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Posted 11th November 2011
EKF National squad and selections – Sunday 17 Nov 2011, National Coach Overview
Firstly I would like to thank all the athletes for turning up and displaying a huge effort throughout the day. As this was the last of the open selections more than expected turned up and grabbed to opportunity to fight off. Apologies and absences have been noted!!
It is mindful to note there are different outcomes to be achieved from performing at this and previous squad sessions.
The majority of which would have achieved at least one of these aims, which is especially pleasing to the coaching staff to have so many promising athletes on our books.
The Sunday selections went on all day, bout after bout and category after category with two areas constantly on the spin. Full credit must go to our referee’s department and administration staff, well done and thanks guys!!
The squad session went well with assistant National coaches Paul Newby, Davin Pack and myself (Head coach) leading the session through a number of elite drills.
Watching the bouts throughout the day allowed us to identify both specific and general needs of the athletes helping to guide the nature of the session content.
We ended the session with three demonstration bouts of the new rules to re-enforce a visual anchor for all to know what is coming!! This provided the referees with an introductory practice run of applying their theory.
Thank you to the squad medical officer Mo Surdhar, Physiotherapist for his efforts.
As to be expected there were tears of joy of winning and tears of sadness from losing, but through a systemic process where each category does round robin the transparency leaves little to complain about. The end to the day saw the team selected for Azerbaijan announced (photos by Kevin Barret).
A Kierrnan - U52kg
C Holmes - U55kg
R Jay - U68kg
L Tutty - U47kg
L Crawford - U48kg
A Goudie - U60kg
Selected athletes must aspire to go beyond the boundaries of simply getting your England badge.
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