What does the programme provide?
Our methodology is simply centred around personal growth, and getting you into a consistent optimal performance state.
We’ve included further details on some of the potential areas and competitive insights from some past and present ADP/ASP team athletes. This is by no means exhaustive as the content covered greatly depends on the needs of the individual athlete;
Assisting athletes to learn about the mindset of a champion, and bring more discipline and focus to their sport, building on the foundations of skill and love of white water and freestyle. By adopting key attributes including goal setting, taking personal responsibility and self-discipline, athletes can develop mastery orientated motivation for long term motivation and maximum performance.
“This year I won the double again. This time with a freestyle ride that I am so proud of, that showcases how far I have come as an athlete and how far the sport has come. People have asked “will I continue”? The honest answer is yes. For as long as I feel I can be competitive I will compete and if I win medals along the way that’s a bonus but what I do know is I am proud of where I have come from. I am proud of what I have achieved. I have more drive to be even better. I have more to give.”
– Claire O’Hara, Multiple Freestyle ICF World Champion
By adopting the simple, commonly applied principle of Plan, Do, Review athletes can ensure learnings are adopted as part of a continuous reflective cycle. Great athletes prepare on multiple levels, both short-term to make each training session effective, and long-term, to progress toward their goals over the season. But it doesn’t stop there. Following training/competition, they review and evaluate to maximise learnings; this can be as simple as a training journal to learn from experience and keep improving.
“I kayak for a few reasons, in the beginning it was because of the pure fun I had doing it, then the joy and satisfaction of learning new tricks and perfecting rides, now I enjoy it most of all because of what I learn about myself through training hard and trying to compete at my best. It forces you to become a better person. When you make some significant progress and learn your lesson fast that’s when I end up winning stuff, when I don’t paddle my best it happens to teach me something. Either way it’s a success. I just love kayaking and being in the outdoors doing what I love and what that brings into my life.”
– James ‘Pringle’ Bebbington, ICF World Champion
Delivering Under Pressure
Outstanding, effortless performance happens when an athlete’s attention is ‘in the moment’, completely immersed in the activity – not focusing on distracting thoughts (others expectations, current placing, previous performance). These sessions will help athletes understand ‘flow state’, develop in the moment awareness through practice, and better focus by using a mental warm up, to execute their skills when it counts.
“It is difficult to describe the feeling of such a success in words. My goal was to win the title and there was not one minute outside of school that I did not dedicate to training both mentally and physically.”
– Ottilie Robinson Shaw, Multiple ICF Junior World Champion
Achieving More Together
The most successful competitors have learned that they can achieve more together by working as a team. Athletes need to learn how to work together to get the best out of the people around them. By knowing how to balance your own and others needs you can contribute to a supportive team environment.
“Reach out to other athletes that are raising the bar and learn from their experience. This, in turn, will help you improve your own paddling skills. Your friends and teammates are the best ones to help you fulfil your goals and aspirations. This is one of the most crucial components to a successful career.”
– Rush Sturges, pioneering extreme race and freestyle kayaker
Competing internationally brings both challenges and opportunities; travel, different cultures, media interest, and expectations of friends and family. By understanding the characteristics of international competition and the role of a constructive attitude, athletes’ can prepare and transition successfully to international competition.
“I have had an awesome summer paddling in Canada and Plattling, Germany. It has been my first time training abroad and I have loved every minute of it – the feeling that I have progressed in my paddling. To make progress and learn new things in your boating, it’s a good idea to train smart. In my mind training smartly is about having as much fun as you can on the water, but still optimising your time to learn as much as possible.”
– Harry Price, ICF World Championship, Multiple Bronze Medallist
Developing a Performance Plan
The most successful athletes have a competition day plan for international events. By understanding the key phases of a major freestyle competition and the associated challenges they must meet athletes are better prepared for competition day.
“My concentration was focused on the present moment, and the sensations of that moment. In the hole, I did not set a precise sequence of tricks, just tricks to be performed according to my placement. Letting the kayak live, letting go while keeping the instinct…In addition to a victory over myself, I learned a lot and I shared a lot.”
– Marlène Devillez, Multiple ECA Europe Champion
Maintaining Focus during Competition
Athletes need to be fully prepared and focused during competition; by understanding the right state of mind to perform at their best, having mental warm-up routines, and having techniques to refocus if distracted.
“Those feelings of nervousness carried with me right up until I caught the wave for the first time during the competition and then I don’t know what happened, The familiar feeling of dropping in, catching the wave put me at ease and weeks of preparation came to pass as muscle memory took over and I laid down an almost perfect competition ride. I could have made it into the next round just from one ride but instead I put down another almost flawless ride just to be sure and to ease any of my doubts that I had somehow had a lucky ride.”
– Bren Orton, World Championships 2015
How does the programme work?
The annual programme cycle is adjusted each year to fit in with your competitive calendar.
The following show the typical process:
PHASE 1: SELF-REVIEW
Before your practical coaching/mentoring, there’s a comprehensive review of your training and competitive journey up to now, to identify what’s worked well and areas we can further improve.
Includes the following resources:
- Easy to follow athlete questionnaire.
PHASE 2: PROGRAMME BEGINS
The coaching/mentoring process begins with a 1:1 discussion with Dennis to explore your training and competition experiences to date.
The aim is to achieve an entirely new level of clarity around your goals and criteria for success, and to leave this phase equipped with:
- A break-down of your challenges and opportunities.
- Personalised performance map.
- Objectives for the programme ahead.
Together we’ll establish the next steps to begin implementing the tools, models and approaches that are best for you.
PHASE 3: REMOTE COACHING
A series of remote coaching sessions (via web based platform) will be provided. We’ll explore all aspects of training and competition practices and methodologies, to establish new behaviours and drastically expand your capacity to self-direct your own development:
- Monthly 60min 1:1 coaching with Dennis
- 24/7 access via web chat.
- Weekly or fortnightly check-ins.
PHASE 4: PRACTICAL COACHING
Between each remote coaching session, enjoy practical coaching sessions where we’ll work together on objectives specific to your goals. You’ll be provided a range of support resources, including meaningful video analysis and performance data tracking:
- Programme pre-reads and support resources.
- A customisable athlete journal.
- Tracking of your tricks and rides progress.
Video analysis with illustrated feedback.
PHASE 5: PERFORMANCE REVIEW
The program will close with a review process which includes:
- A quantitative breakdown of improvements across key performance metrics.
- Comprehensive debrief covering improvements, remaining areas for development, reorientation, key learnings.
- Strategies to ensure integration and permanent long-term change.
Need more information on this programme?
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