On Tuesday June 11th the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, with the assistance of Own the Podium, hosted another seminar in its Breakfast Club Series entitled ‘Coach Breakfast Seminar: Skill Acquisition & Motor Learning’. The session took place in the CSI Ontario ‘Sport Lab’ which provided guests (coaches, HPD & NSO staff) with a very unique yet fitting setting for these discussions.
Vanessa Paun (High Performance Athlete Development Advisor at Own the Podium) opened up the morning session by outlining OTP’s national approach to High Performance Athlete Development with a keen focus on the Podium Pathway/Gold Medal Profile. Following Vanessa’s presentation was Keynote speaker, Damian Farrow.
Damian Farrow, a skill acquisition specialist and professor at Victoria University in Melbourne Australia, went on to elaborate on the Gold Medal Profile with a more technical and tactical approach. Specifically Damian explored how to identify and breakdown skill/decision making requirements, what is required to make those assessments, how to apply the breakdown to players/practice/competition and the different techniques coaches and athletes can use. Damian also went into detail on how to measure for improvement and monitor those changes citing a variety of sports as an example. Like any great presenter, Damian left the audience wanting more.
The Canadian Sport Institute Ontario would like to thank all those in attendance, the OTP for their continued support & especially our great presenters, Damian and Vanessa. Moving forward, the CSI Ontario has a strong interest in hosting more of these seminars so keep posted to the CSIO website/social media feeds for upcoming events.