31 May 2007

Scotland plan from 2007 to 2011

Our plan 2007-2011@Sport Scotland

This is our corporate plan for 2007 to 2011. Agreed by Scottish Ministers, Our plan summarises our role in delivering "Reaching Higher" the Scottish Executive's National Strategy for Sport, and includes our plans for investing Scottish Executive and National Lottery funds.

USOC Hosting Training Design Symposium For Elite Coaches

USOC Hosting Training Design Symposium For Elite Coaches@USOC

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- More than 85 elite and emerging elite coaches have gathered at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for the 2007 Training Design Symposium. The symposium, which runs through Friday, April 6, is being hosted by the USOC's Performance Services Division.

The coaches are receiving training insights on such topics as preparation, pre-competition training, recovery, over-training, strength training, psychological training and nutrition.

"This symposium allows top summer and winters sports coaches to gain a better understanding of those training design elements that are critical to athlete success," said Doug Ingram, USOC Managing Director of Performance Services. "By engaging in this program, we hope that the coaches will walk away with the insight needed to further their own training methods and advance their coaching knowledge."

The three-day seminar includes some of the leading coaches and experts in their respective fields. The lineup includes the University of Illinois', Gary Winckler, now in his 22nd year guiding the women's track and field program, who will be discussing the preparation phase of elite-athlete training. Winkler is a five-time Big Ten Coach of the Year selection who has coached six different athletes to 11 individual honors and was the 1997 head coach for USA Track & Field's World Championship team.

Other guest speakers include: Sue Enquist, the recently retired UCLA softball coach who guided the program to 11 NCAA titles; Dr. Inigo Mujika, a renowned endurance coach who helped train five-time Tour de France winner Miguel Endurain; Cliff English, national coach of USA Triathlon; and Dr. Gloria Balague, who directs the Sports Psychology Services offered at the University of Illinois at Chicago Sports Medicine Center & Human Performance Lab.

USOC speakers include biomechanist and Athlete Recovery Center leader Dr. Bill Sands, physiologists Dr. Randy Wilber and Michael Shannon, sports dietician Bob Seebohar, and strength coach Mike Favre.

17 May 2007

accompany our swim team in altitude training camp

From this Saturday, I will be going to follow our swimming team for a altitude training camp at Kunming, China. Kunming (1,850m) is a well-known altitude training place for disrance runners. As a sports physiologist, I will be collecting saliva samples to see how the swimmers are responding to this mild altitude in terms ofimmunological status.

Kunming is known as "spring city" because of its year-round warm temperate. The swimmers and thier coach went there last year, but for me this is the first time. I look forward to be there and will be coming back to Singapore on 31th.

13 May 2007

IOC's postgraduate research grant 08

2008 Edition of the Researchers’ Grant Programme@IOC

The IOC’s Olympic Studies Centre (OSC) has just launched the 2008 edition of the grant programme aimed at young researchers engaged in scholarly research on the Olympic Movement, its history and values, and the impact of the Olympic Games on the various aspects of contemporary society and culture.

Three precise objectives
The objectives of this programme are as follows:

* Encourage young researchers to undertake research with a humanities or social sciences perspective on the Olympic phenomenon. The main fields of research include:
- Universality of Olympic values and multiculturalism
- From the first-class athlete to the balanced human being. The issues for the high-level athlete to successfully integrate into society.
- The various aspects of the Olympic Games Legacy: a long journey from the birth of the project to the post-Games period.
- Sport and political organisations– future challenges.
- Youth, perception of and relations with Olympism.
* Promote consultation of the IOC’s written and audiovisual patrimony
* Encourage exchanges of information and networking of young researchers

Who can apply?
The programme is open to all current postgraduate students (master’s and doctoral candidates), as well as university professors who have completed their doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in the last five years and currently hold an academic appointment.

Selection Committee
The Selection Committee for the programme is composed of experts who are world-renowned for the quality of their research linked to Olympism, and members of the OSC.

Submitting applications
Application files must be sent to the OSC by e-mail (studies_centre@olympic.org) or by post no later than 26 September 2007.

11 May 2007

UK sports scientist professional development

Interns required for Fast-track Practitioner Programme@UK Sport

Each intern will be based at one of the Home Country Sports Institute sites, receiving an overall package worth over £20,000, inclusive of salary and personal development allowance, professional development workshops and mentoring support. Successful interns will undertake a sustained learning experience under the guidance of an experienced mentor, and will receive on the job training and undertake exchange visits. They are challenged to develop their specialist skills as quickly as possible so that they have the essential toolkit for working in high-performance sport.



British sport’s progress towards its Olympic and Paralympic ambitions for 2012 will be more effectively monitored and evaluated than ever before thanks to a major new project announced today by UK Sport, the nation’s high performance sports agency.

‘Mission 2012’ has been developed to help each Summer Olympic and Paralympic sport understand how it is progressing against certain key criteria and identify anything that might stand in the way of success in 2012. The information will be published quarterly on a sport by sport basis.

The new system monitors the essential three core areas of investment and activity:
• Athlete success and development
• The Performance system and structures
• Governance and leadership

UK Sport also outlined its proposals for recognising a network of ‘Elite Training Centres’ around the UK. The concept reflects the conclusion that the UK’s athletes need to have a clearer sense of location for their world class ambitions than is often currently the case. Such Centres must offer an environment in which athletes can experience a seamless integration of world-class coaching and training in appropriate facilities together with scientific and medical support, all backed-up with lifestyle and educational support systems that ensure their wider development.

06 May 2007


Originally uploaded by Tai Kinu.
I went to Korea Institute of Sport Science (KISS) and Japan Institute of Sports Sciences (JISS) in March-April to understand what they are doing in terms of sprorts information database.

It was a good experience to meet new people and look facilities.

British talent ID

The 2012 X Factor@BBC

Back in February, British Olympic legend Sir Steven Redgrave launched an appeal for tall, sporty types with a hankering for Olympic glory in 2012.

It was not an open-ended appeal - the glory on offer was in handball, rowing and volleyball, and you had to be between 16 and 25 years old, 6ft 3in or taller for a man and 5ft 11in or taller for a woman.