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April 10, 2014 @ 10:22 am

#coachmikepodcast Episode 64

Today I am joined by Head Coach of the Guelph Marlins Aquatic Club, Kendra Burton. Kendra has coached for a number of years in Guelph and before that was the coach of Kristy Cameron (now Kristy Lyon) with the Huron Hurricanes. Kendra discusses the Swim Ontario OHPSI Coach Accelerator Program with me, talks about Women in coaching roles, gender based practices & groups and the importance of good walls! This is a great interview that (in my opinion) sounds more like a conversation than many of the previous episodes.


Kendra references the book Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg - which I said I would link in the description.
Here is the link to Kendra's presentation from the Swim Ontario Coaches Excellence Series about walls and kick outs (first 2 items on the news list).

As always, you should follow me on Twitter(@coachmikeswim) and check me out at Sportcafe.ca/coachmikeswim. Check out my archived past episodes as well... you'll be happy you did!
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April 8, 2014 @ 11:17 am

#coachmikepodcast Episode 63

I wasn't planning on doing a podcast on my trip to Canadian Swimming Trials in Victoria, BC, but took the opportunity to talk to Breaststrokers Kiera Smith & Richard Funk. Both are Canadian breaststrokers competing in the NCAA. We talk about how their respective schools prepared them for their performances at Trials and reflect on their careers so far. Thanks to Richard and Kiera for doing this!


As always, you should follow me on Twitter(@coachmikeswim) and check me out at Sportcafe.ca/coachmikeswim. Check out my archived past episodes as well... you'll be happy you did!
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March 18, 2014 @ 9:22 am

#coachmikepodcast Episode 62

This is a long one (47:23) but I refuse to edit because I have the very interesting Ben Keast of the Winskill Dolphins. Ben is one of the young and up and coming coaches in Canada and currently is the coach of Canada Junior Team Member, Markus Thormeyer.


Ben talks to me about his philosophies of coaching, how to coach to an athlete (rather than coaching a bunch of athletes), what you can learn from mentoring and a little bit about his visit to Sergio Lopez at Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida. Even though this is a little bit of a time commitment, this is probably one of the best interviews #coachmikepodcast has done. So much to learn from Ben Keast!

As always, you should follow me on Twitter(@coachmikeswim) and check me out at Sportcafe.ca/coachmikeswim. Check out my archived past episodes as well... you'll be happy you did!
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March 12, 2014 @ 11:52 am

#coachmikepodcast Episode 61

While in Naples, Florida on a training camp, I ran into Swimming Canada's National Coach for the Para Program, Craig McCord. Craig was able to pull himself away from his busy day to sit with me for a half hour to discuss para swimming in Canada and how coaching para athletes is not as complicated as it seems. This is a fascinating interview - Craig asserts that coaching a para athlete will make you a better all around coach because it forces you to think outside the box.


I said I would list Craig McCord's email address (cmccord@swimming.ca) and Emma Van Steen's email address (evansteen@swimming.ca) in the event that listening coaches wanted to get in touch with them.

As always, you should follow me on Twitter(@coachmikeswim) and check me out at Sportcafe.ca/coachmikeswim. Check out my archived past episodes as well... you'll be happy you did!
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February 25, 2014 @ 7:48 pm

#coachmikepodcast Episode 60

My guest today is Dmitry Shulga of the Halifax Wave Cutters. Dmitry recieved an 11 month ban from a positive test forN-ethyl-l-phenyl-2-butanamine and 1-phenyl-2-butanamine, which Dmitry insist was unintentional. In this interview, Dmitry talks about his experience and warns athletes of the dangers inherent in mass market supplements.


In an age where dietary supplementation is very common and required for some athletes, this is a very interesting story to listen to. Dmitry never though that this would happen to him, but was forced to face the reality of a positive test and an 11 month ban.

As always, you should follow me on Twitter(@coachmikeswim) and check me out at Sportcafe.ca/coachmikeswim. Check out my archived past episodes as well... you'll be happy you did!
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February 11, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

#coachmikepodcast Episode 59

I'm back after a 2 month break. I'm hoping to bring this podcast in force and starting with some interviews with coaches. With me today is Rick Madge of the Mighty Trightons in Milton, ON. Rick is the head coach of this newer club and is also the author of a blog that I have been reposting lately.


In this interview, Rick talks about starting a new club and identifying core values of the group, use of technology and social media as well as the business of swim clubs.

As always, you should follow me on Twitter(@coachmikeswim) and check me out at Sportcafe.ca/coachmikeswim. Check out my archived past episodes as well... you'll be happy you did!
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December 6, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

#coachmikepodcast episode 58

Today I talk with Ryan Atkison of the Canadian Sport Centre - Ontario. Ryan talks about Ben Titley's training camp in Pompano Beach Florida, sport science support and the OSCC Apprentice Coach Position now available to Ontario Coaches at www.ontarioswimcoaches.com.


As always, you should follow me on Twitter(@coachmikeswim) and check me out at Sportcafe.ca/coachmikeswim. Check out my archived past episodes as well... you'll be happy you did!
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December 5, 2013 @ 9:20 pm

#coachmikepodcast episode 57

2 weeks ago, Kelowna BC native Kierra Smith won the CollegeSwimming.com Counsilman Hunsaker Women’s Division I Swimmer of the week. She was also named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week after a much talked about performance at the Minneapolis Grand Prix. Smith, had three first-place finishes during the national meet including a win in the 200 yard individual medley event with a time of 1:57.80, which gave her a qualifying provisional time in the NCAA.


Today, she joins me in a discussion of turning her career around after a disapinting freshman season in the NCAA. Kierra is one of the nicest swimmers I know and I love having her on the show. She has a great story of overcoming adversity and this is a great listen for all athletes that feel they have maybe hit a wall and are having a hard time turning it around. 

This is Kierra's second appearance on the show - she also appeared last November on #coachmikepodcast episode 31.

As always, you should follow me on Twitter(@coachmikeswim) and check me out at Sportcafe.ca/coachmikeswim. Check out my archived past episodes as well... you'll be happy you did!
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November 15, 2013 @ 10:18 am

#coachmikepodcast episode 56

My guest this week is former World Record Holder and deceivingly tough Annamay Pierse. Annamay talks about the athletic lifestyle, dealing with the ups and downs of sport and what made her the best in the world despite her saying a few times, "I'm not very strong". 


This audio was recorded during a talk Annamay gave to my Senior Sprint group after practice one night; they thought we were having a team meeting, only to find a swimming hero of theirs waiting to meet and talk to them. I thank her very much for doing it. 

As always, you should follow me on Twitter(@coachmikeswim) and check me out at Sportcafe.ca/coachmikeswim. Check out my archived past episodes as well... you'll be happy you did!
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October 24, 2013 @ 11:59 am

#coachmikepodcast episode 55

Back in September, I was in New Orleans, LA for the ASCA World Clinic and spent some time speaking to Rod Barratt of Pacific Coast Swimming. We talked a lot about the way swimming in Canada was going and how the club structure currently worked. Rod had some great analogies on the "Coach Owned/Run" club structure vs the "Not For Profit/Board Run" structure. I wanted to get some of these on tape because they were so good; they totally changed my outlook on "Coach Owned" programs (especially since his won an Olympic medal for Canada in 2012). 


Rod and I try to reenact that conversation on the air and explore some other topics around the sport of Swimming in Canada. Rod is a very insightful guy and this is a terrific interview that can help coaches and volunteer board members better understand the sport and the club structure.

As always, you should follow me on Twitter(@coachmikeswim) and check me out at Sportcafe.ca/coachmikeswim. Check out my archived past episodes as well... you'll be happy you did!
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