Drew Ginn and Anthony Edwards - 1h 43 min - Experiences in High-Performance Rowing and lessons learned essential for all rowers.
These two ultra-successful athletes do an excellent job of highlighting how the principles in high-performance rowing apply to rowers at all levels. This 1hr 43 min session is packed with great stories and valuable lessons learned from over 40 years in development and High-Performance rowing.
Drew Ginn is a five-time rowing world champion, he has competed at four Olympics and won three Olympic gold medals. From 1995 until 1998, he was a member of Australia's coxless four known as the Oarsome Foursome. Drew now applies his talents in a coaching role and has worked as the National Head Coach of the Australian rowing team.
Anthony Edwards is a five-time Olympian representing Australia. He has won three Olympic medals and a World Championship. He represented Australia at world regattas over twenty years from 1993 until 2012. Eddy has also turned his talents to coaching and worked as the State Development Officer of rowing Tasmania, helping novice rowers transition to elite competition.
Drew and Eddy have been friends for decades and are both accomplished presenters with a great story to tell.
In this video 1h 43 minute session they discuss:
Anthony Edwards shares his story of the campaign culminating in the 2010 World Championships in the lightweight four. Eddy had already been to 3 Olympic Games, and this build-up hadn't started well. The crew had a lot of work to do and at the start of the campaign and were very different individuals. Eddy describes how, during the first session, they couldn't even get the blades off the water through to what was the best race of his career.
It soon became apparent that all of the blame for the crew's lack of performance was falling back on one person. Eddy soon realized that the crew's success or failure would hinge how this individual would perform on race day. Eddy's insights provide an excellent lesson for us all on how coaches and athletes should manage individuals in a race and crew tensions.
He vividly takes us through the heats, semis and the final. Using the actual race footage, he shows us the race step by step. During the race, he describes what their race plan was and what they were trying to achieve at different points. Saying the right thing at the right time is so crucial if you want to get your best performance. The race was one of the closest finishes with 0.08 seconds between first and third place.
Eddy answers questions about the campaign, coaching technique, coaching school children, and managing expectations.
Drew Ginn shares his experiences training and competing, the lessons he learned through the highs and the lows
At the end of their presentation, Drew and Eddy answer questions from each other and the audience.
Question and answer: