Moving on to Day 2, we focus on WHAT does a #CoachAsLeader do? We zoom in to specific sports to appreciate what coaching pedagogy, leadership and sport science & technology look like in practice.
Just Enough Coaching – Can We Do This?
Mr Martin Andrew
Coaches working with athletes of all ages need to understand how they learn and find ways to help them learn. An athlete's environment is ever changing and as coaches we have to be aware of this.
Do we coach young performers to learn as they improve or do we coach them with too much structure – knowingly or unknowingly?!
Many athletes respond to challenges, do you set challenges so the Athletes learn from them – how can you challenge them?
Learning styles, are we prepared to accept these or does our ego mean we overcoach players? How has this changed and have we learned from their ever changing learning environment?
As a coach, what do we want? The good worker who doesn't challenge you or coach the naughty child who has talent/flare but may question everything you say?
This session will provide coaches with better sensibilities to help them engage their athletes to learn better.
Singapore Badminton Association
Martin Andrew is Technical Director for Singapore Badminton Association. He is English and has been National Coach in New Zealand, Australia and Head Junior Coach in England. He is a Badminton World Federation Tutor, Assessor and Tutor Trainer, delivering all three of the BWF Coaching Levels. Martin is highly focused on working with players, encouraging them to get the best out of themselves and accept accountability – coach led, player based. Coaches need to understand players - each player is different!
Sprint Kayaking - Individual Sport or Team Sport
Mr Bill Lee Wei Liang
Sprint kayaking is often viewed as an individual sport. However, team boats involving two or four persons are part of the Olympic programme.
To be able to achieve optimal performance in a team boat requires the group of individuals to become a real team.
The Coach plays an important role in the coaching process that guides them towards being a real team.
Come and find out more about sprint kayaking as a team sport and learn about the following:
- Understand the dynamics of team boat paddling
- Developing a team culture in a sport which focuses heavily on individual performance
- Different leadership strategies for different individuals/team boats
Singapore Canoe Federation
National Junior Team Coach
Bill Lee has more than 10 years of experience coaching and competing in the sport. He started coaching at the school level and is currently coaching the National Junior Team for Sprint Kayaking. He is passionate about the sport and his goal is to make paddling enjoyable for all!
Basketball in Singapore: 2021 and Beyond
Dr. Koh Koon Teck
Basketball is one of the most prominent sports in Singapore. Look around your neighborhood and you are sure to see a basketball court filled with players young and old. The sport is trending in a new direction in Singapore, with increasing popularity among the youths of all races and both boys and girls. The key question is how then do we move the sport in Singapore into the new decade and further grow the game among the new generation?
Basketball Association of Singapore
Dr. Koh Koon Teck is the President of Basketball Association of Singapore, and a member of FIBA's Technical Commission. He also holds other appointments in the sporting arena, such as the President of ASEAN Council of Physical Education & Sport, President of Singapore Physical Education Association, and Chair of the International Bowling Federation's Global Coach Education Pathway. He is currently an Associate Professor and Head at the Nanyang Technological University, National Institute of Education, Physical Education & Sports Science Academic Group.
Building a Sustainable Coaching Ecosystem – a Case Study from Singapore Gymnastics
Ms Dawn Ho & Mr Alexis Lebedew
Four years ago, Singapore Gymnastics had a Coach Education framework, however there was one major problem, we just weren't able to get many coaches into the system, attending courses, becoming accredited and staying engaged.
In this session, we take a look at the evolution of our coaching ecosystem then and now, in terms of people, content, technology, culture and strategy.
"How do coaches like to learn? How do they learn best?"
"Is WHAT to coach the main focus? What else is there?"
"Where else can coaches help themselves to learn?"
There were many questions asked and to be tackled. Through it all, there is a steady focus to ensure any changes made in coaching development are integrated and connected across the entire organisation because it is this interconnectedness that fuels the sustainability of our framework.
Community Development Manager
Dawn is the Community Development Manager at Singapore Gymnastics. A former club coach and educator at heart, Dawn is committed to developing the capacity and capability of the key drivers of the sport i.e. our clubs and coaches, through collaboration and enriched learning experiences.
National Pathways Manager
Alexis is the National Pathways Manager of Singapore Gymnastics, which includes a component of elite coach development. He has a background in high performance sport and athlete/coach development. He is currently completing a PhD on the uniqueness of development level coaching.
Leadership in Challenging Times
Mr Shayne Bannan
This session focuses on building and maintaining a team culture through challenging periods.
Covid has provided many challenges from cancelled events to lockdown, in these times it is the strength of the Group Culture that provides opportunity to achieve the desired outcome.
Shayne will outline how he managed National Teams and a World Tour Cycling Team during these challenging times
Singapore Cycling Federation
High Performance Director
Shayne has vast experience in the cycling space where he was the Australian National Cycling Coach from 1987 – 2010. Between 2011 – 2020, he was the General Manager for the World Tour Team. He has led six Olympic Campaigns for Australian Cycling, five Commonwealth Games campaigns for Australian Cycling and 10 Tour De France Campaigns. He is currently the High Performance Director for Singapore Cycling Federation.
Developing Positive Mindset Coaching Cultures
Ms Julie-Ann James
This session will examine the Moral Role of Pedagogy as the Science and Art of teaching swimming and sport, where we will explore the goals of sport education, to support the whole personality, rather than merely the physical domain.
Julie will lead us to look at how effective coaching as a universal approach can influence a positive outcome for both mind and body. You will discover an array of strategies which can be used in different combinations to improve mental health, learning and performance outcomes.
Coaches, as leaders, need to know themselves first before they can lead well. Reviewing forms of self-evaluation, to ensure coaches are looking after their well-being, to identify their strengths, to achieve valued goals and to motivate children and athletes.
You will learn to apply improved Leadership qualities -Resilience and Reinvention in Turbulent Times to leave you with hints and tips that will empower you to embark on or continue your coaching journey.
PABS (Premium Aquatic Business Strategies)
Julie-ann is one of the world's leading infant swimming and aquatic business consultants. She has taught Aquatics for over 30 years and is responsible for introducing Aquababies baby and toddler swimming programs to UK, China, Thailand and 16 countries in total! A proud tutor and presenter for the Governing Bodies, STA UK, & ASCTA Swim Australia, with a multitude of qualifications and hands on experience in the industry.
Julie-ann focuses on sharing knowledge to help Aquatic businesses evolve and to give back to the community.
Leadership In a Changing World: The Critical Role of Mental Skills in Leading Teams
Dr. Jeff Coleman
As the sporting environment becomes more complex and less predictable, the mental capacities that allow a leader to execute their coaching knowledge and skills becomes more important. The purpose of this workshop is to present two frameworks of critical leader capacities/competencies for leadership performance and describe how signature mental skill techniques may be used to develop the leader. These capacities can then be passed on to their teams. To accomplish this objective, first, leadership will be defined as a performance process and models supporting this will be presented. Participants will understand how mental competencies are necessary for leaders to execute in a complex sporting world. The second objective will be to explain how mental skills can be used to develop key leader capacities and stories will be told to bring this to life. Participants will leave the presentation with a framework to design mental skills training for leaders and coaches.
Dr. Jeff Coleman has conducted mental performance and leadership development training to a variety of populations including military teams, Olympic-level athletes, professional athletes, and within higher education. He spent a decade at the United States Military Academy at West Point as a performance psychology instructor. He has been invited to write multiple chapters on the psychology of elite performance as well as performance psychology as applied to leadership. He currently is the VP of Programs at Valor Performance Inc.
An Ecological Approach to Coaching and Coach Development for Disability Sport
Dr. Tim Konoval
The purpose of this workshop is to use an ecological approach to help coaches and coach developers (re)think their assumptions about disability and (re)consider the unique contextual factors in disability sport contexts.
The research has consistently shown that coaches are not confident nor well equipped to manage the unique contextual factors often found in disability sport spaces. While the fundamentals of coaching are the same, there are some key contextual differences that coaches and coach developers must attend to be effective and inclusive.
This workshop will help coaches and coach developers challenge their assumptions about disability and understand how an ecological systems perspective can help them become (and train) more effective coach practitioners.
After the workshop participants will be able to:
- (Re)think their assumptions about disability, sport and society.
- (Re)consider the multiple systems and factors that influence disability sport coaching to develop more effective coaching practices.
Deakin University (Melbourne Australia)
Lecturer, Sport Coaching
Dr. Tim Konoval earned a PhD in Coach Development from the University of Alberta.
Tim has also worked on numerous disability sport coaching projects with local, provincial and national sport and parasport organisations. He developed a resource to help coaches 'become para ready'.
Recently, he led a project with Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee that examined disability inclusion in Canada’s National Coaching Certification Program.
Tim is a Lecturer in Sport Coaching at Deakin University (Melbourne Australia).
A. Breath Control (Aquatic), Simple Yet Complex
Mr Danny Ong
B. Analysis of Biomechanical Indicators in Lower Limb In Karate
Ms Sijakhwa Sulochana
C. An Empirical Analysis of the Factors Affecting the Performance of the Olympic Games
Dr. Hu Haixu
Session Synopsis A
This session provides a review on the current gap in local swim coaching’s topic on breath control with reference to a research on the lack of in-depth teaching of breath control.
Before one can swim effectively, they must have a good mastery of the foundation skills - breath control, balance and buoyancy. These lay the fundamental building blocks of a safe and effective swimming competency. Breath control is an action that seem simple but conjugates with complex learning processes and mastery.
A paradigm shift involves the delivery of teaching breath control (Learn to Swim) from the perspective of science. With a better understanding of the science behind the processes of the environment's task characteristics and the phenomenon of human’s learning, the coach would be able to deliver an effective lesson that will result in positive learning outcomes for the learners.
Mr Danny Ong is a certified International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Para-Sport Educator. He is an accredited swimming coach and coach developer within the Singapore National Registry of Coaches (NROC) and Ex-Master Trainer & Chief Assessor of SwimSafer Programme. He is also a CET Associate Lecturer with Republic Polytechnic. In addition, he is the Principal of AquaFins which is the only adaptive swim school in Singapore with the early intervention (aquatic) programme endorsed by National Council of Social Service (NCSS).
Session Synopsis B
Analysis of biomechanical indicators and behaviors of some evolutionary parameters helps rectify the errors of sportsperson and contribute to control and execution of perfect technique, which help enhance the better performance of athletes. The movement phase of technique of Mae Geri (front kick) in Karate was studied and pre-test and post-test results were compared. The main aim of this review paper is to analyze some biomechanical indicators of Mae Geri kick technique during the preparation.
This session aims to help session participants understand how insights from this study can be translated to better kicking effectiveness beyond karate. Understanding this would enable coaches from other martial arts sports that include kicking to gain an advantage in refining the kicking techniques of their athletes to perform at the highest level.
Sports Science Academy of Nepal, National Sports Council
Sulochana Sijakhwa has a Master’s Degree in Sports Science, specializing in Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine. She also holds a Master's degree in Management, a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Sports science, CUBA. She has a long track record as Sports Expert working in the Sports Science Academy of Nepal, National Sports Council. She is a member of the sports museum commission in Nepal Olympic Committee, National Referee and judge. She is the gold medallist in 10th South Asian Games, Colombo and 15th Asian Games semi-finalist in individual kata held in Doha, 2006. She is experienced as a sports science speaker and karate instructor. She has conducted various research in Physical Activities, Sports Sciences and Physical Education. She has sought to apply her knowledge in favour of the Nepali community.
Session Synopsis C
The Olympic Games are highly valued by governments and athletes around the world. The live performance of the athlete's competitive performance in the arena is affected by many factors which include long term and more immediate considerations. This study focuses on the influence of long-term factors with the intent to inform the preparation of the Olympic Games. Coaches at this presentation can gain insights into important events that have significant influence in the development of athletes in the long run so as to be more intentional in the design of their athlete development plans.
Nanjing Sport Institute
Dr. Hu Haixu is an associate professor and postgraduate tutor of Nanjing Sport Institute（NSI). He holds a PhD in Sports Training (Beijing Sport University), postdoctoral in biomedical engineering, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA). He is an academic leader of sports training theory and methods in NSI, member of Chinese Society of Sports Sciences, backbone member of Jiangsu Sports and Health Engineering Collaborative Innovation Center and member of Professor Qian Zhiyu's research group from the Department of Biomedical Engineering, NUAA. Dr Hu has published 16 SCI/CSSCI papers in journals such as Frontiers in Human Neuroscience and Sports Science as the first author and corresponding author.
Implementing Positive Pedagogy in Youth and Elite Coaching
(In-Person Practical Session)
Ms Annette Bishop
Drawing on experiences, the presentation will cover implementing a Positive Pedagogy approach both in youth and elite environments by adopting an athlete-centred approach, with an inquiry-based approach to learning.
The session aims to extend participants' knowledge on the benefits of adopting a Game Sense approach through the application of Positive Pedagogy principles for coaches to provide athletes the best possible learning platform for them to strive in their journey of sporting excellence. Through the development of 'thinking players', which includes the use of technology, athletes would flourish in this positive and safe learning environment set by the coaches. It also seeks to enable participants to be prepared to adapt and review their coaching approaches, whilst embracing the challenges presented in a demanding environment and in the midst of the pandemic restrictions at an elite level.
Appointed in 2020 as Netball Singapore National Coach Annette had been involved with Singapore Opens Teams and Silver Ferns for over 10 years as the performance analyst, involving 3 World Cups. Coaching credits include former Netball New Zealand A Squad assistant coach, New Zealand Secondary School Coach and ANZ Pulse assistant coach. Has worked alongside and mentored by former Silver Fern coaches Ruth Aitken and Leigh Gibbs and former Diamonds Coach Jill Mackintosh. Holds a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise.