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What It Takes To Progress development framework launched for Canoe Slalom

This month sees the launch of the What It Takes To Progress (WITTP) athlete development framework in Canoe Slalom.

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The WITTP framework identifies the key foundations that underpin long term potential, across genders and classes detailing technique, physical preparation, psychological characteristics and behaviours along with racing and training experiences. 

Rich Ramsdale, British Canoeing's Head of Talent, said: 

"Talent development is not a simple, standard, straight line process; each individual is unique.  Coaching at the base of the pathway involves working with broad groups of individuals that all have varied and developing needs and facility access. The WITTP frameworks offer a reference point for decision making to help coaches create effective and appropriate learning environments suitable to the needs of their paddlers and the constraints of the environment that they operate within.

“These WITTP frameworks will be instrumental in helping to build a community of coaches and a pathway that is more aligned, connected and working stronger together. Given the context of Covid-19, the opportunity to support all to reactivate and re-enable sporting opportunities is hugely important. I am incredibly grateful to all the programme coaches, staff and volunteers that have helped to develop this important resource.”

The framework harnesses the collective knowledge and understanding of paddler progression. It has been developed with the valued input from experienced and knowledgeable club coaches, programme coaches throughout the home nations, from the World Class Programme and from subject matter specialists from the English Institute of Sport.

Nathalie Siegrist, World Class Programme Canoe Slalom Lead Academy Coach, said:

“Frameworks that allow coaches to both work in the same direction and adapt to the athletes, to their own coaching style and to the venues, are essential. WITTP will help the next generation of talents realise their potential, and bring athletes, coaches and British Canoeing forward.”

You can find the Canoe Slalom WITTP framework HERE.

Further supporting resources, webinars and events will be rolled out throughout the year to support implementation, the first webinar introducing the framework will take place on July 15th at 7:30pm, please register your interest to attend HERE.