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‘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...

Want to improve your performance? Then develop new habits

By Jonathan Males | Performance1 We’ve long advocated the power of a 1% improvement – but this only adds real value when the change sticks. Then you can add a new 1% change, and your growth starts to accelerate like...

Canoe Slalom Specialist Casey Eichfeld Takes A Step Back To Make A Leap Forward

By Thomas Neumann | Team USA It might seem counterintuitive, but one of the keys to success this year for Casey Eichfeld might be to spend less time on the water. That’s because even after three Olympic Games and more than...
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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...

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...
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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...

Brain doping – the newest weapon in the quest for athletic performance

By Gianni Merlo | AIPS President Let's face it - doping has sadly become the main issue facing sport.  Almost every day we are bombarded by news of doping scandals at all levels.  Athletes, federations, and clubs are under constant...

Re-Building your confidence after injury

Jonathan Males | Performance1 - Everyone knows that whitewater kayaking depends on your ability to stay confident.  But a single bad experience can shatter this state of mind. The pain of an injury is a constant reminder that you...

Books canoe polo – skills and tactics

The book, Canoe Polo - basic skills and tactics has become a standard reference and is used by players and coaches around the world. Canoe Polo – advanced skills and tactics is new and targeted at high performance coaches...

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...

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Olympics & Gender Equality: Why Focusing on Men “Losing” and...

By Pam Boteler | President of WomenCAN International The title of your June 20, 2017 article “Olympic Canoeing Prizes Balance and Adds More Women to...

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