British Water Ski Unveils New Web System

21st February 2002

BRITISH WATER SKI has established a new web-based coach reporting system to complement its Lottery-funded World Class Performance Programme, supported by UK Sport.

The password-restricted online environment has been set up and sponsored by Design Suite. It will allow Britain’s elite coaches to report on their skiers’ training wherever they are in the world, as John Wood - British Water Ski’s Performance Director - explained.

"Given warm weather and UK-based training locations, plus specialist coaches for each of the sport's three disciplines, a skier can see up to six coaches,” he said. “The new system will increase our coaching efficiency and the effectiveness of water time.

“A skier can now work on background elements of their trick run in the winter cold of the UK and then hone this with a different specialist coach in the USA.”

EACH WORLD CLASS Performance coach and skier will be given access to the private system, to allow them to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of their training programmes.

“The coaches can share the details of the sessions so that the whole approach remains seamless to the skier in terms of continuity of coaching,” says Wood.

“It also encourages coaching individuality in an established overall framework and allows us to use the best specialist coaches in the world, who can also share their knowledge with UK-based coaches."

British Water Ski's Performance skiers begin their competitive season on March 8 at the Melbourne Masters where World Slalom Champion Andy Mapple will be defending his slalom title for the 12th time