Peter Shakespear – Talent Identification Seminars

We are delighted to finalise details of the Peter Shakespear Workshops. Peter will be facilitating a Talent Identification Seminar in each Province on the dates below. Don McLachlan, the Rowing Ireland Lead Coach, will support Peter at each workshop with a presentation on rowing technique. The workshops are designed to support the work of Club coaches and we encourage all coaches to attend.

Peter Shakespear is a graduate of the University of Western Australia, has rowed at two Olympics and coached national crews at all levels from junior to Olympic. While coaching at the Australian Institute of Sport, his work helped develop a Talent Identification (TID) system that produced a significant number of world champions for Australian women’s rowing for 15 years. He later spent six years as Performance Development Manager with the British rowing federation, where he established World Class Start, a successful program that identified and developed athletes who went onto Olympic success in 2012. Both the original Australian and the GB talent identification and development systems produced Olympic champions from athletes who were recruited from non-rowing sources.

Attendance cost is €10 or £8 payable on the evening at each event, full time students are free, bookings cannot be reserved but there is ample capacity at each venue. Tea and Coffee will be provided.

Wednesday 13th November;  University College Dublin, The Red Room in the Sports Complex, Dublin. 7pm to 9pm.

Thursday 14th November;  Queens Sports, Upper Malone, Belfast. 7pm to 9pm.

Friday 15th November;  NUI Galway, The New Engineering Building -2052 Large Seminar Room, Galway. 7pm to 9pm.

Sunday 17th November;  University of Limerick, The Pavilion, North Campus, Limerick. 3pm to 5pm.

The agenda for each event will be as follows:

 – Welcome from Rowing Ireland

 – Introduction of Peter Shakespear and a one hour presentation on the following areas, then questions:

 – History of Talent Identification

 – Examples of success

– How to? Practical applications for Club coaches, Identification from adolescence to University age, relevant info. Links and application for Clubs.

 –  Simple useable tests for coaches

 –  Support for identified athletes

Learning outcomes will be how to: implement simply, what talent identification can do for a Club, obligations, time frames, expectations and problems.

Don McLachlan will then present for 30 minutes on rowing technique followed by questions.


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