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During this episode of the Swim Coaches Base Podcast Coach Gibson talked about encouraging his athletes to fail. This shouldn’t be lost on coaches of any age or ability level. Coaches need to be able to create an environment where athletes feel safe and comfortable so they can then push themselves to the limit and many times “fail” in practice.
That’s the only way to truly improve. Going to the edge and that often means not completing a set or practice with perfection.
Many young swimmers with talent learn hard lessons later on when they realize everything won’t come “easily” to them. A good swim coach, like James Gibson, continually works with the athlete to see what limits they can push, to fail and to improve, which ultimately leads to success.
If you’ve been following the International Swim League at all you’ll probably be familiar with James’ team – Elite Team of Energy Standard.
Energy Standard is actually one of the more unique teams in the ISL because James and the other coaches on Energy Standard’s staff actually coach the majority of the swimmers on the ISL team.
Not only is Energy setting the “standard” for performances in many of the ISL meets but it could be argued that Energy Standard has the best “stable” of athletes compared to any other pro swim team on the planet.
Energy Standard’s roster is highlighted by such swimmers as: Sarah Sjöström, Chad le Clos, Florent Manaudou, Ben Proud, Georgia Davies, Simonas Bilis and Ilya Shymanovich.
Coaching this caliber of talent isn’t new to Coach Gibson. Prior to Coach Gibson’s career at Energy Standard, he spent 4 years as the National Sprint Coach & National Training Centre Coach for British Swimming. James began his coaching career in 2009 as a CN Mareille Elite Coach and has served as an international coach on various swim teams participating in world swimming champion meets.
Gibson is not the only world class coach on staff. Tom Rushton is a vital assistant for Energy Standard (who was on a previous episode of the podcast as well). In addition to the swim coaches, the staff includes a strength & conditioning coach as well as therapists. It’s clear Energy Standard is putting the needed resources for their world-class swimmers to get results in the pool. Energy Standard is based out of the Gloria Sports Arena in Belek, Turkey, one of the best training centers in Europe.
As the inaugural season of the ISL comes to a close in a few weeks it’ll be exciting to see how Energy Standard fairs, and to then follow the swimmers under Coach Gibson’s watch as they then set their sights on Tokyo 2020.
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