Joined: 08 May 2007
Posts: 256
Location: galway

PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Very well written, we need cohesiveness, coherence and collective effort from all levels of small and close knit organisation. I am delighted to see you taking the bull by the horns so to speak.

As I previously mentioned I am tied up the 19th(in England) and 26th(in Galway) of March. As such the weekend of the 11th is best for me personnally. If the camp goes ahead one of the other weekends I will try to make at least some of it.

Lets hear from everybody who wants to be involved ASAP so we can make arrangements.

Well done Baz,

Never accept mediocrity!
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Eamonn Flanagan
85kg lifter

Joined: 10 Jan 2007
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 7:22 pm    Post subject: March Camp Reply with quote


Great post and I agree very much with your sentiments. Often I hear strength coaches talking about how the number one thing a budding coach must do is read, read, read... Its not. Its coach, coach, coach. Like training itself, getting better as a coach must rely on specificity. You have to practice coaching to get better at it.

I would be really keen to come over for a squad session to help out with coaching/video/etc. It might be hard for me to make it but the middle two weekends in March are best bets for my availability (12th and 19th March).

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is something I wrote back in 2007 for a Strategic Plan. Not sure whatever happened it but yes Barry I would agree with your comments entirely. As for Eamonns comments, when I was in USA and training at Ross Strength and Speed the owner, Sean, got his S&C certificates and then has just been gaining in experience through each successive class he had in the gym and also each year by taking holidays to go to Boston to be mentored by Mike Boyle. Certificates are good, experience is better in my opinion and any good coach when established has to do little advertising as his clients performances do the talking.

Strategic Challenge 6: Achieve Increased Levels of Coaching
Situation: There is still a requirement for more coaches. Furthermore there is an urgent need for more educational resources for our current coaches and for a uniform approach to coaching to occur in Ireland.

Coaching: Invited Speakers
• Martin Zawieja, the current German ladies National coach and Olympic bronze medalist has evaluated coaching courses. We intend in the future to ask him to be an invited coach.

• We have formally invited Dr. Kyle Pierce, a USA international level coach, to come over and give a presentation on programme design and to ask for his recommendations on squad training sessions. He currently coaches the USA 85kg Senior National Record Holder (Kendrick Farris) and has had several countries national squads train at his National Development Centre.

Coaching: Mentoring
• We would like to begin a coaching mentoring structure to help new coaches who have recently been certified become more experienced. This will primarily occur at the Development Squad Sessions.

Coaching: Annual Coach’s Forum
• We will set up an annual coach’s forum that will take place over an entire day to begin to implement a uniform approach throughout Ireland to coaching.
• Attendance at the annual forum is compulsory for future consideration as a coach at international events.
• If any coaches have been to international conferences related to coaching an oral presentation on their findings will be given and a written hand out for future reference will be available followed by an opportunity for coaches to ask questions.
• An appraisal of how the IAWLA coaching courses are proceeding and any problems that need to be addressed will be presented.
• Using a round robin system two experienced coaches will present a topic of their choice that will help develop coaching philosophies in Ireland.

Coaching: Certification in Northern and Southern Ireland
• A review will take place with the respective head coaches in Southern Ireland and Northern Ireland to determine if a common Coaching Structure can be implemented.

Coaching: Online Resources
• A coaching section on the weightlifting forum will be developed which will contain information on the following topics:
• Resources to help prepare for the four IAWLA coach Level
• Programme Design
• Nutrition
• Stretching and Recovery Techniques
• Snatch Technique
• Clean and Jerk Technique
• Weightlifting in Adolescents

Strength and Conditioning: Is this relevant to weightlifting? Are weightlifting coaches being overlooked by other sports who may be more in favour with a strength and conditioning coach. Is weightlifting seen as another badge on a strength and conditioning coaches hat rather than vice versa. Why did SINI ( hold a strength and conditioning conference and the only person representing NIWLA at the time was Imelda
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