What could cycle coach Dave Brailsford do for swimming?


I’ve been wondering what lessons we can learn from the Olympics in relation to learning and success so was lighted to follow the interview with Dave Beresford the Team GB Cycling coach.

These are my notes with links. You can view again on BBC iPlayer and via Google I found the inteview being tweeted by various papers and Alastair Campbell.

I’ve been enjoying the TV vignettes with Colin Jackson too.

Simplistic tasters that whet the appetite supported by the BBC Website and links that can provide more.
Potential OU Support
Links to local and regional clubs
Prompts and tasters from The OU via Catherine Chambers in Linkedin to view some content on cycling and so perhaps take a sports science module.

Hero worship such as Dianne Lewis and Seb Coe

The legacy not just for sport, but self–evident proof that learning and hard work in sport can deliver, so hard work, application and knowledge can deliver at work and in the home, with your career, ambitions and family.

Interviewed by Garry Linneker on BBC Olympic Sport, David Brailsford of Team GB cycling on Wednesday 8th August spoke of his approach to seeking out the way to get the best performance from someone and how this could be applied to any sport, as well as work whether a lawyer or accountant.

take cycling out of it
best at anything: lawyer, dentist.
a philosophy
best that a person can be
sports theme park





I’ll be at the Water-polo venue for the Olympics from start to finish as a London 2012 Olympics Gamemaker

An introduction to the Olympics at Wembley Arena as part of a crowd of selected volunteers of 10,000. This is what I became part of today picking up my Gamesmaker training pack and attending one of a series of morning or afternoon Jamborees at Wembley Arena.

We were asked not to blog the content so I’ll post some pics and satisfy myself with analysing the content from a learning design perspective elsewhere. I can’t fault the pace, variety and mix of approaches, the guest speakers, the live, the contrived, the sponsors and even the ‘fun and games’. Writ small this could have been a live TV event to Unipart Garages, the rebranding of the RAC or launching a car at the Paris Motor Show (I’ve done all of these). Or a video, a workbook and DVD and seven people doing health & safety. As a producer of this kind of thing it all felt like home.

My role in all of this will be poolside at the Water-polo, so neither at the Aquatics Centre or in the Olympic Stadium, but squeezed in between the two. I’ll be prepared, briefed, informed and suitably kitted out for my two to four weeks stint (Olympics and Paralympics).

I can surely mention this: there was a gentleman who had volunteered at the 1948 Olympics and someone else who had flown in that morning from the Falklands. And the enthusiasm for swimming. All I need to fix now is the accommodation.