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Graeme Lind CAO's Coach of the Month!

posted May 7, 2010, 5:57 PM by Ryan Blair

Coaches Assocation of Ontario

Graeme Lind Recognized as Coach of the Month for May

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As a former competitive paddler, Graeme Lind made the transition from athlete to coach in an effort to stay involved in the sport he loves.  For the past seven years Graeme has been coaching at the Rideau Canoe Club in Ottawa working with athletes in Sprint Canoe/Kayak.  Graeme is an “enthusiastic and committed coach.  He has a great attitude and knowledge of the sport,” claims the Rideau Canoe Club president.

 

This past winter Graeme ran the winter dry land training program for the club.  This was not an easy tasks, as the club house was closed and under renovations for several months.  With enthusiasm, Graeme took on the challenge of finding a training facility for a team of 45 developmental level athletes.  These athletes compete provincially, nationally and internationally.  Graeme is currently working with a group of 12-15 male kayakers between the ages of 16 and 19, as well as coaching dragon boat and war canoe (14 person canoes).

When asked about his greatest achievement thus far, the young coach admits, “for me, it has just been keeping a positive attitude for the athletes.  These athletes trained all winter without a “home” and despite 6am practices with no buildings, showers or heated change rooms, it really brought everyone together.  We all persevered!”

Graeme strives to keep athletic training fun for his athletes by keeping things relaxed and positive.  He endeavors to work WITH his athletes as opposed to dictating to them what he wants to see through out training.

In the near future Graeme would like to make coaching his full time occupation in order to have stability and long-term focus with a team.  Graeme recognizes the need to focus on each individual athlete and work with them one-on-one, in addition to his responsibility to the team as a whole.

Graeme recognizes the impact he makes in the lives of his athletes, but also acknowledges the impact these individuals have on his life, “without a doubt, the athletes that I work with have made a difference in MY life.  To see the dedication, hard work, and comradeship that the athletes exhibit on a daily basis is something that motivates me everyday to become a better coach and person.”

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