“I want to have more knowledge about Canoe Slalom, sport management to be able to make an impact in canoeing in Asia” Sherry CHEN
Sherry is a Canoe women athlete who won Silver at the Asian Games in 2018 and 2014.
She has an inspiring story starting in a swimming pool in Taiwan and now racing against the best in the World across the globe.
Sherry wants to learn as much as she can about canoe slalom to be able to give back to this beautiful Olympic sport.
After graduating in Sport management in Taiwan, Sherry is now training full time to prepare in the hope of a selection to the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. On her path to excellence, she has learnt a whole lot as an athlete, a coach , head coach, and a race organiser.
She is always thrilled to have the privilege to race in Europe on Olympic venues, be part of the ICF Talent Identification Program.
Sherry would like the Asian countries to collaborate better so they can mutualise their efforts and resources to develop the sport in the Asian region, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan and China. Human ressources are there but they need still lack the knowledge to be able to run events efficiently. As she puts it, an Asian Cup organised by the Asian Canoe Confederation would be an exciting prospect!
Please enjoy the discussion with Sherry
You may want to listen to the ICF Canoe Slalom and White Water developement Coordinator Pierrick Gosselin here:
“My job is to be a Swiss knife to deliver tailor made solutions in a variety of cultures […] because the traditional European methods don’t work everywhere around the World”. Pierrick Gosselin
In his position Pierrick has worked with many people across the globe to develop the sport of canoeing.
This talk is not about medals but about spreading the love of the sport and building a wider base of canoe slalom paddlers across the globe.
With incredible and down to earth stories, Pierrick explains what it’s like to be dropped in a country and start from scratch; as he puts it, you need people that are Swiss knives to deliver tailor made solutions according to the specificity of the culture and people you work with. From the bamboo gates to the throwline safety rice bag, Pierrick believes that we all need to keep our “kids in Disneyland” spirit to be able to see opportunities in everyday life and be able to work with constraints to spark creativity.
We discuss the do’s and dont’s to build successful national development programs in those countries.
We also speak about the Talent Identification Program (TIP) and its evolution since 2010. He shares with us, the values of the program “Respect, Share and Be on time” and the challenges encountered along the road to uphold those values in a group of 16 athletes from 16 countries with various walks of life.
Because Pierrick believes it is all about giving back, the program has put in place a powerful “Return the Favour” program where TIP athletes are encouraged to help the canoeing community in their own ways.
Pierrick believes it is all about empowering people by giving an opportunity to shine. His refreshing talk, full of extraordinary stories is critical to remember that canoeing is shared my millions of people across the globe and that the bas of the pyramid is critically important.
Pierrick urges us to remind ourselves how lucky we are to do what we do and that we should all be grateful and happy for being part of that beautiful sport!
So please put your biggest smile on your face and listen to Pierrick Gosselin!
“I set up the environment to learn, we present the athletes a lot of tools and they have to choose which tools they want to use[…] I am a tool”. Guillermo DIEZ CANEDO
Guillermo is Diez Canedo is Canoe Slalom the Head Coach at the Spanish Canoe Federation.
Guille raced for Spain at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Guille is still a young coach but has stacked up quite a lot of experience in the sport working in various countries such as Spain, Italy and Brazil.
During those years, he’s kept learning his craft; Guille loves coaching and he’s been able, in a unique Head Coach position in Spain, to create his dreamt performance system based on decision making on and off water.
That discussion is a great insight in a true Head Coach position and how to create a performing team of staff and athletes; building a daily training environment where athletes are forced to make decision and learn by themselves; because for Guillermo, Canoe Slalom is not about technique but rather about decision making in an instant.
You may want to listen to Jean-Yves, the Head Coach at the Russian Federation
” As soon as you start thinking, you’re behind schedule, because all happens in real time” Thomas Schmidt
Thomas Schmidt is the 2000 Men’s Kayak Olympic Champion in Sydney. He is German.
In the podcast, Thomas tells a very inspiring story. It’s amazing to think that he got Olympic Champion only a year after a complete shoulder surgery. His story is one of love of the sport, dedication to a goal and trusting a small team around him. From surgery in September 1999 to the top of the Olympe in September 2000, Thomas discusses the process that led him to victory.
We talk about how an efficient forward stroke can give you the edge, there is an interesting piece on perfection VS frustration in training, putting together a strategy focusing on the effective things towards the Games.
In a true german engineering style, Thomas tells us about the way he designed his dreamt boat with amazing technology.
As a course designer, Thomas shares the challenges of delivering a quality course on benchmark event such as the Olympic Games and how difficult it is to deal with various external pressure from athletes, coaches, judges and media.
Listen to that inspiring discussion, you will learn a fair bit!
If you have enjoyed listening to Thomas Schmidt, you may want to listen to another Olympic Champion in the same class, Daniele Molmenti
“Success is not just all about winning and medals, it can be also just little things like… you have a smile on your face after your training session” Ricarda Funk
Ricarda Funk is a German Women Kayak athlete; she’s two times silver medallist at the World Champ (2017, 2015) and two times European Champion (2018, 2014). She’s also two times Overall World Cup Winner.
I was struck by the simplicity of her approach and the clarity of her progression in her career.
It’s all started for Ricarda on the River Rhine with her father, his brother and a good bunch of friends.
In that 60min discussion we spoke about her debut on the flatwater in a tough environment in winter and how it taught her resilience and positive mindset. She attributes her good fitness level and efficient forward to those years working hard with his dad on the basics.
Later, and thanks to his former coach Stefan Henze who tragically died in a car accident at the Rio Olympic Games in Rio, Ricarda discovered a totally new approach of training to canoeing. She could then fully used the body awareness she had learnt in her early years with dancing and making sense of it in canoe slalom. A new training philosophy was born for her.
Ricardo, as all great sport person, love her craft and that’s why she’s always happy to spend countless hours on the water.
Enjoy the discussion with Richard Funk.
If you liked the discussion with Ricarda Funk you may want to listen to Jessica Fox as well, one of the most successful female athlete in the world of canoe slalom