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Level 4 Case Study: Steve Mac

Meet Steve Mac who talks us through what he has learnt and his highlights of his Level 4 journey. 

My route into paddlesport was through White Water Kayaking and then Open Canoeing…

I am currently Talent Pathway Manager and Coach for Canoe Slalom at Breadalbane Canoe Club and also work as a Coach Educator on a number of British Canoeing courses. 

My primary motivation for starting the Level 4 Performance Paddlesport Coaching programme was to further my own coaching skills so I could be more effective as a coach. I also wanted to have access to the latest research and thinking in coaching. I found the whole programme very interesting and beneficial and the input on coaching craft, developing expertise, decision making, as well as coaching as a learning process, were particular highlights.

Being a student was both challenging and rewarding…

 As with most things, the more effort invested, the more you get out of something. Having the support of a group of like-minded peers was really helpful. I really enjoyed the residential components, where we got to hear and question leading academics and practitioners in the coaching field. However, it was hard finding the time to study, on top of a (more than) full time job. 

I am now much better at critically reflecting on my coaching practice during coaching episodes...

The programme has made me much more aware of what I do and the potential impact it can have. I am now much more aware of all the factors I need to orchestrate in order to provide the best motivational climate for athletes I can. My aim is to continue improving my coaching practice. 

The course has opened up the opportunity for me to be involved in tutoring on the residential weekends for current Level 4 students, as well as opening up increased opportunities to mentor other coaches.