‘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...

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...

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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The Canoe – Film

“If it is love that binds people to places in this nation of rivers and in this river of nations then one enduring expression of that simple truth, is surely the canoe.” This film captures the human connection and bond...

How To Live Beyond Your Life

JOE JACOBI - One of my more memorable whitewater slalom competitions didn’t take place at an Olympic Games or in a far away, culturally unique world capital. Instead, it is one particular race: our 1996 U.S. National Championships — a big deal for...

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...

Stay motivated – Preventing burnout and staying fresh

Jonathan Males | In the Flow - Motivation is a key component in all the paddling disciplines, and the most successful paddlers demonstrate Mastery Motivation – the attitude, determination and commitment to achieve mastery over yourself, your competitors and...

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...

The 3 types of mental training for paddlesport athletes

Writer: Jonathan Males | Performance1 Not all your training has to be on the water or in the gym. In fact you can add a powerful dimension to your performance by including short mental training sessions that will develop your...

How to find satisfaction as an athlete, regardless of the outcome

By Cory Rublee | Canada (22-12-2014) I wrote the following essay as a way to organize my thoughts about my current state as an amateur athlete. I've been on and off the Canadian national canoe team for 7 years, but have...

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Jess Fox protests against easier women’s course at World Cup

NICOLE JEFFERY | THE AUSTRALIAN - Olympic canoe slalom medallist Jess Fox has accused her international federation of setting the sport back 40 years...

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