Meet The Coach posts

Pre-race Preparation

9 months 3 weeks ago

Pre-Race Preparation

by Oli Tweddell (Australia Finn Sailor and ex-Opti sailor)

Boat Venue & Preparation

9 months 3 weeks ago

Boat & Venue Preparation

by Oli Tweddell  (Australian Finn sailor and ex-Optimist sailor)

We have spoken about keeping your body in shape during a competition through proper nutrition and hydration techniques, this week I am going to talk about preparing your boat and your brain for an upcoming competition.

You should always carry out boat maintenance checks before and after every sail you do, whether it was 3 knots or 30.  

Nutrician

9 months 3 weeks ago

Nutrician
by Oli Tweddell (Australian Finn sailor and ex. Optimist sailor)

Staying hydrated while being out on the water is critical to performance, and as you all know race days can get very long and tiring.  That is why it is equally as important to get your nutrition correct at an event as you don’t want the feeling of hitting the wall half way through the day.

I tend to think of my body as an engine, just like an engine it needs fuel, with food being my main fuel I re-fuel 3-5 times a day.

Hydration

9 months 3 weeks ago

Hydration

by Oli Tweddell (Australian Finn sailor and ex. Optimist sailor)

Most people know that you need to keep hydrated before, during and after sailing, and most people just drink water.

Optimist: Technique for Speed in Light Air

9 months 3 weeks ago

Optimist: Technique for Speed in Light Air

By Lloyd Collings (Two time Optimist Worlds representative for Australia; YV Junior Sailor of the Year 2009)

Laura Thompson

9 months 3 weeks ago

Laura is a graduate of the Coaching Scholarship Program initiated by VIODA in 2015 to develop a group of young Victorian Coaches to help strengthen the depth of coaching for the class in the coming years. At 17, Laura is currently campaigning in the Women’s Laser Radial after winning the 2014 U16 women’s national title in Laser 4.7 and competing in Optimists from a young age. Invited guest of the Australian Youth Radial team, she has had exposure to a broad range of fantastic coaches over the years and hopes to pass on her knowledge to the next generation of athletes!

STATE COACH - Sam Mackay

9 months 3 weeks ago

Sam comes to us from New Zealand with a wealth of experience, including top 3 placings at the NZ Nationals in each of the Optimist, P Class, 420 and Starling classes. He was a member of the Nations Cup winning NZ team at the 2007 Optimist Worlds and placed in the top 20 in the 2008 Optimist Worlds. Sam is also an accomplished Match Racer, winning the NZ Youth Match Racing Nationals in 2014.

Alison Dale

1 year 6 months ago

 

Alison Dale from Victoria has an extensive background in high performance sailing and she is passionate about the development of our next generation of sailors. Alison will be travelling to New Caledonia this year with the Australian Optimist Development Squad (AODS).  Alison is 22 years old and has recently graduated as a Physiotherapist and is currently working at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.