Hi there! It’s Julien Billaut, Canoe Slalom High Performance Coach at Australian Canoeing.
You ‘ve made it to the Canoe Slalom Podcast website. You are about to explore the world of that beautiful Olympic sport of Canoe Slalom.
Why a Canoe Slalom Podcast?
When I was younger and despite the fact that I was driven to become better at Canoe Slalom, I was too shy to be that inquisitive kid that would ask so many questions when I came across champions.
And anyway… if I had the chance to meet … mmh!?…let’s say Richard Fox, I would barely be able to ask for an autograph, which by the way I have always kept at my parents (don’t declutter the house Mum and Dad!). But no way, would I have been brave enough to ask what his training routine was like or what did success mean to him? Or even if his single most important piece of advice to give away (for free) to a keen teen…
More than once on training camps, I remember my clubmates and myself lapping up all the stories a senior paddler or experienced coach told.
Throughout the years and surely as a coach, I have come to realise that curiosity is critical to further improvement. As William Arthur Ward puts it: “Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning”. Engaging your imagination by being curious and asking questions will shape your creativity and future innovation.
By bringing to you stories, ideas, secrets and tips of athletes, coaches, judges and many more, I am hopeful that as a professional or a volunteer, you will (re)discover Canoe Slalom, share insights with your community and reframe your views to better innovate.
Enjoy and share the discussions to move forward!