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Depression and comeback in (paddle)sport

Jonathan Males | Performance1 - It takes resilience to compete at the highest levels of our sport, and even the most successful competitors will experience the pain and disappointment of failure at some time in their careers.   Normally the...

Spankin it: yoga for kayakers with Adriene Levknecht – Part I

Adriene Levknecht | Spankin It - During the winter, I have been trying to stay warm and in shape by doing loads of yoga. I am going to do a series on some of the best poses that I have fallen in...

‘My road to gold’ with Birgit Fischer – the most successful paddlesport athlete ever

Extract from the book 'MEIN WEG ZUM GOLD' by WPA Academy member Birgit Fischer. The first chapter of the book 'Das Gold Rennen' is about her 'Golden Race' at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, translated to English by Ulla...

10 tips to regain your motivational mojo

Firstly, rest assured that everyone has bad days, but while your motivation fluctuates your commitment to your goals should stay constant.   Try these 10 tips to regain your motivational mojo: Have a ‘high definition’ vision of what you want...

Downwind paddling, a never ending evolution

By Nick Murray, TC Surfski | Surfski News This summer I didn’t have the bandwidth to blog about downwind paddling, but it certainly wasn’t for lack of interest. As I sit down to write this, I’m on a 13 hour...

Is parental pressure in sport always harmful?

The formula for Performance is defined as: Performance = Potential – Interference. One of the greatest personal dilemmas that interferes with optimal performance and negates an athlete’s true potential in their sport is performance anxiety. Last year, performance anxiety was the...

Thoughts on the Nelo Cinco design: or why is the nose upside down?

Written by: Gentoo Sports It’s been around for a few months now but the Nelo Cinco is still getting comments about its strange looks so we thought we should have a dig in to the ideas behind the changes. It’s been around...
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Visualisation, a crucial skill to aid success

Elite athletes embrace this skill as a crucial aspect of their preparation for important events. Having done all the groundwork – be it physical preparation or training - is simply not enough unless you have also developed the skill...

The Dark Side of High Performance

By Jonathan Males | Performance1 Disturbing news from Olympic and Paralympic sport recently, with a few high-profile allegations of bullying in teams where athletes have felt vulnerable and unsupported. We call this the dark side of high performance, the inevitable...
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Why are some sprint athletes perceived as the world’s greatest technicians?

Writer: Rob van Bommel | Sportscene A week ago I came across a video with Knut Holmann (Norway) racing at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. The person who posted the video on YouTube classified Holmann as "technically the best...

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“Planet Canoe are you serious?”

Vavra Hradilek - Planet Canoe are you serious? Am I at the same World Cup event as this guy who has written this article...

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